The detour from Tehri took an extra 2 hours and it was almost 4:00 PM when we reache Uttarkashi
Gangotri is 92 kilometers from Uttarkashi and Uttarkashi is the last town before you make an uphill climb to Gangotri. Uttarkashi is also the town where you collect your permit to enter Gangotri National Park, the home of Gaumukh.
Gaumukh is the birth place or starting place of River Bhagirathi. River Bhagirathi joins more rivers to become River Ganga.
It took us time to get permit. By the time Raju had been driving for 14 hours with the most shortest and minimum stops. He wanted to reach Gangotri that night at all cost. We had travelled 100s of kilometer to reach Uttarkashi and the last 92 Kilometers was all it had. Even with the tough uphill narrow roads, we anticipated that it might take us 3-4 hours to reach Gangotri.
If for any reason we were not to make it, we would stay in Harshil, a hamlet just 22 kilometers from Gangotri. We were very tired making the journey. We could only imagine how Raju must have felt driving those 400 kilometers.
We took our permit, filled up the tanks and started for the final leg of the journey. We had travelled couple of kilometers when we saw the first view of Ganga.
13 kilometer from Uttarkashi is Maneri, a lake formed by a small dam built on the Ganga. Water is used to generate electricity and also serves as a tourist spot. VEry close to Maneri Ganga water is left from a big canal.
The water comes out from the mountains in such a great force and hits the banks opposite to the canal. Its a great sight to see.
The water rushing out of the small canal.
The roads to Gangotri are very narrow. An inexperienced driver will find it very difficult to drive through the roads. Its filled with potholes making all the more difficult to drive.
Landslides on the road is known to stall traffic too.
The evening was approaching fast. The signs on the road said that driving after 8:00 PM was not allowed. We had to get to the nearest hotel in the hamlets between
Finally the moon came in the sky and it was another hour when we finally reached Harsil, tired, hungry and ready to sleep