By Stephen Knapp
The Gangotri region constitutes amongst the most important spiritual and ecological landscapes of India, giving its name to the glacier that feeds the source of the Ganges at Gaumukh and the temple that honours the life-giving waters. The region lies between 78°55′E & 79°10′E and 30°51′N & 31°1′ in the Uttarkashi district of the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. Towards the north of Gangotri-Gaumukh, lies the villages of Nelong and Jadung in the Jadh watershed, as well as the Chinese Tibetan border. On the east can be found the holy sites of Kedarnath and Badrinath, on the south is Tehri district, and the western boundary comprises the Yamuna valley where the source of the Yamuna at Yamunotri can be found. The four together comprise the famous “Char Dham” of Uttarakhand, one of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage circuits.