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Gandhi Sarovar Kedarnath
About Gandhi Sarovar Kedarnath

Gandhi Sarovar is one of the most beautiful and amazing place in kedarnath dham. Gandhi Sarovar lake is also known as Chorabari Tal due to it's source glacier name (Chorabari glacier). Chorabari tal is a older name of this lake. When Ashes of Mahatma Gandhi drop into Chorabari lake then Chorabari lake was renamed as Gandhi Sarovar.

Gandhi Sarovar is a small lake holding crystal clear water. Gandhi Sarovar is also known as Chorabari Tal because it is located on the mouth of Chorabari Bamak glacier. Gandhi Sarovar lies on the foot of Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh peak at an astounding altitude of 3,900 mts above sea level. Gandhi Sarovar blesses the tourists with stimulating views of the amazing Himalayan peaks. It is advised to visit Gandhi Sarovar early in the morning, because the weather of this region changes rapidly.

After reaching Gandhi Sarovar lake the reflection of Himalaya peak (Kailash Parvat) can be seen in this lake. The origin of Mandakini river from here is worth to visit and not to be missed . When the door of kedarnath temple was opened to across the whole world's pilgrims. Whole kedarnath valley was merged in snow. At that time Gandhi Sarovar was also merged under the heavy snow.

 
Gandhi Sarovar Trek

Gandhi Sarovar is situated at an elevation of 13700 m in the mountain of Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India. Vehicles are available in Rishikesh and Haridwar to Gaurikund which is about 250 kms by road. Then road is not available from Gaurikund to kedarnath.

There is 14 km foot distance from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. The 14 km trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath goes through virgin deodar and oak forest and picturesque waterfalls. The 3 km trek commences from the iron bridge of Kedarnath and ends up at Gandhi Sarovar. Horse and Pithus are available in Gaurikund to Kedarnath. After reaching Kedarnath, the trek of Gandhi Sarovar start from iron bridge on Mandakini river in horse stable, Kedarnath. The distance from bridge to Gandhi Sarovar lake is about to 3.5 km. The trek of Gandhi Sarovar is easy and beautiful with grassy layer field. In last 2 years the trek is modified with strong concrete. In just starting of Gandhi Sarovar trek the beautiful view of Doodh Ganga river can be seen. And again on reaching at a distance of about 3 km most beautiful Madhu Ganga waterfalls can be seen. Don't miss to capture it. There is an amazing waterfall en route to Chorabari Tal. While traveling to Gandhi Sarovar do purify soul by worshipping in the sacred temple of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath. There are no stalls or tea shops on the way so carry your stuff with you.

Gandhi Sarovar Trekking Tips

1) It is better to visit here in early morning because after 12 am there is no guarantee in changing weather.

2) You can carry plastic raincoat with you for safety from rain. Raincoat are available in Kedarnath market.

3) Heart and BP problem person are not allowed to go for trek due to the shortage of oxygen.

4) Don't make any type of noise pollution near Gandhi Sarovar lake. These type of noise can be reason to glacier falling.

Geography

The glacier lies between latitudes 3044′50″N and 3045′30″N, and longitudes 791′16″E and 795′20″E, from an elevation of about 6,000 metres at the slopes of Kedarnath peak, to 3,800 metres. The glacier is about 7 kms in length, while the basin area of the glacier is about 38 sq kms and the glacier ice cover is 5.9 sq kms. The glacier slope is about 11 degrees and faces south. The glacier has two snouts. It is assumed by R. K. Chaujar that an original single glacier covered the area, which while receding, split into two snouts. One of the snouts is the source of the Mandakini River at 3,865 metres. The other snout, at 3,835 metres (12,582 ft), drains into the Chorabari Tal.

Glacier Retreat

Though the glacier has not been broadly studied in the past records of its extent exist from 1962 onwards. Since then, studies conducted at the Chorabari glacier are playing an important role in determining the impact of global warming on Himalayan glaciers. The presence of garbage and stones on the glacier's surface comparatively retard the melting of the ice. Retreat for this glacier can be traced from 1960. In recent years, annual observations have been taken of the retreat. Though the glacier has been continuously retreating for the period between 1960 and 2007, this evidence is not conclusively linked to global warming.

R. K. Chaujar's research indicates that the glacier has gone through other periods of retreat and advance in the past. Through lichenometry and the study of engravings on the walls of Kedarnath temple, Chaujar concludes that the Chorabari glacier began its current retreat over two-and-a-half centuries ago in 1748. It has been argued that this indicates that the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age were not restricted to Europe. This has also been proposed as evidence that the current retreat of Himalayan glaciers may not exclusively be due to the effects of human activity and global warming.

Nearby Tourist Places

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath is one of the most holy temples of north India. The town of Kedarnath is also the last point of accommodation in the nearby region. Shankracharya Samadhi and Bhairon Devta Temple are also interesting places to visit in Kedarnath town. There is one more lake - Vasuki Tal which can be reached by trekking 6 kms from Kedarnath. While traveling back one can visit Triyuginarayan. Triyuginarayan is the place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.

Chorabari Glacier
The Chorabari Glacier or Chorabari Bamak Glacier is a glacier in the Garhwal Himalaya region of the state of Uttrakhand in India. The glacier lies close to Kedarnath, an important destination for Hindu pilgrims. One of the glacier's two snouts is the source for the Mandakini River, a tributary of the Alaknanda river.

Chorabari Tal
One of the two snouts of the Chorabari glacier ends at the tarn, Chorabari Tal. Located about 4 kms from the town of Kedarnath, the lake is visited by tourists in summer, though not in large numbers because of the trek involved in getting there. The lake is also known as Gandhi Sarovar. According to yogic legends, Shiva, who is considered the Adi Guru or first guru, transmitted yoga to the Saptarishis, on the bank of this lake. In 1948, some of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in the lake after which it was renamed Gandhi Sarovar. Close to the glacier is a Bhairava temple adjacent to which is a cliff named Bhairava Jhamp. The cliff was a place where devotees leaped off, believing that it would bring them mukti. The practice was banned by the British administration in the nineteenth century.

Accommodation in Gandhi Sarovar

There are no accommodation options available at Gandhi Sarovar. The last point of accommodation en route Gandhi Sarovar is Kedarnath. There are various types of accommodation options available at Kedarnath.

How to Reach Gandhi Sarovar

Buses and Taxis are available from Rishikesh to Gaurikund. The remaining 17 kms distance to reach Gandhi Sarovar must be completed on foot. Ponies and palanquins are available from Gaurikund. The trekking route from Gaurikund to Gandhi Sarovar is easy. Gandhi Sarovar is situated about 3 kms from Kedarnath.

Road Route from Delhi:
Delhi Meerut Haridwar Rishikesh Rudraprayag Guptkashi Gaurikund (17 kms Trek) Chorabari Tal.

 

 


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