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Uttarakhand Guide

Glaciers

Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand decorated with the most beautiful ornaments of nature- rivers and lakes, spectacular Himalayas, valleys and hill stations houses number of breath taking glaciers that fascinates those tourists and trekkers who dare visit the Kumaun-Garhwal Himalayas. As per the records, there are 917 glaciers in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, among them 238 are in Bhagirathi, 326 are in Alaknand, 264 in Kaliganga and 50 in Yamuna region. The sacred rivers of Uttarakhand originate from the glaciers and attract thousands of pilgrims every year with their religious importance. Holy River Ganga has Gangotri glacier as her origin and holy river Yamuna has Yamunotri glacier as her origin. Gangotri glacier is the biggest of all glaciers in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand.

 

Major Glaciers in Uttarakhand

Banderpunch Glacier

Kafni Glacier

Pindari Glacier

Bhagirathi-Khark Glacier

Khatling Glacier

Ralam Glacier

Chorabari Glacier

Mailkoti Glacier

Satopnath Glacier

Dokriani Glacier

Milam Glacier

Sunderdhunga Glacier

Dronagiri Glacier

Namik Glacier

Tiprabamak Glacier

Gangotri Glacier

Nandadevi Glacier

Yamunotri Glacier

Among these, Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers are situated nearby two of the Char Dham pilgrimages Gangotri and Yamunotri, paid visit by thousands of Hindu devotees every year from May to October but usually in between May and June and September and October as during the monsoon rain blocks the route. Recently this year, the year 2013 on 16th of June, Uttarakhand experienced a dreadful flood resulting to great human and material loss when Gangotri glacier melted. Almost everything except for the main temple of Kedarnath got drained, many bridges in Haridwar got flooded, the statue of lord Shiva in Rishikesh also flooded- Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand experienced a tremendous loss.

 

Banderpunch Glacier

Banderpunch glacier, also spelled as Bandarpoonch or Bandarpunch, lies in Uttarkashi district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand state. 6316 meters Read more »

Milam Glacier

Spread over 3,870 to 5,500 meters  covering 37 square kilometers, Milam glacier lies 15Km northeast of Nanda Devi peak on Munsiyari Tehsil of Pithoragarh district Read more »

Pindari Glacier

Popularly loved by trekkers and often mentioned as trekker’s paradise, Pindari glacier lies in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand at Read more »

Sunderdhunga Glacier

Sunderdhunga also written as Sundardhunga is famous for the beautiful stones as name itself suggests. Sunder meaning beautiful Read more »