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Ice cave in the glacier.

Ice cave in the glacier.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(119)

Item number: 11119

Genre: Photograph

Photgraph of ice caves in the Gangotri glacier, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Gangotri Glacier is located in Uttaranchal, India in a region bordering Tibet. Gangotri Glacier is about 30 km long and 2 to 4 km wide. The source of the Gangotri Glacier is said to resemble a cow's mouth, and the place is called Goumukh. Goumukh, which is about 18 km from the town of Gangotri, is the source of the Bhagirathi River, an important tributary of the Ganges River. (Bhagirathi becomes the Ganges when it is joint by the Alkananda at Devprayag). The Gangotri glacier is a traditional Hindu pilgrimage site. Devout Hindus consider bathing in the icy waters near Gangotri town to be a holy ritual, and many make the trek to Goumukh.

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