Range of snowy peaks above the Gangootri glacier.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photgraph of snowy peaks above 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. 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.