Gangotri is one of the most visited holy places in India. This Himalayan place is believed to be the spot where Ganga, the Ganges River goddess, touched earth for the first time. It is therefore one of the dham to be covered during the Char Dham Yatra, a Hindu pilgrimage. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are the four sites of this pilgrimage. According to mythology, Goddess Ganga, the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river, to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received her into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.