Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bhaironghati - Bhairon Devta Temple and Asia's Highest Bridge

Day 2 – Uttarkashi-Gangnani-Gangotri-BHAIRONGHATI-Harsil-Bhatwari-Uttarkashi

Part III (Bhaironghati)

Standing at 2743 meters, further downstream and 10 km from Gangotri, is a town called Bhaironghati.

A board showing important road distances from Bhaironghati in the Garhwal Himalyas
A board showing important road distances from Bhaironghati

It is a beautiful forested place...

Bhaironghati - Enroute to Gangotri
Bhaironghati - lovely forested area, covered by deodhar 
trees
Bhaironghati - lovely forested area, covered by deodhar 
trees in the Himalayas
Bhaironghati - lovely forested area, covered by pine trees

And is known for the Temple of Bhairon Devta appointed by Lord Shiva to safeguard the region which also gives the region its name. It is said that visiting this temple is a must after visiting the Gangotri Temple.

The Bhairon Temple at Bhaironghati - Enroute to Gangotri
The Ancient Bhairon Temple at Bhaironghati

We also had our lunch here at this small roadside dhaba (restaurant) situated near the temple. The food was simple, fresh and home like with Chappatis, Dal Makhni and Rice.

The dhaba where we had our lunch near Gangotri
The dhaba where we had our lunch

About 3 km after Bhaironghati is another small town called Lanka Chatti, which boasts of Asia’s highest bridge over the Jhanvi River at an elevation of 2789 meters above the sea level!

Asia's highest bridge over the River Jhanvi- Enroute to 
Gangotri
View from the Asia's highest bridge -
I glanced down to see the meandering stream;
I looked up to see the rising cliff…
I was in total admiration of this marvelous creation!
This was deep, very deep but i somehow managed to keep my hands steady!

Zoom the photograph and see if you can locate another bridge situated at a much lower level!!

To view the travel route map of Day 2 of our Char Dham Yatra - CLICK HERE

Previous posts from this trip -

63 comments:

  1. Superb captures and wonderful narration .

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  2. This place looks like a mix between India and Switzerland to me! Awesome - and beautiful! So great you've been to that special bridge Arti! Enjoy your day!

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  3. I am happy to enjoy the virtual tour with you. Love your writing style too

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  4. Wow! The mountains, forests and road still look the same after all these years! Lovely!

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  5. Terrific post for the day, Arti, and wonderful photos of such a beautiful area! I always enjoy the tours you take us on! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  6. Breathtaking spot Arti! I am glad you managed to keep your hands (and all the rest of you) steady up there. It looks like it could be frigihtening. Hope the roads were good. But how beautiful and worth the risk obviously. Thanks for sharing; I am really enjoying your trip (vicariously).

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  7. I been in India for over 4 years but never been to the North part of India. I will soon. Beautiful article and wonderful pictures.

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  8. Always love to visit your blog. Though I am not a spiritual or religious person I see lots of beauty and attractions in the pictures and the blog.

    Thanks for visiting me and the nice comments.

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  9. I never would have imagined pine trees in India...It is an amazing varied land.....now I'm hungry for dal....have to go put some lentils on!...Best, Susan

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  10. Was this a walking bridge or a driving bridge? Oh my, I would have been so scared either way, I have a fear of heights!! The lunch place has their signs printed in English, too, they must get plenty of American and English tourists?

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  11. Interesting to see the pine trees there. I like the photo of the temple with the mountains behind it.

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  12. Wonderful Arti.. I feel like walking through the pine forest... I am enjoying my Himalaya tour through your posts! Keep them coming!

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  13. Lovely pictures. And the little bridge at the lower level ( or only a part is visible) shows how high this bridge is!

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  14. Hi Arti thanks for visiting my blog thought I would return the favour. Very nice post and pics, looks like a great place. Kev

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  15. @ Sallie
    Yes it was frightening to see that deep with the turbulent water flowing under the bridge but it was thrilling and an experience in itself!! And the roads were great, not all along but that is how it is here in the Himalayas!!

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  16. @ Mermaid Gallery
    There are plenty of pine trees here in the upper reaches of the Himalayas and it is a wonderful heavenly place...

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  17. @ Ginny
    It is a driving bridge and yes a lot of American and English people visit the place especially the treks situated around Gangotri which I had described in my last post.

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  18. @ Radha
    You can see the whole bridge, but it is situated far far below... You will have to zoom the pic atleast twice or thrice to see it!!!

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  19. the place is full of coniferous trees... looks beautiful... Nature at its best...
    looking at the dhaba, one thing is clear... there are shops and hotels like these all over India...

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  20. Amazing narration and photography...... The view of small bridge is really really awesome :)

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  21. Fantastic shots! Makes me want to visit. :)

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  22. I would have loved to have a glimpse of the deity Bhairav. I guess you were not allowed to take photographs, probably. The pic of the bridge was awesome!

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  23. Hi Arti, I find this area to be very intriguing. I never realized there were alpine areas. Loved the bridge picture! This looks like an amazing location.

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  24. What an awesome place...you know i really envy you for taking those trips to such awesome places!!! Beautiful place ......lovely clicks!!

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  25. I love forested areas. Beautiful!

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  26. Thanks for the tour and so high too. Lovely scenery and what a thrill to cross the highest bridge, Sounds like a great trip. Which religion is the temple for?

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  27. Arthi,

    lovely pictures and wonderful writing. Keep it up.:)

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  28. Some nice pictures here...seems like an ideal place for me to visit this year when I go home...

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  29. Hey what happened to my comment?

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  30. @ Zephyr
    Apologies you had to type the comment all over again, actually i just logged in here!
    Photography was actually allowed inside the temple,which is rare nowadays, but it was a bit dark and my camera quality is really bad in darkness, hence could not give you the pic.

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  31. @ Diane b Yes, it was indeed a beautiful trip... The temple is for the Hindus, Religion - Hinduism.

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  32. Love this entry again and those pine trees esp that temple. Have a great week ahead, my friend.

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  33. Love this entry again and those pine trees esp that temple. Have a great week ahead, my friend.

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  34. How wonderful, I can smell those pine trees as I sit here in a very wet England.

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  35. Hi. First time to your blog. Came over from Indiblogger. Lovely photographs. You're lucky to have seen these places. I love to travel and go to out of the way places also.

    Deepa
    PS: I noted with amusement the 'dal makhni'. Seems the superb food of Punjab has infiltrated the rarefied climes of the Himalayas also!!

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  36. That is probably one of the most beautiful places- paradise on earth as they say.. the temple is beautiful n view from the bridge is intriguing!
    Thanks for the wonderful tour Arti.
    US Masala

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  37. Amazing photogfraphs followed by excellent narration.. i loved the pics of forest.


    -Aditya
    http://thoughtfuljunk.blogspot.com/

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  38. By excellent i meant short and appropriate.. :)

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  39. i zoomed on the picture, and there was indeed a smaller bridge. amazing. i like the idea of going on a pilgrimage tour like yours someday.

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  40. Hi,Arti.
    Such beautiful and clean forest you have! The view fom the bridge is magnificent, however you are a very brave woman. I have a fear of height, so it would be hard to stand on that hifgh bridge! Thank you for providing your beautiful photos.

    One month has passed since the big earthquake hit Japan. We have become together to over come this unrecorded disaster. Thank you for visiting Green Tomato again. I look forward to your next post.

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  41. Beautiful pictures!
    Have a great day!
    Deborah

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  42. Hi Arti, thanks for visiting my blog. I've enjoyed my return visit here. Loved all your photographs.

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  43. @Arti these pics are awesome! i didnt knew about these places.. i will surely keep coming back to your time and again so that i can read and see more of your trips... thank you :)

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  44. Hello, nice to meet you.I can see many impressive place in this blogs. thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to see your blog.and I want to go to India someday.

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  45. HI

    That's a great writeup and the pics are fab --always worried about food loved your Dhaba pic LOL

    and thankyou so much for voting for my Akshay Patra entry ---""children of lesser mortals"" ----would like to add you to my friends list being new to Indiblogs am not quite aware of the procedure --do help me add you to my friends list

    with warm regards
    best wishes
    rajni

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  46. Loved the description.The meandering stream and the rising cliff...great imagery :)

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  47. No wonder India is a spiritual country. The nature is awe-inspiring.

    I'm afraid of height. Lookin down from Asia's highest bridege is no way for me. I wouldn't look down, otherwise I'd feel dizzy. Just to look at a picture is more than enough as I can see the beautiful indigo water below, feeling safe in my room.

    Thank you for sharing, arti. See you.

    Yoko alias stardust, Japan

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  48. Wow - that is truly spectacular!

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  49. Hi Arti, Your photos of the beautiful forested area could have come from the mountains of CO - but not the wonderful dhaba. No thank you to that bridge, though!

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  50. Off-topic I know, my apologies for that, but I wanted to stop by and thank you for the comments you left on yesterdays post. Your friendship means a lot to me and I also look forward to many more years of visits.

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  51. Wonderful shots of the place. Scenic beauty.

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  52. Arti i guess you are seen in one of the photos lol, good pics

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  53. I zoomed the last pic & felt giddy...:D

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  54. your post itself creates a spiritual feel within me...

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  55. Arti,
    I envy you. You go to such lovely places and enjoy so much!

    I get motion sickness the moment the bus starts climbing mountains:)

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  56. OMG........now I don't have words, your pics make me devotional, so how can I speak?

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  57. @Nethra I was so excited to be up there and was so awe struck by the view that the realization that I had actually forgotten to capture the bridge itself came much later, after coming back home...

    It was a pretty normal bridge, but the view was definitely something, and that is what I was talking about in Indivine too, the last pic! Zoom and you will see another smaller bridge at a much lower level which gives an indication of the height of this particular
    one.

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  58. Stunning Captures, Arti!!!
    Love to see so many places here...
    Great job,dear:-)

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  59. Thank you for no word verification! It's such a hassle. I turned it off on my blog and haven't seen any problems yet.

    Great photos and writing, as always. I love the temple photo the most. Thank you for sharing.

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