Shivling at Night

Foto: Pete McBride

The Milky Way shines brightly above Shivling Peak (21,329 ft) which sits in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya, near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, 6 kilometres (4 mi) south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh (the source of the Bhagirathi River). Its name refers to its status as a sacred symbol of the God – Lord Shiva’s Shiva Linga. It was called “Matterhorn Peak” by early European visitors because of its similarity in appearance to that Alpine peak. Photo taken from the Tapovan meadow, a popular pilgrimage site due to its inspiring view of the mountain.

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