Bhojbasa accommodation

#1 Jul 16th, 2009, 22:00
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Can some one shed some light on Bhojbasa accommodation situation?
The following forum suggested that the GMVN rest house is currently not available.
Gangotri-Gaumukh trek

The other alternative is Lal Baba Ashram. Would it remain open and available 9th of Oct? or do we need to arrange the camping gear and camp overnight? We were hoping to travel light and stay at GMVN rest house and eat whatever available at Bhijbasa.
If Lal Baba Ashram remains open then do need to sleep on the hard floor? Or do they provide some soft mattress to sleep on? Do we need to carry anything else like soft mattress and blanket or sleeping bag?

Another forum thread suggested that the Forest Department ordered to vacate the Simla Baba’s Ashram from Tapovan; no one is allowed to stay permanently. Apparently this will apply to Lal Baba Ashram as well. I am not sure if all these are true, but it would be helpful if anyone can provide the latest and true information.
New Govt Regulation: Restricted Permits at Gangotri National Park (Read page 4)
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I agree its frustating to see Bhojwasa closed during season..I guess we should call up GMVN ..

I called a guide in Gangotri yesterday but according to him Banagli mata is their..may be it would take some time for them to vacate.. I got this news from orkut ..

I also want somebody who visited recently to confirm..
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chits007,

Do you know what do I need to carry with us if we are to stay at Lal Babas Ashram?

I agree that it would be good to get some feedback from any one who visited the place recently or some one who knows for sure about the GMVN rest houses and the Ashram. Tried to contact GMVN at Gangotri but no answer.
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Even I haven't visited the place, I am planning in Dusshera Holidays.Look like we have to go prepared with food and tents
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chits007

Please drop me an email message after you have visited the place.

We are visiting the place on 9th and 10th Oct.
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Originally Posted by sks551 View Post Can some one shed some light on Bhojbasa accommodation situation?
The following forum suggested that the GMVN rest house is currently not available.
Gangotri-Gaumukh trek

The other alternative is Lal Baba Ashram. Would it remain open and available 9th of Oct? or do we need to arrange the camping gear and camp overnight? We were hoping to travel light and stay at GMVN rest house and eat whatever available at Bhijbasa.
If Lal Baba Ashram remains open then do need to sleep on the hard floor? Or do they provide some soft mattress to sleep on? Do we need to carry anything else like soft mattress and blanket or sleeping bag?

Another forum thread suggested that the Forest Department ordered to vacate the Simla Baba’s Ashram from Tapovan; no one is allowed to stay permanently. Apparently this will apply to Lal Baba Ashram as well. I am not sure if all these are true, but it would be helpful if anyone can provide the latest and true information.
New Govt Regulation: Restricted Permits at Gangotri National Park (Read page 4)
The Lal baba ashram remains open all through the year. Even in the harshest winter there are two or three followers who stay back.They will provide the basic stuff like plenty of blankets to wrap on for the night. The floors will be covered by some kind of mattress for sure.
If the forest department's order gets applied in Bhujbasa then it will be bad news for the travellers. Lal baba's Ashram has been there for quite some time as a major shelter provider.
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Guys,
I thought about giving an update on this.

My travel agent contacted the GMVN office in Rishikesh and they told him that online booking for Bhojbasa is not possible because it requires trekking permit. If you are in India then you should be able to make the booking at your local GMVN office.
One other thing; I think that the rooms are not available for some reason. Perhaps being rebuilt. You can only book the tented accommodation. Each tented accommodation is normally shared by 5 or 6 people and they provide bedding but I am not sure about the cleanliness. They charge Rs 300 for each person for the tented accommodation.

Other option would be the Ashrams which are still open and provide shared dormitory accommodation. You may also take your own tent which a lot of people do.
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i went diwali 2006, the season was over, biked upto a deserted gangotri from gangnani, left in the afternoon reached bhojbasa after dark as it started snowing. very cold, below freezing (had to break through the ice in the buckets to get to the water!), and the dorm was draughty, but a roof, bedding and hot food!

next day went up to gaumukh, what a terrifying ice wall, its spectacular, and chunks keep falling off in to the icy water below to remind you that its all moving! then we made it back to gangotri, starving as we chose to bypass bhojbasa and chiribasa was deserted, not even a chai shop! the one restaurant at gangotri gave us good alu paranthas, and we made off for gangnani (hot springs, the best place to stay on the bhagirathi) for our relaxing dips in the scalding water.
what if . . . maybe . . . say . . . suppose!
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Gangotri-Tapovan Trek

Folks,

I am planning a trek with 6 folks to Gangotri-Bhojbasa-Tapovan for 3-4 days. Would like to stay in Tapovan for a night. Could anyone let me know if we can do without porter of guide, else suggest what is the minimum number that we can do with. Most of the stuff we would like to carry ourself. Any idea on the maximum weight that one should be able to carrycomfortably for such a trek.

Shailesh

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