Uttarakhand (उत्तरांचल) became the 27th state of the Republic of India on November 9, 2000 after a relatively short and peaceful struggle by its people in the 1990s, having previously comprised part of Uttar Pradesh.
A group of saddhus I travelled with to go to the sources of the Ganges . You can see the two summit of the Baghirathi mountains in the background. As a matter of fact the Ganges is named Bhagirathi river from Gaumukh down to Deoprayag. It is from Deoprayag that the river starts taking the name Ganga.