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Nilkantha, Neelakant, Neelkanth, Nilkanth or Nilkanta is a major peak in the Garhwal division of the Himalayas. Lying in the picturesque region state of Uttarakhand, it is one of the most important and religiously revered peaks of the region due to its close proximity to Badrinath. It is situated at the height of 6507 metres and overlooks the lovely valley of the Alaknanda River. The snow-covered peak rises dramatically against the background of the crisp blue sky and presents one of the most beautiful sights that the region had to offer.
Neelkanth lies in the midst of a medley of glaciers. The Satopanth Glacier lies on the northwest side of Nilkantha, while the Panpatia Glacier lies to the southwest, and feeds the Khirao Ganga, a stream running under the south of the peak. To the west of the peak, lies the Gangotri Glacier and its adjacent peaks while the Nanda Devi groups and Kamet lie across the Alaknanda Valley. Undoubtedly, the scenery painted by the snow-covered peaks is a sight to sore eyes. It also forms an important part of the route to Badrinath and hence has a great footfall every year.
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