October 2008 | India , Uttarakhand

Char Dham

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Having escaped the snows of Spiti, I headed for the neighboring Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, formally known as Uttaranchal.  The state’s most famous destination for foreigners is the Meditation/Yoga/Asram/neo-Hippi meca of Rishikesh made famous by the Beatles’ stay in 1968.  For Indians the state derives its fame as […]

10/15/2008 to 10/17/2008 | India , Uttarakhand

Kuari Pass Trek

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I reached Joshimath in the evening after a long series of jeeps and buses from Wan, although relatively close geographically the poor roads and transport connections made it a long day of travel.  My primary purpose of visiting Joshimath was to hike up to the Kuari Pass for […]

10/10/2008 to 10/13/2008 | India , Uttarakhand

Roop Kund

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The mysterious lake of Roop Kund sits below the towering 7120 m (23,350 ft) face of Trisul, on the western edge of the Nada Devi Sanctuary, mountainous region surrounding Nada Devi the highest peak solely contained within India.  The lake draws its notoriety from the large collection of […]