Mel's Trip travel blog

Birth of the Ganges, where the Alakandra and Malikindra rivers merge to...

All the towns and villages in the Himalayan foothills are brightly coloured...

Another foothills shot disproving my previous caption, but a lovely place called...

I liked this view of the Himalayas with cloud obscuring the middle...

Lake Deorital where I camped, and a perfect early morning reflection.

Just another beautiful mountain.......

The main peak in this pic is Kedanath, the abode of Lord...

Me on top of Chandrasilla (4,000m), having a lovely, if cold, time.

This is the view I was looking at in the last photo...

Tugnath, the highest Shiva shrine in India (3280m), the 2 people you...

Just a nice sunset in the hills

Snake "Charmer", he had to keep whacking the snakes with his flute...

Rishikesh - one of many ashrams the top half of which is...

I'm really going to miss the colour of India. Here's a stall...

View of Rishikesh (Laxman Juhla) from where I was staying.

And now i'm staying here, Choudrays Guest House... Delhi's not my favourite...


Hello,

Well this is my last day in India so i've uploaded my last few photo's. Since leaving Rajasthan i've been in Uttrancharal in northern India, just west of Nepal. I spent a week trekking in the Indian (Garwhal) Himalayas which was undoubtedly the highlight of my India trip. I don't know why I didn't just skip the rest and go straight there instead. It was very quiet as the weather had only just got good enough to be able to trek, as it was I was ony able to do what they call here low level trekking (between 8,000 and 12,000 ft!). Anyway I had a fab time, other than my guide who had an ego the size of Everest and no-one to feed it but me - by the end of 7 days we were just about still speaking!

The rest of the time i've spent in Rishikesh which is where The Beatles went back in the late 60's when they got all Spiritual. It's an extremely important Hindu holy place, the Ganges leaves the Himalayas there, and there's something else to do with Rama and his brother Laxman and the Ramayana (someone help me out here!). It's great place full of Indian pilgrims, Sadhu's and western hippy types studying yoga, meditation and music with lots of long term visitors. I started learning to play the Tabla (Indian drums) while I was there, but don't worry i'm not intending to inflict my talents on anyone..

Hope you're all well, and that springs on it's way.

Love Mel.



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