red flags and bells at hindu shrine in mountain forest (india)


Small Hindu shrine in a forest on an ancient trail high above the Auli ski resort near Joshimath (India)

There was many brass bells and red flags around the shrine.­ It must be quite old, on an ancient stone-paved trail going to some high pastures near the ridge of the mountain.­

bells forest hinduism mountains red flags shrine
Auli Road, Auli Laga Joshimath, Uttarakhand 246443, India

Photos of the region around Joshimath and the Alaknanda Valley (India).­

The Alaknanda is one of the headstreams of the Ganges.­

When I was there, the road to Badrinath, one of the holy pilgrimage destinations for Hindus in India, in the upper Alaknanda Valley, was not opened yet.­

So, instead, I went to explore the Dhauliganga valley, one of the tributary of the Alaknanda.­

For more info about this region, read:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Alaknanda_­River
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Dhauliganga_­River

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­