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The Tapovan sulfurous hot springs in the Dhauliganga valley (India)

The small geysers of bubbling scalding water are pretty cool.­

The hot water is captured and piped to a few pools and showers downhill below the roadside, but that's not a great place for a hot bath, since the pools are indoor and in poor conditions.­

This is upstream from Joshimath, in the valley of one of the headstreams of the Ganges river.­

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Unnamed Road, Kurchoi, Uttarakhand 246483, 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

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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.­