snow patches on pastures and himalaya mountains near joshimath (india)


Mountains landscape view from a ridge above the Auli ski resort near Joshimath (India)

I hiked to that ridge (elevation of 3,500 m - 11,500 ft).­ and got an amazing panoramic view of the high mountains all around, and patches of snow on the pastures.­

I did the first part of the hike with a group of nice Russian bikers that I met in Joshimath, but they gave up before the top, so I did the rest of the hike solo.­

mountains pastures rocks snow stones
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.­