road on cliff - dhauliganga valley (india)


The mountain road along the rugged Dhauliganga Valley is not for the faint of heart.­ The road is often carved off vertical cliffs, like on this photo.­

Motorcyclists are overlooking the village of Raini.­ Past this village, the road continue up the valley along a very high cliff.­

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

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Nanda Devi National Park, Unnamed Road, Jugajuchaklata, Uttarakhand 246443, India

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.­

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