mountain road in rugged alakananda valley (india)

Mountain road carved in a rock cliff, in the Alaknanda valley, near Joshimath, in the Indian Himalayas.­

In the background, the construction site of the Vishnu-Prayag Hydro Power Project power-house.­ You can see the tunnel adit that will bring the pressurized water to the power house.­ The dam is a few kilometers upstream, near Joshimath.­

The Alaknanda river is one of the headstreams of the Ganges river.­

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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.­