lumberjacks rolling tree log (india)


Lumberjacks rolling the trunk of a big pine tree they just cut (India)

This was on the mountain road to Gangotri, in the Bhagirathi valley.­ The lumberjacks did not have any power tool or chainsaw, just two-man crosscut saws and wood axes.­ Yet they were able to cut and move large pine trees.­ Trucks had to wait some times until they cleared the road.­

bhagirathi valley lumberjacks men mountain road mountains pushing rolling tree log tree logging trunk workers working
National Highway 108, Taknaur Renge, Uttarakhand 249135, India

Photos of a motorcycle trip on the road from Tehri up to to Gangotri (India)

The Gangotri road goes up the Bhagirathi river valley.­ The Bhagirathi is one of the headstreams of the Ganges.­

A good portion of the Bhagirathi is flooded by the Tehri reservoir (artificial lake).

The road ends at Gangotri, an important Hindu pilgrimage destination on the Bhagirathi river, high in the Himalaya mountains.­

Along the way, there are a few villages and an abandoned Hydro Power Project (Loharinag-Pala), with some tunnels that can be explored if you have a flash-light and do not mind jumping over the gates.­ Some of the tunnels are flooded.­

Gangotri has no full-time inhabitants, and it is just guarded by a few soldiers during the winter time.­ Early in the season, before thousands of Hindu Yatri (pilgrims) arrive in Gangotri, all the shops are closed.­ The town comes to life only later, in late spring and summer, when the pilgrims arrive.­

When I arrived in Gangotri in early spring, by motorbike, the place was really like a ghost town!

Only a few locals were there, mostly to repair the accommodations and get them ready for the pilgrims that would come in mass later in the season.­ Luckily I managed to find a room (very cold, with no heat and with no water) and a place to eat dinner.­

For more info, go to:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gangotri
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bhagirathi_­River
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Loharinag_­Pala_­Hydro_­Power_­Project

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.­