village kids sitting in front of old traditional house with wood carvings (india)

Boys sitting in front of an old traditional house with wood carvings, in a village in the Indian Himalayas.­

View more photos of Janki Chatti village, near Yamunotri, in the Indian Himalayas.­

boys carved children columns house intricate janki chatti kids knit cap sitting village wood carving
National Highway 94, Janki Chatti, Uttarakhand 249141, India

Janki Chatti is the last village that can be reached by road, on the way to Yamunotri (India).­

I took these photos in the old quarter of the village, where people still live the traditional way, and where tourists rarely venture.­

People live with their animals, in houses that usually have a single room for the entire family (that includes the grand-parents and many kids).­

They burn wood that they gather in the forest for heat and cooking.­ There is one water faucet for the entire village, where they fill-up buckets and jerrycans.­ There is no sanitation or plumbing, but there are a couple of outdoor toilets.­

Most houses have no electricity so people sleep soon after sunset and wake up very early.­ Houses have very small windows or no window at all, to keep warmer.­ Roofs are covered with stone slabs.­

This may look very uncomfortable and harsh life, but that how most people live in their villages, all around Asia.­

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.­