janki chatti (near yamunotri)

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.­