We usually have a certain equation of a good trip in our mind, with certain variables like how comfortable the stay is, how good the food is, how exotic the location is...etc. But all this while there are a few certainties like duration of the trip, location(s) to visit, number of days of stay at each location, a fixed schedule of the trip....The idea was to turn these constants into variables and sit back and watch the equation stake shape.
In late April, I started this trip with a visit to Varanasi. (I believe the city offers a kind of a crash course on India). I had no idea where I would go next .... and definitely no idea that the trip would ultimately take me to a remote village near the Indo-Tibetan border near Joshimath. There was no fixed date of return, no trip plan, schedule.....except for a certain budget (well that corners it down a lot). Anyway, till the money lasted, I met a lot of unique people that never really made me feel lonely during the trip. And yes, I took loads of photographs too.
On the Ghats of Benaras
Waiting for her boat
Making the Arc
Next I arrived at Haridwar, on my way to the Garhwal Himalayas. Though the Kumbh mela had just ended the crowd had not yet completely dispersed.
Lost in Kumbh
At Joshimath, the trip got really exciting
....where I took a ride on top of one of the India Post vehicles to a distant village some 36Km uphill.
Most of the people of these villages at such high altitudes migrate to lower and warmer places in the winter and at the time I visited, many were migrating back to these villages.
On route to one of the villages I got acquainted to one of my fellow passengers, who turned out to be a teacher in the village primary school.