Jun 8, 2009

Tunganath

This summer I was at Chopta, in the Garhwal Himalayas. From there, I made the short trek to Tunganath (literally: The Lord of the Lofty Heights). Tunganath, at 12,072 feet, is possibly the highest temple (as opposed to shrine) in India. And it is one of the five kedars, the most important of which is, a few valleys away, at Kedarnath.

But Tunganath is exceptional for the views of the neighboring peaks that it allows the visitor. On a good day you can see the Yamunotri, Gangotri, Trishul, Sumeru, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. And all the khambas of the Chaukhamba (lit: Four Pillars: chau: four, khamba: pillar). Thankfully, before the monsoon arrives in the mountains, good days are aplenty.

So this is what the traveler saw.

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Video: (c) Sandeep Banerjee - All Rights Reserved

Jun 7, 2009

Lord of the Lofty Heights

Views from (and around) Tunganath.



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(c) Sandeep Banerjee - All Rights Reserved

Jun 6, 2009

Freedom Song

I am fascinated by birds. Flying birds. And every time I trek in the Garhwals, I look at the Himalayan eagles and stare in amazement at that thing that they do.



Image: (c) Sandeep Banerjee - All Rights Reserved

Jun 5, 2009

Friends from here and there

With friends. Among friends.
In the Garhwal Himalayas.



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(c) Sandeep Banerjee, Arijit Sen - All Rights Reserved