What incredible views on the road from Joshimath to Badrinath!
A lovely bridge over the Alaknanda! I just had to stop and soak in the view - and click a few snaps.
The helicopter ferry from Govindghat to Ghangria. Saves a couple of days of walking time - and sore legs!
Seriously... what awesome views!
My new friend George! He was on the tail-end of a fascinating 75 day solo bike tour around India!
The last village this side of the border - Mana!
Bhimpul - where the mighty Bheema cast a giant rock to form a bridge over the Saraswati river.
Saraswati river welcomed me with a cute little rainbow below the Bhimpul
The young and bubbly Alaknanda river
The amazingly scenic route to Vasudhara falls
Just to give a sense of scale - this is me sitting on that rock overlooking the river!
Why do people build cairns everywhere? So that we can come again?
India's last shop...
George had read about this shopkeeper in a Malayali newspaper and so came looking for him out of curiosity! And to his joy, the shopkeeper had a copy of that newspaper.
Vyas cave - where Sage Vyas is supposed to have dictated the Mahabharata to Ganesha
Me and my lovely bike at India's last village!
Badrinath temple was closed for siesta from 1 to 4!
Badrinath temple - some people say that this was originally a Buddhist temple... and it does look a bit like that...
Jai Badri Vishal!
We come back to Govindghat to catch the chopper - and I get a nasty shock!
Waiting at the helipad!
Ghangria is the base camp for Hemkunt pilgrimage and Valley of Flowers trek
Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me...