Monday, June 22, 2009

To the Himalayas and Back

A much awaited and needed vacation that was to the Himalayas. This trip was unique on its own. This was the first time the kids stayed away from us for a week and vice versa. They were with my parents and did well for the most part. Secondly, I will be wrong in saying a trip to the Himalayas, because what we visited was only a very minute fraction of the gigantic mountain range, so serene and composed. I fall short of words to describe the same. I had been there in my teens and knew what to expect. For the most part, things have changed. I would say people have been more adventurous and explorative, and we could see a lot of rafting, camping, trekking, diving places all thru our way up the mountains. Here are the few snaps from the trip.

Ganga at Rishikesh

Enroute Badrinath

Badrinath Shrine

Confluence of Alaknanda (from Badrinath) and Mandakini (from Kedarnath) at Rudraprayag

Confluence of Ganga (from Gangotri) and Alaknanda at DevPrayag

Ganga ji ki aarthi at Haridwar

We ventured into our very first white water rafting experiment. It was fun and we fared well compared to our skiing trials where we came down with soar and painful body and promised ourselves never to venture again.