|Jorge Sanchez (Spain):|
The gate to the fabulous Himalaya region is Haridwar, on the banks of the holy River Ganga (Ganges), in the new State of Uttaranchal. There are daily trains from Delhi to Haridwar as well as buses. Then you still have to proceed to Rishikesh, and after two more days of travel by bus you will arrive to Uttar Kashi, or the Northern Varanasi, from where you can reach four holy places at the border with Tibet (and still 100 kilometers further the Kailas Mountain and the Ganges source). These four holy places are: 1 - BADRINATH, where there is a famous temple devoted to Vishnu. It is one of the four holiest sites marking the four cardinal religious points of India (the other three are Rameswaran, in the south, Puri in the East, and Dwarka in the west). In Badrinath the sage Veda Vyasa wrote the Vedas and the Mahabharata, and even 'witnessed' the battle of Kurukshetra (the main argument of the Bhagavad-Gita) without leaving his cave, thanks to his telepathic powers.
In fact I walked from Haridwar to Rishikesh, what took me half a day. Then I caught the bus further up.
As from Rishikesh in direction up the Himalaya to eat meat and drink alcohol is forbidden.
The bus from Rishikesh to Badrinath takes, in theory, no less than twelve hours time to cross a distance of 300 kilometers. Before getting to Badrinath there were falling rocks obstructing the road and we have to wait for the whole night in Govind Ghat, at only 25 kilometers from our destiny.
Practically all the passengers of my bus were Sikhs and they invited to spend the night in the gurdwara in that place. In fact, the place was named after the Sikh Guru Govind Singh.
The next day, after two more hours bus journey we reached Badrinath and finally could enjoy the wonderful view of the Nanda Devi and walk in the valley of the flowers.
During two days I enjoyed the place and made an excursion to Manas and the Lake Hempkund. I used to sleep in Hindu temples or in Sikhs gurdwaras, together with pilgrims.
After Badrinath I headed to the other places for pilgrims, such as Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, mainly by bus and also walking, what took me over one month time.
|Date posted: September 2013|
|Hiranmay Ghosh (India):|
|I visited the Valley of Flowers last week. While there were quite a bit of hardship on the route because of landslides, the valley provided an exhilarating experience. The flowers were in full-bloom and moist with rains. I could not see much of the mighty peaks due to clouds though!|
|Date posted: August 2011|
|Juliana Hills (New York):|
|It was so pretty and relaxing. And i even got to see some animals even thouhg i wasnt there for long!|
|Date posted: March 2010|
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