November 15, 2008

Mount Neelkanth


Garhwal, Uttarakhand
India
July-Aug 2008




While returning from a trek that I had started before dawn to the Indo-Tibet border village of Mana Village, I suddenly had the pleasure to view this fabulous sight of the 'Garhwal Queen' peeping out. Garhwal Queen is an appropriate sobriquet for the captivating beauty of Mt. Neelkanth.

The towering Mt. Neelkanth forms the backdrop of the pilgrimage town of Badrinath in the Himalayas. This pyramidal shaped snowy peak at a height of 6,597 metres (21,643 feet) above sea level borders the Nar-Narayan mountain ranges of Badrinath.

Later that morning as I walked around Badrinath I continued to look up at the fascinating sight till the time I sat down for breakfast in a modest restaurant in Badrinath. Every minute the scene kept changing as the clouds and mist played around the beautiful peak.


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47 comments:

Lakshmi said...

loved the pics..first and third..in bandipur now

Ram Dhall said...

Simply superb. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

Tazeen said...

wow,
great pictures, seriously

Ravi Kumar said...

awesome dear..i m in orissa...check out.. ;)

alok said...

It’s a beautiful place and equally wonderful pictures !

Lekhni said...

For a moment, I thought you had climed Mt. Nilkanth :)

Iona said...

Loved the picts...esp the third....WOW!

indicaspecies said...

Lakshmi,

Thanks. I’ll be right over to check out Bandipur now.

indicaspecies said...

Ram,

Thank you. I owe a visit to ghumakkar, shall do that shortly.

indicaspecies said...

Tazeen,

Welcome, and thank you..seriously! ;)

indicaspecies said...

Ravi,

I’ll be right over. I checked out the pictures on the big O..lovely!

indicaspecies said...

Alok,

Thank you. The scenic beauty of Badrinath is indescribable!

indicaspecies said...

Lekhni,

Haha..how I wish!

indicaspecies said...

Iona,

Hey, glad you did. Thank you for your visit.;)

Ashraf said...

What a beauty !!!!!!

Sujata said...

Simple breathtaking!

indicaspecies said...

Ashraf,

Indeed!

indicaspecies said...

Sujata,

It was so to view it in real.

Priyank said...

Celine, I miss Himalayas. The pictures are stunning :)

indicaspecies said...

Priyank,

Thank you. Right now, I miss the Himalayas too. Waiting to get back to the mountains!

Vamsee said...

Love the pictures. You make me want to go there right now.

CHEWY said...

Seeing through the cloud's eye.

Zhu said...

The mix of the blue sky, the white clouds and the green mountain is beautiful. Looks like paradise!

Moannie said...

How utterly beautiful your pictures are, and how amazing that you found my site and took the time to write a comment. Thank you so much. One of the countries I have never visited, and I am poorer for that.

nonizamboni said...

This doesn't always happen from a photo, but I could actually feel the incredible elevation! Amazing photos and trip details. I especially liked your paradox poem...nicely done.
Take good care!

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

what a lovely place.
another one on my bucket list
:)

Cloudia said...

Wonderful pictures of a very beautiful place!
Aloha from Waikiki-

Mridula said...

Once seen, never forgotten!

Kavi said...

Fantastic. You inspire me to go here !

Nandan Jha said...

Bahut Badhiya !!

indicaspecies said...

Vamsee,

Thank you. Please do drop by again.:)

Merisi said...

What a magnificent view of Garhwal Queen breaking out of the clouds!

indicaspecies said...

Chewy,

Dar, glad you are doing that.;)

indicaspecies said...

Zhu,

It felt great being there, and enjoying the lovely sights. More to come in posts to follow.:)

indicaspecies said...

Moannie,

Thank you for your visit to my blog and leaving nice words. Your site is delightful and I shall surely be dropping by again.:)

indicaspecies said...

Nonizamboni,

You’ve made my day with your kind words, thank you.:)

indicaspecies said...

Vicky,

It is. You could try to make it there when the roads open again at the end of winter season.: )

indicaspecies said...

Cloudia,

Aloha. Thank you very much for dropping by and your nice words.:)

indicaspecies said...

Mridula,

Indeed! :)

indicaspecies said...

Kavi,

Do make it there, thank you for dropping by.:)

indicaspecies said...

Nandan,

Shukriya! :)

indicaspecies said...

Merisi,

I'm delighted that you enjoyed this.:)

Arun said...

hey.. how are things. Just started reading your Garhwal stories.. :)

Have lot of catching up with blog reading.. Hope I can make it to Garhwal this year.. :)

indicaspecies said...

Arun,

All fine, and just back from another trip to India.:)

Hey, I guess it's too late for Garhwal for this year, what with snow covered roads etc. Did you mean the coming year?

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