November 17, 2010

Alaknanda, the Mountain River


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River Alaknanda near Badrinath

The Alaknanda is a river in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the two headstreams of the Ganges. The Alaknanda begins its journey from the Himalayan mountains.

Mana Village

A 4 km walk from Badrinath along the Alaknanda river and past fields divided by dry stone walls leads to tiny Mana village as seen in the background of the above photograph. It is the last village on the borders of Indo-China region.

Mana is situated at a height of 3,200 meters (over 10,000 feet) above main sea level. This village shuts down in winter for 6 months or so as it gets snow-bound with sub-zero temperatures.

It is presumed that it was in this little Village that the sacred Indian texts of the Vedas and Puranas were compiled.

The inhabitants of Mana in the Himalayan mountains are mainly Indo-Mongolian tribals.

24 comments:

libererlesprit said...

more pic plz of this pristine place

Anu said...

Beautiful!!! Hope I can go there sometime!

cyclopseven said...

lovely pictures. Mesmerizing. Thanks

Kay L. Davies said...

Unlike any mountain rivers I've ever seen. Unlike any mountains I've ever seen. Amazing country. 10,000 feet - the air must be very thin. I remember having trouble breathing at 9000 feet.
Beautiful photographs. Thank you. This is so interesting.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Randi said...

You always show beautiful landscapes. I love watching your posts! Thanks for sharing

Gunilla said...

Fantastic photos of the river.
And the landscapes too.

You are a great fotographer.
I like the photos and thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day

Gunilla said...

Fantastic photos of the river.
And the landscapes too.

You are a great fotographer.
I like the photos and thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day

Kim, USA said...

OMG this so pretty. You are so blessed to have photos like this. So great capture. Thanks for the visit too.
Watery Wednesday

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a great place! I think I need to visit. love the pictures!

Photo Cache said...

Interesting to know these things. So many facets of India, I wonder if one can really see it all - such a huge country and so wonderfully diverse in all aspects.

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Rosadimaggio63 said...

Fantastiche !

EG Wow said...

I'm going to look Mana and Badrinath up on a map. How interesting that you have been to village that shuts down during the winter.

EG Wow said...

Oh WOW! I now see where Badrinath and Mana are - quite north, nearly into Nepal!

Anonymous said...

great shot
I love the header of your blog..great
Grace Olsson

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful place! Great shots!

Indrani said...

Great sights, wish I could be there. :)

Ebie said...

The view is so breath taking. This hike would be for the fit. I limit myself to 500 ft.

The fog looks so mystic! Its only a wish to visit this place!

Saibal Barman said...

Just in June this year, I again trekked to Satopant Tal and explore Alakapuri--the snout of Alakananda...
It always brings newer face of beauty...great sharing, Celine !

jeannette said...

Love the first pic, because of the mist of the clouds in between the mountains. Yes, with such a height, can imagine that it's cold in winter!

rainboy said...

you visited uttranchal again ?? :O without informing me GRRRRRRRRRRR

Lakshmi said...

loved the first pic..theres a certain magic in it..

Trotter said...

Hi Celine! SAlways fabulous the places you go to!!

Blogtrotter Two is facing the legendary question: «What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?»
Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Priyank said...

The infinite expanse is so soothing. I did not know that this place is believed to have such an old history!