HIMALAYA: INDIAN HIMALAYA
"The land north of Gangadwar is known to the wise as Paradise Ground.
Apart from this land, the rest is called Earth ealsewhere."
Kedarkhand (Skanda Purana)
"There is no happiness for him who does not travel, Rohita!
Thus we have heard. Living in the society of men, the best man becomes a sinner...therefore, wander!...The fortune of him who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves. Therefore, wander!"
Aitareya Brahmanan in the Rigveda, 800BC
JUNE 2018 LATEST
I recently returned from my first visit to India in over ten years. I was last there in 2004 filming with Michael Wood for the BBC / PBS series "In Search of Myths and Heroes", when we visited Delhi, Haridwar, Badrinath and Mana. This time I was helping Geraldine Westrupp of Wild Photography Holidays lead a trip to the source of the Ganges. Delhi, Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Raithal and Haridwar. Les emphasis on the trekking and mountaineering side of Himalayan travel than I am used to, but fantastic to immerse ourselves in the colourful culture of the Indian Himalaya. The first 160 or so images in this gallery are new material from this trip, followed by mountain shots from previous visits. The Myths and Heroes images are in their own gallery - Shangri La.