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My second post this week is a landscape...

Harsil (altitude 2745 m or 9006 feet) is a sleepy hamlet just 24 Km from Gangotri, the origin of River Bhagirathi. India’s & perhaps the world’s most sacred river Ganges or Ganga is formed by the merger of rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda in a place called Devprayag. Upstream from Devprayag, a beautiful road runs all along the Bhagirathi river all the way past Harsil to the source - at Gangotri.

The distance from Harsil to Uttarkashi (1158 m or 3799 feet) maybe only 72 Km, but remember that’s a drop of over 5200 feet (1587 m) as well. The steep winding road, meandering like hairpins along bends, are sometimes precarious due to monsoon rains, but one gets to see amazing sceneries on the way. We started from Harsil at around 6.15 in the morning under heavy overcast skies as in all days of our stay there...patches of blue gave glimmer of hope. I am not sure about the location of this photograph, but it could be Gangnani (altitude 2133 m or 6998 feet). But that’s an approximation from my part. The river is muddy because of the rainy season & the waters bring in a lot of silt & mud from the mountains.

The sky continued to be heavily loaded with rain clouds as we rumbled down screeching & braking on the sometimes steep slope. Then all of a sudden, this view unfolded before us…a few faint rays of the morning sun managed to pierce the clouds creating a crescent like slice of light on the mountain slopes to the left. I screeched the car to a halt to capture this scene, which lasted alas, a few minutes before the clouds took over yet again. A slice of luck perhaps & hence Decisive Moment!

Maybe you might want to look at the Workshop Post as well? :-)

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