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India - In the eastern hill-stations...

At the beginning of the trip we caught a train up to Haridwar and hired a car and driver for a day to drive up into the foothills of the mountains.

The narrow winding roads led us up to the Surkanda Devi temple where we parked and climbed the last 500m or so up a steep, twisting path to the temple at an altitude of 3030m… I was kind of out of breath by the time I got to the top and unfortunately the weather had closed in so that we couldn't see the high peaks of the Himalayas. Unbelievably, hail stones were falling at the top… and you could only enter with bare feet - brrr!

A few days later we saw a newspaper and it was reported that a day or so after we went up there a bus full of people had crashed over the edge and fallen down the sheer side of the road killing everyone on board!

The terraces below Mussoorie…

Surkanda Devi temple

The walk up to the temple at 3030m.

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    • # Monika

      good to have a guardian angel on your side... will you reveal what profession you practice which takes you to such amazing places all over the world? no. 5 is how i imagine the gate to heaven.

      2009.04.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      It's always good to return with stories as well as photos! Saved #3 to my favs.... 4 looks windy and cold, love the women's saris blowing around them.

      2009.04.20 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Redro

      Amazing photos and story :)
      ... And this is just the beginning - #@%*!!!

      2009.04.20 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Helen

      Wonderful set - I especially like the first two - so much detail to pore over.

      2009.04.20 Edited Reply Cancel