Dear Readers, The issue contains detailed information and more than 600 images from the high altitude trek that combines physical, cultural, and religious experiences. So, you do not get bog down in lack of information and lack of preparedness. So, you can focus on action that is your first passion. You have to await next Nanda Raj Jat until 2026 or more because the historical data suggests that it has
Volume 2 Issue 1 2016
On August 16, 2014, it was sunny when we left Rishikesh for Nauti, the starting point of Nanda Raj Jat, in a jeep around 9:00 am. But landslides due to downpour on the previous day blocked the two routes we tried before taking the third route. It took one and a half days to complete this drive of about 200 kilometers. Here is a brief overview of the three routes
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On September 8, 2014, when I checked in previously booked economy room (INR 660 per person, per night) in Rahi Motel by GMVN in Haridwar, I was disappointed. So I upgraded to the next level of room by paying INR 521 more. Room However, the upgraded room (no 101) was another space in disrepair. The window mesh partly protected against mosquitos but it was wrapped in soot. Lower part of
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Many doubts rose in my mind about his abilities and intentions to honor the contract when I spoke to Yogendra Joshi (YJ) for the first time in his office on August 15, 2014. YJ actually inadvertently confirmed the doubts in Nauti on August 17. He was General Manager (GM) of Rishikesh-based DreamCatcher Adventure that I hired for my once-in-a-lifetime trip for photographing and trekking the Nanda Raj Jat trail. Since
On August 16, 2014, I spent a night in Hotel Welcome (Chamba), located on Mussoorie-Dhanolty-Chamba road, and ate meals at a nearby dhaba. Although both were busy, quality standards were non-existent. Here are more details: Hotel Welcome I walked in Hotel Welcome around 9:00 pm after checking rooms in a few other budget hotels or I say shabby hotels. The tariff of a small room with bright pink and white
Porters are part and parcel of the pilgrimage. The porterage accounts for substantial part of the total cost of Nanda Raj Jat. For example, according to the estimates, about 1,500 Nepali porters earned record revenues during the 2014 pilgrimage: INR 10,500,000 in seven days from Wan to Sutol. Local horse and mule owners also did good business: They charged INR 2,500 per animal, per day for Wan-Vedni section of the
I have heard and read several times that the neo adventure tourists clamor for roads to promote high altitude pilgrimage and adventure tourism in the Himalayas. They justify their demand in the following ways: Argument 1: Roads will increase number of adventure tourists that will generate more revenue for local and non-local travel agents and tour operators and other service providers. Pros and cons: The business community may earn more
You will neither need consent of the local government nor the season for Nanda Raj Jat. The barefoot pilgrimage happens when the local community decides considering auspicious dates. The government does not levy any fee and issue permits for venturing into the restricted areas during this rare religious, social, and cultural adventure. However, you do need cash, in fact, lots of cash to pay cooks, mules, and low and high
“Nutritious ration would reassure you.” Carbs facilitate devotional duties. Lack of food frustrates. But food costs a lot, especially at high altitude. For example, cost of 75-gram Maggi noodles went from INR 10 in plains to INR 40 in Pathar Nachauniya and INR 50 in Bhaguwasa during Nanda Raj Jaat 2014. Similarly price of tea increased from INR 10 for a small cup in Vedni to INR 15 in Pathar
7 Facts about Nanda Devi Locals believe that Nanda Devi is an incarnation of Parvati or a sister of Parvati. Goddess Nanda Devi is the principal deity of both divisions of the State: Garhwal and Kumaon. Both the divisions participate in the pilgrimage. Although Nanda Devi is a goddess, a masculine title (Shri) is used for her, her temples, and the pilgrimage dedicated to her. Nickname of Nanda Devi in