On the Front Cover
The front cover features an image of Nanda Devi from Kurad, Uttarakhand. Because this issue focuses on the Nanda Devi Raj Jat, a pilgrimage dedicated to Nanda Devi, the patron goddess of Uttarakhand. The Jat is in fact a special edition of Roopkund and Homkund trek meandering through the Indian Himalayas. This trekking trail is known for serene mountainous landscape that is considered as the home of the goddess. DYK that many pilgrims trek the entire Jat trail barefoot.
On the Back Cover
The back cover features a guide-cum-porter who accompanied one of the groups that participated in Nanda Raj Jat 2014. The sleeping pose, specially selected for the cover, symbolizes a well-deserved rest after a 22-day long hard trek.
Do and See
Missing Momentum of the First Day September 6, 2014 Saturday Poor presence of pilgrims produced emptiness that highlighted the lush landscape of Nauti and other aspects of the event. The sky was the same and
September 5, 2014 Friday Friendly weather favored us once more. But jeep drivers did not. They successfully demanded INR 200 per person for a short shared jeep ride of thirty minutes from Sutol to Ghat.
Meeting of Kumaoni and Garhwali Parasols, Palanquins, People, Prayers August 26, 2014 Tuesday On the 10th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014, the short walk along the tar road was rewarding for three reasons. The
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
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
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
Arguments, Discussion, Ideas, Opinions, Thoughts …
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…
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
“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
Do and See
August 22, 2014 Friday Music died and excitement sunk because someone died in Sem last night. The procession left the village early without any intimation like sudden death. The musicians brought the procession back to
Pageantry for Faith in Togetherness August 28, 2016 Thursday Although it was mainly a brisk walk along the tar road under a sunny umbrella, the procession moved through the mosaic of green fields intermittently. It
Lifetime Penalty for Liquor August 29, 2014 Friday Mossy stones settled on the wide ascending trail were slippery when we left Mundoli for Wan. But the trail soon merged into the road leading to Lohaganj.
A Downpour of Anxieties and Affections September 3, 2014 Wednesday Both anxiety and affection were infectious at Shila Saumdra in the morning of the Wednesday. Anxiety ascribed to desire to reach Hom Kund, the goodbye