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The road to Badrinath is a dusty gruesome bumpy ride - and yet, the view from the window is nothing short of incredible. There is something about the Alakananda valley that makes it dramatic. Perhaps it's the fact that it's one of the largest rivers flowing through the upper himalayas - draining an immense area of glaciers: indeed it is arguably larger than the Bhagirathi.

As a result, the gorge is narrow - and even though the water is at a 3000 m elevation here, the sides of the valley rise directly to 5000m peaks in one steep slope. The people, roads, even the bright temples look insignificant in the cradle of the green and brown slopes that adorn (and sometimes crush) the valley beneath. It is this sense of insignificance and impregnability that the Himalayas impose on the visitor, attracting the philosophically inclined for over three thousand years.

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