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Anuja Gupta  Footloose in the Himalaya Trip leader @indiahikes Certified Wilderness First-aid Responder @nols_india Contributor @everydayindia

One evening I was hanging out from the balcony a typical kathguni home in Jakhol. I along with my little brother Dev @dev3789 and his newly wedded wife Rita, travelled to drop her off to her parents place for a month.
Jakhol is quite a big village with a 700 families. It's nestled in the deep narrow valley of Supin.
While we were sipping chai and munching on the gossips from their lives, Jakholites were preping for the night.
Here's a short hyperlapse of what I was.
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Refrigerator has become the necessity even at 7400ft. Sadhna pulls her fridge out on a Sunday morning, to give it a thorough wash. Summers are becoming hotter year after year in Himalaya. I was staying in Raithal for 4 days and felt a serious need for a ceiling fan even at night.
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It's been little over a week since the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya are wrapped in the wrath of extreme dry spell, which has lead to uncontrollable forest fire every where. I was village tripping in Supin valley enjoying the mighty range of Devkiyara, when suddenly the sky became hazy and since then, the mercury has been on a constant rise. This image has been shot while I was making my way through Uttarkashi-Dehradun highway, via Chinyalisaur and Mussoorie bypass. I spotted a dozen such blazing patches of forest which were smothered in smoke. #climatechange #himalaya #forestfire #fire #summer #dryspell #villagetripping #heat #moutainsarecalling #mountainburning #savethehimalayas #planetearth #weather #photooftheday #everydayindia #uttarakhand #reportage

Weekend Vibes:
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.
It's about what YOU are made of,
not the circumstances.

Going strong 3 months post ACL reconstruction surgery.
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Hypertension is the best way to treat of your lower back!
Pushing yourself beyond your limit is dangerous!
NO
Being weak and giving up on yourself is Dangerous!
What keeps me pushing myself... is my stubborn heart.
Go Hard Go Strong!

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A sound body has a sound mind and mind is the greatest trickster. In order to trick your mind you need to work on your body.
Through this journey of my recouping from second time ACL reconstruction of the right knee, I have dealt with many yo yoing emotions of all kinds. Sometimes they have lead me to the dingiest alleys, psyching me out.
Through such delirious and lonely times, I had my Mountains within me. If anything I have learnt being with them, is to trust in the right time and be patient.
I spent 63 days in physiotherapy. 126 hours of constant struggle towards betterment of my ligament. Every morning was a different story. On some days I was faced with extreme stiffness and other days I was struggling to get my range of motion.
I finally take a deep breath of relief, feeling immensely satisfied, with the progress that I have made this time.
I shall be completing 3 months post surgery in 3 days from now.
It's a long long road to recovery. 5 more months to go for complete healing.
Training with my ace trainer @talibkhan123 who helped me through my pervious ACL rehabilitation as well.
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I photographed Dilshad at Gangbal lake.
She along with two nieces were listening to Punjabi songs in their radio, while watching over the herd of sheep. Soon we broke into conversation. Dilshad asked me if I could take pictures of her dancing, which I did. But now and then she would crouch behind some boulders so that the men couldn't see her in the act.
Why is it expected for Women to behave?
Don't we keep hearing and over hearing similar things!! Liberation of Womankind is dependent of the liberation of Mankind, because they are the two sides of the same coin.
If females had been respected in the past, the world today wouldn't have been in such a mess. Half of the human race remained undignified, uneducated, deprived of freedom and movement.
Today the so called women liberation movement sometimes feels like a reaction towards the attitude of men. It has to be a real revolution, not a reaction.
Wishing all women, big and small across the globe my very best. Support each other first. Don't pull one another down. Stay United!
To all the Men, we Are different from you and that's the beauty. Cherish us.
We together sum up the Nature's work.
#womenempowerment
#womensday2018
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To those sublime childhood days when you thrived in a bubble which assured you the warmth of parents and endless blithe in small things which kept us occupied and helped us discover the world around us.
Salim is a 7 yrs old softspoken shy boy has accompanied his mother, an elder brother and his newly wedded wife and a frail grand father into the meadows of Kashmir.
This has been his first ever trip into the alpine meadows. He certainly has lot of room to explore. The flowers, medicinal herbs, the marmots and the rocky mountains.
The season of grazing and the trekking go along side each other. This often gives the Gujjar children an opportunity to interact people from all over the globe, who often give away pens notebooks and sweetmeat of myriad flavours. Since these nomadic lifestyle leave very little window for schooling, such interactions are certainly beneficial.
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Nazneen... Such a charismatic looking lady.

I met her in Vishnasar. She was keenly observing me while I was speaking to my trekkers. I must have been keeping them engaged in some activity or into demonstrating something or there other. Once I was done, our eyes met. She gave a very warm smile, inviting me over for Noon Chai(salted tea) to her tent.
She had arrived in Vishnasar early in July along with her husband and 600 sheep and goats. She didn't speak much, but kept looking at my trekking outfit and mud laden shoes. Sort in an awe and wonder, how can a woman travel alone and work with only men around.
I asked, what's her typical day like when she comes to these magnificent grazing meadows? To which she said; tedious, monotonous and backbreaking at times. After finishing her cooking she mostly took care of the kids who are new born and can't be sent with their mothers for grazing. Other times she would busy weaving rugs for the tent, seldom does she get to wander with her heard. When she is back in her village, she also has to take care of her small farm.
After a long pause, she said, looking at the sky"I wish to travel too, perhaps the dreams will suit her better. In this life I am domesticated, hoping in the next, I become a Fakir, who is unattached and sets off where ever his will takes him." I met her twice after that meeting over Noon Chai. I helped her travel to places where I had been through my stories and pictures on mobile phone.
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Mohd. Firdos hails from the Gujjar community. His father and brothers have all been keeping hundreds sheep and goats, but his family is known for breeding horses and taking care of the ailing ones.
Firdos has favorite one named Raju, who is 6 years old. He travels with his master to far flung areas to tame the wild ones and give them a home.
Firdos told me that the many people abandon their ailing horses in the grazing pastures which are left to die in the winter. This used to sadden him alot.
Since his adolescence taking care of the ailing ones has become a part of his life. The more youthful ones are put to tougher work, like carrying load on the treks and the older ones are used in marriages as a grooms' vehicle.
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The genesis of the alpine lakes gave rise to humans taking their cattle for grazing in the luxuriant meadows of Kashmir. The Gujjars would flock from Ranjori, Poonch, Kathua, Kangan, Swat, Reasi and Jammu travelling constantly for 6-7months for the best and the most nutritious grass. Most of them would be make their temporary settlements around such alpine lakes.

Lake Vishansar was named after Hindu God Vishnu, the preserver according to Hindu mythology. It's oligotrophic in nature, meaning it's has very low algae formation but, is clear and extremely good for dinking. Due this reason, some of the best variety of Trout fish is found in this lake. This breed was introduced in 1890's by Michael Scotsman who convince Maharaja of Kashmir that the rivers and alpine lakes of this region would be best suited for trout breeding. Since then, these Bakerwals and now many trekkers enjoy the beautiful taste of the Trout at 12100ft. Water from Vishansar gives rise to Neelum River which mostly flows long the line of control. The water of Vishnasar is fed by another lake hardly a kilometer away is called Kishansar. I shall soon post of image of that as well.
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From the valley of Paradox : Kashmir
1. Rifaat and Nazneen are semi-nomadic pastoralists. Their winter home is Kangan, Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley. Each year they venture out with 2000 sheep and goats to the alpine meadows of Kashmir. These Bakerwals by which they are commonly known as, have the ancestry from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
The Gujjar-Bakarwals claim a common ancestry from the ancient Gujjar tribe of India. 
In 1991 they were given the tribes status by the Govt of India. For 5 months till the onset of autumn, many like these women would be setting their cattle of grazing in the wide pastures of the Pir Panjal region of North western Himalaya. During this long duration, they stay in make shift settlements
This image was taken at the Vishansar which is also know for it's Alpine glacial lake Vishansar. In the following post you will get a glance of the lake.
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