In pictures: Garwhal, North India
The Garwhal is a mountainous region in Uttarkhand, a north Indian state that borders with Tibet. It was actually once part of the Kingdom of Nepal many years ago and the hills are terraced in similar fashion. The name itself means land of many ghars or forts, and once upon a time chiefs with their kingdoms ruled the hills.
Today the descendants of these clans live in villages that dot the mountainsides. The villages feature houses with ornately carved wooden doors and rooftops often used for drying grains or chillies.
Life in the Garwhal has changed in recent years with the creation of the Tehri dam and also roads that have been forged through the mountains making access to villages easier. Electricity is now being installed and most people have mobile phones.
Still life is different out here and it’s worth plodding out by jeep or on foot–an excellent area for hiking–to get a bit of a taste. Here are some images showcasing the region that is largely mountainous terrain, narrow valleys and deep ravines.
All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com