Leaving the desert I moved up to Amritsar where I was lucky to arrive at 4am for a Harvest Festival at the Golden Temple. Vaisakhi is both the harvest festival and the Sikh New Year, marking the birth of the Sikh order of the Khalsa. I was lucky to have stumbled across it at just the right time: the Golden Temple covered in fairy lights at dawn is a sight all should see.
From Amritsar I travelled to Pathankot and from there on the delightful ‘Toy Train’ through the beautiful Kangra Valley to Kangra Mandir and finally Dharamsala, Mc’Cleod Ganj and Bhagsu Nag.
I made my base for a time in Bhagsu Nag and proceeded by horse and bandaged foot to the snowline of the Himalayas above Triund. A night trapped on Triund in a lightning and snow storm allowed for some epic shots of the mountains. I returned to Delhi sore, tired and limping but happy to have my shots and to have met some new friends. I shall be returning as soon as I can!