kasar devi (the ridge days)

Broken Hill (Almora, India)

This was the first taxi we tried to get up this very steep hill in. The useless tit of a driver stalled the car, and then proceeded to flood the engine and flatten the battery. As you can see the road was VERY narrow so we resorted to being traffic police and pushing vehicles trying to keep the traffic moving. Eventually we bailed and took a jeep.

Curd Machines (Kasar Devi, India)

We stayed here for two weeks above a family house. These cattle were in fantastic condition, a bull, a cow and a calf. The mother of the house (tough as nails) is next to where we put all our vegatable scraps which overnight get turned into milk and eventually curd. So nice to know that the curd isn't from rubbish off the street!

Himalayan Foothills Sunrise (Kasar Devi)

Up early to see the beautiful sunrise. When the haze cleared the Himalayas proper jutted up in massive snowy peaks behind the ones you can see here. Serenley, magicallly impressive. 8000m of power.

Sunset Guitar (Kasar Devi, India)

Storm Front (Kasar Devi, India)

The nightly electrical storm rolls in. This one was fast and the blackest I have ever seen complete with hailstones the size of a NZ 20c coin. The stunning lightning displays sometimes lasted all night with fork after fork and thunder that shook the building.

Sleeping Dogs Lie (Kasar Devi, India)

This attention starved local dog adopted us, possibly because we removed all his ticks. Then again he may just have liked Parle G biscuits.


3 smiles (Kasar Devi, India)

Afternoons whiled away with travelling friends, some of the nicest people I have ever met. Good vibrations.

Hillside Houses (Kasar Devi, India)

Sparse, temperate vegetation reminding me on NZ in many ways. A slightly different building style however. Living on the ridge line entailed extensive water management, reusing every drop and not washing as often. A lesson in conservation.

Improvised Shade (Kasar Devi, India)

Due to the harsh sun rays (at 2500m the air is starting to get thin) we rigged this old canvas each morning and hid under it until the winds that accompanied the evening storm rolled in.


9 comments on “kasar devi (the ridge days)

  1. Hi Guys,

    This looks like the room I used to stay in. Was it the one behind Mohan’s shop? I have a couple of other pics of Kasar Devi (Kalimat) if you give me an e-mail, i’ll send them on.


  2. hi
    I m manish, an engineering student from alwar rajasthan
    but my birth place is almora, a five-kilometre long horseshoe-shaped ridge, 1,650 metres above sea level. The town looks out over a fertile terraced valley and four ranges of hills – Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Shyahi Devi and kalika devi.

    Almora is a magnificent town with a long history. The Kashaya Hill on which the town is built finds a mention in the scripture of the Skanda Purana.

    In 1560 Raja Kalyan Chand of Kumaon made it the capital of his kingdom. At that time it was called Rajapur and ancient inscriptions on many places still have Rajapur carved on them

    The rule of Chand dynasty came to an end after the gorkhas from Nepal occupied the area in 1790. The British defeated the Gorkhas in 1815, and established a small Army establishment and a Cantonment.Just below the town, on either side, flow the Koshi (Kaushaki) and Suyal (Salmali) rivers.

    SUCH A HEAVEN ON eaRTH………………………….

  3. was better 16 years ago tourism makes it a paisa destination years ago when water availability was a big problem.Some of the local people are lovely but as usual tourism spoils it and locals more into alcohol now,June is hot then monsoon arrives.Temple is sacred and swami Vuveknanda went there in 1890s. Treking is great and there are many areas and villages to explore and the most interesting places are the villages down with traditional houses and lives. Kasar devi temple and the bell temple are beautiful but bell temple is 10 km near eagle rock a good 2 hour walk and is covered in hundreds of thousands of bells bought a nd hung by visitors.

    • Hey Ian, I was there back in 1995 when, as you say, water was a problem. Some local Nepali’s were even then offering to fetch water for money. I also loved the bell temple, Chittai I believe it was called. Also the temple at Jageswar is spectacular and surrounded by fantastic scenery. I spent a year on and off in Kasar Devi, had an old Enfield Bullet to get around on and explore – happy days.


  4. Lived in Almora,Kalimat,Kasar Devi,Binsar and all aroud!Astonishing!Waiting for my 10 year LTV(long term visa) and happy that on December 3rd ,2012 Indian government abolished 2 months gap to reenter country!

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