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A Thank You Note from Mandal Valley; Cherrapunji of Uttarakhand

I have been riding in the Himalayas for past 7 days. It rained today again. Four evenings in a row. And today it arrived in day. I was looking outside the window. Raining. It was two years ago I wrote my first post. I am not gonna link which. But that I am only here to leave my love, respect and gratitude to each one who ever visited this ‘Road’.

I am two years happier. Today. And all thanks to You.

Will be writing again soon.

Leaving with some images taken this past week:

Sunset over Mandal Mountains
A memory of Naga, sitting behind me sharing his journey and stories of the Lord.
Houses of Mandal from a local cafe
Hiding under this part of mountain. As Devi enjoys her time out there.
A rainbow over Mandal Valley

A pleasure meeting M.S Negi: The wonder Guide – while searching for any roof, stopped at his. And gifted me this sheikh Sheet to wear.
Stopping in the Jungle. As Devi shines.
Garhwal Himalayas : The Land of Gods

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Thank you.

If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste

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I will take this opportunity to introduce you to About me and importantly;

As a co-traveller, taking you through the Ten Lessons I learnt from several years on the roadbefore you coarse on youown Road to Nara.

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Also you might love to know about My Little SchoolIf you wish to come over for a visit, to share your stories or one of your magic tricks with children, you are heartily welcome.

If you would like to contribute to this project by funding a student to plant a tree or towards his education, you can please do so here

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Above all, If you have anything to share, or feel like saying a hello, please feel free to write to me at

To visit other long-term photographic works, you can visit here.

To follow my walks through the rural Indian Subcontinent, find me at 
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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. Lovely images. Two points: Instead of– and today it arrived in day– it should be– and today, the rain came during the daytime. Secondly, it is the land of Gods, not the land of God’s. The Grammar Nazi strikes again!


    • Apologies for writing this late Neil. I couldn’t stay dry. The clouds came by every noon and rained till night. I enjoyed riding and walking Neil. Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Michael Graeme says

    Always a pleasure to read a post from you, Narayan. Wonderful photography. I hope it stops raining for you.

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    • It was touching to read these kindest words dear Diti. As much i apologise for writing late, I am also grateful to have some like you blessing me.


    • You are the kindest Caro. If i am able to write anytime soon, I will tell you about the big cat visiting the house. Also apologies for writing late in here.


  3. Great 👍
    Exciting ☺️
    You are very lucky person. You are actually attached to Himalayas.
    I couldn’t spot the location ( geographical) since I don’t have knowledge.
    Will be happy to read more 😊
    Take care 😊
    Regards 🙏🙏


    • Arun Ji, thank you so much for writing in. I am certainly very attached to the Himalayas. Like one is with their mothers. I was around the upper Himalayas Region near river Mandakini in Kedar Himalayas. I shall write about these days soon. Thank you again Arun Ji.


    • I couldn’t stay dry dear Martha. It rained every single day. But i enjoyed. It is a joy to ride in the Himalayas in the monsoons. Also I must apologise that I am late in thanking you here.

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  4. Breathtaking pictures, Narayan.
    I love the symbolism of the first picture. A path leading you to continue your passion for journey and share the pictures with the rest of us.
    Stay blessed.


    • Thank you for writing Chaya Ji. You could see the cover image as i felt it. Thank you for saying it. Also i apologise that i am late in thanking you here. It was beautiful Himalayan time. And it rained each day possible. I hope I can share some stories soon.

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  5. Blogging is a pleasure, it brings us into contact with people from different parts of the world. Thank you for the photos. We were in Cherrapunji long back.


    • Thank you for writing Lakshmi. Blogging is a collective pleasure I would say and everyone grows with everyone. I have loved this medium like none and certainly its been a luxurious writing time. I also apologise that I am late in thanking you here this time. Also I hope I could write more about Himalayan Cherrapunji soon.

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  6. What a wonderful journey! Beautiful writing and great captures! Enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!!


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