For an Indian, a venture into the Himalayas is more than a mere journey;
it is a yatra. And a pilgrimage does not hold more importance than it
does in Garhwal and Kumaon, once known as Uttarakhand, the 'northern territories'
of the pre-Vedic era. This is the domain of the ascetic Lord Shiva, the
destroyer and re-creator; it is a land charged with Shakti, the power
and energy of the goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva and daughter of Himavat,
Lord of the Mountains. More...