Saturday, March 14, 2009
A ride in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas III
Set beside the river Jata Ganga and amidst a forest of Deodar Cedars (Cedrus deodara), Jageshwar houses over 100 temples devoted to Shiva, with the oldest dating back to the 8th century. The smell and noises, so different to anything in the west, contribute to the timeless feeling of the place. The moss and lichens growing on the stone took me back in time, and as I stepped bare feet on the wet and cold paving my imagination differently examined the landscape...this place felt like a mirror, a journey through time, a way of going beyond the concrete moment...time watching the flow of everyday human activities set in parallel with the physical and topological as both nature and architecture are so perfectly merging into each other. And I can't help thinking of some projects where architects have designed something very similar to a spaceship that has landed on the wrong planet...Ah! my mind's running deep today. Anyway if stopping through this place, make sure to first get the key/authorisation at the Forestry Commission in Almora for their lodge in Jageshwar...it looked quieter and better than any hotels there.