The schedule for the journey is now complete - departure 1st Oct 2010 from Cochin and return on 27th Jan 2011. Have fixed up accommodation for the first 15 days of the tour. The car in which I am to travel is on loan from a kind friend, Deepak Narayan of Cochin. Over the next one week the car will be thoroughly checked up so as to withstand the rigors of the journey ahead - the weather news from Uttarakhand is no help! I am also contacting Maruti in Cochin to get any assistance in remote locations as is possible. The personal gear is also being readied for the varied climatic conditions expected en route.