I’ve been in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad since January, laying some groundwork for my PhD research. With temperatures in the city hitting 43ºC (!) at the end of March, I was looking for some respite from the heat. Booking some flights to Uttarakhand, in India’s forested Northwest, I spent a week exploring Dehradun, Rajpur, and Mussoorie. With real estate investment and construction crews starting to encroach on the lush, dense forest of the Himalayan foothills, this seemed like a good opportunity to get in some practice with my DSLR.