In Shimla, a dodgy internet cafe virus wiped my SD card, and I lost all the photos from Nainital, Haridwar, Mussoorie and Dehradun that were on it. The ones I was most upset about losing were the ones from my day in Dehradun and the two couchsurfers I’d met.
When I got back to the UK, I used Recuva to recover the data from the SD card. Some of the photos were immediately recoverable in perfect condition, while others were corrupted to differing degrees: some were completely destroyed, while others had bits and pieces still salvageable.
In Dehradun, I first met up with Neha, and we visited the Forest Research Institute. The photos of us there were corrupted, though with a bit of work in GIMP and Photoshop, they look quite good, with just a bit of colour oddness left.
After a morning with Neha, I met up with another couchsurfer, Manish, for lunch, and then we drove out to visit a local landmark called Robber’s Cave.
Finally, riding back down from Mussoorie a couple of days later, I stopped to get a photo of myself and the bike, with the beautiful backdrop of the Himalayan foothills and the road winding up to Mussoorie behind me.