By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 8 Oct: After days of search and rescue operations for the victims of the Uttarakhand avalanche, the teams have found the body of Neshvilla Road resident, Siddharth Khanduri.
Son of Harshvardhan Khanduri, the mountaineer from Dehradun had been missing since October 4 from Mount Draupadi Ka Danda-II in Uttarakhand, where he had gone with 40 other mountaineers for the advanced mountaineering course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, which unfortunately was struck by an avalanche.
Alumnus of St Joseph’s Academy, Siddharth was a professional yoga instructor, a state level medallist in boxing, a talented trek guide, swimmer and spent his weekends cycling and climbing the hills of Maldevta. He also gave Yoga lessons at his studio “Sid Yoga” at Neshvilla Road. His friends and family remember him as a vibrant soul, who valued his roots of being an Uttarakhandi. He lived by his principles, each day with discipline, with simplicity and integrity. A friend remembers him as, “An epitome of mindfulness, compassion and carried love for all and would never say ‘No’ for any help or guidance. He was passionate about everything he did, and always did from a place of pure love, we are blessed to have his presence in our lives, how so ever short it was.”
Another friend recalls, “Khanduri found joy in the simplest of things and relentlessly made an effort to be a better person each day. He loved the mountains, and snow where he finally rested in peace.”
His courage, perseverance and simplicity is an inspiration for the youth of Dehradun. Indeed, it is a huge loss of a budding braveheart for Uttarakhand.
A multi-agency search and rescue operation is underway at the avalanche-hit location. Three people are still missing and feared dead.