हम २:३० दोपहर को दयारा बुघयाल पहुच गए. हर तरफ सफेद रंग बिखरा था. बहुत ज्यादा बर्फवारी हो रही थी. रूफटोप के नीचे हम आराम कर रहे थे एंव आगे की रणनीति सोच ही रहे थे कि हमने देखा कि एक विदेशी पर्यटक , ३0 की उम्र , अकेले, हमारे थोडे बाद ही दयारा पहुचा है. स्पैन के उस बन्दे से १५-२०मिनट तक भिन्न भिन्न मुददो पर बात हुई जैसे मोदी,वीजां ,स्पैन का मौसम,लेह – लदाख आदि। घूमने का असली मकसद ही नई- नई जगह देखना और लोगौ को जानना है.Read More
Water started to flow down the hill crossing road (damaging it) from multiple points. The turns were muddier and appeared slippery. All of a sudden a silenced atmosphere appeared in the car, everybody was quite including our music player. I could able to sense their tension but said nothing or not even reacted, just concentrated on road. By 6 pm, we started to look for a good place to spend night, as it was too much for the day. We stopped in small village, Dharali, some 18 km before Gangotri and so did the rain. There were around max 20-25 houses, all lodges, I guess and couple of restaurants. After taking 15-20 minutes rest, we came out for sightseeing, as the river Bhagirathi and mountains behind her were marvelous. After roaming for an hour we came back to the village and had our dinner. At the start of the trip only we have decided that we will have dinner no later than 8 pm and will sleep (try to) by 9 or 9:30 max. This will give us enough sleep before getting up again early next morning. I made it very clear that by any means we should be on road by 6 am, keeping IST in mind.
From Haridwar to Dharali – 265 km; time taken – 12 hrs; breaks – 3 (15+30+60 mins)
Road condition – Excellent/ Good (occasionally bad patches 2-3 km each)
1. There were two roads from Chamba for uttarkashi, I believe I took the long one, but in google maps the another one, which is also the NH seems around 20 km less.
2. Do not rely on mapmyindia GPS device in these parts, they are not properly updated. And the coordinates will always confuse the device as you will be rotating up/down the hills.
In the morning, view outside our tents was spectacular. We saw snow capped Mountains all around , took some pics, but after 15-20 Min Mist covered the valley and mountains were not visible. We were supposed to start early , but got late, we finished our breakfast by 8:30AM and started walking towards Gidara.
From Dayara one black dog started walking with us , we thought it will go away after sometime but it remained with us till the end of trek. The Dog was too hairy, and resembled a bear , got scared of him twice, he also had a bad habit of crossing the path when there was a difficult climb or narrow path.
While on the trek an idea popped up that we should also visit “Dodital” ( Lord Ganeshji Birthplace ). Dodital situated at a distance of 30 km from Dayara Bugyal, is also popular among tourists. Going there meant an extension of 2 More days , which we could not afford. Hence all agreed to keep walking towards Gidara.Read More
We finally started at 5:45 AM and straight hit the road to Gangotri. The twists and turns were churning my stomach and sleep was dozing me off. I got woken up couple of times due to being thrown away by swerves. The journey up was not very exciting. There was no river following our route as Bhagirathi (or Ganga) comes into picture only near Tehri. There was lot of haze due to which mountains and landscape was not looking great. The road was broken at many places due to landslide and due to dryness, there was lot of dust blowing from passing vehicles. The mountain face also looked scarred at many places due to debris from landslide and construction spreading over it. The weather was unnaturally very hot and devoid of moisture because of which loose earth of rubble was flying & getting all over you. Finally the river was seen with muddy color but very less flow. The reduced flow turned out was due to ice having started to melt only now and river would be in full flow in June.Read More
“मंदिर का निर्माण एक पवित्र शिला पर हुआ है जहां परंपरागत रूप से राजा भागीरथ, महादेव की पूजा किया करते थे। यह वर्गाकार एवं छोटा भवन 12 फीट ऊंचा है जो शीर्ष पर गोलाकार है जैसा कि पहाड़ियों के मंदिरों में सामान्यतः रहता है। यह बिल्कुल समतल, लाल धुमाव के साथ सफेद रंग का है जिसके ऊपर खरबूजे की शक्ल का एक तुर्की टोपी की तरह शीखर रखा है।Read More
गंगोत्री हिंदुओं के पावन चार धामों मे से एक है इसका धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक महत्व सभी को आलौकिक करता है धार्मिक संदर्भ के अनुसार राजा सगर ने देवलोक पर विजय प्राप्त करने के लिये एक यज्ञ किया यज्ञ का घोडा़ इंद्र ने चुरा लिया राजा सगर के सारे पुत्र घोड़े की खोज में निकल पडे.Read More
जानकारी मिली की पहले यमनोत्री जाओ फिर गंगोत्री फिर बद्रीनाथ और केदारनाथ. श्याम को वो सज्जन भी आ गए जो मसूरी से पैसे लाये थे, अच्छा ये बता दूँ की उत्तराखंड मे बसे तडके निकाल पड़ती है कियु की रूट लम्बा होता है, पता चला की सुबह ३.३० बजे की बस है यमनोत्री की, और अभी टिकिट खिड़की बंद हो गयी है और सुबहे ३.०० बजे खुलेगी, अब रात काटने के लिए एक होटल मे १५० रूपए मे कमरा लिया और सुबहे २.३० बजे सो कर उठा, फटाफट मुह हाथ धो कर सीधे बस अड्डे पंहुचा, यात्रा का समय होने के कारण बहुत भीड़ थी पता चला की यमनोत्री की बस पूरी फुल है पैर रखने की भी जगह नहीं है, तो सोच मे पड़ गया की क्या करू अगर ये बस छूट गयी तो फिर टाइम से यमनोत्री नहीं पहुच पाउँगा (आप को ये बताना जरूरी है की मैं गढ़वाल से तो हूँ पर पौड़ी गढ़वाल से, और मुझे टिहरी और चमोली गढ़वाल के बारे मे कुछ भी नहीं पता नहीं है.)Read More
It was good being footloose in Himalayas. On the last day of our Dodital trek, we woke up to find the lake frozen, sat beside it some more in tranquility, tried our hand at angling using makeshift fishing tackle and failed miserably, threw snowballs at each other and with a heavy heart bid adieu to Dodital.Read More
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I have always been fascinated by lofty mountains & rivers. But no sooner than this summer, my fascination rose to the level of determination to visit “GOMUKH” – the so called origin of river Ganga, A documentary on ganga was aired on national geo provided further insight into the mythological aspect of it. Also one prominent reason was that I hail from Patna which is located at the banks of river Ganga.Read More
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