As eliksir has said all the pics are truly amazing.
As eliksir has said all the pics are truly amazing.
Day 2: 200 km, 10 hours
Kausani – Baijnath – Gwaldam – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath
Previous night I had set the alarm for 6 am as I wanted to photograph the peaks early morning before sunrise. As the alarm rang, I did not realize where I was and it took me some time to come to my senses. As I remembered that I’m on a tour all alone 500 km away from my home I felt annoyingly irritated. What the hell am I doing? I began planning my journey back… 460km; I should reach Delhi by nightfall if I start early. Again my mind was filled with the same negative thoughts I felt the previous day during breakfast.
It was cold but somehow I managed to get out of the bed and opened the front door of the room. “WOW!” was my reaction on seeing the snow covered peaks. The Trishul peaks were standing right in front of me and they looked amazing beautiful. It had been several months since I got a glimpse of the might Himalayas. I really don’t how but I forgot the plan I had made few minutes ago about returning back. All that I was thinking now was the plan ahead to get closer to the mountains. Auli seemed to be the appropriate destination as it is very close to the mountains and also not very far from Delhi considering 1.5 days for the return journey.
After finishing the morning chores, I started packing the luggage on my bike around 10 in the morning. While having a conversation with the hotel owner, he told that I should wait till noon before starting the ride as it was Holi and villagers get drunk and might cause problems on the way. I thought what worse could happen? Moreover I must start now if I wanted to reach Auli by day end.
Hotel I stayed at (cheapest I could find; should be helpful for budget travellers) was Hotel Shivam, Kausani. Contact R.S. Bisht 09756341394.
Rush was one of the main factors that does not let you enjoy travelling and so I decided to keep my pace slow, take several breaks. Although I did have a destination to reach but still it was not mandatory to reach it; if I felt like halting at a place in between I will do it.
The road through Baijnath was completely empty as if there was a curfew. Few km further into the town I saw a large group of kids and teenagers all colored and carrying buckets. Here I did the biggest mistake – as soon as I saw them I stopped. This gave them enough time to fill their buckets and prepare to throw water on me. Seeing no option I had to move forward and got all wet. Bloody hell… show some regards for a person who has to travel wearing the same piece of clothes (I mean jacket :P) for four days! Disgusted, I sped up like crazy through the town. As I crossed the town, there was a guy along the road asking for yet another free ride. I thought I give you people free rides and what do I get in return? Bucketful of water? GO to hell.
The amount of chocolates I ate during these four days, I guess I have not had this much in over a year! The ride was pretty normal one, road was along a stream for most of the part with hardly any traffic. By lunch time I reached Nandaprayag. Had lunch and continued towards Joshimath. Came across a few bad patches and landslide prone roads and traffic being a national highway.
Again it got dark and there was still a good 20-30 km to reach Joshimath. It was little scary this time, there were hardly any house along the way. At about 7.30 pm I reached Joshimath, booked into a hotel room with pretty good rates (300) in spite of having television. Looking forward to next and hoped to get ample snow in Auli.
Awesum ride n superb pics buddy. Let the flow continue...
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Awesomesssttt!!! What a lovely trip you had there! Amazing photographs too! Hats off to this 'biker' zeal in you (and us!). Compels us to do such wonders that we never thought was possible. You don't need a 1000ccs to tour, all you need is that biker-keeda lurking beneath and rest assured you will be making such trips quite more often!
Amazing. Lovely. Inspirational
i added it to my list of place to ride and about photographs just 3 words - awesome , awesome and awesome .. well the roads and landscape looks so romantic man .. and that's a perfect ride you have to ride at this place ..
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This travel log along with the beautiful pics makes it really an superb post. You are really doing well with this in dragging people into visiting these mountains in Uttarakhand.
Keep it coming !!
Super awesome trip and pics bro! Every log in the Himalayas presents some different pics and views. Each is stunning and completely different from each other!
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Day 3: 175 km, 10 hours
Joshimath – Auli – Joshimath - Chamoli – Karnaprayag – Rudrapayag – Srinagar
Today's plan was to wake up early and leave for Auli, spent time at the top till noon and then to start the return leg covering as much as possible so that Delhi could be reached comfortably on the fourth day. It was really cold at 6 in the morning. I completed packing the luggage and started out for Auli by 8.30 am. The road was narrow and had a few muddy patches in between. About few km before Auli the road had fresh snow. It was still powdery, and so these must be the remains of snowfall last night. Fortunate that I did not try reaching Auli the previous night; I could have landed in trouble riding over black ice under pitch darkness. While taking snaps of the snowy road, I could hear noises of several vehicles approaching from the direction of Joshimath. And then came one R15, few bullets, 2-3 SUV’s… man that was one huge group of tourers travelling together. One person traveling in one of the SUV’s stopped and had a little conversation with me. Came to know that it was the group ‘Where eagles dare’ about which I had heard a lot and read many travelogues in BCMT. I did not know at that time it was actually Tilak sir with whom I had the conversation with. If I would have known I could have bugged him for the next few hours asking for useful traveling tips
As I was nearing the top, the peaks were making their presence visible one by one. This was one experience I will remember forever. So close and so massive!!!
The GMVN hotel was just at the end of the road with a large parking space. The hotel has options for all kinds of rooms from reasonable dormitory rooms (Rs. 250 per bed) to Rs. 1400+ luxury rooms. Next time I will surely stay here for the night.
You need to walk a few staircases to reach the ropeway station which will take you to the top by covering a distance of 1 km. This was the smaller ropeway, carries four people at a time and charges Rs. 200 per head including the return trip. The larger ropeway which can accommodate around 25 persons as per the guards stationed there was out of service at that time.
Few weeks ago I had seen the thriller/horror movie called ‘Frozen’ in which a group of teenagers are stuck in a ropeway for one whole night. So I asked the guard is there any chance of power cuts and we get stuck in the middle . Well they assured me there is generator backup, so I need not worry. The ropeway experience was supposed to be scary as we were totally open and the ground was a good distance below; but no, it was not frightening at all.
People come to Auli mainly to experience skiing but I was not interested in it at all. I was here for the view of the massive Himalayan peaks and the ride over black ice :P. Unlike all the living and moving things I see around I was the only one alone and had nothing to do but just trek towards the top as far as time permitted.
The expert skiers were all towards the top and some of them were so fast and passed so close by others without any fear. I reached about half way to the top, stopped, took a few snaps, videos and started descending as it was noon.
I must say that today I was feeling pretty comfortable about the whole solo touring experience. First day was little tough getting used to the idea, second day was about picking the good stuff out of travelling in solitude and by the third day I was relaxed, calm and felt like I am on the path to becoming a hardcore motorcycle tourer
As there was a good 6 hours before dark, I planned to reach Srinagar which was about 160 km from Auli. While descending towards Joshimath, I applied brake right at the middle of black ice so as to take a few snaps of the road. Bloody hell! That was stupid, I was not taking the icy road seriously. The handle slowly turned and the front tire started to skid. Luckily, somehow I managed to stop the bike from falling.
Rest of the journey for the day was an ordinary one with nothing much to report about. Traffic was on the higher side compared to the route through Kumaon region. This route was also pretty populated being the main connecting highway to Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Mind-boggling pics brother !
Just awesome !
Best wishes for all your future rides....