Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Day 113 - June 29 - Auli to Srinagar

June29 at EveryTrail

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166 KMs Trip meter 14831 KMs

Had left the blinds open so that the morning light can wake me up before the alarm does. But the alarm wins. Its all misty outside and nothing of the mountains can be seen. I take it pretty slow, wanted to spend time in the room as i have paid dearly. Will all the chores and breakfast done by 9am and now i got nothing to do. So i decide to check out any way. Asked direction for the Gurso. I was told its simple at the reception. I walk up to the last of the stations of Joshimath Auli Gondola line. Its almost like a Km. Looked so near. There were a few tea shops and one of the guy told me that i needed a guide else i would be lost or would not see what i want. I bargained for 200 and now i have a guide. In no time we deviate from the main path. With out the guide i would have stayed in the main path and which would go to some village i was told. Soon we walk in the forest. It was really great with tall trees and no bushes in between. Could hear a lot of birds and kinda echoing. The ambiance was just great. I was told by the guide Deepak there there are leopards and tigers in the forests around. And that they would go away when they hear people talking. If only one persons goes he could be in trouble the chances of it is very rare. Any way now that i have paid, listen to what he has to stay. Get to a Padyar Devi temple enroute. Sit some time for rest. It was really peaceful up there, with lil sunlight escaping through the canopy. In another 20 minutes we get out of the forest and here we are at the Gurso meadows. It was nice but not really xp like smooth as i expected. We climb up to a hill to get a good view around. It was great alright but kinda not upto expectation. I kinda expected the meadows like in the movie 'Krish' or xp. Any way did not feel waste. Spend few minutes sitting and trying to grasp the environment.

Its time to go. Its like 12 that i am back to hotel and gear up the bike with the luggage. Now its the terrible offroading for 3 Kms. Make it find till the end and climb down to Joshimath. By now i had some headache. Had coffee and took a tablet and i ride towards Karnaprayag. Unsure of today's destination, thought of riding till 6-7 O clock and stop where ever i am. The ride was normal and after time enter the good road section. Now we are in the left lane towards the wall and not much fear of being pushed off the cliff. Plus there was lot of traffic in my direction and hardly any on the opposite. Every 4/4 driver ripping to the max of their abilities. The roads were great and with so many pray around, its adrenalin time and take the curves with full heart. All the time making sure that i am not riding beyond my comfort zone. It was an adrenalin pumping ride for quite some time overtaking all the vehicles driving at breakneck speeds. No one wants to give way and have to sneak past all the vehicles. The road was wide enough to accommodate that. The mountain twisties was just amazing and enjoyed every bit of the down hill ride.

Few Kms before Karnaprayag i had to stop to put on rain gear, but it was a false alarm and i had to get out of them in another half hour. Stopped at a place overlooking Alaknanda river and had my parathas which i had brought from the hotel. With music in my ears it was a great but break. Get back on to the road and some more gala time. Get to karnaprayag and take the road towards Rudraprayag. What do we have here? mountain twistes as wide as 3 trucks can pass together! With a Slurrrp take the curves and overtaking all the vehicles was great fun. There were some bad stretches or under construction stretches. But over all its a great road and leaning was great fun. Some would give a chase only to give up in some time. One thing these people do not understand is that, if some one overtakes them, it means that the overtaker's normal speed is more than yours so there is not meaning to chase. They may even win but cannot maintain the lead and they soon want to ride at their comfort zone. I always make sure that i ride in my comfort zone and endup being faster than those 4/4s ofcourse less width of motorcycle is definitely an advantage on the hills. Plus no drivers respond to the horn and give way. Since the road was wide enough had to pic moments out manuver them. When i am stuck behind a lumber bux the sumo had just overtaken comes so close to me from behind as if to over take me. Wonder what he would achieve, when a motorcycle that has overtaken him is not able to overtake the bus, what does he want to achieve by going ahead of me! I guess since most of the vehicles here are driven by professional drivers, guess their ego gets hurt, compared to commuters driving their own vehicles! But in the end it was very enjoyable ride though. The road was pretty much awesome till Srinagar. Made it by 7pm to srikot. Thought of checking into a hotel. But also thought of checking out srinagar which is 5 Kms ahead. But the hotels no parking or were expensive. So ride my way back to the Srikot and find a room with good parking for the bike at 350 rs. Reasonable i thought and checked in.

Its to Dehradun tomm via chamba. Looking forward to it.

Cloudy morning at the resort....


The car parking and my bike is somewhere there...


The highside of the resort...


Not much of mountains visible, no chance of viewing Nandadevi...


Trying to bring out the 'josh' face...


Trekking upto the lost tower...


Ski assists i guess...


The Joshimath Auli gondola...


They have Zorbing here which i did not try...





Walking through the Gurso forest...


Padyar devi temple there....





Me with the guide Deepak...


It was fantastic walking in the forest...


Starting of the meadow...


The Gurso Meadows...


Walk up a bit more...


These become ski slopes in winter...


Grass every where but still the cow is skinny!


Some macros...





Green green...





The height till we trekked...


Want some?


Temporary huts.. people settle here for the summer as its easier to feed cattle...














Just 1 cm wide...


Slopes littered with flowers...


Have to go back down...


Snow tents...


The Gurso forest...


New ski slopes being made...


The pool they are going to use to make artificial snow...


Ski slope...


The clifftop resort...





My bike there...


Still not much of mountains visible...


Going down the offroad track...


Military training ground...


Thats Hathi parbat, in shape of elephant...


The road i will be riding on...


Plenty of groups of Sikhs like this who travel from UP and other neighbouring states, on a pilgrimage bike ride...


Aalu paratha and Alaknanda great combination ;) It was a nice break there...





No guess for what we do here ;)











Sunset near Srinagar...


Stone query...

3 comments:

guru said...

Great going.... nice pic of ur muscles

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mahendra rana said...

great work bro!
i will recommend it on orkut!
keep it on!