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Old 22nd October 2012, 22:53   #16
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Day 4
25th September 2012

We stopped near a bridge
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We had some tea from this shop
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Bhagirathi was calmly flowing
, a few days ago she had devastated the shore
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There was a waterfall too
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Every one went on clicking
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Old 22nd October 2012, 22:59   #17
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Day 4
25th September 2012

We again stopped a few kilometres before Harsil
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The views were awesome
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My BIL is quite happy about the drive

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Old 22nd October 2012, 23:09   #18
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Day 4
25th September 2012

We reached Gangotri by 10:30AM
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One day I'll do the trek to Gaumukh (18KM) and Tapovan(24KM) from here.

Gangotri Temple
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Main Bathing ghat

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Bhagirathi flowing

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We took bath in Bhagirathi before visiting the temple, it was freezing cold
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Gaumukh is some where up there

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Old 22nd October 2012, 23:15   #19
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Day 4
25th September 2012

We offered our prayers
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Jeep Captain quite happy to be here

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One day we will be back for the mountains

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About Gangotri
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The Puja shopping street at Gangotri
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By 13:30 hours we started our drive back to Uttar Kashi

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Old 22nd October 2012, 23:29   #20
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Day 4
25th September 2012

Chamba? No wonder why BolBolero was telling me Sach Pass is just around the corner
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Bhagirathi

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A nice wooden structure

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Jad Ganga meeting Bhagirathi
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And calmly flows ahead

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Beautiful views

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Old 22nd October 2012, 23:36   #21
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Day 4
25th September 2012

We stopped to buy some apples

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Uttarakhand Apples - This sector is an apple country
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A layered water fall
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Moon already started showing up
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By 17:00 hours we were back to our hotel in Uttar Kashi and the amazing views of Bhagirathi
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Had a great time together with the team, and had dinner together and retired for the day.
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Day 5
26th September 2012

We started early and drove towards Kedarnath

Roads were a mess

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By 14:00 hours we still had 80KMs to Kedarnath
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We were welcomed to Devbhoomi
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Distances were not reducing, the roads took a toll on us
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We stopped for a great lunch
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We continued on the battered roads
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By 16:00 hours we still had 54 KMs to Kedarnath
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We slowly but steadily drove on

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Day 5
26th September 2012

The views were amazing
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Mumbai Roadster's Swift - Yes the same Swift which I drove to Khardung La, the same Swift which scaled Sach Pass in the midnight
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Kedarnath is still 48KMs by 16:30 hours

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Day 5
26th September 2012

The beautiful views continued...

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JP's Indigo from TN

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Day 5
26th September 2012

Happy Kiddy
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We saw helicopters all around
- there are a lot of them operating to Kedarnath
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BolBolero thinking whether to drive or fly
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Day 5
26th September 2012

Finally we decided to drive and not fly

But Police Uncle was not very happy to see a lot of outstation vehicles.
He was curious, but once he saw we were genuine travellers he waved us off
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CK's Indica and MS's Punto
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AP's Swift
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CK's Indica and MS's Punto
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Boy I was happy to play in the falls
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Setting sun painted the clouds
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Day 5
26th September 2012

The last 30 odd kilometres were treacherous, slushy and uneven. The hatches and sedan took a lot of under body hits.

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Finally we reached Gaurikund by 19:30 hours. Got us all rooms and hot dinner and retired early for the day.

Next day was to start at 03:00AM.
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Wow what a log !!!!! You raise the bar so high each time you hit the road. Absolutely stunning vistas and even better pictures. Hats off to you
Its nice to see a Punto 90Hp taking part in this trip and would love to hear about his adventures. Anyways looking forward for more photos. Bring it on.
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Day 6
27th September 2012

We woke up early by 03:00AM and took bath in the hot water spring, Tapt kund which was near the start of the trek.

After a nice refreshing bath we went to the Govt. Pony counter. Since we were a 26 people team for the pony, we were given priority and the billing of 1600 per head was done immediately. Make sure you take bill in individual names, the pony owners are so mean that they just vanish with the bills, leaving you stranded. We found that 2 of our members names were missing and we told the Govt guy at the counter about it. He immediately cancelled and reissued the receipts for the two for us. The pony guys will only be paid if they show the receipt at the counter. Keep your receipt till you finish the round trip and then only hand it over to them. They will reuse the same to get another person up and down for cheap rates too. It's a complicated business - be aware of the same. There are two checkpoints where you have to show the receipts. So whatever deal you strike be aware of all these.

Government Rates
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By 06:00AM we were all on our ponies and we started our journey to Kedarnath. It is about 14 KMs from the base.


KSM-Vtec happy with his Pony
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We slowly moved on

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The glacier far away attracted us
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We neared a small settlement
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That was Rambada, exactly midway from Kedarnath and Base. We reached there in an hour by 07:00AM. We took a mandatory break to rest and have some breakfast, while the ponies also rested.
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Day 6
27th September 2012


We rode on
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We were nearing the summit
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The views were magical

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