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Old 23rd October 2012, 18:33   #31
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Day 6
27th September 2012

There is chopper service to Kedarnath.
Published rates were about 8K for a round trip, we could only haggle it down to 6.5K. Further if the weather is bad they will cancel the service. So we decided against it. We saw one landing at least every 5 minutes with 6 pilgrims on board. Nice business
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This is where you land. Temple is 1.5KM from here.
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This is where you reach with a pony
, around 700m to the temple. We reached Kedarnath by 09:00AM. That is 3 hours to the top by Pony.
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Places of interest near Kedarnath for trekking

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Direction boards are helpful
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Sadhus at Kedarnath
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The Puja Shopping Street at Kedarnath

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Day 6
27th September 2012

Some pictures of Kedarnath
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Me and my BIL had a nice Darshan and Puja at Kedarnath. The Shiva Pinda is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. When I stepped out of the temple the peace that I had in my mind and the happiness that I felt is really beyond description.

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Day 6
27th September 2012

The Glacier behind the temple
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Udak Kund
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Gamer and Jeep Captain at Kedarnath
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A panorama
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A tributary before River Mandakini is formed
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If you don't like pony ride you can opt for this mode. But I was pained at seeing this.
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Nice waterfalls dotted the area
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I walked back from Rambada to the base. I took 70 minutes for the 7 KMs of trek back. Reached the base by 14:30 hours and went to the hot water spring for a refreshing bath. All the tiredness and pains from the walk vanished and I was again energetic. After a good lunch we started from Gaurikund and drove to Rudraprayag for the night.

We reached Rudraprayag by 20:30 hours and got us all a nice room. The team had dinner together and retired for the day. Next day we were to drive to Badrinath.
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Day 7
28th September 2012

We woke up to see the confluence from our balcony
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Rudra Prayag - The confluence and the Temple
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Confluence of Alak Nanda (to the front) and Mandakini (to the back of the temple)
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Our Cars
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BolBolero, Jeep Captain and KSM-Vtec ( at the driver seat )
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By 08:00AM we started our drive for the day

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Day 7
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We reached Karna Prayag

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Confluence of Pindar (front) and Alak Nanda
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People offering prayers at the confluence

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BolBolero silently takes the beauty to his memories

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Alak Nanda calmly flows ahead

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Badrinath is another 116KMs
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We reached Nanda Prayag
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Confluence of Nandakini (front) and Alak Nanda (back)
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BolBolero and KSM-Vtec happy to see the prayags
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MS's Punto at Nanda Prayag
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Day 7
28th September 2012

We were inching slowly towards Badrinath
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By 13:00 hours we were 38KMs from Badrinath

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Day 7
28th September 2012

We crossed Alak Nanda
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We reached Govind Ghat - An interesting base from which you can go to Badrinath, Valley of Flowers or Hem Kund Sahib
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Roads deteriorated considerably and the last 20KMS to Badrinath was a real torture to the hatch backs and sedans.
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But we were compensated with nice views

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We reached Badrinath Bus Station by 15:00 hours

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Keep this number
- this is the number of the mechanic at Badrinath Bus station. He will come to your rescue in his bike and repair the car. He has diesel also
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Some information for you
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Day 7
28th September 2012

After a long time I saw the blues of the sky - Mera wala blue
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I saw Badrinath Temple at a distance
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Alak Nanda and the settlements on her banks
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See the smoke coming from the hot water spring

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We had a bath in the hot spring water and had Darshan at Badrinath


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28th September 2012

I saw this cutie at Badrinath
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She came with her mother

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And offered her prayers at Badrinath

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Mana Village is another 3 KMs

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We started to Mana by 16:45 hours
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28th September 2012

We reached Mana - The Last Indian Village by 17:00 hours
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BolBolero at Mana
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Team Mates trying to get a picture with a Soldier
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There were a lot of bikers
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KP missed his Ninja
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We were welcomed to Mana
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The points of interest at Mana

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We went in search of Saraswati Dham

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Day 7
28th September 2012

Saraswati Dham
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River Saraswati coming through the mountains
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The river falls into a deep pit and a bit overflows towards Keshav Parayag where it joins Alak Nanda. It is believed that Saraswati flows underground and joins Ganga and Yamuna at Prayag in Allahabad. It was very very emotional moment to have seen Saraswati River in my life. Even an illiterate knows about Saraswati as the gupt (invisible) river.

Saraswati flowing towards Keshav Prayag
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Keshav Prayag - Confluence of Saraswati (front) and AlakNanda (back)

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Bhim Pul - This bridge was built by Bhim for Draupadi to cross the river
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Day 7
28th September 2012

We went to Ganesh Gufa


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Setting sun started to light up the mountains
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We had coffee at the last cafe at the Indian Border
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We shared some light moments too
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We started back at 18:00 Hours

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We bid the bikers good bye
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Delhi was very far

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Setting sun painted the clouds
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by 20:30 we reached Joshimath and got us some rooms. We ordered nice hot dinner and the team had dinner together.

Char Dham is completed with out any hitch by the grace of God. I was very happy and was thankful that I could complete the Char Dham visit this time. A few days ago the place was quite unpredictable with heavy rains and landslides.

Tomorrow the team will split. Having completed Char Dham akaush, MS and CK will start their return journey. My BIL will too.

The others BolBolero, Jeep Captain, AP and JP will continue onwards to Lucknow, since some of us had flight tickets back from Lucknow.

We decided to have a slow and comfortable drive the next two days visiting Auli and Nainital on the way.

By midnight we bid the returning team mates goodbye and safe journey and crashed for a good nights sleep. Any ways tomorrow is a lazy day.
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Day 6
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There is chopper service to Kedarnath.
Published rates were about 8K for a round trip, we could only haggle it down to 6.5K. Further if the weather is bad they will cancel the service. So we decided against it. We saw one landing at least every 5 minutes with 6 pilgrims on board. Nice business
Your pictures reminded me of my trip there 12 years back in the month of June. There was no helicopter service then. We reached Gaurikund at 12 o clock at night and it was raining like cats and dogs. Next day we trekked till Kedarnath and it was difficult. It was raining heavily and the raindrops pierced like needle. There were land slides and we had run in that terrain to save ourselves from the falling rocks. All the roadside shops were closed down or under rocks. We could not see anything. By the time we reached there our body had become numb and i was not in a position to undo my buttons even. The temple there in Kedarnath was waterlogged much above our ankles. The water was freezing cold and it send shivers down the spine. There was shortage of food. We saw dogs being swept away into the gorge by the heavy flow of water. We were not allowed to come down to Gaurikund the next day as the situation was very bad. But at the end of the second day, the gods looked up and it had snowed. It was almost a full moon night and what a view, we were mesmerized by the glitter of the moon light falling on the peaks. The next day when we were coming down, it was a treat for the eyes, it was clear sky and excellent vistas all around.

Just wanted to share my experience.

Excellent pictures from your end as usual. Very nice !
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Day 9
29th September 2012

We woke up to a lazy morning. The other team mates had already left towards Delhi.

The Sky was cool

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Clouds too

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Jeep Captain all set for the drive

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We drove towards Auli.
The rope way is not functioning since 2 years
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Roads were narrow
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We found some soldiers
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The views were beautiful

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