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I believe in destiny and I act according to my intution. Probably A being of emotions..
Don’t you believe Life is magical and mysterious. This Journey started as a family request to varanasi. Asusual all of a sudden we decided to travel chardham however keeping the closing dates of dham and family medical conditions in mind we decided to visit kedarnath and Badrinath..
Dream travel started in a magical way..
Get set go from Delhi ..
We reached Haridwar at the evening hours .. Haridwar is an ancient city in Uttarakhand state where mother Ganga River flows in all its glory.. Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. We witnessed the beautiful ganga arati at Har ki Pauri… It is just a day before Deepavali those Devine lights brightened our festival mood.
Its a bliss to watch all the devotees raising their hands praying mother Ganga to bless them. A worth noting ritual followed here is where devotees has to promise Mother Ganga that they will keep Ganga water safe with out polluting the blessed River water with plastic.
The next day morning we visited Mansa Devi temple.The temple is known for being the holy abode of Mansa Devi The temple is located on the Bilwa Parvat, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. With a beautiful view of Ganges and hills around and with a wonderful charm this place is worth visiting. There is a ropeway to reach the top of hill.
And then we headed towards kedarnath..
Witnessing Iconic iron suspension bridge Ram Jhula of Rishikesh.
Traveling through the mesmerizing ghats of Srinagar Rudraprayag. A feast to the eyes with every turn of the road filled with at-least a small water fall.
we reached Guptkashi at the night.we opted a stay for the night as this would be one of the easiest reach to sonprayag. Who don’t want to sleep and raise to this beautiful landscape..
Generally there is helicopter facility available from Guptakashi , Patha and few other places. Because of weather conditions heli services are closed early this year to kedarnath.So we left with only option that to reach sonprayag and take 18km trek to kedarnath.
Next day morning We reached early to the sonprayag. As suggested by localites we opted for pony/horses and started to the greatest abode of lord siva kedarnath.They are many enthusiast trekkers you can find all along.what ever way I explain it will look like am exaggerating the entirety. This journey is no where less than a fairy tale crossing mountains and long bridges besides the great falls and snow capped mountains.
Sitting on the horses traveling through the narrow roads on mountains just depending entirely on the innocent animal .. a simple mistake can lead us to fall from the heights we can never imagine .. however though its risk and painful to reach 18km the training to those horses is great enough to trust .
Its magical like a dream … Traveling to a dream land .. trust me you will forget everything in that moment your focus will be completely on horse, life and destiny.
At last we reached the destiny kedarnath the beauty the Devine ..
When my dreams come true am in-front of you.. nothing less nothing more .. A moment for the life ..
Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas , about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by snow-capped peaks, most prominently Kedarnath mountain.
Kedarnath is closed for the next 6 months from the day we reached. The best celebration you can witness is closing cermony of Kedarnath, festive all around. It was like dev Diwali with festive lights all around. Dance , music & campfires to hold the dropping temperatures of minus degrees. A festive night in the Himalayas.
Worth to mention A place where we saw humanity to the peaks on the peak
We saw people
– who gave walking stick in their hand so that other person can reach
– who gave their hand so that others can stand
– who gave food in their bag so that others can survive
– who ran for hot water so that other person can breathe oxygen
Sometimes word of happiness is the help we can do.
Many to pen.. I saw people for the people through out the night.. slowly with the rise of sun we started back to sonprayag.
Worth to mention are the strongest people who hold the pony and the stronger than strongest who lift the elder people for 18km.
They probably cover 100km a day up and down mountains in the busy season. Awestruck and kudos to their stamina.
With the dholi of lord we returned Sonprayag with greater happiness..
One more point to note is with kedarnath dholi everything will be closed at kedarnath , place is completely closed for next 6 months.We were completely exhausted by now and opted for night stay at the nearest place Ukhimath.Funny thing happened here is that we were confused by the water sound all over the night and we thought its shower sound from someones bathroom. However morning when we woke up and opened window to our surprise there is a small waterfall next to it . Happiness comes as a package .
With happy hearts we continued our journey to Badrinath.
Badrinath is one of the most popular and religious holy towns of the Hindus located at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India.
Where the temperature reaches minus degrees at the night.
Then to our surprise our driver mentioned there is a border point near by, The last village of India .. yayyyy
There we completed our two dham yatra and started our journey to Varanasi🥳🥳
Varanasi is a place that became very close to my heart in no time. Am not going to mention much about varanasi experience please refer my earlier post linked for details.
However this time the speciality of the day we arrived is chhat puja. As Part of this auspicious festival Ganga Ghats are filled with lights and celebrations.
Last but not least 🤪😛😋😛 for the foodies here you go.. you will taste the butter filled paranthas pakodas sweets and the best tea.
Happy Traveling.. let us create more memories more happiness 🤗
We observed with chardhamyojana project roads to dham extension is in progress, hopefully makes travelers more peaceful journey.
Thank you for reading❤️