Early morning, we made our visit to the Narsimha Temple, the infamous temple in the town and paid our respect to Gods and witnessed collosal valley at the view, fairly covered in snow since the first snowfall was yet to arrive.
Later after checking out from our stay, we decided to explore Tapovan, a town famous for its way to Gangotri and the glacier. We took a shared taxi from the bus stand which costed around ₹30 per person. It was roughly 30mins drive and we were dropped at the Tapovan Taxi stand.
Tapovan is like scenary that has come to life. You would wish for no man to live there and just look at far, huge mountains and trails going into nowhere. With our backpacks on, we kept walking to find the hidden hot water spring into the village and the miraculous mud known for skin treatments. Once again, the view was magnificent.
We made our way back to Joshimath by 3pm, had snacks at the taxi stand and took a taxi to Auli. Auli is situated right above Joshimath on the same mountain. Buses run at their own timings, while you can find taxi 24/7. Given the arduous conditions, it costed us ₹200 for the taxi to Auli which is nearly 15mins ride.
We checked into another GMVN guest house, this one had ice on its porch and a much clearer and nearer view of the mountains.