The owner said, I should visit tehri dam before leaving ....
About New Tehri
. As it was just 30km from there, I thought of reaching dehradun by night after visiting the dam. Riding in the mountains made me excited but was also time taking and needed a lot of alertness. As I reached Tehri small huts from outskirts turned to tall buildings in the city. The dark, dew filled pine forests dismantled into a barren lands with the river kissing the cheeks of the city. I got reminded of my dream of riding in such places when I saw “ Jab thak hai jaan” . With the realization of dream come true, I got the feeling of “ I need this more”. I decided to travel further. I saw a sign board – Uttarkashi (100 kms) . Being a south Indian I thought it is the HQ of kashi. The roads were filled with rocks and were dusty. If you get trapped behind a bus you will feel like riding in a dessert storm. OH! Wait! I was indeed riding in a dessert storm ( 500cc) :P . I reached Uttarkashi by 1400 hrs and had lunch. It is then I realized that there was nothing else but a commercial hub from where roads to Yamunotri,Gangotri and Badrinath diverged. I ahd my first BT of the trip. I saw nearby places. The nearest was Yamunotri (60 kms). I knew I would reach there well before dark. Following Google maps ,I rode up a hill which paryed its way from the highways. The hill had recent slide ,and roads were just pebbles ,leaves and branches. After pushing through really hard ,I met villager who said that this village is last and there are no roads beyond. With more frustration and anger kicking in, I rode down. I didn’t want to go back with a boring travel story. After an hours travel gone waste, a sign board pops – Gangotri (96 kms). I made a quick calculation according to which I will reach my destination by 1830 hrs. Little did I know my driving mathematics was equally bad as my original math. After an hour’s ride I just completed 35kms. Being a chai addict ( Thanks for the army background. Be it 46 degrees or – 2 degrees, we need chai). I had to shut down my eyes every time a tea stall passed by. The curvy roads reduced my speed and I had to push hard. Technically I should have reached my destination, but I was now sitting in a tea shop with 50 kms more to go. The shop had a bench on the edge of the cliff. Far down below was the mighty ganges. The gushing of the river echoed through the valleys to create a noise. My freezing fingers got relaxed by the warmth of the cup. I felt lik a a king when I said to those rivers, we both started at same place, look where you are now. I bought a pair of woolen gloves and throttled. The roads got darker but the skies were bright. I didn’t know if the sun was setting down or I was moving towards the sun. When the roads blushed,it became cold enough to make me shiver but when she smiled at the sun, the warmth was like seeping in your mothers lap. As time passed, energy drowned and I started to felt exhausted. Loneliness crept at times. Had to snort the two drops from nose, 15 minutes once. Light reflected suddenly from distance peaks. They were covered with snow. The view stopped my breath for a second. All the energy came back. The thump of my Enfield echoed and synced with my heart beat.It started getting dark .When everyone was descending, I was the only one to ascend. There was a last check point with few resorts. Gangotri was just 5 kms ahead. Since I didn’t want to waste time, thinking 5kms should harly take 15 mins to reach. I travelled up without stopping. Suddenly the beautiful BRO roads vanished. The road was filled with sand and rocks. Pitch dark it was, the 25 mths ahead of me was visible from the minimal headlight. Forget how it looked in my back. Praying to all imaginary God(s) out there, 5kms after 3 0 minutes no sign of life. With slight fear kicking in I decide to recce for another final 2 kms. If its same I shall return to last check point. Being a bit selfish and addicted to the riding at 3 kms there was light. Joy was all over the place! OMG! I forgot how human civilization is! As I entered the arch, a guy asks me, “ bhaiya, room chaahiye kya?”I replied “ kajdhd hadhuh juaaa?”“ Bhaiya aap kya bol rahe ho ?! ?! ?! “I rubbed my palms. My body got way too acclamatised to the cold. An then asked him “ kambal hai kya?”