It was a long awaited trip that we when in our college planned, though when the actual planning was done the number of people was around 6 which finally settled down to 3 on the day of happening. Yet we decided to go for it as all of us knew that we will hardly get any time later. We decided to keep it short and our starting point to be Dehradun as it was the place where we all spent the 4 most beautiful years of our life yet(college life!).
The destination that we all decided came down to Chandrashila though Devariyatal was a later add on to it. So the route map that we followed was actually Dehradun-Rudraprayag-Aukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath Chandrashila-Chopta-Sari-Devariyatal-Sari-Rudraprayag-Dehradun. Pheww!! too much for a 3 days trip yet we managed it well. :)
So, day 1 began from Dehradun, we boarded the bus early in the morning at 7 am directly upto Rudraprayag and it took us 8 hours to reach there.(due to some construction work in the way,it took us 2 hours extra). The journey was quite a bumpy ride which was expected as we were travelling on state government bus but the mesmerizing views on the way did compensated for it. From Rudraprayag, we then took a shared cab to Ukhimath and then a personal cab upto Chopta. We reached Chopta at around 7 pm, a 12 journey till now in total and we were all exhausted. There were a few shops in chopta and that too were closing. Electricity was not available there and they had to rely on solar power. The room that we took for our stay was also a tiny one and we could hardly adjust there but the tiredness took away that thought. Although, upto Rudraprayag, the temperature was quite high and we were feeling comfortable in our t-shirts but as soon as we reached Chopta, we had to get our jackets on as the temperature was already very low(2-3'c) and we were told by a shopkeeper that it will reach below zero at night.(chilling!!!!). Day 1 ended here and we did a little planning for the consecutive days of our journey and finally bid a farewell to the night.
(there are only 2-3 buses from dehradun directly to rudraprayag and that too in the morning so start early if you are planning from Dehradun. You can board the bus either from railway station or bus terminal however you will find plenty of buses from Rishikesh. Bus ticket from Dehradun to Rudraprayag- rs. 305/person, rudraprayag to aukhimath- rs. 80/person, aukhimath to chopta- rs. 300/person. Overnight stay and one time meal at chopta cost us around rs.300/person)