We crossed Rishikesh around midnight. As the Chaar-Dhaam project was in full swing, the roads were not in a good condition at that time. We would have gone around 60-70 km from Rishikesh when we came across a landslide. It was 2 in the morning. We had no other choice but to wait for it to clear. Since it was the end of February, it got cold outside. As soon as we came out of the cab, we were hit by a freshening cool breeze. Oh Man! that was so refreshing. A group of people was sitting around a fire. I spent some time with them and then came back to the cab to take a nap. It took a few hours for the workers to clear the road.
We reached Srinagar around 8:30 AM and as there were no plans to explore the place, we bypassed the town. The views were already good but as soon as we left Srinagar, the landscape started to look even better. The best part was that there was no dust in the air. On our left was the Alaknanda river and in the front were the beautiful mountains. Everything was looking so beautiful and peaceful. After crossing the Alaknanda river, we found a beautiful spot on the bank of the Mandakini river and decided to take a break.
I found a rock and sat on it; removed my floaters and dipped my feet in the water. The moment my feet touched water, chills ran through my nerves. The water was freezing. But after being seated like that for around 15 seconds, it started to feel good. Everything was so soothing, cool breeze, the sound of the flowing river, and the amazing view of those snow-capped peaks. We clicked some good pictures over there. After spending around 45 mins, we left for our destination - Chopta. It was still 1.5 hrs away.