I woke up around 3AM, and reached Bus Departure point around 04:30AM. (just outside of Haridwar State Bus Depot)
I saw a lot of buses there leaving for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri etc.
But atmost all the buses are reserved one day before.
I need to board the bus for Badrinath as my destination (Govindghat) is on the way to Badrinath.
What I am looking a co passenger for Hemkund, but everyone is going for Badrinath in the Bus.
I am looking for someone going to Hemkund as I planned to stay in Govindghat Gurudwara which is around half an KM from the point where bus depot in Govindghat; and I don't wanna take risk of trekking alone in night.
Soon I saw a Sardar Ji aged 66 years who is going to Hemkund for 38th time, I went to them and ask for joining them.
They helped me to get seat in Driver cabin as the buses are fully reserved and assured me that He is with Me.
Soon our journey started. I left seat in driver cabin as I didn't feel comfortable there and came in passenger sitting area.
I sit on one of the 17 seats lying vacant at that time as passengers entitled for these seats have to board the bus from Rishikesh.
Rishikesh welcomed us with Heavy Rain. I left the seat when the group board the bus at Rishikesh.
This group of 17 people is from Mumbai, and all are Government Teachers. Soon, I fell into talk with them as the conductor told them to sit in the way so that I can sit too in the last row of combined seats.
That group was so nice, we did chit chat throughout the way, and especially why I travel solo 😀 ; talks on Nature, Life, spritual aspects of life etc etc.
I enjoyed the 14 hours long journey in their company.
We reached (Me & that Sardar Uncle Ji) Govindghat Bus Stop at 06:30PM.
Form there we need to walk around 500 Mtr to reach Govindghat Gurudwara.
It's a dark black night, with the sound of River flowing alongside. We covered the distance in 10-15 minutes and reached Gurudwara Govindghat.
Now it's the time to use that Uncle Ji Experience.
They help me to get registered for getting room & blankets in Gurudwara.
Soon we get our room. I took bath, offered my prayers in Gurudwara , and then eat delicious langar.
Note : Gurudwara Govindghat is the start point of 21 Mtr long track to Hemkund Sahib.
Gurudwara offers great services to pilgrims like Room, Blankets, Warm Water, 24 Hours Langar & Tea without any charge.
There are also some good hotels if you want to stay there
After that we came back to our room, packed bag for next morning track and went to sleep.