Next morning our plan was set to ride back to Rishikesh, so we left from Tapovan after breakfast and started our journey.
On reaching Chamoli, we were stuck in a traffic jam and there we saw a diversion towards Chopta.... We all exchanged looks and took the diversion..... Yeah, that was crazy AF.
Again without any research or knowledge of the road we just took it. And yeah the Google Maps didn't show that route because it was some bypass. So we were on our own and the local shops to guide us.
After taking a few wrong turns we were finally on the right way. The last 30kms of the route was from between the jungle, sounds fun. But it is fun only till the sun is out, after the sunset it is no less than a horror movie. We had 20kms left in those dense jungle roads, without the network (again), without the light ( except headlights) and without any people there, because apparently that was the route only taken by the jungle authorities not normal public but we were there.
After 5 kms there was snow on the road, temperature started dropping down and strange sounds of animals. We thought that we were going to die that day. We were riding up the mountains and roads kept getting narrower and narrower.
I can't even explain the feeling in words only that it was bone chilling. Last 3kms were very tough as the snow on road was thicker and more slippery.
It took us 1 and half hours to ride the last 10 kms and when we finally reached Chopta and saw people, houses and light it felt like we have reached Heaven..... We didn't die!!!!
We just rented the first guest house which we saw, thanked God for saving us that day and slept like babies.