Rudranath is one of the five kedars popularly known as the panchkedars and is believed to be the most difficult of the five. (The most common among all being kedarnath, followed by tunganath, kalpeswar and Madamaheswar.)Though the natural beauty of this route is unique and breathtaking, still this route is not much popular and has not converted into a tourist destination yet.
Oct, 2007, Day 1 --
We started our journey from Haridwar and traveled via Rudraprayag and Nandaprayag, to Gopeshwar and to a small unknown village called Sagar, a village that is yet to be located on google maps. This is the place from where we were to start for the trek. We stayed for the night at the only hotel at the place, just beside a beautiful waterfall. We hired a person who could guide us for the trek.
Early next day we started our trek with a great zeal of enthusiasm through the fields but very soon our route diverted us towards the mountains. The route was a pleasant one in the beginning through the forests with a small river flowing with us as if guiding us into its territory.
However as we entered the deep forests the slopes of the mountain increased as well. Now and then we would come across small green meadows with shepherds laying lazily while the sheep grazed.
These meadows are called bugiyals in the local language. Mostly the forest was so dense that I doubted if the sun-rays has ever touched the grounds. It was almost evening when we managed to reach Panar bugiyal where we were to stay for the night. It was a wonderful sight. Only one small shepherd's hut and the vast green valley and nothing else. The shepherds gave us a warm welcome with hot bajra rotis and omelette. The food tasted like GOD's gift at that hour of hunger and tiredness. We prepared a small camp fire as arrangements were made to stay for the night. The whole night we could hear the bells of the buffaloes tied across their necks so as to sound an alarm in case they are attacked by the wolves. That night was a heavenly one with the entire valley flooded with moonlight.