An early start to a weekend for a trip to Himalayas is always soothing. The destination was far but the reward of being there were enormous.
We started from Greater Noida in the wee hours of a cold morning. Morning breeze gets you that positive energy which you cannot feel while working in a office cabin . The drive was smooth with less traffic enroute and within no time we reached Haridwar.
Haridwar the holy town where one can take holy dip in River Ganges (Most Sacred River of India) and be free of all sins. Our destination was far thus we decided to move ahead. Had tummy full breakfast enroute and continued our journey for the first day halt.
The first day halt was a Himalayan village "Sari". To reach Sari one needs to drive past haridwar, continue towards Rishikesh and from there drive to Rudraprayag (Holy town which witnesses the confluence of Mandakini and Bhagirathi) via Devprayag.
The entire journey is scenic once you drive past Rishikesh and so the roads are. However if you are driving to the upper northern India ensure you drive at a speed which you have control on.
One needs to take a detour from Rudraprayag towards Kedarnath and then another detour towards Agastmuni and Ukhimath.
Google Maps can really help you if you are tech savvy and loves to explore the unexplored. First day drive is close to 400+ Kms but worth an effort.
By the time sunsets you will be in Sari the first pit stop of the day. Sari is small village with very few accommodations available and with very basic amenities. It's a good idea to book in advance.
We called it a day after quick dinner as the next day is going to be full of adventure.