December 29, 2018:
The new year long weekend was ahead and as usual I had no plans. A friend called me to suggest a trip to Chandrashila listed on a travel website. The bus was supposed to leave at 7 pm and we got our booking done at around 4 pm. We did our packing in haste and left to the boarding point. We boarded the bus and started off with our journey at 10pm. It was a group of 23 people including me and my friend.
We were supposed to reach Chopta, our campsite, at around 11 am, but we had to take a diversion after Rudraprayag because of a road block and we ended up being lost and Google maps just made it worse and we reached there at 6pm.
The driver wasn't a very friendly guy at first, however when we thought he might be losing his patience and freak out since it was already too late, he just turned out to be one hell of a funny guy. He was asking passersby if the road would take us to Nainital. We asked what makes him ask for Nainital, he replied I don't think we will be reaching Chopta, so it's good to have a backup. He was just cracking random jokes and we all had a good extended ride.
Whist all the confusion that Google maps and the trip captian had to offer, somehow we reached Chopta at 6pm on Dec 30. One hell of 18hrs bus ride!! But that extra time of journey was when everybody got to know each other as everyone was awake and helping find our way.
I clicked a few pictures on my way to Chopta that I am sharing.