To me, it is a necessity and seems absolutely normal.
After going through a lot of treks on the web, I had finally narrowed it down to Deorital-Chandrashila. Lake, forests, meadows, snow capped mountains, the feeling of the summit; all were on offer in this exciting trek.
An overnight bus from Delhi took me to Haridwar in about 5-6 hours. The early you reach, the better, so that you can take the bus to Rudrapayag and reach by noon. Buses from Haridwar start as early as 04.30 in the morning since none ply during the night. The route throughout runs alongside the aqua blue Ganges and you can feel fresh air around.
(Note: The journey is long and may not be most comforting in the crowded local buses, but that is the essence of it all.)
The bus dropped me at Rudrapayag at around 11.30 am and I was in need of a break after the long journey. Had my breakfast and went about for a walk in the small town.
After speaking to a few locals, I visited the Narad temple and took a dip in the cold flowing water at Sangam.
One can spend some time here and enjoy the sangam (the point of confluence) of the Alaknanda and Mandakini river and immerse in the vibes of the holiness of the city.