By 7 a.m. the himalayas were clearly visible, high and towering over other mountains of the region. This was the nearest we could come to the Panchachuli peaks and it seemed the whole journey from Lohaghat to Chaukori was gravitating towards this final moment.
The sun rose gradually from a low lying mountain, coloring the white himalayas orange from its light. The clouds were covered in different hues as the ball of fire came out of the mountain and stayed still for a couple of minutes. This was the most beautiful moment and will remain stamped in my memory for a long time. I could gaze eye to eye at the perfectly, round orange sun; shining and quivering wildly. I dropped my camera to just enjoy the view. After several minutes, the sun climbed further, turning bright yellow in its full power and filled the sky with white light. I could no more look at it directly. We had a nice and relaxing breakfast at the hotel overlooking the valley.
We had weighed our options for the rest of the journey. We could either continue our journey towards the Himalayas by heading towards the hill town of Munsyari, another 100 km from Chaukori, or make a detour towards Bageshwar. While Munsyari would have given even a closer look at Himalayas, Bageshwar gave the possibility of exploring another side of Uttarakhand.
In the end, leaving behind the quite environs of hill stations, we decided to head towards Bageshwar – a small town which owes its name to Bagnath temple. While the drive from Lohaghat to Chaukori was full of dry and abandoned mountains, the journey from Chaukori to Bageshwar is full of greenery, with long pine trees lining the road throughout. Situated on the confluence of Gomti and Sarayu river, the town looked a beautiful agglomeration of small houses as we drove down from an adjacent mountain.