Well, this is a brief of the trip:
Day 1 (12th Sept):
Mumbai-Delhi Flight (02:20AM-04:35AM)
12017 New Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express to Haridwar (06:35AM-11:25AM)
Haridwar-Rishikesh Bus from Haridwar Bus Depot (11:50AM-01:30PM)
Rishikesh-Srinagar Bus from Rishikesh bus depot (02:00PM-06:20PM)
Srinagar-Rudraprayg Bus (06:35PM-08:00PM)
Stay in Rudraprayag.
Day 2 (13th Sept):
Rudraprayag-Sonprayag Tempo Traveller (05:15AM-09:00AM)
Sonprayag-Gaurikund Maxx Cab (09:30AM-09:45AM)
Gaurikund-Kedarnath Temple Trek (10:00AM-06:30PM)
Stay at Kedarnath hotel
Day 3 (14th Sept):
Kedarnath-Gaurikund Trek (09:15AM-01:00PM)
Gaurikund-Sonprayag Maxx Cab (01:10PM-01:20PM)
Sonprayag-Srinagar Bus (01:15PM-09:50PM)
Stay at Gurudwara
Day 4 (15th Sept):
Srinagar-Rishikesh Bus (05:50AM-11:25AM)
Stay at Rishikesh.
Day 5 (16th Sept):
Rishikesh-New Delhi (07:35AM-02:35PM)
New Delhi-Mumbai Flight (09:00PM-11:05PM)
Home Sweet Home!!
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/bTtbKH1vMrs
>The actual story!!
I am a software developer by weekday and photographer by weekend kind of person. 30th August 2019 marked the last day of my previous company and my joining date was 19th September in the next firm. First two weeks were busy thanks to Ganesh festival around. But then the urge to travel somewhere kicked in and without any proper plan in place... there was actually no where to go.
11th September 2019
I was causally looking at a place called "Kedarkantha" for a trek in November. I realized that the Kedarnath was not so much far from the place where I was planning a trek to. Something within me told me to go to YouTube and search for the song "Qaafirana" from movie "Kedarnath" and after I saw that song, I was like I am going here.
Ok but when? "Tomorrow.."
And how? "umm..I don't know.."
Do my mom dad know? "NO.."
As I told my ambitious idea of travelling to Kedarnath at home, in the very next minute and like most of the families would do, I got a NO followed by a lecture about why it was a bad idea. There was a big misunderstanding too as they thought I was talking about Amarnath and with recent situations in Kashmir because of article 370, they clearly said a no to me. But I stayed firm on my idea and showed them videos of the entire trek. Slowly their no turned into a Yes with usual "tuze sunana nahi hai na humara..toh ja..bolke kuch fayda nahi".
Yes they were completely true in terms of thinking what might go wrong with their kid planning a sudden trip for very next day without knowing a thing about the entire travel from his home to Kedarnath. But with the past history of having gone on numerous self planned trips with friends, they were sure that I will pull it off.
In the very next hour, I researched everything I could about the trek and possible routes starting from Delhi or Dehradun. Seeing the prices of the flights to Dehradun, I sticked to the Delhi plan and got myself Spicejet ticket for just ₹2677. Yeah pretty cheap for a flight that was departing on the next day at 2AM from Mumbai. The current time while booking was 12PM of 11th September. Talking with other friends of friends, I came to know about a train from Delhi to Dehradun via Haridwar and that was the next ticket I booked for the next day travel. The train was scheduled to leave from New Delhi at 6:45AM. Everything was in order so far.
I pulled out my Quechua 60L bag. Stuffed in thermals, a jacket, a beanie, poncho, thermos, dryfruits and borrowed my friend's mirrorless camera so as to save weight and get my backpack in flight cabin. I had only taken one extra t-shirt and two pair of inner wear and that's it. I wish Quechua would have sponsored this trip as I was going to survive next 5 days on one pair of (againnn) Quechua hiking shirt and (one last time) Quechua hiking pant and trust me, they were awesome throughout the journey.
Quechua Backpack 60L: Link
Quechua Full Sleeve Hiking Shirt: Link
Quechua Hiking Pant: Link
I left home around 8PM so as to reach Mumbai International Airport early and enjoy the lounge food thanks to free access by Credit Card. My bag was nearly on verge of being thrown into check-in bags as it was more than 8Kgs, just a bit actually. But I managed to convince them to allow me to take it in cabin.
-Day 1: 12th September 2019-
The flight left Mumbai on time and landed too, on time at Delhi at around 4.15AM. I couldn't sleep in the flight because just when I was about to sleep (I guess we were flying above Jaipur), I saw lightning playing its own silent beats in the sky and that completely blew away my sleep. What followed was attempts to capture at least one good shot of the same. Take a look at it below: