On this trip, everyday you have to start really very early if you want to explore things, since as the day starts, the crowd keeps on increasing. And so we did, waking up at 4 in the morning, taking bath at -5°C with just lukewarm water and getting ready for standing up in the long queue before entering the temple. But as soon as you enter the temple, you forget everything, you just forget each every pain you have taken to reach there. It's a magical place whole inside, you can not take you eyes off the beautiful carvings done on the walls of the temple. Seriously those 15 minutes were the most serene moments of my life.
As we got out we started our trek down to Gaurikund. While descending down I will recommend you taking shortcuts used by local people, as they cut down the distance a bit and saves you from getting in the ways of those horses. Moreover you will get to feel the adventure in these paths when you will walk on glaciers and across waterfalls. Yes, these paths can also be risky at times so always take care while negotiating these tough paths.
It took us just 7 hours to descend down, before we got into our cars. Not much time was remaining before sunset and since it is always risky to drive in dark in mountains, we decided to take a halt at Agastyamuni.