One of my recent vacations and truly memorable one was to DeorialTal and Auli, Uttarakhand with my family and friends, it was a group of 6 guys. We enjoyed some of the most interesting things such as tracking, snow view and specially enjoy skiing. We planned a 4 Day & 4 Night tour from 01 st Feb to 5 th Feb 2018.
We boarded train from Old Delhi to Haridwar. We reached Haridwar at 6 O'clock in the morning and finished morning ablution at railway station itself. Once we were done with the morning chores we finished our roadside breakfast and boarded private cab from Haridwar to Joshimath, which we have already hired from Delhi.
Soon after, cab started to wend along the winding roads of Himalaya. In the Initial phase, we were driving on the bank of river Ganges till we reached Devprayag. Devprayag is one of the holiest places where two sacred rivers Bhagirathi and Alakananda meets and forms the world-famous Sangam of Ganges.We stopped at Devprayag to take some photographs. After Devprayag, we drove further uphill but now it was alongside the bank of river Alakananda. Roads were bumpy and we frequently encountered road blockages due to the maintenance. Then we stopped at DhariDevi temple,an ancient Hindu temple located on the banks of the Alaknanda river between Srinagar and Rudraprayag in Kalyasaur, Garhwal Region.
According to the legend, DhariDevi is the guardian deity of Uttarakhand, whose idol was removed from her temple on 16th June 2013 by priests and locals, just a few hours before the cloudburst. As per believers, Uttarakhand had to also face the Goddess' Ire when she was shifted from her ' moolsthan ' to make way for a Hydel project that lies in ruins after the flood.
After darshan and all we moved towards our destination, the landscape was transforming after each hour as we were gaining more and more elevation. It was also becoming colder and colder as we move ahead.On our way we took our lunch and managed drink and snacks. After witnessing many other Prayags (Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag) and Chamoli district, we tried to find the camp at Chopta for our night stay but due to heavy snowfall it was not possible as road was blocked then finally we moved to Ukhimath, touched down at around 7 O'clock in the evening after around 12 hours of our rigorous journey. We took a hotel over there and had our dinner with bonfire and spend our first night of our trip over there.
Next morning, everyone became profoundly refreshed once we witnessed the Golden effect of rising sun on snow capped Himalayas. For some of us, it was the first time in high Himalayas, so they were mesmerised with the view. Quickly, all of us got ready as we already have plans for Chopta-Tungnath tracking. During our lovely breakfast, some locals advised us not to go Chopta-Tungnath tracking as it was blocked due to heavy snowfall last night and the height of snow was around 10-12 ft, we were really disappointed with this news because tracking from Chopta to Tungnath is in our hit list to cover during the trip.They also informed us about DeoriaTal which was open for tracking and is around 15 kms. away from Ukhimath by road. We followed their advice and moved towards DeoriaTal.