Month: March 2015

Digital India

Using technology to restore faith in gods

What happened on 16 July 2013 in Uttarakhand are still fresh in our minds. Thousands of lives lost and millions of property perished. Destruction was the consequence of unchecked construction of hotels and houses next to river beds. Nature knows balancing itself. Unfortunately, the innocents suffered the most. But the question is did we handled the situation well ? No. People are scared of returning. They fear that they could have been one of the unidentified dead bodies. They could have been one of the families having no clue whether they should consider their parents dead or not. I know sitting at home and talking is easy than being present at the scene. But, Yes we could minimized the losses if we had an fair system monitoring the pilgrims and disaster management plan implemented. After analyzing how things went from bad to worst, broadly two things come into picture First point is that the government didnt had any information of the number of pilgrims on char dham yatra. Pilgrims were the biggest victims of the …

Auli ski resort skiing in India

Auli Ski Resort Uttarakhand – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 4

Auli Ski Resort is a wonderful Skiing location in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The snow-white Ski slopes of Auli and Skiboarders were waiting eagerly for my appearance 🙂  I was staying in the dormitory of GMVN in Joshimath. The distance between the Auli Ski Slope and the small town of Joshimath is not more than 15 Kilometer. Yesterday’s bike ride from GMVN Gopeshwar to Lambhgadh near Badrinath and back to Joshimath was exciting and fabulous, but it had drained all my energy. I was the only soul in the GMVN dormitory of 10 beds. The freezing night was in its last phase. The winter morning made sure to keep me underneath two woolen blankets apart from body thermals. Mind it winters in Uttarakhand are really cold. Checked my mobile it was around 7 AM of the morning. I could see the dawn breaking from the GMVN window. Chirping of the birds, soft footsteps of the waiters in the corridor, men with sweater and muffler pushing the bicycle pedal hard on the hilly road …

Bike trip to Uttarakhand

Rishikesh to Gopeshwar – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 2

I was on my Bajaj Avenger hired from Mountain Fox motorcycles in Rishikesh. Today’s halt was Gopeshwar  220km from Rishikesh. Luggage loaded and geared up, left the place. Went back to Hrishikesh petrol pump and filled up the tank. This was the first time I was riding in the Himalayas. Basically, it was Raid de Himalaya for me. The morning was quite chilly. To make myself comfortable, I decided to ride first 25-30 kilometers with a decent speed. Near Byassi Rishikesh – Ganga flowing down the mountain Rishikesh – Night camping tents on the shore of Ganga 25 rupees Kadhi Chawal in a Dhaba in Srinagar: Roads turned worst after Deoprayag and continued till Srinagar. It was 1:30 PM and I was hungry. I was looking for some small Dhaba to have my lunch. Found one just before the Srinagar town starts on the right-hand side of the road.   Kadhi chawal was ready. Every bit was delicious and the quantity was much more than what I had expected. In the 15 minutes discussion with …

unknown places in india for bike trips

In the land of Badri Vishal – Bike trip to Uttarakhand -3

Yesterday’s tiring ride from Rishikesh to Gopeshwar resulted in a nice peaceful sleep. Opened my day with a shivering bath followed by packing and loading. Tying ropes in a winter morning is what I don’t like. It was around 7 AM, I came down in the GMVN restaurant to appreciate a hot cup of tea in the winter of February. Finishing tea geared myself and left the GMVN. Avenger started with the first hit of self-start. Didn’t faced any cold start problem throughout the journey.  Day 2 route map  Morning view from GMVN Gopeshwar  Reached Joshimath around 12:00 in the afternoon.   Alaknanda – Enroute Joshimath Just as I was to start for Badrinath scene changed and dark clouds hid the mountain. It started drizzling and finally raining. I took shelter under a military ration building.  Playing with time and timer  ITBP training center Joshimath Asked to return:   Two men jumped from a truck which came from Badrinath direction. One guy who seemed army guy very strongly suggested me to return from here. He …

Trek to Devariya tal Uttarakhand in winter

Deoria Tal trek – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 5

What an awesome day I had yesterday, bike ride to Auli Ski Resort and getting the basic lessons of Skiing was great. Today’s plan included the trek to Deoria Tal. Deoria Tal has its reference in Mahabharat. It’s the same lake where 4 of the Pandavas dies by drinking lake water without answering to the Yaksha’s questions. They were brought to life only when Yudhistir answers all of his questions. I  like that part, especially the question and answer between Yudhistir and Dharmraj. Gopeshwar to Ukhimath via Rudraprayag: In the above map, the route marked in black is a direct route between Gopeshwar and Ukhimath. Chopta, Chandrashila, and Deoria Tal lies between this route. However, the road was closed due to heavy snowfall. Direct road i.e. via Chopta is 60 km and the longer one via Rudraprayag was 130 km. I had no options but to take the longer route. Prepared for the longer route followed by trek after that, I left the place around 8 AM. Reached Ukhimath around 12:30 PM. Construction work and …

Maharshi mahesh yogi ashram and sanyasis

The Beatles Ashram and 3 Sanyasis in Rishikesh – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 6

What a fresh morning that was! All the tiredness from yesterday’s Trek to Deoria Tal had vanished. It felt like I was never tired and this is my home. No worries no plans no mobile no network, just nature and I. But then, today’s plan was to reach Rishikesh and handover bike to Ashok Ji 🙂 Followed by local sight seeing in Rishikesh and attend Ganga aarti in Haridwar. Checked out from GMVN, Ukhimath and left for Rishikesh at 9:30 AM. Two times Aloo Paratha, 4 coffee, 4 Tea cost me Rs.120.   Enroute Rudraprayag from Ukhimath Did my lunch at the same place in Srinagar. This time, it was Rajma Chawal. They were happy to see me and asked if my journey was good. Ukhimath to Rishikesh was around 182km. As I always say returning is always quick. I was aware for the first 20-30 kilometers later everything switches to Auto Pilot mode. When the time ceases to exist we tend to enjoy things the most. The journey was so involving I didn’t remember when …

bike trip to Badrinath in winter

Planning – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 1

Before starting the travelogue I would like to introduce myself a little. Describing myself I am not the one zipping and speeding at 120kmph. I respect machines and believe motorcycles are best when it comes to explore places. It balances the fuel and fun well. I term myself as budget yatri. My bike trips are extremely cheap but equally meaningful and I feel good about it. I prefer basic accommodations and eat what locals eat. I never rush towards my destination as doing so do not let us enjoy the journey. I like to connect those small dots enroute and make a final picture of the journey. Lets start.. Himalayas always fascinated me. I used to wonder of huge mountains and greenish rivers slipping through the deep valleys. I dreamed of shining snow clad peaks standing one behind another and locals busy in their daily routine walking up and down the mountain. Literature’s of mystical Yogis wandering in Himalayas in search of ultimate truth always motivated me. Somewhat with the same intention and to see …