ASISH KUMAR SEN, , Posted Date: 14th August 2012
Our journey started on 02nd of May from Narora (180 km From Delhi). We were 6 persons all adult,.....
Our journey started on 02nd of May from Narora (180 km From Delhi). We were 6 persons all adult, 2 Male and rest female. We hired a SCORPIO vehicle for our total journey. Our route was Kotdwar - Pauri- Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Augustmuni - Phata - Sitapur - Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath (in my view this is the shortest route to reach Kedarnath). We reached at Rudraprayag at about 20:15 Hrs. We stayed in a single room having 2 double bed, room rent was Rs 1000/- + fooding. Next day we started our journey at 08:15 Hrs reached at Gaurikund at 11:30 Hrs, parked our vehicle at Sonprayag, took pony for all (bargained rate Rs 600/- per pony) and started ascending journey. At Ramwara we took halt, had light refreshment for us and ponies (it is costly but considering the height and
terrine it is reasonable). It started drizzling from Ramwara, plastic cover (cost Rs 30/-) to protect yourself from light downpour is available through out the way, before we reached Kedarnath it became snow - a wonderful experience! 2 KM before Kedarnath almost everything around you was white a total cover of thick ice all around. We reached Kedarnath, the journey time from Gourikund to Kedarnath is almost five & half Hrs with pony. Everybody was totally exhausted, the shivering cold (temp may be was less than zero at that time) make it horrible, we felt the urgent need of a hotel with some heating system. Took a cup of tea (@ Rs25/-) and went
for searching hotel. We found GMVN guest house, its name was “Renbasera” 500 mtrs from Kedarnath temple.Bargained room rent was Rs 800/-. It had a room heater (they claim they are the only hotel who has this type of room heater rest all use dry wood for heating arrangement). We took a room having 2 triple beds. Every body jumped over the room heater it took us two hours to feel warmer. Then we came out of hotel it was a fool moon night so a picturesque scenic beauty. We had our dinner there itself, @ Rs 80/- for full diet it was only puri- sabjee- dal & rice, but the test was good. Next morning we reached at the temple at around 08:00 Hrs. From hotel to temple the path (you can say it an ice walkway) was slippery, we were walking between two 10 feet wall of ice upto the temple. There
were only few worshipers at that time. The temple was almost covered with ice, surrounded by peaks of astonishing mountain landscape. We had our breakfast and start descending, bargained rate for ponies this time was Rs 500/-. The descending journey was more tiring than the ascending. Reached Gourikund within four hours. The road from Gourikund to Kedarnath is made of boulders; the ponies have a tendency to walk almost with the end corner of the road so it is little bit of risk and frightening also. You may experience breathing trouble reaching Kedarnath. Winter clothing is must.
We travel a lot, almost twice a year, but this journey was perhaps the best which we will not forget ever.