While we are in school , learning is part of every day life. As we grow old, we get settled in comfortable routine, ppl become expert in something and ends up with big fat ego. We should stay in student mode all life and then life becomes fun , easy and you are always growing.
Travel is another learning opportunity. We learn things on the roads that no university will teach us . On recent pilgrimage, we had lot of hikes and when my leg ended up in pain , I had to learn how to walk so that leg doesn’t hurt or hurt less. I like nice comfortable hotels but as we go remote places , things change. Nice hotel meaning will we get hot water in the morning ? We learn to survive and keep going. We learn to laugh on our pain , bad experiences too. We make friends with strangers and have some hearty laugh even when we meet them only for few mins. We learn to be mentally flexible .
Travel doesn’t mean just Europe and USA. There are so many unique places that offer unique experiences. Expand your travel horizon too. Safety is always important so always double check in that area and do what you are comfortable with .
Picture is from Amritsar Vagha border . Famous India Pakistan border.
Only on Gaumukh Hike , we saw some foreigners. There were no NRI or foreigners on Yamnotri or Kedarnath Hike . I would highly recommend foreigners, non Indians to check out Kedarnath Hike if you are planning a hiking trip in India.
In this post I will share few pictures of Gaumukh Hike . Gaumukh is where river Ganga starts. You can also go closer to glacier which is more Hike and called Tapovan. We went upto Gaumukh or should I say closer to Gaumukh. Hike is 14 km upto Bhojbasa where we spent night in GMVN guest house which has basics like bed , blankets and food . Keep your expectations low there. From Bhojbasa you walk more 4 Kms or some to Gaumukh. Take all kms with a pinch of salt since all hikes we did had kms messed up and one never know where those kms start and where it ends. So just keep walking and don’t waste time asking ppl how much more because they don’t know and answer not gonna help you.
With that here’s few pictures and there’s plenty of info online so I won’t repeat.
Both places are close by and around 15 km away from each other . Let me be honest and tell you that they are very dirty and very very crowded as you can see in pictures. Ganga ghat is clean and ppl constantly cleaning but roads to take there where you will have to walk were bad .
If this places are on your list to visit , by all means just go. Rishikesh is very famous for yoga classes but we yoga ppl didn’t care for it . You can learn yoga wherever you are but yes being in India if you never been , is in itself is a huge accomplishment. I grew up in India but still it’s hard now since am used to of all comfort. So I had to brave it out too .
There’s a saying in India that if you take dip in river Ganga , all your sins will be washed away. What it really means is being able to do what you want to do in life . You will see lot of ppl taking dip in Ganga @ Haridwar
I have lot of pictures from trip but not possible to share all pictures, experiences. I will share them here and there may be in small pieces.
Chardham meaning four religious places. It’s a popular, hard religious trip of India. Places are in Uttarakhand, India and involves hikes, long journeys on roads and being Himalayan region , everything is unpredictable. Chardhams are Yamunotri , Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badarinath.
With the god’s grace we 5 ppl took this journey and completed successfully and had so much fun . Hikes are very hard and one needs strong will power. One just needs to keep walking. Here’s few pictures for you all to enjoy. Stay tuned for other places I visited on the trip.