When you feel that you are not finding answer to your questions in your heart, and you don’t have anyone to share your feelings, I suggest pack your bag with few items like warm clothes, torch, matchbox, swiss knife, camera and go to the mountains to get the best out of your life.
Yes on 10th of October 2018 I was packing my bag to go out for a trip when a couple of other friends joined me and together we planned to hit the road for our destination Chandrashila Peak or commonly known as “Moon Rock”.
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So we started of our drive from 4 pm in Delhi and reached Rishikesh by 11 pm; spending the night in a not so luxurious hotel we again went off for Chopta next morning at 5 am. Early morning drive, cold breeze blowing and along with us flowed the Alaknanda River. This was for the second time I was traveling through this route so it was quite known to me. We took breaks in between had tea by roadside stalls and frequently interacted with the common people about the climate and the local transport timings.
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There are very few buses which go beyond Kund. The last 20 km to Chopta is a magnificent journey through the Jungle, where the sun rays are found it hard to penetrate By the time we reached Chopta it was 1 pm.
It was looking like the clouds has taken a cover of the valley and a spell of rain was expected.
We started trekking amidst the clouds. The easy trek looked quite troublesome as three of us found it hard to breathe after 1km. So we decided to complete this 5km trek to Tughnath Mandir with a halt in between. After 3 and half hours of struggle accompanied by spells of rain and hails we finally reached our stop at Tungnath Mandir. The view from Tughnath Mandir is spectacular and you don’t need any DSLR camera to capture those moments.
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After offering prayers at the mandir, we sat together at one of the tea stalls had some tea while talking to the local lads over there. There were other tourists who came just to offers prayer at Baba Tungnath Mandir (3680m), the highest Shiva Temple in the world.