Howz that … the tale of 2 episodes

More than the episode the underlying simplicity is soul touching

1) On my way from Devprayag to Srinagar thought to refuel, assuming there will be less number of pumps and very sporadic availability of fuel.  Something interesting happened this guy fills in the fuel not bothered to collect payment or swipe my card.Yes the digitization has shown its effect at all petrol pumps in the course of my journey all but one accepted the credit card .

I waited at the exit for almost 3 minutes for this guy to come, could be more could be less. The moment I left to washroom he whispered to my cousin hope this is a diesel operated vehicle I did not ask I just filled diesel. Innocence or honesty…call it whatever but simplicity of course.

2)  Adjacent to the Garhwal university in Srinagar is an ancient temple called kamleshwar Mahadev mandir.The temple priest when asked about the significance and importance of the place took keen interest and recited the shlokas that describe the temple and its significance. Most of it was Greek to me, but I enjoyed the Priest dedication and recitation, he was on his job full on.

We were informed that childless couples after praying here could conceit a child. There is a special day wherein couples offer prayers the entire night.Standing whole night is not less than any penance but for the children, couple does this. In the morning, the lamp is flown into the Alaknanda river and after this, Shiva is worshiped.

Every year more than 250+ childless couple come here from the different part of the country. I was being told that last year the number was over 400.

Leg 1- Faridabad – Kaudiyala – Devprayag-Khirsu-Pauri-Lakshman Jhula and back to Dehradun – “Kaudiyala”

It is February 9th I am sitting at home having no clue how would my sojourn be, delayed by a week already. Believing in God (some may wonder was I going to another planet). Well friends the destination and time chosen to travel bears a weak correlation but that’s the charm and the beauty for I wanted to experience pure tranquility.

Without thinking much began my journey faced jams at Kalindi and then Modinagar thereon the journey was smooth.

Kept moving…the first halt was at #Meerut Bypass had a grub at #Bikanerwala…and then started the onward journey.

The very first surprise was at the jasola itself where encountered 3 punctures on one tyre but that was it for the entire journey. The #Hyundai #verna I drove supported my cause all the way.

After driving for almost few hours I picked up my cousin from #Lakshmanjhula and headed towards #Shivpuri assuming we shall put up there but then thought the more distance we covered the better it is hence moved ahead and reached #Biyasi….

Stepped down to have a cup of tea, by now it was dark. The spot where I had the tea was a repeat of few years back when we (me and the team in a taxi) headed to New tehri took this route by mistake…less of technology advent at that point in time some 12 years back. The same place where we had tea and now I was doing a repeat. The tea was awesome but no guest house or halt for tourists.

The stall owner guided and suggested that #kaudiyala is a place we could find guest houses both private and run by the #GMVN.

The location is 4 kms from #Biyasi and is the place that had a liquor vend with no liquor vends ahead. Good to see and notice that liquor shops were not to be seen in abundance rather had to be searched and located.

At first instance missed to spot the #GMVN huts and moved slightly ahead to check some private guest houses however did not find them suitable in terms of hygiene, probably had some dinginess to them.

Also the very fact that this was my first day and hence my standard and expectations were higher as I was not accustomed by now and slightly less prepared to take these challenges that any traveler who is on exploratory and #adventurous tour undertakes.

But the owner when inquired on any other guest houses around with better amenities, we were immediately guided to the #GMVN saw the huts amazing clean huts with a separate drawing/dining area.

Bargained a deal and got the same for 1800 for the night. Checked in at 7:50 pm, an hour later than anticipated.

Very pleasant weather the sound of the river Ganga flowing besides, if I dare to use the word besides…made me think “shor ya shanti” yes we had debated this on one occasion when we were on an adventure road trip to solang valley…The question still lingers. The shor is so refreshing that it is as good as shanti.

well day ended on good note with lots of wishes from family and friends for trip and i also enjoyed drive from hustle bustle to the peaceful environment of the divine land. you could also enjoy the same by looking at some click of mine from day 1.