Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day 6: Adventure in Badrinath-Govindghat road

This is a series of my two weeks of tryst with the Garhwal Himalayas:
Day 1&2 : Secunderabad to Delhi
Day 3: Delhi to Haridwar bus ride
Day 3: Meerut Road
Day 3: Har Ki pauri- Haridwar
Day 4: Impressions from Haridwar
Day 4: Through Rajaji national Park
Day 4: Devaprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag
Day 5: Pipalkoti-Joshimath-Badrinath
Day 6: Mana: The last Indian village







Before I move on to Govindghat, let me narrate you the adventures of the previous evening while on my way back from Mana village. I was looking for a conveyance to reach Govindghat from Badrinath. It was raining steadily and no vehicles were willing to oblige. And then I found a Sumo who agreed to carry passengers on a premium. After futile attempts to bargain, we gave up and got in. As suspected just 5 kms down Badrinath, roads were blocked because of landslide. I wanted to reach Govindghat badly before dusk since it would save me a day to trek up to the Valley of Flowers.




Where's the road? Landslide ahead....



The boys in the jeep decided to cross the landslide walking. I was aghast. Since, it was still raining, I could literally see the rocks tumbling down. The younger boys from my vehicle were hell bent to cross it. I was tentative, shaking in my boots. What if a big chunk of land mass washes down taking us along to the deep gorge below into the mighty Alaknanda.

My mind was doing somersaults. I saw the boys move ahead. The next instant I gave them a shout and joined them, my heart pounding nevertheless.



Look at the tension in the man's face. They were all running.



Warning: Never ever cross a landslide when its raining. Flirting with nature can be fatal.






29 comments:

Mridula said...

Landslides are scary no doubt.

By the way Arun's interview is up at my blog now, have a look.

alok said...

Gosh! adventurous can be very dangerous and that warning message speaks it aloud.

Ravi Kumar said...

@Mridula: Hey Mridula I had a look. Great job! :) Aruun is a celebrity now :)

Ravi Kumar said...

@Alok: Thanks Alok for dropping by :)

Fida said...

I feel tension just reading it...

Lakshmi said...

your series is amazing ..stunning pics and yr energy to post them is amazing as well...I havent been up north at all and yours and celine's posts are surely an inspiration ..by the way, whats yr email id ?

Vamsee said...

So, what happened? Were you ok? Did you find transportation to your destination or had to walk all the way?
Great blog. Will come back to read more about your trips.

nivedithasperceptions said...

OMG it must have been so scary! But at the same it must have been a great experience. Worth visiting all these places once, you get to learn so much from them!

Ravi Kumar said...

Fida: Thanks for dropping by :)

Ravi Kumar said...

yes, i realise that you have never covered the north. And once u do that it wud be magical for sure. My email id is: kumars.ravi@gmail.com

Ravi Kumar said...

@vamsee: hey thanks for that zeal. I will cover the story in the following posts!

Ravi Kumar said...

@Niveditha: ofcourse learning through travel is incomparable

indicaspecies said...

This is a great series Ravi. I shall be looking to what would follow in days to come.

Ravi Kumar said...

@Indica: Thanks Celine for dropping by :)

truthopolis said...

Wish I was there with you. Love the artwork in the hometown. Makes me wanna post a blog with all my paintings.

Ravi Kumar said...

Thanks Sean! Go ahead and post them :)

magiceye said...

Brilliant series!! am loving it!! :)
very refreshing!

Srikanth Perinkulam said...

Flirting with nature is dangerous!
Good line :) ! Second you on that :).

Ravi Kumar said...

@Magiceye: Thanks for the inputs!

Ravi Kumar said...

Srikanth: Thanks for dropping by to my site :)

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