The scenic hill town of Auli was on the top of my travel list for the past so many years, but each time I planned the trip, I had to cancel it for one or the other reason. Finally, I was able to visit this fairyland last year—a journey offering a unique, unforgettable snow experience probably difficult to get at any other place in India.
How’d you react if someone offers you a chance to fill your life with absolute joy, adventure, and bliss!You’d jump from your seat and grab the offer! A trekking trip to Kedarkantha offers you a similar experience—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to absorb the unparalleled beauty of the snow-clad peaks, the charm of walking though pine forests, the scenic views of green meadows and much more, all in a single trip.
For as long as I can remember, I havebeen a beach person. Then came my travelling twenties and I fell in love with the surroundings that are diametrically opposite. Smooth tarmac roads hugging the bends on a mountain, chilly winds that make your eyes water involuntarily, undulating stretches of green and tall trees backgrounded by gorgeous orange sunsets that are best watched hugging yourself – clad in a thick jacket, woollen cap and lumpy gloves. The Himalayas became my new happy place, once I encountered all this. It happened on my first visit to a place called Valley of Flowers, tucked away in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. I came back converted, re-energized and in love with mountains. I have to say that the adoration for hilltops has only grown from then.
It was early January, and I was watching news on my television set when the channel started flashing the news of first snowfall at several high-altitude areas in Uttarakhand, including Chopta. I was eagerly waiting for this news for the past many days, and knew it was time for my winter trekking trip to Chopta and Chandrashila in one of most charming regions in India.