Delhi to Badrinath:Search for Adventure and Spirituality


Over the years, I have developed a passion for the following things in my life;

  1. Books
  2. Writing
  3. Travel
  4. Driving

And, if you see closely, the purpose of me having a passion for, each of the above four things is interconnected to each other, I read books because I want to be a better person everyday, I want to learn from experiences of other people, what have they done to be where they are today? how did they achieve what they did? I write because, I want to share whatever little I am learning in my day to day life, so be it on Good reads or on my Linked In or this blog, I continue writing and sharing. I like to travel because well, in my view, travel is one of the best ways in which a person can experience life and learn new perspectives about things that he/she may not even think existed. Travel adds positivity to our life like no other things can and last but not the least I love to drive,  I have always loved doing it and every time I need a break from my daily life, I pick up my car and just drive away far from the maddening and crushing city life for my Instant Relief.

So, keeping some of my above passion in perspective, I recently took a Road trip from Faridabad- Badrinath driving my I20 Active all the way and back, a total distance of about 1250 KM. Here are some of the statistics of the journey I undertook;

Vehicle: Hyundai I 20 Active- Petrol

Route: Faridabad-> Noida -> Ghaziabad -> Lansdowne -> Pauri -> Srinagar -> Rudraprayag-> Joshimath -> Badrinath -> Mana Village -> And back via Rishikesh

Total Members: 4 ( My Wife, Parents and Me)

Total Travel Days: 6 Days & 5 Nights ( 2 Nights- Lansdowne, 2 Nights- Joshimath, 1 Night- Rishikesh)

Road Condition: Pretty Good but do note that 40 Kms stretch from Joshimath to Badrinath is in really bad shape with non existent roads and lot of slush/water from landslides. It is an adventure to drive on these roads but caution is order of the day and also on NH58 the stretch around Nagrasu(Around 5-6 KMS) after Karnaprayag is in really bad shape.

Some of the Pictures from the same;

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Happy to reach at last- Me and My Wife at Mana Village, Badrinath
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Wanna Drive?- On way to Badrinath
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Me and My Machine @ Lansdowne
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Me and My Dad @ Tip N Top Point, Lansdowne

 

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Going for the Divine Darshan- Jai Baba Badri Vishal!

To many such more visits in the future!

In case you are also planning this trip, please feel free to reach out to me, I will be happy to answer any specific questions that you may have.

Cheers,

Ankur

 

Udaipur Express!


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If someone is to ask me what are my passions, Driving will come a close second to Books for me. I have been driving for more than 12 years now, started way back when I was 18 years old. I have driven to lot of places since then. The most I drove in 1 day was when I drove down from Ahmedabad to Delhi in 15 Hours non stop. I still remember that day, I was in college 2nd year and we needed to visit Gandhidham in Kutch Gujarat for my cousin sister wedding and while coming back we were supposed to return via Ahmedabad. That was the time when we had just bought our new Hyundai Santro and I just loved driving it around.So, when this opportunity came upon me, I was not the one to let it go. Started from Ahmedabad in the morning around 6 and was in Faridabad (Delhi-NCR) by 9 in the evening. One of my most memorable trips.

Since then I have driven to Mussorie, Shimla, Dharmshala, Amritsar, Chandigrah, Nainital and lot of other places. I have even got a UAE driving license and driven to all the 7 emirates in UAE myself, when I was in Dubai for about 3 years.

This year holidays presented me with an opportunity to plan another road trip to Jaipur and Udaipur which is close to 700 Kms from Delhi. I drove down to Udaipur with my wife and it was a pleasure, the road is quite good although the Gurgaon to Jaipur stretch is full of diversions and jams due to the on going construction activity in the area but the route from Jaipur to Udaipur is a dream, take the Jaipur-Kishangarh expressway and you will not know where the miles went by. It was a memorable trip for both me and my wife.

My friends do ask me, what do I love about driving and how I am able to Drive long hours on Indian roads, without getting into long philosophical answers, I can simply answer it from the picture below.This is from a friendly highway restaurant in Rajasthan, I was looking for a Gents toilet but all I got was the one below, although I must say it worked out for me quite well in the end. 😀

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Cheers,

Ankur