Drive to redemption – Garhwal (February 2010)

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“Seeking to forget makes suffering all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance”


Last year 3 days before diwali, I was travelling to Sitarganj (Rudrapur) for some official work and I met an accident after Rampur and before Bilaspur. I don’t remember the name of the exact hamlet/village. One local suddenly on a motorcycle with a small child as pillion crossed the road without even looking if any vehicle was coming or not. I was doing around 90-100 kmph. I applied brakes however my i10 slid across and hit a pot hole and turned turtle. In no time the villagers upturned the vehicle, wherein they were astonished to find me safe. I was there with my eyes wide open without a scratch hanging upside down tied to the seat belt. I opened the belt and came out of the car. I was very cool during this mishap. What all crossed my mind that I was watching a car rally and a view from a helmet camera. I was surreal but honestly I enjoyed the moment. It was a Muslim settlement. Villagers were nice and offered me tea. After all the excitement in the village died down, I collected my things, inspected the car. Windshield and left windows were completely shattered so was the side review mirror. Bonnet and roof were completely damaged beyond repair. There were no leakages of oil or other fluids. I started the engine. I came back to life in one stroke. One gentleman came to me and told me that it all happened in front of a Dargah and the saint saved you. I paid my homage at the Dargah and returned back to Delhi driving the same car. All in one day, I drove around 200 KM before and after the accident. It was my bad day but could have been worse. My family was happy to see me safe and were relieved.

Here I am just after three months on the road to test out whether there are any mental cobwebs which I need to clear, but nothing appeared, I had forgotten the incident but learnt a lesson. I was extra careful near human settlements this time. I again with my trusted friends, Papa, Romeo and Raka thought of going somewhere. Like every time happens with us, we decided the direction towards Rishikesh without knowing where to proceed. We started early in the morning and as we reached Roorkee, we thought of going to Dhanaulti via dehradun. We reached Dhanaulti by mid-afternoon. We stayed at GMVN Guest House right beneath the path from where path of Surkanda temple begins. Temple premises were full of snow and the temple floors were icy cold and it was some task doing a parikrama with bare foot. It was nice view up above. With fading sunlight we came back to Guest house.


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planning in office the night before the trip

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had to seek leaves for Papa and Romeo from their boss

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deciding the way forward over tea and toast


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Kasab??



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doon valley


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Mussorie


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Kala Bandar mystery solved..


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snowed steppes


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resting for peace


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snow at the temple premises


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end of the day on a happy note
 

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We woke up leisurely and after breakfast left for New Tehri by 10.30 am. After reaching New Tehri we took a road which was shown in the map as NH but actually it was a dirt track to begin with and later on littered with stones with no tar at all. It seems like a road was planned earlier but abandoned in between. After going on for around two hours we found a link to the highway for Uttarkashi and were happy to be back on beautifully tarred roads. Now the question was where to go? Uttarkashi was reachable. Took out the map and decided to take left turn from Dharasu Bend and move towards Yamunotri next day. We took shelter in a small town by the name Chinyalisaur some 6 km before Dharasu Bend. Got two rooms for Rs.400 only. We asked the cook to prepare some local style chicken. It was pathetic though. Next day we took the route as was decided previous night. Dharasu Bend to Barkot was a wonderful route lined with trees and awesome landscape. We again found snow on the roads. On reaching Barkot, we moved towards Naugaon and Purola instead of doing Yamunotri. After Purola we moved towards Mori and thought of going till Chakrata if possible. Again the drive from Purola to Mori was one of the most satisfying drive for me. It was surreal. After spending some time at Mori on the banks of Tons river, we moved further ahead and reached Tiuni. There we came to know from locals that road ahead to Chakrata was blocked due to snow and will remain closed for few days. Now we cannot move forward. There was a road from Tiuni towards Hathkoti/Rohru, which we could have taken and got back to Delhi via Himachal. But decided against it and tread back to the known path. We took shelter for the night at Barkot. A room for 4 @ Rs.400. Next morning we left for Delhi, pretty much an uneventful day.

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view on way to Chamba


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New Tehri


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Tehri Dam


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It was at its lowest level i ever saw..


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roads were without tar at the begining


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fields at Chinyalisaur


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Hotel Krishna Place newly built


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on way to Barkot


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"o meri mehbooba" tree from Dharam Veer


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checking out Tons River


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village in front of the Hotel


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Hotel Rautella

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Owner of the hotel


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River Yamuna


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Kempty Falls


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anupmathur

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....
now the formidable foursome has separated. All four of us now are now working for different companies. .....
In a way it is good. This is good in the larger interest of mankind.
I shudder to imagine all four of you 'working' for the same company at the same place! No work would ever get done!
The company would soon be with receivers! :lol:
 
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