Joshimath to Mana – Joshimath
DISTANCE: 90 km via NH 58
Though this was supposed to be our day of relaxation after the previous day’s driving, we decided to head up towards the famous Badrinath temple. It wasn’t much distance to cover, in fact, it was only 45 km, which by our normal highway calibrated minds would take us less than an hour to cover, but as we found out earlier, going purely by numbers is a bad idea in the mountains. So, after a filling breakfast of paranthas and piping hot lemon tea (the people here sure do make great tea!), we set off towards Badrinath.
Because of the unpredictability of the hills, we didn’t make any plans for our return just yet. We’d get there first and then depending on the time, we’d either stay back or make our way back to Joshimath. However, a small home-stay caught our eye as we were leaving Joshimath so we decided to get their number in case we needed it at night. After that, we were really on our way, making our way down the valley, one switchback at a time, till we eventually reached a river crossing far up in the hills. From then on, it was relatively smooth sailing.
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