Badrinath was the end of our trip. Though none of us said it, I doubt any of us wanted to go further then the last tea shop in India.
So after Mana we backtracked over the NH 58. For some reason, the route back always seems to be the shorter then when you are first going there. On the way back, we stopped at a place called Gobindghat to check out the trek to Valley of flowers & Hemkund Sahib.
The valley of flowers, now a national park was "discovered" by an Englishman sometime early this century. I think before he wrote about it, it was some black hole or something. But its supposed to have all these wild flowers & butterflies & all. very nice if you are into that sort of a thing. At Hemkund sahib, you have a lake. Besides this lake, i read somewhere that the tenth guru of the Sikhs has meditated inan earlier life. I found this "in his earlier life" concept very confusing, because i'm sure we all do a lot of things in our earlier lives & it just doesn't seem practical to make piligrimages to all the things your guru did in all his earlier lives. So I was looking forward to sorting that out. These are beautiful treks, but my body was one painful mass of muscles. I must admit a sneaking sense of relief when we found out that the Whole place had already shut down for the winter. I made loud groaning noises of disappointment, but left before someone decide to open the trail again.
We made it past Rudraprayag and reached a place called Karnaprayag by nightfall, where we decided to put up for the night.
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