I am not a religious person but when I enter the realm of the natural wonders of this earth I feel a heightened sense of spirituality. And while others go on pilgrims to test or devote their religious attitudes I simply wander and discover a journey. Badrinath has been on my list of to go to places for a long time, and since I had a few days off and the weather in Delhi was just annoyingly hot, I decided that it was finally time to head out on my journey.
It’s quite simple really, all you need to do is get up and go, packing is not even an important thing for me. I just dumped some warm clothes in a bag threw it in my car and took off on a fine Wednesday morning. Once I am on the road there is no stopping me, and thankfully since I was alone I didn’t have to pay respect to anyone else’s bathroom break requests. So it was a straight drive to Musoorie which took me just 5 hours, courtesy of the open trafficless roads. I wish roads were more often than not like this, I guess it was just spiritual luck on my side and not some traffic god. The usually way to get to Badrinath does not include a pass through Mussoorie, but I decided to visit my grandfather who is in the army, since I hardly get to see him. We had some great discussions and he told me about places to visit on my way to Badrinath. The next morning I was off before the sun could even enter the sky. It was decently chilly and with my windows down I was soaking in the crisp mountain air while cruising on towards Srinagar. I had to take back roads since I was already off-course but it was such an amazing drive I just didn’t stop at all, not even to have breakfast. By late afternoon I had reached a nice little town known as Rudraprayag. It was simply gorgeous and I decided to break here for lunch and a quick rest. After an hour I was off again, cruising down the winding roads going up and down though valleys until finally the gleaming green brightness of the Nanda Devi forest caught my eyes. No place in Europe can compare the natural wonders that were shown to me and I was so happy that I had finally gotten up and driven down to this wonderful place.
As I passed Joshimath I could see the slopes of Auli and it was just the most beautiful sight ever. I decided to spend my days here and would only take a day trip up to Badrinath. The days went by so slow as the quietness and stillness of the hills were breathtaking. It was by far the best road trip I had ever done in my life and the best experience ever. I spent a good 4 days soaking in the spiritual voices in my head listening to my spirit question the insignificant existence of myself when I looked at the grandeur of this place. I went on treks, sat my rivers and just enjoyed being alone and away from the chaos of city living. The journey was worth it and the long drive which some people might complain about was actually enjoyable, even on the way home. I couldn’t let even a second of it go by without a smile on my face. The world we live in might seem big, but if you are lucky to own a car and be independent it can also be a massive playground.