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My Kedarnath yatra

When HR announced Diwali holidays my first and only thought was to take advantage of the five day break and head to the mountains. I had two options: either to go to Devaria Tal (to capture the reflection of the Chaukhamba Peak in the blue waters of the lake), Ukhimath, Kalimath and Kedarnath or to go to Gwaldam.

Airfare for Rs 599 and less!

As usual, I called Guruji (Tribuwan Sing Chauhan) in Rishikesh who told me he was going for the door closing ceremony at Kedarnath temple on November 11. The temple remains closed during winter due to heavy snowfall.

My decision was made. We decided to meet at Kedarnath the previous day, November 10.

I took a 10.30 pm bus from Delhi to Rudraprayag. (God only knows how I got a seat!)

It was freezing cold and very cloudy and windy when I reached Sari in the afternoon. It had snowed in Kedarnath. I had dinner with Rajendra who I had made friends with on my last visit in April 2007.

Text and photographs: Kiran Rawat
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