Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Trek To Tungnath

Something about Tungnath (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form theMandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of theMahabharata epic.

Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) of Lord shiva were seen.

Day 1
We started our trip on Wednesday (11th june, 2014) early morning around 7:00 Am. Thanks to good weather , with few stops, we were able to cover more of our distance till 6 in the noon and took a night stay at Devprayag. We took a hotel there and relaxed after having dinner. We went to bed early as tomorrow we have to cover along journey ahead.
Hotel: Vijay Laxmi
Room rent: Rs.600 
Dinner: After confirming with local people, we had our dinner at Roxy Hotel. They serve Thali with unlimited food at just Rs 75.

Day 2
Next day was a real hot day. we started our journey after having breakfast and some fruits. We couldn't think of stepping out from AC till OKHIMATH where we got some relief from hot and chilling sun. Roads were plain, newly built but than also it took us 6 hours to cover a distance of 70 KM as roads were less wide and there were very steep turns. Finally we reached CHOPTA at 5:15PM where we had our Maggi, tea and milk for tomato. We changed our clothes ( as temperate was quite low over there) and packed our bag packs for trekking.

You can also opt for horses which will charge from Rs.200-300/ per person. But will advise you to walk as the 3.35KM is full of springs, natural scenary, beauty and huts for the refreshments.

Must haves in bagpack : Torch, extra batteries, umbrellas, shawl, extra pair of socks, medicines for loose motion, aches, fever and allergies(if any), 
                                                 All set for our Day 2 trip from Devprayag

                                                                                      Amit busy in driving.

                                                         Tomato Busy in posing

                                                            Tomato's taashan

                                            We took a stop near Okhimath. Its full of natural beauty

                                            Tomato also enjoying the trip and natural beauty

                                                            Natural Spring near Chopta

                                                    another beautiful stop near Chopta

                                                                         some poses


                                                Finally we reached Chopta.."Jai Baba Bholenath"

                                                      Having Maggi, tomato all set in her winter clothes.

So, Finally we are just few 3.35 KMs away from our destination. In my next post will take you to Tungnath, a wonder place on earth.