Doing Nothing at Joshimath

Have you ever wondered that it is really difficult to find a budget hotel in India that is clean? I am talking about 1500 rupees per night kind of places. They only come your way if someone recommended you a clean one. After my 10 hour of ride to Joshimath, I stayed at Kamet (name of a prominent peak in Uttarakhand as well) Hotel which was recommended by my guide Sohan Singh Bisht.

Joshimath, Uttarakhand

Joshimath, Uttarakhand

While going for the trek I stayed in their lower priced rooms and while coming back in the more expensive ones.The hotel is reasonably clean and the more expensive rooms have hot water too. When I reached I was just too tired. Kushal (the caretaker) at the hotel brought lunch to my room and after that I switched on the TV. But I could not keep my eyes open! I woke up around 7.00 pm and I walked about a bit, then it was time for dinner.

After that I watched TV and read an Agatha Christie novel in ad breaks. I though I would read just a few pages. But I finished it at one go! That meant I had no more books to read!

I woke up late the next day and had Aloo Paratha for breakfast. In monsoon I don’t know why flies take over every place at Joshimath. But I had to eat, so keeping my fingers crossed I just ate and I have lived to tell the tale.

After that it was a lazy day of watching TV and doing nothing. I was thinking I actually need to take a holiday like that, where I have nothing planned for a week! I watched The Mask of Zorro, The Proposal and countless other TV programs.

In the evening Sohan Singh ji came and we discussed a bit about the trek. It sounded quite doable. I offered Sohan Singh ji even to carry my own rucksack. After all, after Everest Base Camp how difficult it could be?

The story continues …

You can check out the entire trip account day wise from the following links-

Traveling to Rishikesh and Joshimath (Day 1 &2 of the trip)

Trekking from Govinghat to Ghangaria (Day 4 of the trip, day 1 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (Day 5 of the trip, Day 2 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Hemkunt Sahib (Day 6 of the trip, day 3 of trekking)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Govindghat (Day 7 of the trip, day 4 of trekking)

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6 thoughts on “Doing Nothing at Joshimath”

  1. I didn’t try the butter 🙁 Now I wish I had. How come you are not writing anything new these days?

    Thanks Niranjan.

    Thanks lady Fi.

    Meena the idea is not to have an schedule that compels you to move at certain times but to move when you want to! 😀 Hope this makes sense.

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