A beautiful day of riding in the mountains. It feels good to be climbing up and down small, narrow roads surrounded by pine trees. From Nainital, the road descended to Ranikhet, a hill station with a strong military presence, reminding me that I was getting near the border with China. I took breaks in the hills and enjoyed the peace of the mountain forests. What a change from all the hustle and bustle of the plains where everything seems to be moving so fast.
I felt I was back in South America at times, particularly northern Peru and Bolivia with all the small roads and mountain villages, but of course, the towns are more frequent in India and a whole lot busier. I'm sure the feeling will grow as I start seeing snow.
I made it to Rudraprayag just before sunset and found a small hotel with parking for sanDRina at the back of the restaurant. This town sits at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers as they flow from their glacier sources further upstream down to where they merge into the Bhagirathi River at Devaprayag. From there, the river is known as the Ganga, the most holiest of rivers in India.
Enjoy Jay's video postcard from Rudraprayag:
Distance covered today: 225 km
Total distance covered: 5,097 km