Mana Village Riding Expedition
On the 7th of May, 2017, a group of 8 riders left for an unforgettable journey across the Himalayan range on their Royal Enfield’s from Agra. With their bags packed and their bikes prepared, they left for Lansdowne; a journey of 413 kilometers. They stayed overnight in the little town of Lansdowne, in Uttrakhand at a height of 1,706 meters. Lansdowne was founded in 1887, by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. They visited the local attractions of St. Mary’s Church and Bhullatal and stayed overnight there.
And on the 8th of May, the journey actually began. From Lansdowne, they rode their bikes to the town of Joshimath, a distance of 255 kilometers and escalated to the height of 6150 meters. Joshimath is a religiously significant town for the Hindus because of the Jyotirmath Monastery, the northern sacred monastery to the Hindus. This monastery is often used as a base camp for the for travelers going to Guru Gobind Ghat or the Valley of Flowers National Park. Often referred to as the gateway to the Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions and following the footsteps, the riders after having spent their night are the small town rode to Badrinath.
From Badrinath, they went to Mana Village at the height of 3,200 meters, which is the last Indian village on the Indo-Tibet border, a ride of 52 kilometers. The riders visited the caves nearby caves which are supposed to be valuable for the Hindu culture and cherished a cup of tea at the last tea shop of India and stayed overnight at the village itself. The next day the riders trekked 4 kilometers up to the Vasudhara falls, the water of which is incredibly refreshing and is said to have medicinal properties
Having well rested and refreshing their tired bodies in the waterfall, they once again rode back to the holy city of Badrinath. There they paid their regards to the deity Vishnu, the idol of whom is said to have manifested itself. Badrinath is also considered to be one of the most essential of the pilgrimages for the Hindus. They stayed overnight at Badrinath itself and in the morning left for Chopta on their bikes, covering a span of 178 kilometers.
Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forests, which is a part of the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary. The riders, like many others, used Chopta as a base camp for their trek to the Tungnath temple. The Tungnath temple is another one of religiously significant sites to the Hindus and it has myths related to both of the epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is the also the world’s highest Shiva temple. The view of the valley from the temple was breathtaking. The riders came down to Chopta and spent their night there.