Route taken: Rishikesh- Devprayag- Srinagar-Rudraprayag- Karnaprayag
Destination: GMVN Karnaprayag
Start Odo: 4342
End Odo: 4509
Total KM: 167
Number of Halts: 1
Start time: 07:50 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Total Hrs: 7:10 Hrs
Total halt time: 2:00 Hrs
The alarm was set for 5:30AM. After our breakfast at GMVN Ganga resort, we were able to hit the road by 7:50AM. Even this time we were in no hurry, drive was sometimes quite smooth and sometimes very rough. Road widening work is in progress on many stretches. So there is lots of dust and stone were lying on road, at few places roads become quite narrow which is just sufficient for one vehicle to pass only.
Road condition in particular are bad around Srinagar, lots of construction work is going on around there. Road is fantastic as you approach Rudraprayag.
We had our first break for some snacks around 11:30Am. We stopped at hotel Vjay Raj near Rudraprayag. The hotel was empty, also no food except maggi and stuffed parathas were available. We ordered for maggi first and liked it very much, and then we ordered for couple of Aloo parathas. In the mean time I decided to study the Map My India Uttarakhand maps. And here is the twist, so I went toward car, taken out the maps and slammed the door back after locking the door from inside. As thud occurred I realized that my key was left inside the car and I was outside. I was like **** oh god this can’t happen to me.
Now I was having three options in front of me, first call the Hyundai call centre for road side assistance, second search some local mechanic who can open the doors and last break/remove the small rear door window glass. I tried first option, called the Hyundai customer care center, told them my problem and location but to my utter shock they are not able to find my location in map. They put me on hold for a while and then forget my problem. Then I blasted and bingo things were working, they provided me the complaint number and told me that they will contact me soon after arranging some technician for my help. In the meantime I shared my problem with the hotel owner, he ensured me saying I can help you. Thankfully he know mechanic who is 2 Km far from his hotel. We went to mechanic place in his car and we bring mechanic along us. While he is trying to opening the door I got a call from Oberai Hyundai Karnaprayag he told me that their technician can reach my location in a hour, but as I was talking to him my car doors got opened up by local mechanic. I informed them that I am out of mess now. As our next hotel was booked in Karnaprayag, so I told him that I will come for car service to confirm everything is fine or not.
I thanked hotel owner and paid food bills, dropped the mechanic at his shop on the way. Its 2:00PM and finally we are now moving towards Karnaprayag , wasted couple of hours on this break. Reached GMVN Karnaprayag by 3:15PM very small rooms, no heater, geyser was not working, very cold room we were shivering, no guest were present here when we reached. Had few snacks by evening, staff was courteous and polite arrange bonafire for us. In the late evening, couple of family and few guest checked in.
In my opinion we could have reached Joshimath in next 2-3 Hrs, in case we keep going ourselves. It’s not worth to stay here, as we wasted our 1 day which we can utilize to explore the places around Joshimath. We learn from our mistakes.
Not able to update my log as I was not getting Reliance netconnect signals here. Our Vodafone is working fine full signals. Find below the pics of our ride from Rishikesh to Karnaprayag.