Jul 7, 2009

The Great Himalayan Getaway-3

Sonprayag
A day’s travel from Rishikesh brought us to Sonprayag;a quaint little hamlet at the base of kedarnath. Since almost everyone who wants to trek up to Kedarnath stays at Gaurikund and not Sonprayag, Sonprayag’s natural beauty is still untarnished to a great extent.
We stayed at a villa belonging to one of the most reputed business Houses of the country. Perched almost on top of the mountain, the villa was in the midst of a lush green forest and had a beautiful garden filled with exotic flowers. A steep climb down the slope led you to the river Mandakini; roaring and tumbling down from the locks of Lord Shiva. The water was so sparkling clean that we could clearly see the stones in the river bed.
It was a magical time for all of us. Away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we spent all our time either taking long walks through the hushed forest or sitting at the river bank taking in the natural splendor around us. It was a god given opportunity to rewind, reconnect with ourselves and get rejuvenated in that peaceful and serene environment.

We spent a few blissful days at Sonprayag and then decided to go on to Kedarnath.

3 comments:

  1. I wish I knew about this place before I went to Rishikesh last weekend, I'd have loved to gone here. Still, I'll be going there another weekend, so Sonprayag is definitely on my list of places to visit.

    I don't know why, but I want to see the Mandakini and the Bhagirathi rivers a lot now. And Alaknanda too.

    My friend was right. I've become obsessed with Himalayan Rivers :P

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  2. @arnab- my favourite holiday destinations are always the Himalays - next time try going beyond Rishikesh its so much more Beautiful!

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  3. Ya, I'll surely ago beyond Rishikesh next time. I hope I get a little break once college opens, and the moment that happens, I'm outta here :D

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