Belum Caves

After driving for about 30 minutes from Gandikota guesthouse, we reached a small village where we found fuel station and (not so fancy) restaurants for lunch. We ate a Biryani and Non-Veg thali and the bill was about INR 400/-Looking at the restaurant it wasn't what we expected.

Gandikota Gorge
Open landscapes with amazing stone mountains, nice roads and scorching heat- thats how you get to Gandikota, or the Grand Canyon of India.

Tungnath Temple
When we reached Chopta, there were slight showers and we were not prepared for it.

Mana (The last village of India) wonder what to call it?
A village, a lane, a locality or wonderland. The entire village is located at 13000 ft, has a population of 600 people, and can be covered by foot in a span of 2 hours.

Day 1 : 
Rishikesh - Sari - Deoriatal
Started at 9:00am, reached Deoriatal lake by 7:00pm.

Our initial plan to trek from Deoriatal to Chopta (14km) couldn’t materialize due to untimely rains. We therefore decided to take a cab to Chopta for the the Tungnath - Chandrashila trek

After a rather successful Chandrashila trek we came down to Tunganath and had lunch at the Dhaba. We decided to descend down further and camp at Chopta. We hired a horse to carry our luggage down and bid adieu to Tungnath at 3 pm.

The jeep dropped us to the starting point of the trek. We hired a porter for INR 1000 one way.

Route from Chopta to Mana:
Chopta – Gopeshwar – Chamoli – Joshimath – Badrinath -Mana
The Chandrashila temple on the peak

We climbed from Chopta and camped at Tungnath the previous night to trek to Chandrashila to catch the first rays of the sun.

Delhi to Deoriatal route:

Delhi - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Ukhimath - Sari

At 6:30 am we started walking towards the gate of Mana village to find a transport to Badrinath. There is no regular transport, however chances of finding a shared jeep is high, and we found one at that hour.