One of the most hectic travels we had till date is the one to Auli. The majestic garhwal makes you feel so insignificant that it melts your ego in no time; the beauty of kumaon makes you feel how lucky you are to get to see it in real. We started from Bangalore on the 1st of jan 2010. The feel of actual journey started from delhi on the innova we hired. We reached Rishikesh by 6pm, the temperature was about 8.The next day morning we left rishikesh to auli. The route we took was rudraprayag, karnaprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath then Auli. I think once u pass Chamoli you have many views of the snow peaks. Our driver Aravind was a bit rough on the wheels or it might be the untamed roads of garhwal that makes you think so. we passed many villages and most of the time the river Ganges was beside us, different names though. The best part of this journey was that you get to witness the different colors and moods of the river Ganga merge to a new branch each time supporting new settlements on its banks. We reached Joshimath by 3, narrow roads and old looking shops and tea stalls. Once we started the climb to Auli our driver told us that the snow fall looks very less, almost nil. I had already been in terms with the fact as the journey itself was more that what i expected. Our driver left us till the limit where vehicles were allowed. We walked from there to our resort 'cliff top'. We reached the resort which is on the slopes, just before the sunset. I had read in the reviews of Auli that you should be very lucky to have fresh snow at the slopes. The slopes were almost like barren land, my wife was a bit disappointed. The beauty of Himalayan peaks was beyond words. The sunset the best. Tired to the bone. Don’t even remember the night the sleep was sound and deep. The next day we trekked to gorsen. The first step on snow was on our way. The snow was not fresh but a few weeks old, but then it started to snow slowly. we were all exited, the snowflakes touching your nose was something new for all of us. There was an army camp at the top. My son was shivering inside his jacket, the army men took him to the warmth of the kitchen. On our way back it was still snowing. We reached our room before it was too late. I couldn’t sleep that night. I was too exited like a kid, it was snowing like hell. I was the first to wake up and get out of the resort, it was a white carpet spread along the land and the roofs. The first glimpse of sun shine across the Nanda devi peak. It was heaven on earth. We really had a good time. The view was mesmerizing. All the effort was worth. The cable car to Joshimath was not operational. We had to vacate the room. The road was closed, our only option was to trek down the slopes to a place where our driver can pick us. We started the next day morning. The resort gave us two Sherpa’s who helped us with our luggage and our kid. The snow was your knee deep. The clear blue sky sinking into the white landscape was something i have never ever seen. We crossed few army camps. It was almost 4pm when we reached our vehicle. All exhausted and exited we drove to chamoli checked in to a small motel in the valley. Getting ready to embrace the beauty of kumaon.