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Pipalkoti - Joshimath
Our breakfast restaurant was a pure-vegetarian one- so no omelettes for breakfast but parathas- delicious and very filling small pancakes. With a one-speed bicycle the steep mountain road to Joshimath was no problem as long the road was going uphill. Before lunchtime we had already covered 25 of the 37 km's to Joshimath.
After lunch a last steep 5 kilometer hair-pin climb and easily we pedalled into Joshimath. A busy little mountaintown with several places to stay and numerous shops.
..a day off in Yoshimath..
At 8 o'clock in the morning we walked into the dinner-room of our Tourist Resthouse. We were surprised to see that all tables were already occupied! The rest-house staff were using them as beds and had not woken up yet!!
At 9 o'clock we were waiting with 3 other indian tourists at the office of the ropeway to the views at Gorson. Officially at least 15 passengers were needed for a departure- in-officially 10 would be enough we were told. But, as things in India go, we left one hour later with 8 men on board.
The views of Nanda Devi and the surrounding snowy giants were superb. But now they were so close we missed the mistery that surrounded those same views for e.g. Kausani