I met two sadhus Shri Narayan Giri (71 years) and Shri Pashupati Nath (50 years) at Pandukeshwar in a resting place near by the road as we too stop to rest after long walk. They invited us for food but we had food just half an hour before so we said thank you but the talks continue.
I was amazed to know they have started their journey two and a half months back by foot from Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu, Nepal via Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Garam Pani, Haldwani, Rudrapur, Bilaspur, Rampur, Moradabad, Nagina, Dhampur, Haridwar, Rishikesh and currently at Pandukeshwar only 20 km approx. far from Badrinath to complete Char Dham yatra.
Each day they walk between 12 to 21 km on an average.
After visiting Badrinath they will stay there for two or four days and then will re-start their journey to Kedarnath then to Gangotri and then to Yamunotri to complete four Dham. And back to Pashupatinath.
It will take them another 4-5 months to reach Nepal.
I asked him which Yatra he find the toughest till-date.
Shri Pashupati Nath said – Narmada Yatra was the toughest. The Yatra as per rules if one follow will be of 3 years 3 months and 13 days. One has to take holy water from Omkareshwar and walk on the edges of river Narmada passing via Amarkantak till again they reach Omkareshwar. One do not have to cross any river because one is carrying holy water.
He said – We cross Madhya Pradesh from where we get the holy water and Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Shri Pashupati Nath is doing yatra since 20 years and 40 years of journey by Shri Narayan Giri.
One has /have to be strong-willed to start and finish such walking journeys.
Amazing – said I and a donation of few rupees to them. Best Wishes!