It has been really a long time since I last posted any travelogue after my trip to Ladakh.
It’s almost has been a week being back from our trip. But must say , what a wonderful gift your family can give you on your Anniversary is by travelling together and exploring places together with you. This has been bestest gift ever we can get. This Anniversary has been really very special and very close to our heart. We initially thought that we will travel abroad so before finalizing this trip …..many abroad destinations were thought of .But then came a thought why not explore many beautiful places in India itself as we love staying close to nature. Our trip can be easily summed up in three words : Beauty, Pristine and Adventurous.
Let’s first get acquainted with Haridwar.
Our visit to Haridwar worked as a “soul cleanser”. Haridwar is gateway to witness Hindu culture and rituals. It attracts a large number of pilgrims all year round and witnessing to the evening ganga aarti with hundreds of diya’s floating on the ganges is a mesmerizing sight.
- Har – Dwar (Har means Shiva)
- Hari – Dwar (Hari is another name for Vishnu)
This scared town of haridwar is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India. Here, Devotees come down to haridwar in droves to bathe their sins……away in the ganga flowing through this temple town, all year around.
Happy Faces after Ganga Aarti………
We had a plan to attend evening Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri. It was really very peaceful, soulful and delightful to become a part of Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri. These were the moments of happiness….. as we were living those cheerful moments. My in- laws were very happy and the joy and delight which I could see on their faces were priceless. Truly blessed to be part of it.
After aarti ,we headed towards our hotel. Because the next day we have kept it for all temple darshan.
The famous Mansa Devi temple and the Chandi Devi Temple are both atop on mountains. Mansa Devi Temple which is one of the three Siddh Peeths in Haridwar can be reached in two ways: on foot or by cable car. Cable-car (called as Udankhatola) service is one of its kind. Walking requires a one and a half kilometer hike uphill. The track is not much distant but the exertion can be draining during the summer months. Hence, many people prefer to take the cable car (also referred to as a rope way) up, and walk down.When you look down from that cable car all you experience is the joy and excitement of bonding with the eternity and the majestic beauty of Haridwar. As you go up and up you’ll see the whole route of Ganges which is heavenly.
Best Time to visit Haridwar
If you see, even on normal day Haridwar is abuzz with activities. Summers are considered ideal to visit here. During this time……you will be treated to the spectacle of glittering lamps over the ghats of Haridwar. Also, the most unique and mesmerizing scene is certainly the ganga aarti at the Har Ki Pauri (literally meaning lord’s steps).
Second best time to visit Haridwar , will be good during winter when the climate is nice and chilly. Monsoon can be difficult time to travel as you will face many roadblocks during this time.
After the darshan , we checkout from our hotel and headed towards Rishikesh.
We were really enjoying the weather as well as the way with a lot of curiosity in mind because it was our very first visit to Rishikesh. The scenic beauty on the way was captivating and enjoyable. We witnessed many temples on the way too. The distance from Haridwar to Rishikesh is hardly 30Kms and it takes approx one hour to reach there by car.
The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city. In the ancient time and still so many yogis, rishis, sages and sannyasis attracted to Rishikesh to practice yoga in this peaceful location. Since then, Rishikesh has known as an abode of sages. Rishikesh is a holy town with so many Ashrams and it is famous for the yoga world wide. Rishikesh is now world famous as a Yoga Capital of the world. Every year during the March month one week long International yoga festival is hosted by Rishikesh.
Laskhman Jhula: Big iron suspension bridge on the river Ganges which is 4.5 kms far from Rishikesh. It is believed that Lakshman (Brother of lord Ram) crossed the river here by jute rope. Laskman Jhula is popular in tourist for shopping and other activities such as rafting.
I loved the stay here. How about if I ask you do you love camping? The thought of setting up a tent in the hills excites you like nothing in this world ? Yes …..here our stay was at the camp.
While rafting is a popular adventrous activity in Rishikesh. It also offers camping. The scenic beauty here is absolutely breath- taking. Here, the Camps were set on the sandy riverside with holy rivers flowing in its full supermacy.
Experience The Awe of Nature by River Rafting in Rishikesh
Soon after the light and quick breakfast, we prepped for the main act and the reason why I was in Rishikesh – River Rafting. Yes, River Rafting was new to me . Always liked the sport but never got an opportunity to explore it. When we were in Ladakh, there also we had an option of river rafting but the flow of water did not excite us at that moment. Everyone told me that if you wanna try rafting , Rishikesh is the best place to be. Dreams do come true. Always dreamt to be in Rishikesh, to perform this sport and was very happy that here I was finally experiencing it and had loads of fun.
The safety stretch was divided in six levels ( sweet 16, cross fire, the blind mice, the wall, roller coaster and the golf course). With each rise in the level of rapids grew in strength. For almost an hour and half covering 16 km stretch we rowed with strength the powerful rapids .Initially was bit nervous, has it was new to me. But they say na ,” One Life why not make it Large”. Awwwwww….. truly adventurous!!!
Travelling builds tolerance and tolerance builds peace. It was truly wonderful to be here. The electrifying energy in the atmosphere is an experience, that cannot be translated into words, it has to be felt and experienced.