I know its been long since I posted, but these last few weeks I have been traveling on weekends and tired on weekdays. Finally after all the laziness has weared off, today I present to you the first post of the series : Rishikesh Calling.
After rigorous planning, shopping and packing, finally the day arrived when all 11 of us headed for an adventure vacation. On 18th March, we had an early flight out of Bangalore. The flight to Dehradun was via Delhi. We reached Dehradun around 12 PM.
Our trek with India Hikes was planned for 21st March. As we had a whole weekend before that, we decided to make the most of it and planned for a mini adventure in Rishikesh along with some spiritual experiences as well.
We signed up with Outbound Adventure for River Rafting expedition with 1 night River side camp stay. Once we reached Dehradun, they arranged the transport from airport to their Campsite. A Tempo Traveller will cost you 3000 INR. It took us almost an hour to reach the campsite.
Once we reached there, the manager showed us around. This place was absolutely beautiful with a river flowing on one side and around 15 to 18 tents on the other side and a huge circular tent where food and snacks were served which also turned out to be the only place where you had access to plug point.The weather was super hot which made us wonder how are we going to get through the night in tents without power. Keep reading to find out.
Once we were done with the lunch, we spent some time by the river just dipping our feet, clicking pictures and just taking in the surroundings. In the evening, we were set to go to Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh.
We were dropped near Lakshman Jhula. This is an Iron suspension bridge over river Ganges which connects 2 districts. It is said that Lakshmana crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built.It was stunning and you feel the bridge shaking too.We crossed it and reached the ghats where the Ganga Aarti takes place.
On the way to the ghats, you have many stalls/eateries where you can shop and eat local delicacies. The Ganga Aarti happens every day at 6AM and 6PM. This is a very pleasant ritual. The aarti is accompanied with chanting of bhajans, beating drums and bells. Once it is done, people light oil diyas, put them on flower-filled leaf boats and release in the holy waters of the river.
After the aarti we headed back to the camp.The weather drastically changed, it was so cold that we had to deck ourselves with all the woolen wear we had. We hit the bed soon as we all knew next day was going to be a huge one.This was my first experience staying in a tent and I must say it was not at all a bad one.Outbound adventure, outdid itself with amazing campsite, delicious food and clean tents.
I need to work on posting in a timely fashion. Anyway keep watching the space for upcoming posts on the series, unraveling our many adventures.Another resolution added to the list. Hope you enjoyed reading it. Good night people 🙂