Rishikesh to Joshimath

Rishikesh to Joshimath – Day 3
Below are the accounts of journeys of previous two days.
Day 1 – Train journey to Haridwar and
Day 2 – Haridwar to Rishikesh.

As planned, our day 3 started early reaching the bus stop at 5:30 AM to board the 6 AM bus for Joshimath. We had already booked our tickets the previous evening. Since August end is considered off season, the earlier 4:30 AM bus had been cancelled.

We were told it’d take 10 hours to reach Joshimath. A grueling 10 hours bus journey in a 20 year old private bus … Read the rest

Haridwar to Rishikesh

Haridwar to Rishikesh – Day 2
You can read Day 1 journey here.

After an intensely religious journey, thanks to our co-passengers in the train, I never realized that we had reached our destination. Actually, I was still trying to get some sleep when we pulled into Haridwar at around 2 PM. 🙂

Haridwar station is not big and as usual; sensing we are not locals, a large number of Auto and taxi drivers were after to ferry us where we wanted. We mechanically responded that we did not need one but still they wanted to know … Read the rest

Chotiwala at Rishikesh

Picture of the moment: Chotiwala at Rishikesh
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.
By the time you read this post, I would have reached Haridwar & if possible, Rishikesh.

Yes, you read me right. I am trying my luck once again for valley of flowers. Last year when we left Mumbai, the weather was good, health was perfect but I guess the time was wrong. Right from Haridwar we were surrounded by Kavari’s who were also moving towards Rishikesh. The crowd did not let us … Read the rest

Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh ऋषिकेश में गंगा आरती

Rishikesh is often called the gateway to the Himalayas by adventurers and Gateway to the heaven by the more religiously inclined. The old parts of the Rishikesh town are dotted with temples, aashrams and such religious establishments… Yogashrama are spread on the slopes of the hills and the temples along the Longest Indian River Ganga.

I had earlier written about my over all experience of the tour of Garhwal region. Although our final objective of reaching the Valley of flowers did not materialize, there was a whole lot of cultural experience … Read the rest

The Year That Was 2011

The Year That Was 2011
Another year. Another set of to-dos. And a time to look back and take stock …
Yes, I know I am late to do this post but by only a few days and since I am travelling, I can be excused. 😛

Sometimes we travel to too many places and at times we don’t have enough.
The year 2011 started in the Philippines. We celebrated our Christmas & new year in that country. Besides the capital Manila, we could explore some part of it but Batad was a place which left mark on my life. … Read the rest

Man proposes, God disposes!

Hello !
You must be wondering what am I upto? 🙂
As some of you know, I have returned back from my trip to Uttarakhand a few days ago. To be honest, it did not end the way I had expected it to be.

I was looking forward to this trip with great enthusiasm. Everything was perfect for us. Looking at the weather conditions, we had packed quick-dry clothes, raincoats & other rain related items but contrary to our expectations, the weather was hot. Besides a few drizzles here & there, it did not rain at all.

We were to … Read the rest