Rishikesh

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 on mountainous roads, and me with altitude sickness and diabetes …. We were sure going to have a tough time. Again, the bus was not full and right from the start the crew were stopping at every opportunity to fill up the bus. This wasn’t welcomed by us but we had no choice. Even when all seats had been filled, the crew was taking in standing passengers! This is illegal in the mountain roads of Uttarakhand.

landslide in rudraprayag @lemonicks.com

A very common sight for us.

I had taken an

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 where we were going! One of them said “Arre nahi jana to koi baat nahi, knowledge ke liye to bata do!” (Even if you don’t want to go with us, tell us for our knowledge). 😀

We had read a few places that we could get

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 to be savoured.
When I reached the banks of Ganga at Triveni ghat, I found the place very soothing, although it was not exactly silent. I sat at one of the steps and watched the flow of water. I could do that for hours if I had the time. It was a sort of meditation when I could actually introspect while eyes wide open. The water was a bit muddy, naturally, because of the incessant rains upstream in the Himalayas. The flow was very fast, looked as if it would sweep away everything including sins of the people. 🙂

One could see hordes taking bath for that very purpose.

Aarti in rishikesh @lemonicks.com

Aarti at the bank of river Ganga

Suddenly my reverie

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. However, as I always say, any place on this earth can never be counted as ‘done’.

The year 2011 was not very good in terms of travel. There were always some issues cropping up and I had to cut short or cancel many trips either midway or before the start irrespective of the locale, foreign or Indian.
This time when I was about to leave India, my doctor, instead of telling, asked me “Are you fit to travel?”. So, that’s about it.

Anyway, I’ll let the pictures speak of the places I visited in the year 2011. I think I did more than this. If anyone of you recall, please let me know. I always think I have more memories than photos of a place.

Batad.

hiking in Batad @lemonicks.com
Looks easy? It is world’s one of the most difficult places for hiking and any other

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 reach Haridwar & if possible, Rishikesh by 22nd evening. Of course, we did reach there on the specified day by 6 PM but with a difference. When we touched down at Rishikesh, I was running high fever.

Lakshman jhoola in Rishikesh @lemonicks.com

Lakshman jhoola, a suspension bridge. See the crowd on the bridge.

A week prior to our journey I had sore throat & fever which had subsided in next four days. So,