Published: November 15th 2011November 15th 2011
Gorge on the road
This is were we had to stop to change a tire
The rest of the festival was great. There was a special evening ceremony on the Ganges to honour the festival and many of the kundalini artists who performed during the festival performed at the Arti ceremony. There was also a farwell concert with music by all the performers.
It was time to leave the ashram for new adventures. The car ride to the train station was interesting. We had to go to Haridwar to catch the train, which is also a very popular yoga area along the Ganges, but just out of the mountains. In the train station the porters carry your luggage on their head to take you to the proper platform. The train system in India is the life line of the country. The trains generally run on time, and everyone uses them. We luckily were in the air conditioned car, which made the trip a little more enjoyable. Also in our car were many people who were at the festival and were also heading to Amristar, so we were able to have many familiar faces to talk to, as well as some new ones.
The seven hour train ride took us through some lush farm land.
Car at the Gorge
This where our car stopped to changes the tire.
They harvest all year long since it almost never goes below zero at night, and it's a pretty consistant 30 degrees C (or more) during the day. When we were in the towns along the way, the poverty everywhere is sad, so I won't dwell on that part of the story.
Here are the pictures I promised of the Rishikesh experience from the car ride there to the time at the train station.
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