Blogs from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India, Asia


Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar November 12th 2017

When we read about this pilgrimage of our spiritual master Paramahamsa Vishwananda, we were having a grin on our faces. A silent retreat in one of the noisiest countries of the world - this sounded like a special experience. Well, just joking...... we know very well that there are regions in India you can find perfect silence, especially when you do not aim for an external silence but an internal silence. I am talking about a silence in your own mind. And this was what we were looking forward to. Well, coming back to the trip. From Delhi our group took a short flight up north to Dehradun. Here we were welcomed by 3 buses which finally took us to our amazing hotel near Haridwar which took about 1,5 hours. To name it a hotel is ... read more
we are following the footsteps of our master
early morning meditation
Paramahamsa Vishwananda at the bonfire

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar November 5th 2016

Maybe you've heard, but I got robbed on the train on my way from Haridwar to Delhi. A man followed me into the train, caused a scene, grabbed my bag and left the train. He was a professional - it was impressive really. Everything was under his control and ran like clockwork. He acted like he was helping and then managed to create a human shield of Indians behind him so I couldn't get through to follow him. He got away with my bag that included passport (with visa and my beloved collection of stamps), bank card, credit card, over $400 cash, iPhone, laptop, steripen, purchases from Rishikesh, journal, books, ... a lot of stuff, both valuable and irreplaceable. Every day I've remembered something else that was in the bag that I can't ever get back ... read more
Weird Indian fast food
Forecast of smoke in Delhi

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar May 29th 2016

Day-10: Badrinath to Devprayag. It was one more day of long hours in the bus. It is especially tiring when your main objective is over. Char Dham Yatra was completed successfully and without a major mishap. Badrinath to Delhi is more than 500 km. At least one break is required. We were given two which accommodated Haridwar. Our starting from Badrinath was delayed by 30-40 min as one couple wanted some last words with Lord Badrinath. They had gone at six in the morning, but were denied the opportunity at the last moment – the doors closed for some ceremony, and they had to return disappointed. Badrinath to Devprayag, via Pipalkoti took almost 11 hours. At Devprayag, Ramkund Resort is RadheShyam’s own property, a good one, and is located at a perfect place – just ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar January 8th 2015

Geo: 30.0113, 78.2222Kolem 9:30 se konečně dostáváme do Mahendranagaru, kde bych měl překročit hranice. Zastavujeme na místním nádraží a já se ptám v autobusu partičky mladých kluků, jak se nejlépe dostat přes hranice, dostává se mi odpovědi, že nejlepší je vzít si koňský povoz, který mě převeze až do Banbasy, města na Indické straně. Super, hned před autobusem nasedám s dalšími dvěma z autobusu na povoz a vyrážíme k hranicím. Ty jsou cca 6km daleko a tak koníkovi chvilku trvá než nás tam doveze. Přeci jen táhne povoz s devíti lidmi :). Když se dostáváme konečně k Nepálskému imigračnímu stol... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar October 17th 2014

So i was on holidays from my office but due to some prior commitments i was not able to leave Delhi. In the back of my mind i was praying to god that please do something and get me out of Delhi .So it was Saturday evening 11th Oct,2014 i was having tea with a cousin of mine and in between our talks Haridwar came out of my mouth. I told him that i really want to visit Haridwar as its been 5 years since i have visited the place. So within an hour he was all set. I packed my bag and he packed his .We searched alot on net about the timings of buses from Delhi and then came to know that from Delhi Kasmere Gate- ISBT terminal a bus leaves for haridwar every ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar July 13th 2013

Ritual bathing is widely practiced across the Indian subcontinent. It is thought to purify the body before ceremonies and at the climax of pilgrimages. Nowhere can the immensity of mass ritual bathing be felt more intimately and directly than at Haridwar, on the most sacred of all rivers, the Ganga Ma, or Mother Ganges. According to the Indian legend The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, the ocean was churned by gods and demons to produce amrit, the nectar of immortality, itself a reference to kundalini, or latent energy in the body, which is aroused during meditation or yoga. Amrit is also the source of the city name Amritsar in Punjab, where the holy pool of water in the Golden Temple is referred to as the “pool of nectar”. To protect the pot of amrit, the ... read more
Puja Ceremony, Har Ki Pauri Ghat
Hanging by chains in the rapids
Swinging over the Ganges

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar October 26th 2012

Delhi As the planned Trip to Tibet is cancelled due to the Chinese closing the border to Brits, we decide to go to India a week earlier than planned and spend a few days in Haridwar & Rishikesh – we considered a day or so in Mussoorie but felt this was too ambitious. We arrive in Delhi – Terminal 3 which is new and impressive and get a pre-paid taxi (Rs350) to our hotel Namaskar India in Karol Bagh (who’d offered free taxi to the city but didn’t show - not totally unexpected as hostel booker previous guests had similar problems). The Airport Express is not working – closed due to maintenance since July’12 – to open – anyone’s guess. Basically the contractors screwed up & now have to redo much of it. The drive in ... read more
Evening Aarti Haridwar
Fab food and an Enfield Bullet
Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar July 7th 2011

Today i decided to visit the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi Temples in Haridwar. I checked out of the hotel (Slipped a note to Oscar and Mireia under their door telling them where i was going and that i would be leaving for Richikesh that afternoon, i also told them the hotel i was likely to go to) and decided to stop and use the internet for an hour to email home and post the last blog. After about half an hour there as a power cut (happens at least once a day, often more) and i lost half my blog. The owner of the internet spot gave me a shrug so i just paid up and left, heading towards the first temple. When i arrived i bumped into Oscar and Mireia who were waiting in ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar July 6th 2011

Just got off the train in Haridwar, from where i had planned to go straight to Richikesh, however, it was already starting to get dark when i got off the train and so me and some others from on the train headed to a nearby hotel. Listed in the LP guide as 'mid-range' it was certainly a step up from my last room in Delhi but also a little more pricey. I managed to get the price down from 950 rupees to 700 rupees (da da da daaaaa) because i was alone and although air cooled just meant a ceiling fan and a fan in the window bringing in air from outside (i turned this off because it was actually heating the room), the room was actually far nicer. 3 times the size with a proper ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar July 12th 2010

This Haridwar trip had been cancelled many times before, but this time we pulled out all stops to make it happen. It was turning out to be too embarrassing for us to inform Anupama's parents of all the cancelled trips. This time tickets and bookings were done just in time to grab the last six seats available in shatabdi express from Haridwar. Things moved like clockwork with the taxi for the station arriving on time, everybody reaching well before the departure and the train too departed on time. It was getting too boring with all this perfection when the Indian Railways did its bit to spice up the occasion. I was calmly sitting on my seat when suddenly I felt as if was raining inside the compartment. Water from the air conditioning system was dripping on ... read more
Terrace with view of the Ganges
Matching kurtas
Ganga Arti

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