Blogs from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India, Asia


Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar January 16th 2018

The temperature had dropped like a stone as soon as the sun went down at Har-ki-Pauri the previous evening. Seated on a step within inches of the river watching the aarthi ceremony, I'd respected tradition with bare feet. They'd been as cold as the Ganges' icy water! Clearly, it wasn't much warmer outside this morning. We awoke to a heavy grey mist almost obliterating the view from our terrace at the Devnadi Hotel. It happens at this time of year - warm by day, cold by night... fog in the morning. We added an extra layer, went down to the restaurant for a hot breakfast and hoped that things might improve later. Satish, a knowledgeable guide booked for our next two days by the hotel's lovely Jasmeet, soon arrived. Thankfully, so did the sun... Visibility had ... read more
The footpath beside the ghats
A shave and a statue of a guru
Har-ki-Pauri at Makar Sankranti

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar January 14th 2018

Return to India 2 The Gateway to God - Haridwar 14th January 2018 Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the much younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’) getting to know each other rather better as they travel through the north of this fascinating country. Haridwar The 0645 train from an extremely tidy but rather chilly New Delhi Station finally arrived in Haridwar, the 'Gateway to God', in Uttarakhand State, an acceptable one hour late. That’s Indian trains: incredibly cheap and extremely unreliable. But either way it’s not an unpleasant experience, particularly if you should travel Executive Chair. The one-mile long train trundles its merry clittery-clattery way for five hours through 200km of grey morning fog, past quiet towns and villages, tarp-tented shanty encampmen... read more
Aarti at Haridwar
Evening Aarti at Haridwar
The streets of Haridwar

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Haridwar January 13th 2018

The Ganges - iconic, sacred... and polluted. It's yet another of those unfathomable dichotomies that is India. Hindu legend relates how the gods commanded goddess Ganga, a river living in the heavens, to fall to Earth. Ganga didn't really want to leave and, because she was being forced, threatened to destroy all life on Earth by the strength of her flow. Fortunately, as she fell, the powerful god Shiva, the ‘destroyer of evil’, caught her in his dreadlocks and tied her in knots. Later, he released her to tumble gently down from the Himalayas and meander across the plains of India to the ocean. On Earth, Ganga offered devout Hindus a way of life and a way back to the heavens. As a goddess, her water's considered very pure and, as believers in reincarnation, Hindus regard ... read more
A diya on the Ganges
The fast-flowing Ganges...
The Ganges at Haridwar

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

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