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Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh March 21st 2019

We took the night bus to Rishikesh from Delhi. It took about 10 hours, so we arrived there early in the morning. We went to a guesthouse and first slept for a few hours. The bus ride wasn't really comfi so we needed a bit more sleep. Once we woke up we went for a walk through the town. We crossed the bridge, sat on the stairs next to the Ganga river. There I called mama because it was her birthday. Meanwhile, behind me a monkey was eating a papaya and in front of me there was a calf begging food to other people on the stairs. It was pretty funny. After I finished calling her, we walked through a street on the other side. We got sugarcane juice, which is really delicious. It's super refreshing ... read more
Sugarcane juice machine
On the bridge

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh September 26th 2018

My plan B worked out well with a lovely room, peace and quiet and a gorgeous manager! I seemed to spend hours just wandering along the shops , stopping for a coffee or lime soda and not really buying anything. Sounds great! The frustration came when each time I went to a drop in morning yoga class there was no teacher. This happened a few times. I began to think that I wasn’t in Rishikesh to do yoga. I managed 1 class. Then it started to rain and it rained for 2 days - really heavy, drenching rain. After that the ground was filthy - dirty feet, splashed trousers but oh so good to get out in the fresh air. I met up with one of the girls from the trip who stayed on like me ... read more
Procession for Ganesha
5.30 every morning!
Swami Chidananda leading the chanting at the fire puja

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh September 21st 2018

Survived the overnight train journey albeit grubby, sticky and hungry. So breakfast in Rishikesh was great after another hour by road. Just a few hours to look around nearby before we wandered down to the Ganges to cross the famous Lakshman Jhula bridge. Made our way through endless little shops, streetfood,cafes, cows and dogs to Parmarth Niketan Ashram for the nightly Ganga Aarti cermenony on the riverbank. The guru Swami Chidananda and various students and followers chant. It was chanting, music, clapping and mixing with Indians who grabbed the lamps like it was life or death! I knew one of the chants so could join in. The next day we went up the mountainside to camp! The idea being that everyone could swim in the Ganges. The campsite was very civilized and the food good. I ... read more
Lamps passed round the crowd
The joys of camping
Mother Ganga

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh January 26th 2018

1st Dec Ohhhh.. Its actually really sad to check out of this place, being ill, it was perfect to chill and regain my strength.. haha.. Bloody Delhi Belly!! URGHHHH!! But today is the first day I've woke up feeling good :) Yess!! I don't know how, but I've gained four bags.. All this stuff I've been buying and being in Sunny's car, means I'm not carrying anything, maybe I'm not packing properly either, coz i know its going straight in the boot of the car.. gona have to sort this out soon :o Stocked up on mandarins (they're life btw) and set off to Rishikesh :) Should only take about 3 hours but coz the roads are so windy it takes longer. We've arranged to meet Geraldine there, who Sunny has travelled with and I've actually ... read more
Laxman Jhula
Ganga Aarti Ceremony
Gange views

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh January 17th 2018

' goes on, braah. La-la, how the life goes on!' This blog could have been titled 'Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey' or possibly any of the other tracks on The Beatles 'White Album'. Most of them were composed during their encounter with transcendental meditation here in Rishikesh during March and April of 1968. But, yes, 'life goes on' today much as it was when Paul McCartney wrote Ob-La-Di... all those years ago. Backpackers still flock here in search of 'enlightenment' and the town remains preoccupied with meditation and yoga. It's a kind of spiritual Disneyland for Westerners. Indeed, some of the tourists we encountered during our short stay - and they were here in vastly greater numbers than in Haridwar - apparently thought it was still the '60s or '70s. Their ... read more
The Ganges looking north from Lakshman Jhula
Downstream from Lakshman Jhula
On the road to the evening aarthi

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh January 16th 2018

Return to India 3 Meditating in Rishikesh 16th 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. Rishikesh, Devprayeg and Allahabad It’s only about an hour from Haridwar to Rishikesh, our taxi winding in and out of traffic on the switchback road. Way back in the ‘60s a group of guys headed this way with their wives and girlfriends seeking to dispose of some of their cash and searching for a new way of life. They came here to attend an advanced course in Transcendental Meditation at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. You’ll know who I’m talking about: The Beatles, of course. Me? I’m ... read more
The Ganges
Aarti at Rishikesh
Devprayag from the road

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh November 15th 2017

Despite the Silent Retreat having finished, we started the day out at 7 am in the morning and continued our practice of Babaji Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) and meditation. It was amazing to do it with the whole group each morning at the Ganges. The fresh air was chilly but the exercise kept us warm and we definitely woke up ;-). Our next destination was Rishikesh. The travelling began with a visit to the famous Chandi Devi Temple which is located in Haridwar but was on route to Rishikesh. The Chandi Devi Temple was installed by Adi Shankaracharya, an early 8th century theologian and philosopher. The temple is on a hill and a typical indian gondola takes you up there. Well, we all had fun to jump into the gondola and the view over the surrounding ... read more
us in Rishikesh
Paramahamsa Vishwananda performing abishekam in the Shree Giridhar Dham Ashram in Vrindavan
Rishikesh at sunset

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 18th 2017

This morning I start the day with a yoga session on the green deck looking out onto the mountains as the sun rises, the only thing disturbing the peacefulness is the relentless honking of the horns on the road below, which starts at first light. ‘Blow your horn’ is written in big letters on the back of all trucks and buses so I guess everyone is just following orders. For breakfast I don’t eat so much this morning as I am starting to fill up! I have a 'vada pav' which is Mumbai street food and is a fried potato mixture in a little bun, its absolutely delicious and the nearest thing to British food, I am able describe it as a spicy chip butty. Shenton decides to go for porridge but the bowl he has ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 16th 2017

After a great nights sleep we wake up feeling refreshed and ready for our next adventure. Breakfast is a huge buffet of all kinds of food but as we are in India we stick to the Indian food. Essentially I eat a full blown Indian dinner for breakfast with three types of curry and fried chapatis. All very tasty and the fatty within loves it, much better than eggs and bacon. We are flying to Dehradun today and decide we will take the metro instead of a cab as we have been told that the traffic will be bad and it could take over 2 hours to get there. So we start our mini adventure with a short moto rickshaw ride to the metro from the hotel, we get into one and he crosses two lanes ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh June 2nd 2017

The land of sages and of adventure A place where spirituality meets leisure: it's rishikesh For Delhites, a weekend' s perfect getaway is Rishikesh. One need not even have a plan for a trip to this place. I planned at night and by 12 in the noon next day I was off for Rishikesh. It's hardly 200-250 kms from Delhi and requires 6-7 hours in a bus. Its a complete vacation of an aam Aadmi. A private vehicle takes even lesser. But if you are going for the purpose of refreshing yourself then I recommend you to take a bus and leave the tension of driving on to the state bus driver. The bus ticket ranges from 500-800 rupees depending on the ac or non ac requirement. If you are traveling in summers -March, April , ... read more

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