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Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh April 4th 2015

Last night we had a strong storm that knocked out the power. According to Natalia (who has been traveling in India for 4 months), this is very common. So for now, I'll be leaving my phone off to save battery. I'll update the blog when the power is back on. The teacher training course begins tomorrow morning, so I will be offline most of the time anyway :) ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh April 3rd 2015

I made it to Parmarth Niketan last night around 8pm. I made it just in time to get checked in and have dinner. I had to take my shoes off and leave them outside of reception, put on some communal flip flops to go to the restroom to wash my hands, and then got in line for dinner. Dinner (rice with yellow sauce, naan, and cooked squash/peppers) was taken in silence and eaten sitting on the floor. I did at least get a spoon to eat with :) After dinner, I was taken to my room across the ashram. It is on the quiet side of the ashram, right under the yoga hall. It's simple, but clean. I unpacked my things, made friends with a huge spider, and debated whether or not the toilet paper would ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand December 28th 2014

It has now become quite imperative to me that I like traveling places which are remote, beautiful, stimulating, challenging and are not frequently visited by large number of tourists. The search was on for the travel destination this summer and I was going through many online blogs, travel sites, random websites but was not able to find my preferred destination. After a detailed search I was looking north again towards the majestic Himalayas which never let me down as its pristine beauty, remoteness and tough terrain has so much to offer that you cannot resist going back again and again. Last summer I visited Sikkim and in order to reach its capital Gangtok I had to travel about 35 hrs by train followed by a 4 hours’ drive through the mountains. This year the location which ... read more
Small Lake at Bedini Bugyal
Camp Site at Bedini Bugyal

Asia » India » Uttarakhand December 9th 2014

On the train to Varanasi, December 9, 2014 We stood on a track above a rural village with a steep ridge standing between us and Rishikesh. We were not in a good position. It was an hour's walk back to a temple where were may have been able to get a taxi. We could not see the path over the ridge even though the GPS showed there was one. It was getting late and we only got about 90 minutes of light left. We had set off late having first done a yoga class. It was at this point that our 'Saint Christopher' appeared in the form of a school boy called Sachin. Sachin spoke some English, unlike the women working in the nearby fields, and said he could lead us up the hill to the ... read more
Monkeys by the path up to the temple
How much can you balance on your head?
The Neelkantha Mahadeva temple dedicated to Shiva

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh November 12th 2014

When I started planning for this trip in the spring of 2014, the only thing I was looking forward to was Bungee jumping and rafting on the Ganges and maybe spotting a tiger in Jim Corbett! Thus after some planning, my friend and I embarked on a week long holiday to Jim Corbett, Rishikesh and Haridwar. As we were entering Rishikesh by road, the weather was starting to get cloudy and looked like it would start raining any moment, which was definitely not something we were looking forward to after a 5 hour road journey! After checking in at the Divine Ganga Cottage, I decided to check out the view from the terrace and boy was I in for a surprise or what! With the clouds hovering low over the mountains and the river flowing below ... read more
Tera Manzil Temple
The Beatles Ashram!
On the banks of the river next to Beatles ashram.

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Chamoli October 24th 2014

Introduction : To me trek to Roopkund was nothing less than any Bollywood flick. It has got everything in it from action to drama to romance to emotions to comedy ( of errors - of course created by us ). You take a hike you reach bugiyal ( meadows ), take a left turn you can see Mt. Neelkanta, Mt. Chaukhamba, Hati-Ghori Peak, Bandarpunch and Kedardome. Look straight vast lush green field lies ahead of you. Move your chin bit up massive Nandaghunti is looming over your head. Turn right you can see the mighty Mt. Trishul, Roopkund is at the foothills of Trishul. Zillions and zillions of scintillating stars illuminating the night sky. There was rain, snow, blizzard, wind everything in a single trek. Strangled just 400-500 mts away from Roopkund and not a single ... read more
Trail starts from the backyard of Lower Wan Village
Initial ascent to Upper Wan

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 » Rishikesh September 21st 2014

Dhunda and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India 20th Sept 2014 “Wind in my hair, I'm a part of everywhere Underneath my being is a road that disappeared” Eddie Vidder I was not quite ready to ride to Himachal and I felt like getting out of Haridwar for a few days in the mountains. Gangotri seemed as good a place as any. Gangotri is one of the 'chardham' sites in Uttarakhand (the others being Yamnotri, Bodrinath, and Kedanath) which are pilgrimage sites revered by Hindus who aspire to visit them all in their lifetime (together with the more prominent sites across India of Dwarka in Gujarat, Puri in Odissa and Ramaswaram in Tamil Nadu). The Uttarakhand sites are all source areas of what eventually becomes the greater Ganges River below Allahabad. I had been given variable local advice ranging ... read more
Dhunda looking north
Gladys the wonder bike at a chai stop
Perfect side river dip

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh June 19th 2014

Και αν δεν περίμενα για αυτο το post. Μήνες πριν το ταξιδι, μέρες τώρα στην Ινδια, ώρες ατελείωτες σε ενα σλιπερ μπας, χωρίς air condition με μια κορνα σε συνεχή βαση, μια προβλεπόμενη διαδρομή 14 ωρων που τελικά έγινε 17 και μια απόσταση 30 χλμ στο τοκ τοκ που έγινε σε μιάμιση ωρα. Η ταλαιπωρία έγινε ναρκωτικό μας. Ημασταν σε αλλη διάσταση όταν φτασαμε και λιγα μονο πράγματα θα μπορούσαν να μας ταράξουν. Μολις λιγες μερες μετα, τα περιγραφω και συνειδητοποιω ποσο μικρά ηταν τελικά. Rishikesh. Η πρωτη πολη που... read more
Στις όχθες
Στην ορμή
Στον little buddha

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh April 9th 2014

Just before sun rise at the Jain Temple in Haridwar, the front gates are locked. I rattle-check all three but they won’t open so Maria and I walk away. A man from nowhere signals to enter by the side gate. This temple sits on what, for over 1,000 years, must have been a constantly busy, dusty arterial road which crosses over the sacred Ghanges. Nothing has changed for this place except the people and the life on the road. Haridwar and Rishikesh are old, old sacred sites where people have come for ever to pray. Every religion is worshiped along here. At first, I see the detail in the Temple. Every surface of every exterior wall and door and step is carved with sensual figures. Inside there is more. The floor is inlaid with semi precious ... read more
on the roof

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