Rishikesh – A Weekend Gateaway by Sahil Singh

Rishikesh – A Weekend Gateaway by Sahil Singh

Uttarakhand is the home to numerous Gods and Goddesses, India’s largest river Ganga and great Himalayan peaks. Therefore, this Indian state is truly known as ‘Devbhoomi’. Blessed with natural beauty, Uttarakhand (also known as Uttaranchal) offers so many places to visit on weekend. One such popular sacred place is Rishikesh. A short trip to Rishikesh can be planned easily and that too under minimal budget.

Located in the Pauri Garhwal district, this holy town is famous pilgrimage site among Hindus as India’s holiest River Ganga flows through it. Rishikesh is also known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and finds an important place for every type of traveller.

Travelling With Hippy Traveller

Though I have been to Rishikesh many a time during childhood days but this time I wanted to experience the adventurous side of this holy city. To make it an unforgettable one I decided to travel with Hippy Traveller, a travel community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations.

The trip started from Delhi at night. I met with my co-travellers at the boarding point and started off the journey to Rishikesh in a tempo traveller. It is always great to interact with new people while travelling. We stopped at a dhaba in between for dinner and to relax for a while. After an overnight journey of 7 hours, we reached the peaceful town of Rishikesh. We checked in into our respective camps and relaxed for an hour or two.

Let’s Wander In Rishikesh

The jungle camps were on the banks of Heval River (a tributary of Ganges) in the serene valley of Shivalik hills. After lunch, we went on the banks of Heval River to chill and capture some beautiful moments. Away from all the madness of urban life, I enjoyed some leisure time amidst tranquility.

Later on we visited Neer Garh Waterfall and the famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh. This divine city is adorned with numerous ancient temples. We visited the significant Trayambakeshwar Mandir – 13 stories high temple, with each storey having idols of several Hindu deities. Outside the temple, there are few Shikanji walas (lemon soda). So, don’t miss out this refreshing drink!

As the day comes to a close, along with my co-travellers I headed towards the famous Parmarth Niketan to witness the Ganga Aarti. Daily thousands of people gather on the banks of this sacred river to thank Mother Ganga for nurturing their life.

Evening At The Campsite

After seeking divine blessings, we returned to our campsite for bonfire and music. Everybody gathered in the lawn, played foot taping soundtracks and enjoyed few snacks along with a cup of coffee Now that’s called a perfect getaway – amidst serene hills, gazing at the glittering stars and dancing with like-minded people. Away from the humdrum of the city life, the jungle camp offered a unique tranquil atmosphere simply great to break the monotony.

It was 10 pm, and the dinner was ready. The meals served at the campsite were delightful. Later on we played various interesting games and shared few spooky incidents. I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time for my next day’s river rafting expedition.

And The Adventure Begins!

I woke up early to experience the blissful sunrise amidst hills and sat for about half an hour in the lawn area with a cup of tea in my hand. We did our breakfast, checked out from the camps and headed towards Shivpuri — the starting point for river rafting. At Shivpuri, we met our two guides who gave us all the safety wears and necessary guidelines to be followed while the rafting. There were total 10 people in my raft including 2 guides. Finally, the thrilling journey began!

The Ganges in Rishikesh offers the most defined rapids for white water rafting expedition in India. Our rafting distance was of 16 kms which comprise 9 rapids of different grades (levels). After crossing the first rapid known as Shivpuri rapid we got an adrenaline rush.

The guides gave us appropriate instructions while rafting and boosted our confidence. Among all the major rapids, most thrilling one was ‘Roller Coaster’ which made us skip a heartbeat. Passing through beautiful Shivalik hills our raft took a break at Maggi Point, where we relaxed for few minutes, and clicked some candid pictures. Lazing around on the white sands of Ganges beaches offers utmost pleasure which can’t be described in words.

This amazing rafting adventure in the gushing rapids of Ganga came to an end at Lakshman Jhula. Truly, Rishikesh is an amalgamation of divinity and adventure.

Still Planning? Just Go & Experience Yourself!

This was my first white water rafting experience which I will cherish forever. I want everyone to just pack their bag and head towards this ‘Adventure Capital of India’ — Rishikesh. Last but not the least, I would love to thank Hippy Traveller for curating such an amazing trip to Rishikesh. It was great travelling with your travel community.

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Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)