In this ongoing year of pandemic, all are quite depressed about there life and surroundings and yearning for a short escape to rejuvenate our “AURA”. We all were fighting against an invisible enemy and trying to beat the fear everyday. From March 2020 to August 20 we were home quarantine because of COVID-19. All across the country the transportation where been halt (only the necessary ones are allowed to serve). Businesses like hotels, homestays, pubs, cafes, famous destinations places were closed to entry. Flights cancelled both for domestic and international too. So in one word, I can say it’s a DOOM year.
“Nothing is constant”. Time keeps rolling on its way and we also keep ourselves to give the courage to be outside and do our work. As Government ordered to resume every activity (limited) from September like Travel, the opening of pubs, cafes, staying in hotels, hostels, camps. We started our planning after Durga Puja and booked tickets for Delhi as we commence our trip from Kolkata(CCU). In the month of December 2020 (21st) we started our most exciting journey. I am quite excited as it was my first visit to those places. It was a 2 and half hour flight from CCU to DEL. We have already booked an Innova as we were 6 beloved members for this trip.
Day 1: Delhi to Rishikesh
It took around 6 Hours from Delhi via car.
Rishikesh located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the “Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas” and “Yoga Capital of the World“. It lies approximately 25 km (16 mi) north of the city Haridwar which took only an hour. Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ’60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. With masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes along with cute cafes, this place is quite cozy and comfortable. Most of this activities is in north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus (‘holy’ men), pilgrims, and tourists prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti (river worship ceremony) from Triveni Ghat (a popular and auspicious bathing ghat and place of prayer on the The Ganges). But Rishikesh is not only for the spiritual arena but also some real spine chilling activities are there. It is also popular for white-water rafting, backpacker hang-out, and Himalayan Trekking gateway too. For staying we have booked Shiv Shakti Hostel which is 200 meters from Laxman Jhula. It was well-decorated interiors purely dedicated to Lord Shiva. All his painting, Meditation poses were there on the walls. For me, it was the perfect place to stay and hang out up in the common room where you can have your leisure time. Bon-fire also commenced in the open terrace from there you can also take a glimpse of Laxman Jhula illuminating brightly. Surrounded by the market places, cafes, restaurants you will get everything a handful among few meters. Well known Little Buddha cafe is just a 2min walk. This funky treehouse-style cafe has an ultraloungey top floor, tables overlooking the Ganges River and Laxman jhula, and really good international food. Pizzas are big and the mixed vegetable platter is a serious feast. It’s one of the busiest places in Laxman Jhula, for good reason. After having our brunch we move to explore the market places and roam around the Rishikesh.