An important part of living in Rishikesh is the daily dip in the holy river. It is usually done either at dawn or late afternoon and evening. I was told that this old man in the picture performed this daily ritual every single day no matter what the temperature of the water is. And the water can get very cold. This devotion is what keeps this country alive. It is fascinating to think that he is there everyday doing what he believes in and his faith makes all discomforts tolerable.
On to Mussoorie
The lunch break didn't improve the cloud density, in fact the clouds were starting to descend on us, so we decided to push on to Mussoorrie and visit the Kempty Falls. We didn't take into account that Mussoorree is over 3000metres, which meant a climb higher into the clouds. At one point the road travelled along a ridge so narrow that we couldn't see anything but cloud either side of us and an eagle flying several hundred feet below. We asked Peri, who was struggling to see the road ahead, what would happen if a lorry came the other way. He said that was a good point and switched on what he called his "fog lights", a miniature Hindu shrine, glued to the dashboard that flashed alternate pink and blue. Unbelievably, he told us that he had driven this knife-edge road, many times, at night and told us to relax that he was an experienced driver. Well as experienced as his twenty-two years allowed him to be, indeed his youth worked in his favour as he whipped around the endless hairpin bends.
When we eventually made Mussoorree it was about 2.45pm, the rain was starting and we couldn't see one building, everything shrouded in the densest cloud we'd ever experienced. Time to get out of the clouds and head down to provincial capital, Dehra Dun; unfortunately the rain had the same idea, following us for the rest of the day.
We visited the Sikh temple on the outskirts of the town and were offered more lentils and rice, as is their custom of hospitality. Sam declined and was given a banana instead. We returned to Rishikesh to discover they had had barely any rain that day; the place seems to have its own microclimate.
The Divya's manager suggested we return in October, as the views are much better, sound advice for anyone planning this trip.
Durga Temple by Laxman.
There are three major temples in Rishikesh one is the main Laxmana temple, the others are Thirteen storie and eight storie temple. Both the temples belong to Goddess Durga. We did not have the time to climb thirteen stories and see the temple. I took one picture from the temple down below. The caretaker said photography is not allowed but I just smiled away!! It really works.
Nobody could answerd me why photography is not allowed.
Camp Feel Factor
"About the Camp"
Camp FEEL FACTOR is located on the Rishikesh-Devprayag road (264 Kms from Delhi). Its in Kaudiyala, 36 kms drive from Rishikesh. A “Paradise” in itself our camp unlike other camps is on an isolated patch of land away from everyone else still close to the road (just 250-300 meters trek from the road). For details you can log on to http://www.feelfactor.in or contact Vikram @ +919810962562/+919456522122
"Why Camp Feel Factor?"
Being a Jungle Camp, Camp Feel Factor still is in close proximity to the river bank, and the tents are not pitched on the river sand. So comparatively it remains cooler than the beach camps especially in summers when the temperature is already too high and the sand on the beach camps further adds up the heat.
"Accommodation and Facilities"
Residential Tents : We have 20 framed canvas tents with area of 12' by 12 ', with front zipped entrance, which have two beds with mattresses and quilts. Every tent has a charging point and a bulb. The tents are pitched in a well spread out area.
Toilets at the camp are in a central compound. There are 6 WC (6 western) Running Water Toilets and 4 Bathrooms with running water. Hot water is made available through Hamams/Geysers on request.
More Toilet & Bathrooms can be pitched (dry pit only) for bigger groups in case of advance notification. All toilets have paper/tissue roll, & dustbin
Lounge area is for relaxing and basking through out the day.
Music is one thing which everyone enjoys. So keeping that in mind we have installed state of the art sound system in the camp as well.
We have a large 15’ by 36’ Swimming Pool as well.
Informal conference is possible in the lounge. Basic Stationary like board , Marker and Sheets can be provided.
Great Location for swimming, splashing and other water sports.
Access to acres of hiking trails.
Balanced, Buffet-style meals.
Electricity in all tents with plug in points.
Alternate Electricity Backup.
First Aid Kit and Doctor on call facility.
Round the clock Security.
Itinerary ( 2 Days / 1 Night ) @ Rs 2200 per person on twin sharing basis.
Day 1 :
Arrival at Camp – Welcome Drink – Breakfast – Trek to Waterfall / Rock Climbing and Rappelling – Lunch – Relax at the Camp – Bonfire | Evening Snacks – Night Trekking – Dinner as per Flexibility.
Day 2 :
Breakfast – Rafting depart directly to Delhi.
The timing of the activities is still flexible according to the arrival of the group. If you want we can arrange the rafting on the first day instead of the second.
Itinerary ( 3 Days / 2 Night ) @ Rs 3950 per person on twin sharing basis.
Day 1 :
Arrival at Camp – Welcome Drink – Breakfast – Rafting – Lunch – Relax at the Camp – Bonfire | Evening Snacks – Night Trekking – Dinner as per Flexibility.
Day 2 :
Breakfast – Rafting – Rock Climbing – Rappelling – Lunch – Relax at the Camp - Trek to Waterfall – Bonfire | Evening Snacks – Dinner as per Flexibility
Day 3 :
Breakfast - Depart to Delhi.
Sanctuary of Saints & Sages
"Rafting on the Ganga"
Rishikesh (from Hrishikesh, another name for Lord Vishnu) is a holy city for Hindus located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. Alternative origin for the name is: The land of the Rishis (Rishi=a Hindu saint or sage).
Rishikesh, situated on the right bank of Ganga and surrounded on three sides by Himalayan ranges, known from Medieval time as a celestial abode, is a great pilgrimage center of India, attracting a large number of pilgrims
The city attracts many pilgrims, travelers and backpackers for its yoga centres. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of salvation, or moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it.
"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is dead [1913- 2/2008]"
During the sixties, The Beatles (stayed in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram) and several other artists visited the site to contemplate and meditate.
Maharishi Mahesh , is the founder and developer of the Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs and initiatives, including schools and a university with campuses in the United States and China, The Beatles' Guru is dead.
The Beatles' song 'Across the Universe' was beamed into space by NASA on February 5, 2008, the same day Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died.
A selection from his quotes [he published 16 books]:
- "When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.”
- "Knowledge is structured in consciousness. The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness; the prerequisite to complete education is therefore the full development of consciousness -- enlightenment. Knowledge is not the basis of enlightenment, enlightenment is the basis of knowledge."
- "The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."