Our first ride on rented bike was to the famous Shri Neelkanth Mahadev temple. As we all know that Uttarakhand is a Dev Bhoomi - the land of Lords, so we went to God Shiva for blessings on our first day in this sacred city. By the time, we returned to Yog, the Ganga Arti was already completed, so we took stroll along the Ganges - over the Lakshman Jhula - to the opposite side - into the market streets - crossing Parmarth Niketan Ashram and into the alleys. The streets are full of local vendors, small shops of jewels, organic teas, incense, gem stones, clothes and street food. We closed the day with a simple dinner at Madras Cafe, which turned out to be slightly disappointing but filling.
We began the next day with a calm walk along the Ganges. Witnessed the glimpses of Ganga Aarti, monks taking a dip in the freezing river water, people paying their homage to the Holy Water and sun rising over the hills. These moments make life even more beautiful and worthwhile when you are with your better half.