Tourist places are grouped under different categories, but there are places for which categories are not enough as they have much more to offer. This holy town in Uttrakhand attracts visitors of all ages. Rishikesh, is 40 kms from state capital Dehradun and is a magical place. Rishikesh is also called the Yoga Capital of India.
We reached dehradun early morning from Delhi by Nandadevi express. We took prepaid taxi to Rishikesh. You can get down at Haridwar and take a taxi/auto to Rishikesh which is cheap and easy to go. Once we reached Rishikesh we booked our camps and rafting. As it was a weekend, hence it was heavily crowded. We headed directly to the rafting site and kept our bags at the tour operators office. On the way we had some quick snacks like maggi, samosa ,tea etc. After reaching there you get all the equipments and safety kit. Everybody wears a life jacket, helmet and carries an oar or chappu. The rafting starts with chanting of "Ganga maiya ki jai". Ours was a small ride with only 3 rapids as it rained heavily the previous day and longer rides were stopped. It took almost an hour to complete the rafting. We jumped into the river which in itself so exciting and rejuvenating that for once you feel that nothing is better than being in the lap of nature. We even did cliff jumping. We passed by many temples on our way to Rishikesh and also saw the Ram and Laxman jhula. After rafting and quick snacks we went to our camps following the same road route and the camp was way ahead of the rafting site. The camp was not good as it was not by the side of river but the side of hill. We freshened up had lunch and then went to river side which was about half a mile. We dipped in the holy river and, played games and made amazing videos. Evening was to relax and so we did. After having dinner we retired for the day.