Just a night before, we planned this trip, at an instant and left the very next morning at six from Delhi to the land of colours and joy, Vrindavan.
On our way over, we stopped by a dhaba called Shiva Dhaba to beat our morning hunger.
It took us about three hours and we finally reached our destination somewhere around 9 AM.
We were welcomed by a group of young boys who were throwing balloons, colours and HOLI water on every passerby. They were truly enjoying themselves, they were so pure, innocent and loving, not for a single moment we felt that we had met them for the first time in our lives.
Next, we made our way to the Bankey Bihari Temple, and there we felt pure magical energy amidst the crazy and beautiful people there. There was a narrow street that went to the temple, we set our feet in and within a few moments, our clean and dry clothes had been coloured and wet with all sorts of colours known to man.
The moment we crossed the threshold of the temple, we had serious goosebumps. The sight was so mesmerising and surreal, our hearts felt so full at the moment. People were dancing, chanting ‘radhe radhe’, they were all united and we, with them. In that moment, all of us, we were all one, just having the time of our lives and reminiscing god all the while.
Although, someone did steal my sliders, but I don’t mind. The experience I had, nothing could’ve ruined that for me. Well, luckily I had a pair of extra slippers. So, as they say, “no harm, no foul”.
We stopped at a famous chaat shop called ‘Mukesh Sharma chaat Bhandaar’ and ate their crowd favourite aloo tikki, lassi and dhokla. And, it was absolutely serene! With every bite of it, my tastebuds came alive!
We then went to Iskcon Temple and sat there with the Krishna devotees who were chanting ‘Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare, hare ram hare ram ram ram hare hare.’ We sat there for about half an hour, and unquestionably those were the most peaceful moments we’d had ever.
Before saying goodbyes to the most alluring place that we’d ever been to, we went on to buy some of the famous BankeyLal’s Pede for our family and friends back home.
Until next time, Vrindavan!