We reached Rishikesh at 1.30p.m. meanwhile on my way I was looking for hotels and campsites to stay..but I was not getting anything adequate, finally I came across one campsite , had the word with owner and he offered us the camp in 1100 per head including all the three maeals, I immediately agreed(as it was a good deal????) , he shared his location and we headed towards it, the campsite was located in Shivpuri( which is almost 19 k.m. ahead Rishikesh) in the beginning the roads to Shivpuri were quite smooth but after few kilometres we came across unmetalled narrow road which was lil risky to drive as Shivpuri is loacted at a height of 372metres above sea level. Finally we reached the campsite within 1 or 1.5 hours. The camps were really good and beautiful, room coolers were there along with 2 single beds. Due to monsoon no one was staying there so the place was looking lil monotonous, somewhere deep inside my heart I was not happy because I was unable to do river rafting and paragliding, then I asked myself why I should stay here. So I dropped the place, I explored the location , clicked few pictures and came back towards Rishikesh.
We checked out few places and finally selected Omkarnanda Gita Sadan for our stay, it costed Rs 2000 per night. It was a decent place, which provided us the view of River Ganges and Shivalik range, it was really mesmerising. By then we were quite hungry as it was 4.30pm, so we decided to have our lunch, we had it at famous restro CHOTIWALA,which was located at the walking distance from our place. The place served the food which was average in taste, I have only one quote for the place "NAAM BADE AUR DARSHAN CHOTE".
Without wasting anytime, we headed towards RAMJHULA, the most eminent place in the town.By crossing we reached the other shore of the river where LIVE GANGA ARTI TAKES PLACE which is daily performed at the time of sunset at the banks of River Ganges conducted by Parmarth Niketan.
Luckily we got the chance to attend that, I am not a very religious person, but the atmosphere there somehow forced me to attend the whole arti. The experience was out of this world, I have never witnessed something like this before, in this River Ganges is give homage and respect with shlokas and mantras. Even a massive idol of Shivji is present there.
After attending the arti we went inside to explore the Parmarth Niketan, that was the time when I became awestruck, the place was magnificent???????? albeit nobody has seen heaven, but now I can say heaven would surely be identical of this place. And then something urged me to stay there, I quickly ran towards to reception area to find out about the availability of rooms. Unfortunately, ????no rooms were available, I requested if somehow they can manage, then I got the answer ,"for booking room in Parmarth we need to book it online that too minimum 15 days prior."
But after few seconds, a lady sitting at the reception told me that may be tomorrow there will be availability of one room and I can confirm by calling them next morning.
After spending some leisure hours at the ghat, we went back to our room.