RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing

Tripoto
22nd Mar 2019
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Listed in one of the top tourist destination for travellers around the world , Rishikesh didn't fail to impress me . Known as the place for Yoga and meditation , it has a crazy vibes .I met foriegners who have been living in India for the last 15 years learning Yoga and working on Ayurveda on a working visa. This place left me spellbounded. Infact recently,  the Annual International Yoga festival ( IYF) held here recently.
Located at the foothills in Uttrakhand , The River Ganges add values to this place. River Ganges is a sacred river and is considered very pious for the Hindus. Many rituals including prayers , creamation , Ganga Aarti takes place daily. Rafting in Rishikesh , along with other adventurous activities like Bungee Jumping, paragliding and ziplining  is another limelight features of this place.

Backpack ready

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Day 1

Holi Celebration was the main reason for my visit to Rishikesh . I am from Ladakh and we don't celebrate Holi over there, not at all. It was never a ritual . So , yeah , for me this Holi has to be special as it was my first time.
We took an overnight local bus from Kashmere Gate ISBT Delhi which dropped us at Rishikesh around 4:00 am in the morning. It was way too early and we were so scared by the dogs barking in the alley .
We checked in the Wayfarhers Hostel and this place was lit.

By the side of River Ganges , I found peace!

Photo of The Wayfarers Hostel, Near Baba Balaknath temple, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Travel while you are young!

Photo of The Wayfarers Hostel, Near Baba Balaknath temple, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Me trying Yoga !

Photo of The Wayfarers Hostel, Near Baba Balaknath temple, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon
Photo of The Wayfarers Hostel, Near Baba Balaknath temple, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

We did the sightseeing on foot , starting from Ram Jhula . This bridge is congested all the time and even two wheelers get in through the crowd . I felt nervous because I can literally felt the Jhula( swing) moving. 
And there is a  mini beach nearby where people do sunbathing and take holy Dip in the Ganges and it is believed that the river Ganges wash away your sins . So yeah ! We had to take a dip and lay down by the beach.  It was very relaxing. It was perfect for a getaway from our hectic schedules .

Ram Jhula at the back

Photo of Ram Jhula, Ganga Vatika, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Meditation

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Best friends travelled

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My best friends

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Rishikesh

Photo of Ram Jhula, Ganga Vatika, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Next we explored the streets of Rishikesh , did some shopping and visit a temple which was  multi  storeyed and we saw the whole view of Rishikesh from up there and we chanted " Har Har Mahadev " .
Then we explored the area near to Lakshman Jhula  and the " Beatles Ashram". This place is fascinating  with Graffiti walls , wild ruins buildings . This is the place where Beatles( English rock band ) stayed in the 60's are wrote some cool stuffs.
By the fall of evening , we witnessed the spiritual Ganga Aarti by the triveni ghat , it was just  the day before Holi and we watched some colorful Radha - Krishna performances pre - Aarti. We sung the Ganga Aarti along with the priest and the devotees and it was surreal.

The beginning

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Ganga Aarti

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Wishes !

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Prayers

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Radha - Krishna performances

Photo of Beatles Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon
Photo of Beatles Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

The night was followed by playing Holi near Lakshman Jhula and we danced with the crowd.  There were so many unknown faces but it felt like I knew  them already.
We got back to Hostel to some soothing and lovely music with Guitars with the friends we met at the hostel .

Day 2

"Happy Holi '' 21st March 2019
We left for the campsite early morning and it was very far from Rishikesh . There was a little hike to the camp from the main road  and with the backpacks on our back , the feeling was unreal.  We can hear the loud music already and by the time we reached the camp , everyone was draped in colours and were dancing and they also had a rain dance .
We checked in  and changed into white clothes ( which is necessary to wear on Holi) and yes ! We were ready for Holi . Bring it on!

View from our tent

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

On the way to camping site

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

White colours on the eve of Holi

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Holi ready

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Backpackers

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Best friends

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

Camping

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

The gateway adventure

Photo of Rishikesh Adventure99, Neelkanth Temple Road, Paliyal Gaon, Uttarakhand, India by Urgan spaldon

With some Bollywood hits , we begins by applying colours on each other and no longer some unknown faces were throwing water colours and applying colours on us and vice versa. It didn't take much time for the whole full house to get mingle with each other.  No sooner everyone was throwing colours, were dancing and the best part of it was the  rain dance. It last for hours and by lunch time everyone was tired .

One photo with the organizer .

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Best friends for lifetime

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With the organizer of the Holi party

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Girls having fun

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About the location of the campsite , it was just beside the river and surrounded by mountains. We washed ourselves in the river , swammed in the open sky and had a relaxing time.  It was kind of pool party.
Afterwards everyone took some nap and I couldn't sleep at all.  So I sat by the river reading my favourite book and it couldn't get better than that.

Me and the book by the river

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Love

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Favourite

Photo of RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing by Urgan spaldon

The evening was more better with a nice ambiance , we dance till our legs and hips gave up and the night continues with exchange of some words by the Riverside, under the wide dark sky, listening to the gushing river under the moon with some new interesting souls , followed by some antakshari ( song sung ) by the bonfire , under the dark sky with some unforgettable souls and  this night will be remembered forever.

Met a sweet couple

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Best friends evening

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Funny

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Bonfire scenes

Photo of RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing by Urgan spaldon

Bonfire

Photo of RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing by Urgan spaldon

Fire

Photo of RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing by Urgan spaldon
Day 3

We said Goodbye to the camp with a heavy heart filled with lots of wonderful memories.  It was the best Holi ever and we had the craziest time . We met so many people , made friends and promised to stay in touch.

The day after Holi

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Camping

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Yeah

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It was our last day in Rishikesh and we couldn't miss rafting . We got hold of our life jackets and helmets and we were damn sacred and nervous.  It looks very dangerous, the waves were strong.  We were getting goosebumps , anyhow we managed to get in the boat and we were floating . I sweared F*** because I was damn scared and the commander of our team scolded me for swearing in the Holy Ganges.  I felt sorry and we cheered aloud with the team . It was a team work , we kept the spirit high and were singing and shouting throughout the rafting.  In between  we took a dip in the river lying on our backs in the river.  We had a great time and the most important thing , my first rafting experience with my best friends.

Surrendering ourselves to the Ganga river

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Hey yaah !

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With the commander of the team

Photo of RISHIKESH : HOli 2019 celebration, Thrilling Rafting , Sightseeing by Urgan spaldon

Best friends

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Hahha

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Tea break post rafting scenes

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After a warm lunch post rafting we headed back to the bus stand and we went towards another destination waiting for us. To another exotic location ....Kasol called !

2 Comment(s)
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where did you see the Ganga Aarti? we had gone to Triveni Ghat but thought it was too crowded so we went back to Shatrughna Ghat (just besides Ram Jhula, on opposite side of Paramarth Niketan)
Tue 04 02 19, 22:38 · Reply (1) · Report
Hey. we went to Triveni Ghat for the Ganga Aarti . It started around 6:30 in the evening and it was just a day before Holi, so we happened to see some Radha - Krishna performances. We had a great time !☺️
Wed 04 03 19, 02:21 · Report
Even I was in Haridwar and Rishikesh for this Holi.. :) check out my p-blog:
Tue 04 02 19, 22:35 · Reply (1) · Report
Hey. Big world. we didn't meet ! I will go through your blog for sure.
Wed 04 03 19, 02:22 · Report