Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand

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30th Dec 2018
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Day 1

This was my third visit to Rishikesh in the last 6 years. I have done my share of adventure here already in the past two including rafting, bungee etc. being solo. This New Year's eve I visited the gorgeous place with my mother, starting from Delhi. We practically had just 36 hours to explore the place. I was staying at a convenient  location Tapovan which is connected to all the nearby  attractions. We started with the coveted bridges of the places- Ram Jhula & Lakshman Jhula. I found the former more attractive! Specially at night, when it is all lit up and looks so beautiful suspending on the mystical Ganga river. The ghats alongside were serene and tranquil. We walked a lot honestly!

We had our lunch at the very popular The Chotiwala Restaurant- grabbed the Jain Thali there which in my opinion was average was a price of INR 190. The remaining time we just took a stroll in the markets and spent time having tea and admiring the simplistic beauty of the place. Weather wasn't a trouble at all, as it was surprisingly less colder than Delhi there.

Since this was my hat trick with Rishikesh, few more things you can try here are the Adventure sports where rafting is a must! Stay at a beach camp at Shivpuri instead of any mundane hotel. Also do visit the popular German Bakery and many other popular cafes around Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula. You will observe foreigners in Rishikesh all the 12 months.

Just don't rush and walk at a good, comfortable pace to really internalise the place's character.

Beach camp

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Tranquility at its best

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Near Lakshman Jhula

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Shri Sathya Sai Ghat

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Lakshman Jhula

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Ram Jhula

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Ram Jhula- a vision at night

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Breakfast with a view

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Day 2

This day we did the real exploration. We got up early, had a nice breakfast at this gorgeous cafe which attracted many foreigners. The place was Tattv Cafe in Tapovan which had a view of the Ganga too. I somehow wasn't really impressed by most of the restaurants and dhabas in Rishikesh as most of them compromised on the service and quality.

We headed straight to the iconic Beatles Ashram which I had heard about a lot. On the way, we reached the Parmarth Niketan Ashram which supposedly is the biggest ashram in Rishikesh. It was aesthetically done and very pretty to look at. Alongside there were ghats, where you could soak your feet or even take a dip! I avoided that as it was already winters plus the Ganges have a solid reputation of having really really cold water.

For the Beatles Ashram, you have to cross the Ram Jhula and it is then a little ahead of the Swarg Ashram. We stumbled upon this Ashram  called  the Vanaprastha Ashram which served  this super delicious thali at just Rs. 75/- It had freshly cooked vegetables, dal, steaming hot thin ghee  rotis, rice, yummy raita, pakora kadhi and mix dal. The best food I had eaten in the entire Rishikesh. Do give  it a try!!

Then  we started walking again towards the Beatles Ashram which is at the extreme end. Honestly, I found it over-rated!  You should probably go there to click some of the insane graffiti work done there and pose yourself too with them as background. That's about it. You can probably read the history anywhere else. They charge Rs . 150 for Indians, 75 for senior citizens and a bomb of Rs. 600 to foreigners, which is a waste in my opinion!

After that we walked back to the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, as I had heard that the Ganga Aarti happened there at 5 pm. I had initially thought to witness the evening Aarti at the Triveni Ghat, but by then we were really tired plus we were told that the ceremony at Parmarth was more private and less crowded. Finally, after killing some time in the cafes in the market, we witnessed the Ganga Aarti at 5 pm and it was some kind of a huge event that day. Probably because it was the last day of the year. I did spot many popular celebrities at the ceremony. The Aarti was indeed the highlight of the day and my mother finished it with lighting the floating lamps in the Ganga, as a popular ritual there. I, myself too, enjoyed a lot.

We had our evening roadside tea with some spicy chowmein then and headed back to our hotel with great memories of the New Year's Eve.

Tattv Cafe

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Mushroom cheese Bruschetta, Nutella Banana Pancake, Masala Chai

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Boating near Ram Jhula

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Inside Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Crossing Vanprasth Ashram- have the thali for lunch at their canteen

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Entering the Beatles Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Graffiti at Beatles Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Parmarth Ashram Ghat

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Floating lamps

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Ganga Aarti

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

Evening Ganga Aarti

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani

At Beatles Ashram

Photo of Ringing in the New Year at Rishikesh!- #offbeatuttarakhand by Deepshikha Nainani
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