Two days earlier when we reached Rishikesh after our winter trek to Kuari Pass, no one knew it would be the best days of our vacation. Scion, one of the two very first persons I got to know at the Haridwar Railway Station and one of the member of our Troika, and I, decided to stay at Zostel. Zostel is a very nice concept started in India for solo backpackers. There are double occupancy rooms as well as dorms available with lockers. Many indoor and outdoor activities like Yoga sessions, movie shows, campfire, hiking etc. are available for the people staying in Zostel. I recommend Zostel to all the traveler who want to socialize as once can see people around the world staying there.
Settling down after taking a much needed hot shower bath, we immediately took a tour of Zostel and left for the market to buy some essentials. Market near Tapovan area has its own charm and magnanimity. One has to climb down the acute slope near Laxman Jhula and cross the bridge which is known to be an architectural wonder of India. One of the rare iron suspension, Jeepable, bridge of India, Laxman Jhula never disappoints its fans. Crossing the Ganga some 150 Feet below you, every gust of wind, and symphonic sound of Ganges, transcends you to the next level of inner peace.
Though the market is a great place, I avoided to buy anything that day. Next morning was my appointment for a Bungee Jump followed by White water rafting in mighty Ganges. I will buy things tomorrow if I am alive, I thought. That very same night I experienced the same fear that we used to have before the exams.
As they say, ‘Victory is just ahead of the fear’. You have to face your fears and victory will come on its own. The bungee was out of the world experience with the safe environment provided by Jumping Heights staff. They offer the video of your jump, which is a must buy. So that every time you doubt yourself, just see the video and say to yourself, “Dude, you can jump off this platform, you can do anything”. White water rafting in the laps of Ganges was the next stop. You can’t feel safer anywhere other than your mother’s lap. Mother Ganges takes care of you until you don’t do any mischiefs.
Not digressing much from the topic I anticipated much earlier to work upon, we fast forward to the day Scion and I rented an Activa to roam around the town. Crossing the Laxman Jhula on bike should be in your ‘things-to-do-before-I-die’ list. Search of the inner peace took us to Rajaji National Park gate in Tapovan, which is the entrance of the infamous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, known prominently as – The Beatles Ashram.