Rishikesh - Love beyond Death, Love that makes Life alive!

1st Apr 2016

There is madness inside me and so I act like a maniac most of the times. This madness is consuming me from inside and of lately helped me realize my love for travelling. Even the thought of travelling gets me high these days. People plan before going to a new place, but I take my backpack & just board the bus. This time I didn’t had much time, so I thought not to go far. And I boarded the bus.

It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.

– Ruskin Bond

Photo of Rishikesh - Love beyond Death, Love that makes Life alive! 1/2 by Kunal Priyadarshi

Some came here to meditate. Some came here in search of higher knowledge. Some came here to sit alongside the Ganges. Today even, the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh never fails to amaze me. Everytime I come here, I meet new sages, their new stories and their spiritual and mystical environment is something I can never describe in words. You need to come and visit the place in order to feel it. I fall in love with this place everytime I come here. Standing near the ghats, watching people workshipping, rafting, bathing in the Ganges, I wished if I could stop time. I took this thought quite seriously and threw my watch in the Ganges and bid adieu to time that steps down in our lives with the motive of chaining us all.

I sometimes wish to jump into the Ganges, not to die but for the love of mountains and the holy Ganges. Yes, there is madness inside me. Ruskin Bond once said, "A love beyond Death-a love that makes Life alive!". Even if I die, I will come again here because I belong to this sands of the sages.

During my time in Rishikesh, I spent most of the time sitting near the ganges and in the cafes near ganges. It’s always quite here, you and the sound of ganges. Hinduism is in air of Rishikesh and this can be seen on the streets of Rishikesh. People’s lifestyle and their belief is fascinating and captivating.

Photo of Rishikesh - Love beyond Death, Love that makes Life alive! 2/2 by Kunal Priyadarshi
Me, Gazing the Ganges

Hinduism comes closest to being a nature religion. Rivers, rocks, trees, plants, animals, and birds all play their part, both in mythology and everyday worship. This harmony is most evident in remote places like this, and I hope it does not loose its unique character in the ruthless urban advance.

– Ruskin Bond

There are temples and Ashrams all around Rishikesh. If you are looking for a quite weekend around Delhi, this is the place. For adventure lovers, there is rafting. The confluence, Devprayag is just 80kms from Rishikesh.

I always wonder what I am doing with my life here in metro city. Psycho me ;)