Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Spiritual Trip to Garhwal Himalayas

Garhwal Himalayas – the mere mention of this word brings to mind images of a land of immense scenic beauty and of temples.

I went with some more people on a spiritual trip to Garhwal Himalayas many years back. We started on the night of 10th April (Thursday). After picking up all the tourists, we were on our way finally at 11.30pm. We reached Rishikesh at 5.00am in the morning. We did not stop at Hardwar on the way and reached Rishikesh directly. And at Rishikesh we took bath early in the morning itself. Ganges river there is calm and safe for bathing.

We started from Rishikesh at 10.30am on 11th April and reached Deoprayag at 1.00pm. There we spent time in taking some snaps. This is the place of confluence of Alaknanda (originating at Badrinath) and Bhagirathi (originating at Gangotri). From this point onwards, the river takes the name Ganga. It was very exciting to go down the hill there very close to the water.

From there we started for Rudraprayag at 2.30pm and reached Rudraprayag at around 6.00pm in the evening. There we stayed at a resort (Monal) on the side of the river. The scenery from the resort was simply breathtaking. In the night we had bonfire with usual food and drinks.

Next morning on 12th April we went down to have bath in the river down the hill. Bathing there in the cold and fresh water was an exhilarating experience.

We started from there at 2.00pm towards Lansdowne and on the way passed Srinagar, Pauri, Buakhal, Sapuli, Gumkhal. And finally we reached the town of Landsdowne at 7.30pm in the night. After looking around we managed to find a “just decent” place for staying in the night.

Next morning, on 13th April, the last day of the trip we went to Tiffin Top from where one can see the Western Himalayas. However. that day we could not see properly due to poor visibility.

From Lansdowne we started at 10.00am and took the road via Fatehpur, Kotdwar, Bijnor, Meerut and finally reached Delhi at 6.00pm in the evening.

Reaching home always feels good. And it felt even better as we were on a high from a hectic but a very refreshing trip!

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