If you haven’t read the previous two posts in this series you can read them HERE!! 🙂
Moving on from Jaipur, our next destination was Haridwar-Rishikesh. This was going to be our longest overnight journey of the trip…a total of 14-15 hours. The train left Jaipur almost on time for us to catch up with enough sleep, and it being a 3AC coach helped us not worry much about the luggage either.
Left Jaipur: 22nd Dec’09 11:15 pm
Reached Haridwar: 23rd Dec’09 12:45pm.
Weather: Cool when we reached…but dipped close to 2-4 degree by nightfall.
We had booked a guest house as our accomodation. Not a very good one, but decent enough for bachelors – more importantly cost effective. When it came to go around the city, we had two options…a cab or an (Vikram) auto and we being we chose an auto, for the thrill of it. We planned to cover Haridwar that day and Rishikesh which is about 40 kms away, the next day.
Here we go, photo-time!! 😀
We took the rope way (Udan Katola – flying basket) to the Chandi Devi temple and must say it was one awesome ride…the power-cut on the way up, gave us some breathing space during the breath-taking ride!! 😀
I’m standing in the Ganges at ‘Hari ki Pauri’, the ghats where Goddess Ganges is worshipped every evening…The sides of the river are chained, as its very slippery and the water that day was ICE COLD….from the moment I got out of the water both my feet went numb for like 2-3 minutes. Water was super clean though. 🙂
Thousands, if not lakhs of people (crores during this time…currently Kumbh ka mela is being organized at Haridwar) gather each evening to offer their prayers to the Ganges.
Just on cross the ghats, is a street where sweets are prepared on the spot and sold…yummy!! Gulab Jamoon above, FYI!! 😉 – This pic is post processed to make the jamoons look yummy….go slllluuuuuurrrppp!! 😛
The next day we went to Rishikesh in the same auto…The unpleasant noise making vehicle ride, was enjoyed to the core…moreover we had a talkative driver too…who went on yapping happily, even with those folks among us who didn’t understand Hindi!! 😛 The picture above is of Ram Jhula (Bridge)…we walked across that and returned by boat below the Lakshman Jhula.
Your’s truly on the Ram Jhula when it wasn’t crowded. 😛 You can see the multi-floored temples on the right side behind the Jhula.
All I wanted was a picture with the extremely handsome bull, but then it wasn’t my intention to wake him up. I swear. 😛
Guess what?? There was a coffee day in Rishikesh!! 😛 And we didn’t miss it…Their 4 Cappuchinos and my non-alcoholic whiskey flavored Irish Coffee did strike a pose for the camera!! 😉
Ok…I’m done with all the pics of Haridwar…but then during the trip, there were several other species that we clicked…me being an animal/bird lover, clicked almost every other creature that came by…Here are a few snap shots!! 🙂
This Sparrow was shot at the Jaipur City palace.
The Birdy seemed to be searching for its “dove” while standing on the walls of the Amber fort, in Jaipur.
The pair of ducks swimming in the ganges were shot at full zoom from the top of Ram Jhula… 😀
The squirrel seems to be searching for me as it gets clicked in the gardens of Humayum’s Tomb in New Delhi.
This one was clicked in Humayum’s Barber’s tomb vicinity.
Nah…before you guys say anything, let me clear the air…This isn’t me …on the walls of Agra fort!! 🙂
Before leaving Haridwar, we did some shopping…among that I picked up a woolen blanket for my sister but it came of good use for us, during our next train journey to the coldest destination of our trip….AMRITSAR.
This and more, in the next post of this DNIT series. 😀 Keep watching!! 🙂