The Mountains of Uttrakhand Part 1

Day 1 For the week we spent in Rishikesh we couldn’t see very far into the mountains, but we knew they were out there lurking behind the clouds. So at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning we straddled our trusty motorcycles and zoomed off into the murky morning light. For those who have never seen Indian…

Rishikesh Chapter 7

A relaxing few of days have been spent hanging out at the beach. Rishikesh has a backpacker scene that is really quite huge. We have made so many friends from so many different places; namely Australia, England, and Israel. The last few days have been blazing hot and the Ganga river has been a lovely…

Rishikesh Chapter 6

Bank run finally successful! Accompanied by a luxurious breakfast, the afternoons walking sessions were taken in stride and we avoided the midday heat. Today we went into details on the itinerary for next weeks trek. We leave on the thirteenth and we will be back on the twenty second. First, Valley of Flowers; then to…

Dusshera

On our return to Rishikesh the streets were packed. As the sun when down we began to see the festivities of the holy day that had trumped my bank expedition. Justin and I raced back to the hotel to get changed before we jogged back to the main road. There was a huge parade pushing…

At the Secret Beach

Nitin knows the area well, and brought us to a beautiful secluded beach on the bank of the Ganges. White sand, rocks and blessed cool air from the river make it very idyllic. After all the crowds and dust and car horns this place feels very very, relaxing. To be somewhere with no one else…

Rishikesh Chapter 5

Early this morning I woke up to try the bank once more, but as luck would have it today was Dusserha, a Hindi holy day. It’s a public holiday so even the banks are closed. More on that later. So with yet another fruitless morning walk under my belt, I returned to meet Justin, Graeme…

Rishikesh Chapter 4

Despite today’s failures at the bank its been wonderfully relaxing. Justin, Graeme and I went out and got dosas for lunch; the food here continues to amaze. We were all tired from last nights festivities. Krishna Cafe, has been acting as a little internet haven with masala chai tea and dahl makhni on the side….

Morning in the Misty Mountains

Woke up early again and payed a visit to my favourite little bench on the Ganges. Justin was with me and we were still searching for a working ATM. It was too early though and none of the banks were open yet. The ashrams were already lively, the sounds of music and prayers spilling out…

Rishikesh Chapter 2

After a relaxing morning at the New Krishna once again Justin and I went for a walk around the city. This city is filled with activities and we are beginning to scratch the surface of a very rich scene. We were invited to three events through the city in one day. We have met a…