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Experiencing the other side of Rishikesh!
But of late Rishikesh has become famous for something else as well, and that is for the adventure sports. This was my second visit to Rishikesh and this time I experienced the other side of Rishikesh - the adventure.
So, I along with my 4 friends took a car on rent and left for Rishikesh in early morning (4 am I guess), so that we are not caught in brutal Gurgaon-Delhi traffic. We used Google maps for direction and it works amazingly well when it comes to finding the route. It was turning out to be a beautiful ride, empty roads, no traffic signals.
By 11 am we reached Rishikesh, now it was time to meet the person with whom we made our camp and rafting bookings. Okay so booking a camp and choosing the type of rafting is very important in order to gave a wonderful trip. It is my advice that don't book your camp at Shivpuri site because it is bloody crowded. Its better to come a book camp which is ahead of Shivpuri. So the person gave us the location of the camp and told us the way which we will have to follow in order to reach to our camp.
By the time we reached our camp it was 1 pm and the concerned person told us that we will be we will be hitting water by 3 pm. I wont go in detail about the instructions and everything that instructor told us. Important point is listen to your instructor when you are rafting because it is he who will guide you as to when and where which type of action is to be performed.
The experience was simply amazing, every single moment of it while we were rafting our way through all those rapids. If you love adventure then this is one of the sports which you should definitely take.
The rafting which we choose was 24 km long so it took around two hours to reach to the end. After getting done with rafting, we went back to the camp and on our way we bought some booze (Kotenberg- the Indian brother of Carlsberg) to celebrate our first rafting experience.
Next day we again got up early in the morning, got ready, clicked some photos and headed for jumping heights, the only place in India which offers bungee jumping(flying fox and giant swing too). Important things to keep in mind are as follows:
1. Book the slot as in make payment as early as possible (we made payment as day before).
2. Try to reach as early as possible, it opens by 9am, so it is advised reach as early as you can because as the day progresses it becomes more crowded. The formalities aspect of bungee jumping takes a lot of time. Next, you proceed to the bungee area, if unlucky then you will have to wait for your turn and this wait can extend to hours. We waited for nearly 3-4 hours for our turn. That is why reach as early as you can.
The jump was crazy. It was like you are free falling and it give a sudden rush of all the energy and excitement. It's better if you don't look down when you are all set to jump (if you do then boss phat jati hai). When your jump is over and you land on the ground, then you have to trek you way up to the bungee office and let me tell you it is very tiring.
So here are some points which you can take care of if you are going to Rishikesh for rafting and bungee jumping:
1. Choose the camp which is less crowded and choose rafting that is 24 km long because some rapids like money maker, golf course, roller coaster will not be covered in rafting which is 16 km long and these rapids are much more thrilling than the others.
2. If number of persons is more than two then I suggest you take a car on hire (Zoom Car is one such service provider), but if you have your own car then nothing is better. Since commuting in Rishikesh is very expensive, for instance if u go to bungee jumping place by jumping heights bus they will charge you Rs 250, which is expensive given the distance.
3. Get done with bungee jumping as early as possible.
4. If you have time then do visit the Beatles ashram, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula.
5. There is one Haldiram Outlet situated on the Gurgaon-Rishikesh route, so do stop and treat yourself with good and delicious and mouth watering food.
Excellent place to go-Rishikesh
The entire highway from Modinagar to Haridwar is full of slow moving traffic with potholes, handcarts, bullock cart, tractors, broken vehicles on that narrow highway, etc.
Road Condition -
Delhi to Ghaziabad was good
Ghaziabad to Modinagar worst stretch & narrow highway with full of potholes and broken tractors and lot of traffic jams.
Modinagar to Muzaffarnagar was Good
Muzaffarnagar to Rishikesh was Bad
The perfect way to start the road trip would be to head out early and reach Haridwar by lunch time. Haridwar is one of the most ancient cities and it still maintains its old town charm. Natural beauty enhances the city as it provides great insights into the Indian cultures and traditions. This exquisite place is often known as the 'Gateway to God' as it presents a large number of temples.
Located at 20 odd kms from Haridwar, reaching Rishikesh is extremely easy and comfortable. After reaching the destination during the late hours, the best option is to rest and start exploring the city in the morning. While the ashrams will be basic, the camp-sites often provide relaxing bonfires and other sources of entertainment. The choice indeed depends on the persons personal preference. Have a good night's sleep and give your body the must needed rest after such an eventful road trip.
So, after reaching at late evening checked in at resort, thanks to traffic jams at Rorkee, we enjoyed a bit at mighty Ganges, drenched till tired with icy cold waters and had food at resort. Next day, went early morning for rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh, sailing in mighty waves of Ganges. Had awesome lunch at famous Chotiwala restaurant- a must when visiting Haridwar & Rishikesh. Evening, enjoyed arti in Haridwar river banks.
Went to cafe 60's and enjoyed Thai. Food was specially prepared for us. Next day was quite busy. As had dropped staying one more day due to heavy rush in weekends. Got early to bungee point and performed giving the most amazing experience of your life! & ultimate adrenaline rush. Rudraksh Trees near Rishikesh & after taking final dip at Ganges, proceeded towards Bhiwadi via same route by 1500 and reached by 20:15PM, Fun filled, Heart Filled, Ganga Snaned, Dupkied & Shikanjeed & yes, got some fresh farm Strawberries also en way near Rorkee.
I am heading to Rishikesh
Rishikesh offers several tourist attractions right from religious locations to thrilling adventure sport activities. Religious places include Gita Bhawan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Triveni Ghat and Swarga Ashram. A walk on the Laxman Jhula is a major activity. Rishikesh embodies many popular yoga and meditation centres. There are private universities, which have short-term yoga courses that attract international tourists and visitors. Rishikesh is sometimes also referred to as the World Capital of Yoga, as it is a perfect place to learn and study yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices. Adventure sports and trekking also lure tourists to Rishikesh from all parts of the country.
White water rafting is the main adventure sport that is popular amongst water sports. River crossing is yet another challenging sport in which the individual is supposed to cross the river sliding on a single rope just above the heavy water currents of River Ganga. There are many Rishikesh holiday packages specifically targeted towards providing such services to tourists. Other surrounding districts are Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal, whose governing agencies have brought a ban on the use of plastic bags and selling of alcohol in the city, thus making it an alcohol free district. Another holy city, Haridwar is just 25 km away, which is also located on the Ganges. Food & Shopping in Rishikesh Food in Rishikesh is a vegetarian?s delight. Non-vegetarian is banned in the pilgrim town. However, it hasn?t affected Rishikesh tourism as the town boasts of cafes and restaurants that serve health food as well as traditional Indian delicacies like samosas, chaats among other street foods and meals.
As for shopping, apart from souvenirs and religious artifacts, Rishikesh does not have much to offer. Travelling to Rishikesh Rishikesh can be reached by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to the destination is Jolly Grant Airport, which is around 18 km away, in Dehradun. Delhi Airport is the nearest international airport. Taxis are available from both the airports to reach Rishikesh.
Rishikesh has its own railway station and is well connected to the rest of the country, especially to the northern part. Trains are available frequently from Delhi, Dehradun, Mumbai and other cities. By bus, the destination can be reached from nearby places like Haridwar, Dehradun, Pauri etc. Buses are run by the state as well as private operators. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Those interested in activities like whitewater rafting can visit from September to April. Accommodation options in Rishikesh: Pilgrims and adventure seekers alike have many hotel options in Rishikesh. This includes budget hotels, tents and camps popular among backpackers as well as guesthouses and lodges preferred by groups.
Rishikesh seems to be very popular this season!