Travel Blogs from Haridwar
May 10th & 11th
Journey to India and up to Haridwar
The journey to India took a day and half from Budapest, although it felt just like one massive day with some blips of time taken out as I dozed in planes and trains. All went as planned luckily, which was a little surprising given I was really winging it. I arrived in Delhi at 5:30am after leaving Helsinki at 8:30pm, which was five hours after I landed from Geneva. I got ...
... have to use the fan. Very happy. I patted myself of the back for listening to my intuition.
Finally, river rafting tomorrow! I have been watching rafts floating down the river everyday, since I arrived. Longing to go. I can hardly wait. I was never brave enough to do this before. Now's the time. Gotta live. No regrets.
Got up early. Excited about the adventure. After an hour or so, still hadn’t received a phone call about the plans for the ...
... In the morning tour I saw two significant birds, the rare Wall Creeper and the flamboyant Pied Kingfisher. Along the way we also saw herds of Spotted deer, Sambar deer, faisants, and peacocks. We saw leopard and elephant tracks but didn't see them. We did hear an elephant trump. We spent the day driving aroind looking at wildlife. The park isa indeed very beautiful. It was reassuring to know that india is taking measures to protect it's flora ...
... and the fireworks were really going mental - yes its just the TV on in the background! lol
I then get back to the guesthouse, and they have had Puja also here (which I missed :( - but they kindly showed me everything and tomorrow are going to sing me the chants they sung tonight. There is several Ganesha statues (for removing obstacles), laksmi (The goddess of wealth) and various other deities, even thought i have done ...
... up into the mountains. Was gorgeous! Lots of elephant poo (which, the Wisconsin Girl in me TOLD the girls was NOT just a really big pile of cow poo) and really steep. But, definitely worth the trek. On the way down, we ran into one of our instructors near where he “sometimes sleeps” (just a bed in a small shack) who insisted have some chai with him. Was the best chai I’ve had in Rishikesh and the perfect end to our mountain ...
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