Travel Blogs from Haridwar
... so far as well. Feeling sooo blessed and carried here by the divine.
First Full Day at the Ashram, Where am I?
I spent most of the first day stunned and awe-struck by the beauty and ease of this ashram that felt so homey and welcoming. It is right on the banks of the Mother Ganges in the jungle across the river from a national park and surrounded by other ashrams. The courtyard is filled with tropical plants in ...
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... no police or fire engines - Indians standing around watching trying to get closer. Finally the driver gets to turn the car around and we find another route. Phew!
Finally make it to Rishikesh 7 hrs later and as I get to my guesthouse (run by a fantastic English lady Charlotte @ Seventh Heaven) a bunch of canadian women come home and tell us there is a wild elephant on the rampage and its stomped over a shop.
... but watching the parade go by was worth it.
The city is about 4 hours from the China (to the north) and Nepal (to the east) boarder and is the most wild place that we have been to thus far. After getting through the parade we soon found out that we had arrived right in the middle of a festival of some sort. There must have been over 100,000 people roaming the streets shops and lining up on the Ganga River ...
... pedestrians, motorbikes and monkeys, making crossing them an entertaining, if unnerving experience.
Rishikesh became famous after the Beatles stayed in an ashram there and it has since been styled as the "yoga capital of the world". There are countless styles of yoga and meditation offered but the “laughing yoga” class we heard every night sounded especially ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking