30 Days in Rishikesh and Uttaranchal
Trip Start Mar 19, 2007
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The bus ride to get to Rishikesh was a bright and colourful display of Orange!
This was a time of the annual Shiva festival where laks (100,000's) of Shiva followers did there yearly pilgrimage daily over a span of two weeks. Walking, hitching rides, buses rickshaws and anyway shape or form the die hards travel a route of over 400KM to reach various stages of the Ganga River, the start of Civilization, Creation and Mankind in the World according to Hindi religion. The gathering of Holy water was taken back to villages for luck and prayers while tonnes of paper scales were thrown in the River.
After finally leaving the Delhi Bus Terminal only 3 hours late in soggy Monsoon heat it was a pleasant sound to hear the engine turn over and to get on our way
However the bus idled 200 feet and stopped for an hour to load more Orange decorated Men with paper scales for Ganga river on the roof on the back of the bus and even under the tires if there was room.
Stopping every 30 minutes to pick more and more people up this average bus with a North American Standard of lets say 50 adults was stacking over 80 easily.Then when the Monsoon hit the bus stopped and there was quite comfortably about 3 Men for every seat.
I was glad my window didn't close so the Monsoon rain hitting my face hardly fazed me while the joyous singing of the same song kept me up and happily awake for the 13 hour ride through the night.
Now the remainder of the next couple weeks was great due to the low season of tourists i was able to see the best Yoga instructor and no-one else was in the class it was private lessons twice a day for about $4 take that one Yaletown!
Meeting some great people and a fellow Krazy from Kanadian from Montreal Samuel i rented a 350CC Royal Enfield Motorbike and drove up to Gangatri for the trek up to Gomuk, the mouth of the Cow that the Ganga flows from
The 300KM trip took 4 days due to mudslides,rock slides,tree slides, foot deep mud for 10K stretches at a time, waterfalls on the road, going up and down one lane roads with 12inch loose rocks for a road while massive tourist buses waited at every sharp turn
The Juice was Worth the Squeeze!
Gomuk was a 42 long Glacier blue and gushing out life from its mouth.
Of course it would just be a road trip if me and Sam didn't get lost on the Glacier in the middle of no-where with no guide,water,food,or clothing.
Feels good coming back alive. Which is probably why i was able to reach Spiritual Salvation in Topovan and trekkin up to Sky Pond, the only Holy Ground that i have been to so far that i would call a Magical Place on this Earth.
My vocabulary is not vast enough in any language to explain the feeling there.
The trip back me and Sam burned the hills and made it back in a record 11 hours. As good as any rabid local could have made it.
Since arriving back and eating three whole hot meals a day, a head cold nestled in my face and has been my close friend for a week.
Doesn't stop me from making a huge decision(coming soon) and of course getting out every day.
More to follow.