Rishikesh, situated at an altitude of 365 m above the sea level, is a city which falls under the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand in Northern India . It's a holy city for Hindus and a famous centre of pilgrimage & river rafting for tourists. The name of this city is name after lord Vishnu in some way. The sacred river Ganga flows through this city. It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located about 25 kms away from Haridwar, we reached here at around 4.00 pm, was moderately hot, we hunted for accommodation, got a fair deal in a guest house, one spacious room for 800/- bucks (excluding food).
In Northern India, while traveling, I found out an experience of two seasons corresponding to lodging price rates viz; Off-season & On-season, these season doesn't correspond to nature but school/academic vacation, when visiting North-Indian places during academic vacations is considered to be an 'On-season' wherein the price rate shoots up twice/thrice in comparison to the deals & Hotel rates found in 'Off-season', this is when the academic institutions are not on vacations (summers/winters/semesters/terms). May be the same rule applies in other tourist places in India but am not sure. So, its best feasible to visit tourist places during 'Off-season' for cost effective purposes.
The next morning after a nice breakfast we headed for a famous spot in Rishikesh called 'Ram Jhula' & 'Lakshman Jhula', both the Jhula's are a very strong iron suspension bridges on
the Ganga river.
The Lakshman Jhula on The Ganga river, it is said that Lakshman crossed Ganga on jute ropes between the place where the bridge was rebuilt in 1939.
These ladies enjoyed the cold splashes of the Ganga river.... at one time, they both fell into the cold Ganga river deliberately, of course in shallow stream.
One uniqueness of the River Ganges, no matter how scorching the sun is, the water is very cold and the moment you dip your foot/feet into the river............. ahhhhh! relief from the heat.... feels like you're under a shaddy tree.
After we were through with the epic "Jhulas" & other sport, we headed to Shivpuri for river rafting, started our rafting from Shivpuri to NIM beach (16kms). We hired a raft for 3000/- bucks for 5 people, a normal raft generally has a seating capacity of 9-10 members with the guide along. The river rafting experience at Rishikesh was something which I'll cherish forever & ever. It was stupendously TERRIFIC to sway with the wild & infuriated waves. In this entire rafting we met around 5-6 nice wild rapids wherein your heart is out of your body when you hear the raging sound of the waves and when your raft stands almost vertical in the air not knowing what's next yet its just the zeal & passion for survival that you keep continuing to raft on and on..... a task to complete successfully in sync with the team, controlling over your fright & emotions..... Oh Boy! what an experience!
The first activity that we did when we hit the rafting point........ we plunged into the water.....oooohhhh! cold!
Our starting point........ The small shackles in green are the camps for the rafters, as seen from distant.
A common cheer " BOLO GANGA MAYA KI - 'JAI!' prevails & echoes in the Ganga..... Dunno, how many times Mother Ganga washed my face with the lullaby of the wild waves.