Thursday, November 28, 2013

Undiscovered Simli, Uttarakhand - A photo Essay


Even an hour away from the chaotic New Delhi is a blessing and when you get to enjoy an entire weekend far away from the smelly, crowded and the chaotic Capital, it’s worth doing a twerk, though I would prefer a mamacita twerking rather than me.

Way to Simli


Numb butt! Totally worth the pain.

Travelling not just about visiting places with world famous monuments, it’s the opportunity we get to meet people from different cultures and experiencing new lifestyles. Most of the times we missed out the real purpose of travelling as we are too engage in exploring places that are too tourist refined. Thus, my journey to the ‘Land of the Gods’, and my romance with the Himalayas starts from Simli, a small settlement in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.


View from the road above

Pindar River

Pindar River - How I Envy those people with a house right on the river banks


The icy cold water of Pindar River


A slice of heaven for everyone looking for serenity, it’s really a wonder that a place as peaceful as Simli is located just 15 hours from the chaotic New Delhi and around 7 hours from Rishikesh. The trip is very tiring, but the first view of the mountains as you leave the plains behind and start your climb up, that’s when you realize, the numbness in my butt is worth.

View from the terrace


Looks like the hill is smoking up



Simli is a not even a town, it’s like a small settlement with not more than 75 houses with a population of around 400 to 500. It’s among one of the most secluded places in the country yet with all the amenities of the modern world. Unfortunately for most travelers, Simli is better treated as a day trip as the settlement does not have any sorts of hotels or guesthouse.



The magnificent view of the mountains from the terrace, the gushing sound of the icy cold river in the backyard of the house and the fresh air which I assume might even have healing power because of the purity; Simli just got listed in my top ten destinations in India.


View of Simli with the majestic mountains in the background


The most convenient way to reach Simli is by train from Delhi to Haridwar and from there you can catch a local bus. If you want to head straight from New Delhi, take a bus from Anand Vihar bus station. Since getting an accommodation in Simli is a big NO, try to book a hotel in Karanpryag, located around an hour from Simli. Karanpryag is the main market town for the area and the only place close enough to Simli where you can get a hotel.

  

Next stop - the untouched Bainital

Thursday, October 31, 2013

10 THINGS INDIA DOES BETTER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE

Nothing irritates me more than deleting those spam emails every single day. I really don’t want to Increase the size of my wiener with your no side effect miracle drugs, if there is really a way to earn $5000 everyday from home, why the hell are you doing trying to sell your video or maybe you have earned enough cash that you have all the time in the world to spam around. Mr. Nigerian Prince, am seriously not interested in sharing your wealth of some million $. Even if there are bored housewives near my house looking for a good time, am honestly not interested. I know how they look and most of their husbands must be facing a tough time trying to differentiate the boobs and the many stomach flips. But the Miracle drug for breast enhancement sounds kind of interesting, maybe I should get one for my girl. Overall, spam emails are just freaking irritating.
Anyway, coming to the point, recently someone I know shared this article and I thought you guys might want to read.

FYI: This article was written by Monisha Rajesh and I think its published somewhere here: visit www.cnnasiapacific.com


Trying to decode the many variations of the head bobble:

Figuring out what grammatically bizarre "Indianisms" actually mean. 
Marveling at how creamy, delicious kulfi manages to stay so cold in summer.
That's probably what the 7 million tourists to India wonder each year as they flock to the country of 1.2 billion people.
Just for them, here's a list of ways India outshines the rest of the world.

Image soure: http://funnyindianpicz.blogspot.in/2011_10_01_archive.html
1. Barbers

In India, a simple hair cut is anything but.
Barbers will take their scissors to wayward eyebrows, tufts of ear hair and nostrils.
That's just the beginning.

Once the customer is shorn, wet-wiped and toweled off, barbers begin a firm head, neck and shoulder massage, which can descend into facial slapping and skull-pounding known as "champi," which is where the word "shampoo" comes from.

Be warned: their signature move is a swift neck crack, which can come as a shock to first-timers.

2. Enterprising street vendors
India's street vendors sell the usual wares, from fake DVDs to earrings to bags of masala popcorn and roasted peanuts.

But there's also ear-cleaning, street dentistry and pavement astrology.

Vendors possessing the presence of mind to seize any opportunity -- last year when Starbucks opened in Mumbai, the queues were so long, a tea-vendor set up shop outside and sold his wares to waiting customers.


3. Old world train travel
This year marks 160 years since the birth of Indian Railways, which carries more than 20 million passengers a day along 65,000 kilometers of track.

Thundering through cities, inching past villages, snaking along coastlines and climbing mountains, the network of toy trains, luxury trains, Shatabdi speed trains and commuter trains is lovingly known as "the lifeline of a nation."

In terms of safety, however, there's still far to go, owing to the trains' decrepit state, unmanned crossings and lack of government attention.

Tip: travelers should choose the new derailment-proof Duronto trains -- there's no better way to see the country.

4. Notorious celebrities
Hollywood stars have nothing on Bollywood stars when it comes to entourages, paparazzi and fanatic followings.

They might endorse skin-lightening creams, produce terrible films and become embroiled in one scandal after another, but almost nothing can't dim their stardom.

Current fave Sunny Leone -- a former pediatric nurse trainee in Orange Country turned porn star and now mainstream actress -- is the most searched celebrity on the Internet, racking up 35 million searches in India this year.

5. Accessorizing
From Hyderabad pearls to Jaipuri gems, intricate Indian jewelry is coveted the world over, and local women are usually dripping in it.

In the markets in Rajasthan, maids sweep temples and Rabari tribeswomen in Gujarat effortlessly carry buckets, mop floors and balance heavy loads -- all while wearing five-inch diameter nose rings, toe-rings, glass bangles to the elbow and gold necklaces swinging by their bellies.

6. Comfort food
image Source http://www.fun2video.com/funny-indian-passenger/
From Mumbai's Mohammed Ali Road for kebabs to Amritsar's Lawrence Road for Makhan Fish, India's addictive food leaves no room for worries over waistlines.

Steaming chicken kathi rolls, crunchy sweet and sour bhel puri or creamy lassi from even the starkest of roadside shacks are bewilderingly tasty and satisfying.

7. Gesticulating
India has more than 800 dialects, but it's the head-shaking and wrist-flicking gestures that are the most dramatic means of communication and an inherent part of an Indian's genetic makeup.

In South India, pointing a thumb toward the mouth can mean anything from "what do you want?" to "have you eaten?"

To make matters more confusing, Indians will often shake their heads from right to left to signify that they are, in fact, following what you're saying and agreeing, rather than disagreeing.



8. Obsessing over cricket
When the British left India, they left two real legacies: the railways and cricket.

Not just the preserve of the upper classes wearing club ties, drinking Pimms and eating cucumber sandwiches, cricket in India is a way of life, enjoyed by every class, age and sex, while cricketers are revered as gods.

Watching a live Indian Premier League match is a night time floodlit spectacle featuring semi-clad cheerleaders, fog horns, fireworks in the crowds, drummers and, of course, with a brand value of just less than $3 billion, a lot of extravagantly rich cricket players.

9. Festivals
With so many religions and cultures existing side by side in India, it's rare for a week to go by without some sort of celebration.

Indians will normally extend invitations to anyone and everyone from next door neighbors to stray travelers who they may have met that morning on a train.

It's wise to bring along a change of clothes when invited to share mutton biryani during Eid or set off Lakshmi banger fireworks in the street at Diwali or be doused in colored water during Holi, the festival of spring.

  
10. Cities in the mountains
India's cities in the mountains, or "hill stations," are walkers' havens.

Less well known than other hill stations, Matheran is one of many we love.

Hidden between the jungle-topped Sahyadri hills 80 kilometers east of Mumbai, it was originally used by the British to escape the Bombay heat, and is free from fume-spewing vehicles while being accessible on horseback, on foot or by the narrow-gauge toy train that trundles along tiny tracks.

Recommended: picnicking on Charlotte Lake, lookouts at Celia Point and chikki (a sweet made from groundnuts and jaggery) at Nariman Chikki Mart.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

CNN Premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown –Sicily

  


Finding the ‘Istituto Italiano di Cultura’ was quite a task, which I realized after reaching the venue that it was part of the Embassy of Italy and worse was it was just ten minutes walking distance from my house. I should be exploring more places around me.


If you love watching travel shows, it’s tough that you have never come across Anthony Bourdain. There are tons of travel shows which focuses on different cuisine of the world but what separates his show from the rest is his genuine love for food which is pretty evident from his lick clean plates and his willingness to taste everything no matter how adventurous it may be. His show does not only focus on the food, he also gives importance to the history of the place, the culture, plus the process involved in choosing and collecting the ingredients needed to cook that specific dish. Afterall, every dish has a story to tell. It’s not just about the food; the show will take you on a tour of the place.
  
The latest Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown –Sicily will take you through the serpentine stone cobbled streets of Catania in Sicily to snorkeling amongst almost-frozen, dead octopuses, from chucking down some really delicious grilled horse meat to exploring the chaotic fish and meat market. The best was when they slaughter a pig, how they skin the pig, collected the blood in a bucket for the sausage and how the liver was cooked in olive oil and wine. This reminded me of my small lazy hometown, where every December, just a week before Christmas we would lay down a little piggy and the whole family would come over for lunch.

Following him along the gorgeous landscape of Sicily and watching him savoring delicious food, it’s really tough not to fantasize a vacation over there. What was tougher was, my brian was shooting images of the movie ‘The GodFather’, after all Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone did spend a good amount of time here in Sicily in the movie.

The Sicily edition is really entertaining, but I should warn you that the scene of the pig slaughter, blood and free conversation without filters might tick off the more uptight viewers. But who are we kidding! Honesty and straight to the point attitude are the trademarks that make Anthony Bourdain show unique from the lot.

You can catch all the exciting stories, adventures and the amazing cuisine every Friday at 19:30 IST on CNN International.

For more details visit: http://edition.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown


Did I mention that the spread over at the premiere was quite decent. The Cookies were yummy! 

P.s: The show ended very abrupt, I hope the guy handling the projector did not do anything stupid because the moment the projector went blank I looked at him and I saw this look that you give out only when you screw up something. Just a thought though!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the World's Largest Democracy

The ideology of Democracy is great. The rich feel safe knowing that the government won’t snatch their wealth away, while it provides hope to the poor as it preaches equality for everyone projecting a ray of anticipation that they have a chance to climb the social ladder.

Communism is even greater than Democracy as it promises a classless, moneyless and stateless social structure. Though Communism might scare the rich while the poor rejoice at the thought of an equal social structure yet the 1.4 billion homeless Chinese and the 7 million undernourished North Koreans might not agree with the classless, moneyless and whatever ideology.

Democracy and communism are two completely different political ideology but with one aim, for the betterment of the people and the society. Maybe it might have worked out back then but somewhere down the line, something very terrible happened or else 70 million Indian won’t be homeless in a country which believes in the 'Government of the people, by the people, for the people'.

Equality in most cases is for the rich and the powerful. Especially when you live in a country like India, you realize that more often. In the world’s largest democracy, you can get away with most crime if you have enough to pay for it. When it comes to becoming a leader of the state, a criminal record can’t do a damn in the world’s largest democracy. Just some months ago, in a certain state in the North East region of the country, a certain cabinet minister was caught with illegal firearms, good enough to start a small militant group and cash large enough to feed the entire state for weeks. This happened just some days before the election. Though the minister had to spend the night in the police station but won the election and now he is a member of the cabinet. This is just one instance out of the thousands.

Article 14 of the Constitution reads: “The state shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India". I guess, in the world’s largest democracy, though the equality before the law is very strongly documented but it does not apply to the rich and the powerful. But what if it was you or me, would the state still treat us with the same leniency.

The World’s largest Democracy spend crores of Rupees to calm the internal chaos that is spreading, while some leaders blames foreign hand behind the countless of militant groups breeding in the country but can it be possible that it all started because the State failed to enforce the Articles 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Constitution of India.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Land of the Dalai Lama, Weird T-Shirts, Yoga & Meditation in McLeod Ganj

The sun was shying down with its last rays drawing a weak shadow over the ever dominant Dhauladhar Mountains. I have seen this sight more than enough but I have never been this captivated by sun’s light works over the majestic mountains. Maybe it was because, I know that it will be months or even years before I step foot in the land of the Dalai Lama.


Bhagsu Waterfall


McLeod Ganj was established as a cantonment/ a summer retreat by the British Raj, though the Raj have left the country it still is a Military Training Camp and a popular weekend getaway spot from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. This tiny heaven was awakened by hordes of Tibetan fleeing their country after the failed uprising of 1959 against the Communist Party of China. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama took asylum in the magnificent Dhauladhar Range along with his entourage. The Dalai Lama established the Government of Tibet in exile in 1960, making McLeod Ganj his official residence. Today, it’s known as ‘Little Lhasa’ and from the many posters of Lhasa hanging in almost all the restaurants and Tibetan owned business here, it does look like a miniature version of Lhasa.

Namgyalma Stupa

 Strolling through the streets of McLeod Ganj, it’s almost impossible to ignore, how much the Tibetans are hungry for freedom. The amount of t-shirts, bags, blankets, posters and even smoking pipes and bongs with ‘FREE TIBET’ on it makes it more evident that they are dying for a revolution that will set them free. Some shops have picture of that guy who set himself on fire in New Delhi as a protest against the visit by the Chinese president. Everything in this small settlement screams of freedom, to live in their country without someone controlling their sovereignty, which I believe is everyone’s right.

Monastery Inside Namgyalma Stupa


As I try to recline my seat, I can’t stop thinking whether I have I seen it all here or did I miss anything out?  But the loud Bollywood songs coming from the mobile phone two seats behind me, the giggling of the newly married couples right next to my seat  and  the smell of the jasmine hair oil from the newly bride won’t let me concentrate. I’ve trekked all the way up to Triund, explored the entire town on foot, visited the main Tibetan Monastery, took a cab down to Namgyalma Stupa and even saw a guy slipping to the pool right below the Bhagsu waterfall but something kept on bugging me that I have missed out something.

View of Triund 

I have never been that much into mediation, in fact I’ve always considered mediation as something where you learn how to sleep sitting but then I meet this software engineer from New Delhi who took a ten days mediation course in a Tibetan Monastery. Looking at him, I can sense that he was in peace with himself. I can make it out from his eyes and his voice, though I have not ruled out the idea that he might be a good faker or a really good actor. As he told how amazing the whole experience was, people from different walks of life, from different parts of the globe signing up for peace, answer to problems, plus some hippies just because it’s ‘very Exotic Eastern’ or may be to spread their smell to the area.


View of McLeod Ganj from Upper Dharamkot

The ten days journey to peace as according to him was eye opening and it was not an easy task to achieve. Complete silence for ten days, no smoking, alcohol or any kind of recreational drugs, though smokers were allowed to go off the monastery for a quick smoke. Restriction was not only on how one behaves but also on diet. Meals were boiled or steamed, no meat, no spice nor oil and it does make sense as diarrhea and constipation would make the whole silent meditation concept almost impossible.


Triund

Talking to him about the whole ten days experience kept me thinking; maybe I need something like this in my life, maybe this is why I feel like I’ve missed something here in McLeod Ganj because I’ve seen thousands of flyers and posters advertising about yoga and meditation. Maybe I needed this but that was when reality kicked in like a mother. I have a job and bills to pay. If I think with a clear mind, 99% of my problems can be solved with money. I don’t need meditation, I need money and my only solution is to work hard.

Yeah, I did really left something up there, my underwear and a shirt in the hotel.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Delhi, A Rapist Haven

Everytime I hear the line ‘India is an upcoming Superpower’; I dive into a divine state of utter speechlessness. I would love to see India as a Superpower nation but it looks like an impossible dream. We have only three problems, Economy, Political and social and the day our government figures a way to deal with these small three problems, nothing can stop from becoming a superpower nation.

Right now the entire nation is flooded in deep shit. India can’t be more unstable than now. We have tons of militant groups roaming freely collecting tax from the public in the North-Eastern states, the Central India is a full on war zone with the Naxalites and their communist ideology fuelled angry tribal who can’t seem to understand that Communism is kind of unpractical and does not really apply to the modern world. The ideology was built for the benefit of some fortunate few because if it was realistic then millions of people in North Korea and China won’t live in extreme poverty while some handful have access to all the wealth. Communism to me is just a fancy word for dictatorship. But again these tribal don’t either benefit anything from our so-called world largest democratic government so what the heck, which Ideology they prefer to follow. To the west we have our beloved neighbour, Pakistan ever ready to attack us and our only response is, if you attack us we won’t play cricket with you. That picture of our dear Prime Minister saying ‘if you attack us we won’t play cricket with you’ can’t be less feigned. In the Eastern region we have thousands of Bangladeshi refugees coming in everyday as if we already don’t have an overpopulation problem. Let’s not forget about China.

Okay, I get it. We have some minor problems disciplining our citizens and making friendship with neighbouring countries but right now, I feel that newspapers filled with news about crime against women is what we should be really worried. I am not suggesting that we should warn the newspapers to stop publishing such news; but find a solution to stop such news from happening. Maybe we all can join together and try to do something, even if not for the safety of the women but as a protest against newspapers and news channels for giving more importance to advertisement than news.

Image Source: Channel NewsAsia
As Indian we can adapt in any situation and the thing that I am most scared is; we might just get used to
it. Let this become a part of our life, something like bribery and how common and easy it is for us to give or take bribes to get things done. Looking at what’s happening around me and how people are reacting, we are not that far away from reaching that point.

As any normal human being we try to find someone or something to blame for our misfortunes and when it’s Crime against women, the Police seem to be the unfortunate ones at the receiving end. Since I have very less knowledge about other cities, I will refer to Delhi NCR. Delhi Police is not the most honest or competent police force in the world but compared to other states I personally fell that Delhi Police is doing their job. Delhi with its population and the easy access from UP and Haranaya, it’s not an easy task securing the city. They are paid for that but come on; they are just normal human beings like you and me. They cannot give personal protection to every single woman in the city. But again, the recent incident in Noida where that unfortunate girl got gang raped by 5 guys in which there were two police, it’s really tough to come to a conclusion on how the police is going to protect the public.

I feel that Delhi high rate of Crime against Women is not because of Delhi Police’s failure to do their job. I feel that it’s because we, the citizens have failed to educate our children and failed to show our children how to respect women. The social system of the city and its citizen is rotten from the bottom to the top. We don’t have any moral values. It’s not rare to see a 5 years old kid calling his grandpa a Mother Fu**** or Sister FU****.

Even though India may be screwed from almost every possible way, like a girl in a hardcore porn movie, yet am glad that I am a citizen of this country and I still have my ‘Freedom of expression’ . Because if I were a citizen of a God forsaken communist countries like China or North Korea, I would be dead before publishing this post.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Life is an Irony Bitch - A collection of Real Life Stories


Life is a freaking irony bitch and she sure knows how to entertain herself. Unfortunately most of her humor ends in a WTF moment for us. But again she knows how to have fun. Right now my life is like a factory where fresh warm ironies are manufactured and the factory does not only produces these fresh ironies for me, the people around me seem to be getting their daily supply of irony.

Life is an Irony Bitch - 1

I have this very close friend of mine from school, madly in love with a girl but this chick started dating another dude before my buddy could make his move. After waiting for around three years my buddy decided to date another girl. Just as he starts dating, the chick he was waiting to be single got dumped. Seeing a window of opportunity my friend broke up with his girlfriend. But again, the girl got back with her guy and they got engaged within a week. Now this buddy of mine is single, depressed, lonely and maybe a little bit horny too.

Life is an Irony Bitch – 2

My uncle got engaged with this amazing girl and just four months to the wedding he noticed a small bald spot in the middle of his head. As a man who waited for years for this day he wanted everything to be perfect so he consulted one of those guys who sell ayurvedic medicines (BTW ayurvedic medicines are Indian traditional medicine made of herbs and roots).  Every morning I would see him apply this medicine mixed in coconut hair oil. After a month, the medicine starts working. Within three months, my uncle was almost bald with only 10% of his precious hair in his mirror like head. A week before the wedding, his friend, family and his to be bride contributed what he should do. The idea of a hat or a wig was the most popular but in the end he decided to shave off the remaining 10% hair and got married.

Life is a Bitch – 3 (WTF Moment - 1)

Not so long ago, our neighbourhood was haunted by a crazy monkey who would swing his way inside people’s home, steal their food, mess up the kitchen and at times bit people too. It was around first of June my friend was taking his afternoon nap when this crazy son of a monkey marched inside his flat. My friend tried to chase the monkey out but end up wrestling the monkey. The monkey did not only win the match but he also bit my friend before walking out like a brave warrior. That afternoon he went to get some injection because he was scared that the bite might turn him into some kind of a superhero, maybe something like Monkey Man with powers to swing cables from flat to flat, violently play with his junk in public. The doctor gave him some very expensive injections and just as he steps out of the clinic he got bite by a stray dog, though no further injections were required.

Life is a Bitch – 4 (WTF Moment – 2)

Alcohol is great. It brings out the real ‘us’. Recently in our weekly drinking session, a friend invited a guy new to the group who moved near my home. This dude told us the most amazing life experience story. One night he was giving it to his wife real good (doggy style) and out of nowhere his super cute 4 years old son came from behind and grab his balls and asked, ‘Dad what is this’!!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Photo Essay Of North India

I have said it before and I'll say it again! Its almost impossible to get bored in India, if you travel with an open mind. I agree, India is not the easiest country to explore but if you built the patience to overcome the crowd, the smell, the cows and the occasional jerks, its an amazing country.  The country has little bit of everything and even though I have not explored the entire country yet but am very happy with whatever little traveling I have done.

For fellow travelers and all the aspiring travelers checking this post from your office, here are some pictures I have clicked in the past few months. Hope this will inspire you to see the world:


A Monkey Taking a Nap inside Amer Fort 


Inside Amer Fort in Jaipur


View From Amer Fort


Amer Fort Jaipur


Entrance to Red Fort, New Delhi



View from Red Fort, Delhi


Somewhere in Delhi


Inside Red Fort, Delhi


Offering Prayers in the River Ganga in Rishikesh


The ever Gorgeous River Ganga

River Ganga in Rishikesh. River Ganga is the holiest River for Hindus


Meditating by the River Ganga in Rishikesh 


Hindu Devotees Offering Prayers in the River Ganga in Rishikesh


Rishikesh - Isn't it breathtaking!!

Describing India in words would not do justice to the awesomeness of the country. If it wasn't for all the amazing pictures shared by fellow traveler bloggers I would have never even bothered to enjoy the little traveling I have done. According to my experience, traveling is very addictive.The more you travel, the more you want to travel. Now I have this uncontainable urge to travel and the first destination on my list is Vietnam to visit Sapa and Bac Ha  to soak in the rich culture of the ethnic hill tribe, cruising the Mekong and riding a motorbike through Route 13 in Laos, and Las Vegas to feel the rush from bungee jumping at the top of the Stratosphere and the T-Tower. I am looking forward to complete and add them on my achievement list very soon.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

River Rafing in Rishikesh - Riding the Rapids of the Scared Ganga



Okay, Okay, Okay, I admit! Am a bad blogger. My last post was more than two months ago. I totally understand if any hot chicks out there wants to spank me. Though I have my reasons but why don't you spank me first and I'll explain why I have been away for so long. 

Honestly, I've been really caught up in my work lately and though I have promised,  not to get sucked into the corporate world but it seems the more I try, the more i get involved. Some of my wanna be neo- hippie buddies started calling me a corporate slut, but hey! I  have a job and it pays well and I don't smell like a bag of rotten 'you know what'.  

Coming back to the main topic: Rishikesh is and will always be one of my favorite holiday destinations in India. I know, you won't get alcohol or non-veg but still I'll list it in my top destinations in India. Most tourist destinations in India comes with just one theme, like Agra for Taj Mahal, Delhi for its Perverts and Jaipur for its forts and palaces, but Rishikesh is a blend of so many things; the mystical feel of the century old temples and the evening pooja's, the chaotic mix of sadhu baba's, tourists, pilgrims along the monkey infected somewhat scary Ram Jhula and ofcourse the river rafting, kayaking and the endless hiking and trekking trails. This unique blend is what makes Rishikesh so perfect.

Recently some really fortunate souls got to ride the rapids of the gorgeous Ganga River. Am sure the pictures will be enough to describe how awesome river rafting in Rishikesh is!. 















The Camping Area





































I almost forgot to mention... Its freaking cheap to spend a weekend in Rishikesh, especially if you are visiting from Delhi.

Bus ride on a Volvo is  1000 Rupees one way
Camping + rafting + meal (Dinner and Breakfast) + insanely boring beach volley balls + Camp Fire is around 1600 Rupees per person.