Traveling is an amazing way to learn a lot about yourself and the world too. Where you meet yourself. Traveling is like a blessing to me and to seek blessing I went to Rishikesh.
There is no greater beauty or charm than what we can find in nature, Rishikesh is a calm place, a small town situated in the state of Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the bank of river Ganga. Often referred to as the yoga capital of the world. This place is just not about nature but also sacred land, not just fresh air but you can breathe faith in the faith of devotees, and saints, you could breathe purification, and a sense of belonging.
Although the trip was an unplanned one but was most adventurous and fulfilling. Friends I am taking back to the cold night of December 2021.
On the evening of 23rd December from Jaipur, we left for Rishikesh, I and my friends made the plane a week ago so we went in our car. It was a 12-13 hour journey after which we reached Rishikesh. Though the way was smooth because of fog, it took a little extra time. All the bookings were done so we went straight to the hotel which was near the Ganga river, I could hear the water flowing and that seems quite pleasant.
I went to the room and straight to the window I was astonished, blue hues I felt this urge to just get lost in that which I could not frame a word for. Serenity is the tranquil balance of heart and mind. I heard this a lot but it felt that. I was too excited to visit and explore the place. We didn’t take a rest and went straight to the market and I saw people smiling and lost in peace. I wonder if this place has any magic spell, we went to Laxman jhula, a pure religious river Ganga that holds a lot of value in Hinduism. We all have heard to wash our sins we need to take a din in river Ganga but I think just a mere sight of it can do wonders, fresh water with pleasant air stones of the bed were gleaming sun shining upon water making it glittery, clean, calm water surrounding with big mountains as if they were protecting the river.
The next day we went river rafting, adventurous freezing water splashes evoked every bit of me rafting was fun after that we went for bungee jumping which was a breathtaking point, I think we always try such adventures as you feel alive or we can lay more to life, what do you think?
Last day of to trip we went to the shore and sat there realizing how easy it was to be free just like a river, flowing, paving ways through mountains but still calm. I will suggest everyone visit Rishikesh for once, when you leave the beautiful place you carry it with you where you go.
ANIRUDH SINGH CHAUHAN