A Day In Rishikesh

I was up – down – at Rishikesh last week. Rishikesh is about 250-300 km north of Delhi, and is at the foothills of the Himalayan Ranges. This is the place where the Ganges River actually meets the plains. The rive is called the Bhagirathi, and then it reaches the plains. So, I went up for a day, to do something of an intensely…

Uttarakhand – 6. Departure

Finally, sadly, the day to leave arrived. We were sad, very sad. A few hours of driving in the hills before we descended into the heat of the plains, homeward bound. We drove past the route that we had taken up – Ramgarh, Bhowali, Bhimtal, Kathgodam, and we would be on the plains. Driving down, we stopped on the highway, looking over at Bhimtal….

Uttarakhand – 4. Bhowali. The Pristine And The Ugly

When I was a kid growing up in Nainital, we used to walk to Bhowali for our Grade 5 and 6 picnic. Bhowali, via a short cut was 7-9 kilometers from Nainital, and this was considered a gentle enough walk for young toddlers like ourselves who were 10 or 11 years old at the time. The first time around, I groaned and moaned at…

Uttarakhand -3. Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar, in Uttarakhand, is a beautiful place. It is in Nainital District, in Uttarakhand, in India. The name literally means “Abode of Shiva”. The town got it’s name from an old temple, Mukteshwar Dham, that is about 350 years old. I did not get to see the temple. Sadly, we had very little time when we were there. We left a bit late, and…

Uttarakhand 2. A Day In Satauli

We had finally reached Satauli. I have to say that we were dog tired, after a roughly 12 hour drive. Now, if you are driving in Europe, the journey would have probably taken us 4 hours less, but the roads in India are not great; and, what the hell? We were in no rush to get there. We stopped a couple of times for…

Into Uttarakhand – 1. Departure

We left Delhi a few months ago, to get away into the hills of India. We had done a similar trip last year, when we went to Simla. Sadly, my camera was packed away at that time, and I was forced to take photos only with my mobile phone. These photos were also taken with my mobile phone! We left early in the morning,…

Flowers In The Rain

“To See The World In A Grain Of Sand Heaven In A Wild Flower To Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand And, Eternity In An Hour” While I may have made a mistake in quoting the brilliant opening lines of “The Auguries Of Innocence”, these lines often stay with me. A couple of months back, I spent four days in the hills…