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Garhwal: Khirsu-Ukimath-Auli-Haridwar

December 2009

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Return to Haridwar

It was time to return – not mentally buy physically to our origin. The journey from Joshimath to Haridwar was to be the longest one in our trip. So an early start was planned and surprisingly we were on the road by 8 AM. But not before a golden yellow sunset on the rugged brown mountains in front of our hotel. Breakfast was at Nandaprayag – over some alu paratha and tea. The menu was same everywhere, but I never felt tired of it.

Foggy Haridwar

Foggy Haridwar

It was exceptionally cold at Nandaprayag and people (including us) huddled in parts of the road which was getting some sunlight. Our driver was getting restless by this time and his driving was suddenly transformed – from careful driving to rash driving. Obviously he was in a hurry to get back home. We crossed Karnaprayag on the way, but did not stop. Aheli was complaining, but the others were tired. While some slept through the journey and the others enjoyed, we were back in Haridwar in the evening, stopping for lunch at a roadside eatery and a big traffic snarl before entering Rishikesh.

On reaching Haridwar, we dumped our luggage in a shop and went hotel hunting. It was almost seven and after a long journey from Joshimath, everybody was tired. The first choice was Anand Bhavan dharmsala, but there was problem with hot water. The next choice were the hotels on Har-Ki-Pauri ghat, but they were too pricey (nothing below Rs 2500). After an hour of looking around, we zeroed down on Rajasthan Guest House having huge rooms at Rs 500/per night. Big clean rooms and toilets – very much meets our requirements.

Arati at Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar

Arati at Har-Ki-Pauri, Haridwar

After dinner in the adjacent ‘Masir Hotel’, we retired for the night. It was cold and taking refuge under the blankets was very comforting. The next day was spent on the ghats of Har-Ki-Pauri, shopping in the markets and a brief visit to Baba Ramdev’s place (not suggested, it looks like a luxury resort). In the evening we were just back in time for the arati on the banks of the Ganga. The arati was short, but enchanting. I have heard that the arati at Benaras is longer. Dinner was sweets and namkins. Although I am not too fond of sweets, these tasted different and I gorged on them – rabri, jalebis, pedas and gulab jamuns. All fresh and mouth watering…. It was then we could see the fog descending on Haridwar, dense fog that reduced visibility to less than a meter…
The next morning we were to leave for New Delhi early morning by train, before sunrise. It was the end of a wonderful and memorable trip. Though actually the end was not as sweet and Rajdhani reached Kolkata 24 hours late due to a series of accidents in North India, but that’s another story and I will not let it spoil the mood created by our wonderful journey.


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  2. kulwant singh said:

    this is very nice place.

    kulwant singh pundir
    Village Bhughani Pauri Garhwal

    Posted on July 8th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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  4. Savana said:

    Nice artlcie… It’s a pretty much upcoming trend. The only bad thing I feel about this is that there is too much of chaos and too many choices. Someone should come up with something different and convenient. In that sense, deal space is a nice attempt…

    Posted on February 5th, 2012 at 8:03 am

  5. Volni said:

    Oh, so wonderful to hear from you again Tina. We are also etixed about your travel to Dharamsala. Since four years we have about five people from our base living there and they are running a cafe and working with children in a refugee camp.Who knows you will bump into them!!We do hope you are well and healthy, but it seems like it reading your blog. Your travel friend who traveled with you from the beginning is now with you again?Roel and Astrid and I are in a few hours travelling to Uppsala. We will be with Harald and Anna-Karin and the kids for the weekens. Astrid is still working so we will only go at three. Hopefully she is not too tired as she can also take part of the driving.Well dear niece, we are still praying daily for you!Have you stopped reading the Bible after you got scared by Deuteronomy? Why not read the gospel of John! God truly loves you soooo much!And me too.LoveRosalie

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 9:05 am

  6. Reham said:

    I think it’s foolish to start so many hydel prceojt in the state and clearing the forest area for this thing,Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) are very right in their point.This whole thing will lead to considerable amount of forest loss, which is not right.Don’t destroy the ecosystem.Preserve nature for preserving humankind

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  7. Cattye said:

    i am looking at the eforft that went into taking this picture.The long days of train, bus & foot journeys, the sleeping in local rooms, and what all not ..joshi n v u u resemble a spirit full of freedom .. and the pic .. brilliant composition.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  8. Cindy said:

    Da! Beautiful snap! I have always weatnd to visit Hridwar. Lucky guy! There was a beautiful documentary of the ganges in Discovery travel and living. Beautiful take macha!

    Posted on October 25th, 2012 at 5:10 am

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