Photo Travelogue :
Read first part - Here!
I got up dead early the next morning. I had not made any prior hotel reservations in Rishikesh, So, I needed plenty of time at hand, during daytime, to go ashram/dharamshala/hotel searching. I wanted to do beach-camping, but then with being the Monsoon season, there was no hope. Beach Camping happens before July and after Sept, as the river then gets flooded with the fast currents ( during monsoons ), when its quite dangerous to set camp there. Rishikesh is also famous for White water-rafting, but that plan would have to wait for some time ( not this particular trip ). I reached the ISBT bus-stop, that's just opposite the Haridwar Railway Station, so hardly 3 mins walk from my hotel. As I went to the counter to enquire about my bus, they said one had already left. However, just then ( before my hopes dashed ) I heard some bus-conductor shouting 'Rishikesh-Rishikesh', I made a dash for it. It was packed and just leaving the gates. I managed to get a seat somehow. Phew! The journey from Haridwar to Rishkesh takes approx 45minutes. It takes the same route to Dehradun, before changing directions mid-way. So, part of the journey the visuals were same as I had seen earlier while going to Dehradun.
My Co-passengers :-) ( am I invading their privacy? :o )
For them it was a daily-travel route perhaps, but for me, it was the time of my life :D
and passing through the dense Rajaji National Park. Yeah, the highway passes right through it.
Entering Rishikesh....and Rishikesh Bus Stop, alas!
I reached Rishikesh by 10am and boy...was a long day waiting ahead! Stay tuned :-) The majestic Shivaliks had already pumped up my adrenaline 10 folds by then.
Address : Rishikesh Bus-Stop, Near Ram-Jhula.
Read next part - Here! Stay tuned for all my road, rail, flight, cruise & walk trips.
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