Friday, July 3, 2009

Day 116 - July 2 - Haridwar and Rishikesh

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Dr. Raman was kind enough to drive me along with his Maasiji and kids to Haridwar and Rishikesh. I had missed these places as i had taken the other route to Dehradun going via Mussoorie.

The places were like 50-60 KMs from Dehra dun so we started late morning. Had to negotiate lot of traffic as this highway is a hub of piligrimage traffic. Things eased out a bit after taking a turn towards Haridwar. Had visited haridwar long time back when i was a kid and hardly remember anything from then. So this was an new place all together to me.

Beautiful roads in through forest reserve towards Haridwar...


Some people by the road...


Any one want's a new bike?


Beautiful road with lot of traffic...


A bottleneck in the road. A overbridge is being built...


Are they thanking because we will give 4 Rs more on petrol now?


It was becoming a great drive...





This is not done.. Was looking for Super delux toilet!!


In Haridwar, walking through the crowded streets.


The flash was a bit too much. Kumkum for all....


Walking over a bridge on River Ganga, to the Haridwar town...


Dum maro Dum!!


Place to take holy dip...





A big ceremony going on...


The future is so involving that they hardly noticed me taking their picture!!


The town side of the river Ganga...


There is lot of current in the water...


The chains are for peole whose loose ground and save themselves from getting washed away....


But some experts use them as swings!!


The cows and Bulls in Holy places are all well fed!!


Walking through the narrow market streets of Haridwar. It was hot, humid and also great fun...


Rabadi any one?


Mouth watering Pickles!


Holy chaos....


Lot of devotees...


No comments...


An old couple on piligrimage i guess...


Dr Raman :)


Me there...


Haridwar's Clock tower...


Going to touch the water of River Ganga...


Maasiji giving daan...


The girls at it...


Getting out some old cloths to give it to the needy...


Huge Shiva statue with a statue of Swami Vivekananda below...


Rajaji National Park...


Entereing Rishikesh...


A Gurudwara in the town...


Narrow streets leading to Lakshman Jhoola, Strangly many shops were closed and the holy place not much crowded.


The Famous Lakshman Jhoola...





Monkey business...


Me there...


Desi speedo boat session happening on River Ganga....


The main Temple at Rishikesh...


Street junk food... Yummy...


Biscuit Bekary wheels!!


On the other side of Lakshman Jhoola...


The river Ganga...


Crossing back....


Pretty much commercialised, there was even a jerman bekary!!


Fantastic roads back towards Dehradun...

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