"Grace of the GOD or the sheer charm of this place", Well in my case both. This was my another trip, yet again with a difference. This visit was long due, I am happy to visit Neelkanth again. This time was with my 2 friends who have came all the way from South Korea. It was different experience for them, getting in touch with the Hinduism culture - our Value System and Beliefs.
The best thing to keep you charged during trekking and for providing instant Energy - "BANANAS". I spotted a vendor selling bananas. With all excitement I took the bananas, only to realize myself surrounded with bunch of monkeys with no time.
Looks like a sketch out of artist's Canvas.
Neelkanth shrine was around the corner, it did not took more to reach there. We had to stand in the line for about an hour as there was a huge crowd of devotees. rains had also started to make its presence felt in good way. If I would have been in Delhi, I would have surely looked for a shelter, but here it was a pleasure.
We met an Israeli couple, being Jews they would not spend/ use electronic equipments on Saturdays. Every religion has its believes...we should respect every religion. That is the teaching we can take back from Rishikesh. Finally it was the time for some souvenirs, we checked in a number of local shops to buy Kurta, which is also the traditional India dress.
After a walk of half an hour, we returned to our hotel and settled for a night of sleep. We started early morning next day for Delhi, however our hearts were still in Rishikesh.
Brief halt at Baba Ramdev Ashram for Breakfast did not let the enthusiasm come down. Everyone should visit the Ashram , renowned for Spirituality. While visiting Rishikesh, we have to go through Haridwar and it is not worth neglecting.
This was one of the most amazing and adventurous trip I ever had. I am calling my friends to visit India again, we will again have such a trip. Come soon before we get all the white hairs on our heads....