Rishikesh to Mana, Uttarakhand Ch.9 Oct.13-14

We all woke up around 3:30-4:00. Nitin and two motorcycles were waiting for us as we turned a corner onto the main street a half hour later. With Quentin and I having no experience handling motorbikes we rode in the back. Justin had practised with Nitin for only a few hours before he took on…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

After withdrawing some money, I met up with Q to go and spend some. We ate lunch and headed for the beach in late afternoon as the sun was setting. We arrived just as the sun had dipped below the mountains. Walking the beach has been making me all the more excited for soon to…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

After food, Quentin and I made the long walk to an ATM before we head out tomorrow for 8 days of trekking. Soon after we began we lost each other in the crowds of moving people. Along the way I paused a couple of times. After watching the horses (they might have been mules) I…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.7 Oct.11

Last night was a bit of a late one so waking up this morning was little harder and a lot slower. Justin was already up and out the door when Q and I finally emerged from sleep. We headed to grab breakfast closer to lunchtime than we would have liked. Decided we’d sit out on…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.6 Oct.9

I spent the morning running around with Quentin looking for an ATM that would work; we tried four different banks with no success. Finally Justin who had been looking for one up the hill from us, gave word of a prospect. The result was many a rupee and one elated Q. Between the street dogs,…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.5 Oct.8

We arrived at the beach around 3:15 in the afternoon. We walked down the sandy bank of the Ganges amongst big boulders and rocks. The sand was very fine, speckled with flecks of mica making it gleam in the sun. We sat down in the shade of a cave. The crevice was hollowed out of…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.5 Oct.8

We didn’t end up leaving for the waterfall until around 2:00pm. Nitin thought it might be too far a walk to get back from the fall before dark. So we decided instead to go check out his favourite beach which is a little closer. Along the way I stopped a few times for what I…