Places

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Mana, Uttarakhand
Subhai Village, Uttarakhand
Tungnath, Uttarakhand
  • Sungazing, Fruits & Blues Ch.17

    December 27, 2019 by

    For the first time the weeks leading up to Christmas I had no expectations or attachment to the coming date. So on the 25th it didn’t seem to hold any particular interest or significance. Strangely it was this tiny gecko that reminded me it was Christmas as I stopped by the apartment after breakfast. So… Read more

  • Jungles, Jangels & Landlords Ch.16

    December 18, 2019 by

    Time does not seem to work the same here as anywhere else. Arambol at this time of the season is by far the most high traffic traveller/backpacker hub I’ve been so far. Musicians, visual artists, fire spinners, jugglers, yogis and acrobats are swarming the area. Collaboration between artists is the foundation of the community here.… Read more

  • Mountains, Cities & Beaches Ch. 14

    December 4, 2019 by

    Rishikesh to Dehradun, Dehradun to Bait and from there a short trek up to a clearing filled with rocks, tents and hippies. I spent about a week amongst the ranks of the rainbow folks collecting firewood, cooking food, collecting water and otherwise trying to sort this ill organised group of jubilant, dreaded, tattooed hooligans. After… Read more

  • Music, Chaurasi Kutia, Good Times Ch.13

    November 4, 2019 by

    The week following our return to Rishikesh flew by. It felt amazing having nowhere to go but the comforts of familiarity. I spent most of my time waking up late, eating, hitting beaches, lounging in cafes and hanging out at hostels. On Oct.27th there was a little party going on at Indian Culture Hostel. The… Read more

  • Subhai Village to Bhavishya Badri Temple, Ch.11, Oct.16

    October 25, 2019 by

    We had a slow morning lounging outside overlooking the seemingly endless valleys. Noon came and went. Around 2:30 we collected ourselves and started the trek up, through the village along the well worn paths, to Bhavishya Badri Temple. Some of the oldest buildings in the village haven’t been lived for a time; becoming the home… Read more

  • Tapovan to Subhai Village, Uttarakhand Ch.10 Oct.15

    October 23, 2019 by

    Following a slow wake up, and a bite to eat in Tapovan, we parked our bikes and started walking towards the trailhead. The trek was sweaty but stunning. As we entered the farming boundaries of the villages I started getting goosebumps. Colourful crops, beautiful stone work and hardworking people. We tumbled up the last stone… Read more

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

    October 23, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

    October 12, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

    October 12, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.7 Oct.11

    October 11, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.6 Oct.9

    October 9, 2019 by

    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,… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.5 Oct.8

    October 8, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.5 Oct.8

    October 8, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.5 Oct.8

    October 8, 2019 by

    I woke up around 9:00 this morning and got ready for my day before strolling through the madness that is an Indian street. I stopped for breakfast at Ganga Beach Cafe with Justin. I had a masala chai and a bowl of dahl makhni with two roti. It was super tasty, I think it will… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.4 Oct.7

    October 7, 2019 by

    Leaving The Delight Cafe I returned to the main drag. As I crossed a bridge I noticed a tree that made me pause. Looking around for a way to get under the bridge and study the tree from below I noticed stairwell that would allow me to jump down into the creek bed farther up.… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.4 Oct.7

    October 7, 2019 by

    This morning I slept in late. These past few days have been jam packed and I’ve regained very little sleep since the night of the October 1st. Even with the late start, I managed some great exploration. The most simple things seem alien and unknown when your in another land. After my morning walk I… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.3 Oct.6

    October 6, 2019 by

    I hopped back onto the path from the back end of the roof and continued on my way. As I wound my down along different stones I turned a corner and noticed something that made me smile. The colours in this country blow me away.

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.3 Oct.6

    October 6, 2019 by

    After I had hopped down from the field and was back on the cobblestone paths I went towards the highest point on the hill nearest me. As I climbed I came across walls that I jumped and backyards that asked for permission to cross when I came across them. Needless to say with the sun… Read more

  • Rishekesh, Uttarakhand Ch.3 Oct.6

    October 6, 2019 by

    This morning after refreshing myself with water, coffee and some yellow lentil dal I set out for a walk. I came across a dirt field with a few horses. Some hogs were off in the corner mucking about in a pile of garbage. Decided getting closer for more photos probably wasn’t worth getting kicked in… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.2 Oct.5

    October 5, 2019 by

    As I stepped out onto the sunny balcony of our hotel I felt privileged and excited to take full advantage of the rest of my days in this town. I returned to New Krishna Cafe to enjoy a hot chai & coffee before I started my day. After I was caffeinated I meandered north down… Read more

  • Rishikesh, Uttarkhand Ch.1 Oct.4

    September 28, 2019 by

    The cab ride to Rishikesh from New Delhi was a unexpectedly happy accident. As the northern travelling season comes to a close I’m feeling as though this is exactly where I needed to be to start my journey. Very beleaguered we were dropped off at 8:00am… so we started walking. After some searching we spotted… Read more

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