Around two and half months before, I received a call from an old school friend insisting me to execute our ever-pending plan of a girl-trip! We shortlisted two mainstream destinations which are not too far from Delhi. Manali and Rishikesh. And the votes went to Rishikesh as expected. Everyone wanted an exciting fun filled as well as a relaxing weekend. Rishikesh has everything to offer for a two-day vacation.
So it was Rishikesh this time! Excited? Yeah! I was. It was going to be a heck of a trip, full of adventures like beach camping, bonfire, hill climbing, trekking, and rafting. Wait. What? Rafting? Everything else was cool even skydiving will be a hard core fun to me but rafting? No. A big NO! Deep down I was well aware of my fear of water and was pretty sure I won’t be going to make it. But I didn’t want to ruin the spirit of my girls too. We made our bookings, all the itineraries were decided. All set and super excited!
We had our bus to Rishikesh from Delhi scheduled at 10 in the night which was delayed to 11:30. It was a six hours journey by bus. We reached Rishikesh at around 5:30 in morning. Again, we boarded a mini bus to Shivpuri village, the place where our camp was situated. It took us another half an hour to reach Shivpuri. We finally reached our camp at around 6:00 AM after traveling through auto, metro, and buses of all kind. So I was going to experience a camp life. Something much awaited!
Day 1 started with a trail of coffee and tea as soon as we reached our camps. Our campsite looked beautiful, situated beside a tributary of river Ganga which has changed its course into a narrow stream in most of the parts of Shivpuri village. With a dozen of tents and an open green yard, Everything around us looked so fresh and rejuvenating. After a mandatory caffeine ritual, we dumped our backpacks in tents and rushed outside the camp.
The view before me was everything I needed at this moment. The gush of cool wind blowing from mountains around us, the chirping of birds as they were flying off to a new destination on their hunt for food, a crystal-clear stream of icy cold water from our holy Ganga, and the Sun too has started the talking, to add a cherry on the top. Everything seems peaceful when you are in mountains. This morning in the small village amidst the hills was actually a therapy to my mind and soul!
The natural pool with a wooden bridge before us looked so tempting that we were unable to control our excitement and jumped into it. And kept playing and splashing in the pool until there was a call for our breakfast. After a small breaky session, we laid in our tents doing random things. Talked about life issues, played random weird games. To mention more random things, I hung my wet clothes on a tree beside our tent! For a typical camp feeling. Haha, 😀 Seriously, who does that? Well, I love doing stuff like these while traveling, so that I could get more involved into the vibe of that place!
Again we had our lunch at around 2:00 PM. The lunch was good! At least better than what they serve in most of the camps. The girls were irresistible toward this beautiful natural pool before our camp. They again played with water for hours. And I played the camera girl, capturing them and the breathtaking view around me!
Before evening we hit a small trek in the Shivpuri village. Came across a number of natural pools, wooden bridges, beautiful trees and herd of mountain animals. I also met a group of nomad people on our way back. I don’t know why but somehow I always find this idea of nomadic life hitting my inner traveler. Self-reliance, living in the moment, fewer worries, no expectations from others, no demands from government. They synchronize their life with mother nature and mother nature synchronizes with their basic needs!
But then the civilized self-reminds me that I’m not a Supertramp. I have “social boundaries”. I have other pseudo responsibilities as a member of my family, as a member of this society and as a citizen in this country. We can’t just let go what we are assigned to do. So yeah! Things are harder this way. But we still can make the best out of it and never stop seeking our dreams!
Well well, deep things apart, we returned to our camps as the evening took over. And this evening was one of the beautiful evenings we all could have together. It was full of music, musings and some sangria over the bonfire! The whole camp looked so lit up and full of energy! Slowly as the night grew we made our way out of the camp and sat on the wooden bridge soaking our feet in the chilled water until midnight.
I will be sharing soon the next part of our trip which is full of adventure and some spine chilling stories!
Until next time!