Backpacking Rishikesh & Haridwar: by the Ganga
Ever since the Beatles composed their White Album amidst the peaceful reverie and pristine beauty of an ashram in the ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a lure for spiritual explorers. Rishikesh is often referred to as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with tons of ashrams and yoga and meditation classes. Backpacking Rishikesh & Haridwar is a mash up of spiritual as well as experiential travel. A must do in my books.
The Weather is mild here. The winters are cool, bordering on cold, and the summers, hot. The best time to visit is during the mild winters from October to May.
Where to go
Dehra Dun & Mussorie: Most popularly known as just a transit point to Himachal Pradesh, Dehra Dun is worth a visit for its vibrant Paltan Bazaar, and its Tibetan community in Clement Town. And while Mussoorie may seem small and tacky at first, it‘s British architecture and scenic setting makes it feel like a tiny little town out of an old English storybook.
Gangotri and Gaumukh: Many undertake the pilgrimage from Gangotri through Gangotri National Park in the Himalayas, to reach Gaumukh, the mouth of Gangotri glacier and starting point of River Bhagirathi. Tightly wound, it is a one day trek to and fro. The views are stunning, and the vibe spiritual.
Backpacking Uttrakhand: Zigzagging roads lead to great pilgrimage sites where sagas from the Hindu epics are set. Among the oldest civilizations on Earth, Uttarakhand, winding around the banks of Ganga has a subtle vibe of sanctified prayer and ancient peace, unlike anywhere else in India. Many travellers gather here for this vibe, finding it a powerful place to pursue a spiritual practice. Others come here for the tigers. Read More