I reached Rishikesh when the sun had just started peeking through the dark mountains. So I parked my car and went straight to one of the many lovely spots in Rishikesh – the Ghats nearby Lakshman Jhula. As I was stepping down on the stairs to the ghat I could see and hear the waves of River Ganga strike the base of the stairway. (And it did have a beautiful melody to it.) On reaching the lowest point I sat down on the steps, took off my slippers and dipped my feet into the cold water while the sun made my hair glow golden-yellow with its lustre. And as I had just begin to get drunk on the beauty which I was witnessing in front of me just then the early morning Vedic chants started in a close by temple. The powerful aura of the Vedic chants by the river and the mountains mystified the place and I spent an hour at the same place thinking about nothing…absolutely nothing.
Finally after experiencing this bliss I drove for another half an hour to reach my Wudstay Jungle camp in the lush green village of Kaudiyala. Again I was in awe of the location of the place, with Mountain View on one side and the Ganges flowing on the other side. After a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast I explored the camp before finally settling down by the swimming pool with a glass of lemonade and a copy of the novel, “Into the wild.” And from that moment on I was completely lost. I read the words, felt the water on my legs, sipped my lemonade, looked at the huge mountains trying to create a picture out of the words and felt completely and magically lost in the beautiful solitude. And guess what? If getting lost feels like this then I do not want to be found ever again. Just let me be me and let me get lost, into the wild.
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A city nestled within the Himalayan foothills on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, where locals gather at dusk for the nightly river worship ceremony, set to a tinkling soundtrack of temple bells – it’s hard to fathom a place more conducive to spiritual healing.
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