Water Rafting Package, Rishikesh

Ganga Beach Resort

Ganga Beach Resort

EXCITING… “RIVER RAFTING TRIP in RISHIKESH for 01 Night/ 02 Days at Unbelievable Price @ INR 1999/- PER PERSON…

Day 01: Arrive Ganga Beach Resort
Arrive at resort by 12 Noon and check into your room.
After Lunch, proceed for river rafting on Ganges (16Kms stretch).
In the evening Dinner with Bonfire and overnight in the resort.

Day 02:  Checkout
Breakfast in the resort and rest of the morning at leisure for activities like table tannis,chess,pool etc.

Ganga Beach Resort

Ganga Beach Resort

Option: You can go for 2nd session of rafting (on extra cost).
Later, check out with sweet memories of your adventure Trip!!

THE BEST PRICE is: INR 1999/- PER PERSON including 01 Lunch or 01 Dinner, 01 Breakfast, 01 Rafting & all taxes.

Ganga Beach Resort

Ganga Beach Resort

**ALL ABOVE PRICES ARE BASED ON TWIN/ TRIPLE SHARING.

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Ganga Beach Resort

Ganga Beach Resort

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Puri

Winters are ideal for a coastal gateways, especially for those who lives in Northern India. The chill in Delhi was quite long and unbearable this year, and also a trip to sea-coast was due for quite a sometime, so me and my wife were discussing hard to zeroed on a place of common interest. Finally we agreed on Puri, one of the most auspicious city of Hindu pilgrimage, situated on the east-coast of India in the state of Odisha. First it was decided to visit my parents in Patna, afterward the 1st day of the year was chosen to begin the journey of Puri, to start the new year in style.

After a three day visit to Patna we were standing on the Patna Railway Station, on January 1st, 2014, at around 8 AM, waiting for train Patna-Puri “Baidyanath Dham Express” which was scheduled to depart at 8:55 from Patna and was expected to reach Puri the next day before the dawn at 3:20 in the morning. And then we started making calls to everybody wishing new year and saying that we are on Railway station waiting to begin our journey. The responses were mixed, few were surprised, few sound jealous, and few genuinely happy. Laughing at those responses we boarded on the train which was surprisingly right timed when most of the trains were running late by hours. We had our breakfast, enjoying each moment and especially the fact that the year is going to be start with a vacation, and hoping that this continues for entire year. Our heart beats in one tune on this and the reflection was Amen!

puri railway station

Puri Railway Station

We reached Puri on time. Our booking was in the Forest rest house “Banani”, that I have secured through a contact in Delhi. We decided to stay for a while on railway station till the dawn and had our morning tea there. The Puri station was neat and clean with good refreshment facilities. Then we hired a auto that charges 100 Rs for merely a 3 km ride to the rest house. That was the only incidence that not gone well with us, otherwise every single memory and people that we can remember now, were deeply admiring. The rest house was just a km away from the beach and the Lord Jagannath temple was merely 2.5 km away from there. The area was called VIP road and I could understood the name by seeing the district magistrate house next to the forest rest house.

Banani FRH puri

Banani Forest Rest House, Puri

“Banani” was a great place to stay. Like any other government rest house the rooms were big in size with a large dressing space, a cupboard and an extra large size lavatory. Since our booking was done through a  high dignitaries, the caretakers were fast to put a clean bed sheet and some room fresheners to welcome us. In government accommodations it matters, that on which reference you are coming to stay.

 forest rest house puri

Puri is a laid back town. It’s a small place mainly famous for Lord Jagannath temple and its serene beaches, which is mainly visited by Pilgrims. The people are calm and you can sense a peace in the air. I have not seen a single locale indulging in any aggressive activities. There were lot of youngsters, driving bike in high speeds, but at the same time respecting the pedestrians and red lights as well. Not a single time we felt offended during our 4 days stay, even when we were bathing in a model beach, there was hardly anybody who was indulging in staring or some activities which could be uncomfortable for a tourists like us.  It was 10 out of 10 from my side on the behavioral aspect for locales.

puri rath yatra path

Puri Rath Yatra crosses this road

The first day we just soaked in the environment, walked to a crowded beach and in the evening visited Lord Jagannath temple to offer prayer to the deity.  Usually the temple receives an enormous number of pilgrims throughout the year, but at this time of year we were lucky to not witnessed such a large gathering. The priests are omnipresent around the temple and once you reach there they will appear out of a blue and will convince you to take their services. Though they don’t ask for a fortune. I was asked for just 50 Rs for a guided tour of half an hour with a promise to a comfortable prayer inside. And indeed that happens exactly. The priest was good in explaining all the facts and history related to the temple. Though he took us to a shop inside the temple for buying offerings for the lord that starts from 225 Rs and goes up to several thousand. I decided to stay at the lower end of this chain despite of his pursuance. A word of caution, they will try to convince you by saying that if you will buy the lower amount of offerings it will goes only to a single deity and not to all, which is just a way of getting handsome commission from the shop owner. So, simply don’t pay attention to these arguments. Later we found that the same amount of prasad  can be purchased for 100 Rs only and we have paid 225 for the same inside the temple. But we were so thrilled by visiting Lord Jagannath, which is among the four dham, that every Hindu aspire to visit in his lifetime, that we soon forgot his notorious act. Since the temple was expected to be so crowded, and any electronic gazette was not allowed inside,  so I have not taken either my mobile or camera to the temple, therefore I don’t have any image to share.

puri temple

There was a wide road just outside the temple, which hosts the world famous annual “Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath”. This time of year it was business as usual with hundreds of shops selling local items and food. There was no proper restaurant in Puri like we use to have in Delhi. The restaurant name was given to those eateries which was essentially a dhaba by all standards of northern India. We have selected one such eatery during our stay which was near to our rest house at VIP road. I have never felt any rush in the way they were handling their customers. Customers were also kind of chilled out, ordering the food and waiting patiently to getting served. No body was in hurry. After a day we were also used to this custom, but on day one, I was missing those loud voices back there in Delhi “oye chhootu… jaldi plate laga” (serve quickly).

puri beach

The beach in Puri was bustling with energy and activities. Small kids were playing around and tourist were trying to get as close to water as possible. There were facilities to relax under the large umbrella for 30-40 Rs an hour. The coconut water, corn, cucumber and bhelpuri were available there to cater your little hunger. We had a plate of bhelpuri and after that we immediately had to run to get a large size maza to subsidize the effect, bhelpuri has created. It was a fun, though it was largely responsible for our short stay on the beach, because after that we walked back towards rest house.

puri beach

Near to the beach we surprised to see Dominos Pizza, and had our supper there. I was least expecting a non-veg outlet at Puri though I found later it was commonly available everywhere.  The day was about to end and we witnessed a city with multiple shades and hoping more to experience in days ahead.

Nainital : The city of lakes

There are four most popular hill stations in Northern India that has the tag of “Queen of Hill”. These includes Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital and Manali. Indeed the natural beauty of these places are unparalleled and everyone  has its own unique beauty. Shimla being the state capital of Himachal Pradesh and the capital of India under the Britishers host multiple of Victorian style architecture, Mussoorie too has been largely influenced by English style of living but also a part of Buddhist followers since long. There are many popular monasteries in the Mussoorie which still remains on the priority list of any visitors. Manali on the other side has both Hindu and Buddhist mix tradition. When you will about to reach Manali, the golden colored trees along with the crystal clear water of beas river welcomes you in an unprecedented manner and the same goes with Nainital. Once you deboard the train at Kathgodam railway station, you will see plenty of greenery all around along with hills in the background. The very first view itself promises the good way ahead.

I planned a trip to Nainital with my wife in the month of August during Independence day vacation. We boarded on Delhi Anand Vihar-Kathgodam Shatabadi Express at 6:15 from Anand Vihar Terminal. The 270 km distance was covered in 5 and a half hour and it is one of the best option to reach Kathgodam. The breakfast and newspaper were given on the board. With the slight delay we reached Kathgodam around 1 PM. Just outside the station there were many private taxis available with both reserved and shared option. The charges varies between 150-250 Rs per person depending on your negotiation skills.

nainital road

The road was quite good and as we start ascending a sense of calmness soon started setting inside. There were less traffic, that means less honking and almost no pollution. As it was the month of Monsoon in India so we too experienced drizzling on the way, which is quite common in hills as a sudden change in weather is likely to happen. This time we planned to stay away from hotel to get a more relaxing experience. Our destination was “Home Away From Home” run by a retired Army men. We quite liked this place as it has offered the magnificent view of Naini lake.

hotel nainital

First day we decided to simply relax and soaked in the environment. The dinner was served by the staff of the hotel and there were options to asked them to prepare something of your own taste. It was a two room set with a kitchen at our disposal. The evening was spent with a hot cup of tea and some snacks while talking with the owner Colonel sir about the past and present of Nainital and how much changes he has witnessed in all these years.

naini lake

Naini Lake

Next morning we started our city tour first by visiting Naina Devi temple. This temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi. It is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeth’s in India, where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell. At this place her eyes fell, and hence the temple and the goddess is called the Naina Devi. Besides temple of various deities the unique attraction of this temple is large number of fish along with the wall of the temple, constantly feeding by devotees. After temple it was time to do boating in the lake. As I remember less than 150 Rs was charged for a 30 minute ride. The ride in Naini lake was incredible. First it was little fear but then it was all fun. Seeing the lake from outside and being inside in the middle of the lake was entirely different experience.

It is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeth’s in India, places where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell
– Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/naina-devi-temple-nainital-india-ne-1000951
This temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi
– Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/naina-devi-temple-nainital-india-ne-1000951
This temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi
– Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/naina-devi-temple-nainital-india-ne-1000951
This temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi
– Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/naina-devi-temple-nainital-india-ne-1000951
This temple is dedicated to goddess Naina Devi
– Read more: http://www.ixigo.com/naina-devi-temple-nainital-india-ne-1000951
boating in naini lake

Boating in Naini Lake

Due to the rainy season the mist was all around and has completely covered the lake. Luckily rain didn’t happen. There were boats of different shapes and design. One can also hire a motor driven boat to sail on its own. The entire area was buzzing with host of activity. Different food stalls, tea venders, local articles and hundreds of tourists were making this place noisy. If you are looking for a peaceful time then this is certainly not the place.

naini lake

Naini Lake

There was also a big open area which is also a playground for locale. A football match was going on there amidst the cheer of enthusiastic crowd. We also sat for some time and watch the match till its end. The crowd, the environment, the energy level everything was just superb. This big ground also doubles as a parking lot and can handle hordes of cars in the peak tourist season.

nainital parking

Parking, however is always an issue in hills. This one parking at the rooftop of a building catch my fascination. Due to the space crunch the optimum use of resources is always important in hills. Nainital also levied a tax on every private car entering in the municipal limit. Due to high influx of tourist vehicles in Nainital it somehow looked justified.

nainital parking

We then hired a cab for local sightseeing in 600 Rs. The first destination was Lover’s point and Suicide point. Due to heavy fog nothing much was visible. The next point was this waterfall, which was an ideal destination for couples to click photographs. There were few eateries outside where we had lunch. Nainital offers standard North Indian cuisine with ease.

nainital water fall

Further we moved towards a point known as “Khurpataal”. It has a very scenic view and a beautiful lake. The place is an ideal gateway for those who loves peace and solitariness away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is considered to be anglers paradise.

khurpatal

Khurpatal

The next place in our itinerary was Eco cave park, that comprises a natural cave and a musical water fountain. Nothing special was about it as most of the caves were closed due to Monsoon.

nainital eco cave park

Nainital Eco Cave Park

Our final destination was the Nainital Zoo. The Zoo was near to our place of stay so we keep it at last. This high-altitude hillside zoo has some large enclosures containing Himalayan animals, Siberian tigers, leopards and lots of pheasant species.

nainital zoo

nainital zoo

This one enclosure had lot of carnivores.

nainital zoo

Though the zoo was small but most of its enclosures were situated uphill, therefore it was not easy to walk. After spending good 2 hours we came back at our place.

nainital

View of Nainital from Naini Lake

Next day our train Anand Vihar Shatabadi Express was scheduled at 3.45 pm from Kathgodam. We took a cab that charges 125 Rs per person till Kathgodam railway station. It was a relaxing weekend that we enjoyed thoroughly.

Tsomgo Lake

The first thing you need to believe even after seeing the following images that it was not the winter in Sikkim rather a pleasant summer, yes you heard it rightly, a summer that was surprisingly pleasant even in the month of May. During our second last day in Sikkim we decided to visit the famous “Tsomgo lake” or “Changu lake” as it is known as popularly. The preparation to visit there go well before a day, as we needed to talk to an agent who took our ID proof and a passport sized picture for getting permit. In the morning they gave us a cab number which we supposed to board from the main taxi stand of Gangtok.  The way to Tsomgo lake is such a steep that small private cars like Wagon-R, Alto etc. that otherwise run frequently as a taxi in and around Gangtok, refused to go there. Only the powerful Bollero Jeeps were allowed to ply on the way. We took a cab from M.G.Marg to the main taxi stand of Gangtok (charged 100 Rs.) for onward journey. From there we boarded on a shared cab, as suggested by the tour operator, which also carries 8 more passengers.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

Our journey started around 8 in the morning and first we halted at a check-post in the outer limit of the city, where the condition of vehicle and the papers of all the passengers were thoroughly examined by the security personnel. From there it was a long and steep journey till Tsomgo lake.   The traffic was open for one-sided journey only as the condition of road was extremely poor. There were many places where only a single vehicle can pass. Somehow we reached the lake in mid-noon after a tiring journey of approximately 3 hours.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

In the parking area there were many people asking to submit our belongings and offering a long boot, made of plastic, especially designed to walk on snow. We went to such a shop, deposited our belongings and hired a pair of gloves and boots to walk further till lake. After walking few steps what we witnessed was one of the best sight we experienced ever. There were snow all over and a lake full of water. Within a walking distance there was permanent military settlement, as this place is quite near to Indo-China border. However due to bad weather it was not possible to go further up.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

Like any other tourist places in hills there were sellers of hot Maggy, tea, momos, cigarettes which is otherwise ban in entire Sikkim and alcohol too. Considering the extreme cold weather of this place there were many takers of these offerings. We walked in snow and settled on a rock, watching the activities of tourists which constitutes a large part of honeymooners as well. Suddenly it started snowing and visibility reduced considerably. But we were enjoying like anything, what more one can ask for?

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

After spending a quality one hour or so it was time to return. All of us gathered near our cab and the backward journey started. The road was extremely narrow that it indeed requires special skills to drive in such a tough conditions. I was sitting in front with my wife and we were enjoying the conversation of fellow passengers, most of them were Bengalis and from a same family, and the way they were describing their personal experience,  excitement and joy with full of exclamatory marks. These small  moments actually fill us with the joy we can’t experience alone. Sitting in that cab, at some unknown place in Sikkim, far away from my home in Delhi, I was thinking that how beautiful the concept of traveling is, it gives us such a profound memories which can’t be experienced in any other ways. It was such a delight to visit new places, meet new people, experience their rituals, food and being part of their life, however brief it could be, but it’s significance carries a long.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

From here our exciting and memorable journey to Sikkim concluded. But it certainly left us with more eagerness to visit new places of this beautiful land called India.