My Third Solo Trip to the Himalayas

Khagesh

Well-Known Member
Day 2: Delhi – Dehradun – Haridwar 14.05.2022

Early morning flight. Luckily short duration I had to endure. Happy to leave that super-hot Delhi even at midnight. Tried to catch some glimpse of Himalayas but no such thing happened.

Totally drained without food and sleep, arrived at Dehradun airport. Too hot here too. Only option here is a taxi to reach Dehradun city and they charge Rs.1020/-! My first reaction was to walk to the main road I guessed to be less than 2kms and lumbered to a distance dragging my bag with broken belt.
Only thing I want is my bike; my bike is my freedom. I hate to keep my planning in someone’s beck and call. But how far I could go? Came back again at the prepaid taxi counter and looked for any shared option available. Got one couple heading to Dehradun city. Shared the fare.

In life we, now and then meet credulous persons. Such were the couple at the back seat of the taxi, from Chennai. Got stuck with conversation with them since I too can fairly speak Tamil. They were going for a holiday to Dehradun! The hotel they booked was online; located in a busy market place. They just browsed and booked and had no idea what they were doing, just jumped on the flight to Dehradun!!! Water rafting in Dehradun!! So gullible.
Me and the driver suggested to either head to Rishikesh or Mussorie for some pleasant weather of any hill station. The driver was kind enough to drop me at ISBT.

To cut the story short, it was a big mess before I could collect my bike. But once I saw my bike a tear in my eye. Just went and touched it in the Dehradun station.

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It is very common to find this plant here but it is not elsewhere in India I suppose.

By the time I am on the bike it was 12:45. Just too exhausted; no sleep, no food for the last 24 hours. So hot, so much traffic. Managed to get a litre of petrol for Rs.150 to reach the petrol station. So happy to get out of the town. I can see the Himalayas at a distance. So refreshing but the reality is I just couldn’t ride.

I must have consumed at least 20 litrs of fluids but never had to go to washroom. One can imagine the intensity of heat. So tiring. I stopped several times to some sugarcane juice or lemon water or shikanji several times on the way. I could notice with the bag at the back, it’s becoming very difficult for me to mount the bike and make it straight to start. Too difficult in fact. Must do something about it, can’t risk this in mountains from tomorrow.
Head towards Rishikesh or Haridwar? Decided on Haridwar luckily. Anyway, Hari ka Dwaar…so its very apt. My initial plan was Neelkanth with comparatively less habitation place. But now, I was too tired. Just took right turn and headed to Harika Dwaar.. Haridwar.

Too heavy week end traffic, road work at Haridwar, plus just too hot. Stopped at a road side café and I am sure I need some rest now. The hotels are just too expensive. To hell with the hotel and food, let me have a bath first which is very much needed.

At a ghat had a long bath in Ganga, leaving the bike and the bag on the roadside; I just couldn’t care if someone steals anything. But tell you, the level of trustworthiness in Uttarakhand is very very high.

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Har Har Gange.

After the bath I was feeling even more tired just want to hit the bed. I asked some pandits sitting around and chatting, if any budget stay options. They said, “oh, well we can arrange some. Just sit.” I waited, waited and waited. They struck into some conversations among themselves as if I am not existing there and even started to smoke chilam. Couldn’t contain any longer… “Baaba, you said, accommodation….” The reply was … “Listen, if you disturb us, you too will be disturbed….”. Finally one of them started on his scooty and me following him; nearly all the streets of eastern part of Gangamayya and zeroed at an ashram cum lodge. Just too happy and couldn’t care what the rent was.
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Surprisingly this side of the Ganga Ghats are not that crowded and also clean too naturally.

Evening walk to the Ghat. One thing very particular to Haridwar is that nearly every small street or place also has its own devotional ambience. Some bhajan, some aarti, at least feeding a cow or some other animal, or rangoli. Happy about my decision to stay at Haridwar rather than Rishikesh which later would prove to be correct.

Dinner and hit bed for much needed rest.
 

anoop0

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It is very common to find this plant here but it is not elsewhere in India I suppose.

This grows along my village street. No one cares. I have seen it in some of noida colonies :eek:
 

Shaq

Active Member
A dramatic start to your 3 rd trip to the mountains. Just curious, why didn't you have food for 24hrs? You mentioned that you took enough fluids to stay hydrated which is good but, why no solid food? Did the fluids subdue your appetite or you have specific reason to avoid eating the local delicacies? Looking forward to the adventure unraveling..
 

Khagesh

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It is very common to find this plant here but it is not elsewhere in India I suppose.

This grows along my village street. No one cares. I have seen it in some of noida colonies :eek:
Yes, thats what it surprised me. Here immediately the police will arrest if someone does that. Not even a single plant is allowed. Anyway, so it be.
 

Khagesh

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Congrats for touching your Bike again !
Congrats for Reaching Haridwar & staying at lonely place !
Yes Satinderji, that was an emotive moment.

We develop certain attachment not just with bike but with everything. We leave our memories with everything. Dont you like your own pillow and bed no matter how important the guest who arrived at your place? This is what I mean. So do we all.

Congrats reaching Haridwar? Could sense a touch of sarcasm imputed Satinderji.:)
 

Khagesh

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A dramatic start to your 3 rd trip to the mountains. Just curious, why didn't you have food for 24hrs? You mentioned that you took enough fluids to stay hydrated which is good but, why no solid food? Did the fluids subdue your appetite or you have specific reason to avoid eating the local delicacies? Looking forward to the adventure unraveling..
Thank you for the reply. I know you are ardently reading the travelogue.

Well, for the liquids, one just need to pull the bike aside and near instantly be served. Easily available on the roadside such as Sugarcane juice, lemon juice, shikanjee, fruit juice and what not. For lunch one has to find a place, place for parking, shade for the bike, keep the bike in sight, wait to be served; in short time consuming process. The point here is the extreme hot weather I was going through; so near 20 liter consumption of liquids never had to go to washroom!! Even the centralized airport lounge at Delhi was of any use, it was hot in there.

Local delicacies? One would always love to. But my priority was to get the bike and then rest. Apart from that no specific reason.
 
In summers.
Eating urge is hidden on hot days mostly.
I also do not like to eat even at home.
On outings it is easy to escape as we try to find better place.
LOL !
 

Khagesh

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In summers.
Eating urge is hidden on hot days mostly.
I also do not like to eat even at home.
On outings it is easy to escape as we try to find better place.
LOL !
Yes, true Satinderji. During summers, our body takes what it needs the most; the liquids. That's the reason why we feel drained during summers for lack of solid food I suppose.

Finding a better place to eat: On these bike rides, we always try to find a quite place for lunch, keep moving moving and finally we pick one, finish our lunch and move. To our dismay we find, much better place exists just after five mins of ride! This happens inadvertently so often.
 
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