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Do you know a place which is a sacred ground surrounded with snowy mountains, white chilled roaring glacier water of Ganges(Ganga) passing by, awesome weather, nature’s own child, land swarming with Priests and devotees from all over India, plenty of foreign tourists, handful of media folks, filled with flashy lights, songs in the background and much more colors than our mind can imagine.

Any guesses?

Yes, you guessed it right. It’s Haridwar also spelled as Hardwar. It is an important holy pilgrimage city of Hindus in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at height of 314 metres from the sea level, between Shivalik Hills in the North and Northeast and the Ganges River in the South.

 Me and family are madly in love with this place not only for holy reason, but also for experiencing the life over here. There is a calmness amidst the buzz. This silence can be easily discovered by anyone who can tune in to the voice of the nature.

Sharing some glimpses of the paradise with you.

Haridwar from opposite bank of the Ganges

Statue of Lord Shiva besides the bank of Ganges River

 

Ariel view of Haridwar which is viewable while coming down on Cable Car to Manasa Devi Temple

Listening to Ganges 🙂

Evening Rush for the "Aarti" on the banks

Aarti Flowers

 
 

View of the evening "Aarti" at Har-ki-Pauri (Bank of the river Ganga)

 

Prayers in the calmness

Good Night Haridwar!

 Ganga Maiya ki jai (Hail Mother Ganges) – This chants ecohes all acorss Haridwar. Incredible India!

Route Map

Dodital, Garhwal Lake 10,000 ft above sea level
Mission Dharwa Top 1 – 14000 ft

Cooking Time

Woh hansi vaadiyan, Woh khula aasaman.......

Local People - The Blessed Ones

We R 1.

Snowy Road Ahead 🙂

Mission Accomplished

Though I am a sports person was but always super scared of heights. In this mind-blowing trip, I overcame the fear of heights because I was in the gang of awesome friends, the lovely view of the Himalayas and Madam Bachandari Pal herself. The joy of being amongst few who conquered 14,000 ft was marvelous. I still live and breathe those good times of my life!

Our house shifting work was pending for quite some time and one random day we decided, enough of the flight luggage limits and train hassles. Let’s go the road way!

Surprisingly, we were one couple who had never gone beyond NCR borders on our own car: Always preferred, taxi or Metro over self-drive 😀 Entire family was in shock? Aisa kaise? Kaise kaise?? It was really funny to listen to their scared reactions and mind it tips ;). On the other hand, younger @ heart lots were super excited – Go Go!! Just Go!

We planned to take a direct route and reach Delhi via Gwalior (MP) but woh road trip hin kya jo plan kiya jaye 😀

Day 1. Early Sunday morning, we took an indirect route through Rajasthan and decided to take a night halt at Indore. We started with Noida-Gurgoan-Jaipur, from Jaipur, we had two options – via Ajmer or via Ujjain…… ? ? While enjoying yummy ‘Chanch’  and groundnuts, we decided that let the diversion point come first. Making that moment itself took 2 hrs and finally women emotions won over and we headed towards   Ajmer. Why? Because it’s a holy place which has Dargah Shariff of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chisty! We told ourselves  – Blessings lete hue chalte hain. When we reached the round-about of the Dargah Shariff, looking for a cut for Pratapgarh , we did the mistake of our life!.  Guess whom were we checking the route with? Local traffic police guy 😀  “Arre yeh kahan aa gaye, aap ne toh bahar-bahar se kat lena tha. Kahan se aaye ho? Kahan ja rahe ho?” and the entire crowd hovered over our small cute Swift car. Immediately, we smartly admitted our fault, thanked him and ran out of that place….phew 😉 Ok, so after all twirls and turns, we found the cut for Pratapgarh. And then we felt like Raja and Rani of the olden days, surrounded by old palaces, mountains, camels and calmness. In the middle of nowhere we relished yummy local dal-roti with “chai”. Wah!At 6pm, as we were heading to Indore, we realized that it’s already too late. It was 400Km more! CHANGE IN THE PLAN AGAIN. Let’s take a halt at “Ratlam”.. Oh! It’s the same city where Kareena and Shaheed halted in the movie “Jab we met”. And the moment our decision was known to all, we were showered with crispy-spicy comments: Jab we met – Part II. At 10pm we spotted a weird “U” cut for Ratlam and the moment we entered inside, hooligans were to be spotted everywhere. We quietly entered the heart of the city, and checked with an old shop owner “Sir, which hotel do u recommend for family”? and out came the name: Snow-white. The hotel was quite decent. Remember – we were scared because of Shahid & Kareena’s experience ;). The night passed by and we woke up at 4am itslef.

Day 2. 5am and we again hit the roads. Good Morning M.P.!! Just before the start of the “Kaal-Ghat” we took a bio break – I mean chai-pani aur poha ! Then the adventurous journey started!! Eyes were on the roads and finger was on the camera click button. I was clicking the photos randomly from all the possible corners of the car. Shayad, ek bhi kone ko nahi choda. The drive through Maharashtra is so  awesome. All nature lovers must drive through these roads. Though minor incidents and accidents would happen, but that is part and parcel of the road-trip. The focus should be on “Pure-Masti” and then the drive would be an amazing fun.Again, came the diversion: via Nasik or via Shirdih ? and the internet connectivity was out…. so the decision on the basis of kilometres difference was not possible. No worries, yeh bharat desh hai mera. My hubby got down proudly and had a detailed chat with truck drivers. Decision was made, Om Sai Namoh Namah! Let’s take the holy route! I was full-too busy on phone, calling possibly all members of family so that they can connect to Sai baba via me over the phone.  Here comes the filmy angle, some local goons hit our car from the back and started blaming us ….sensing much more trouble, we very smartly marroed a cut and we were out with no lunch for the day. We continued without break, eating stuff in car ….. in the hope of finding KFC at Pune 😉 but God has his own plans. From Ahemdnagr to Baner, Pune, it took us 3 hours!!!! Oh we were tired of the traffic jams and started missing our 120km/hr drive …. While we were lost in our thoughts, we lost the way to Baner inside Pune 😀 additional 30mins loss. But finally saw our destination and we looked at each-other and said, no worries we will soon hit the roads again.