The monsoon of 2017 had hit the northern part of India and that too a bit early. The water had started falling from the heavens since the beginning of July providing a lot of relief from the alarming summer heat. This time of the year is a transition phase from summers to the monsoon, hence the weather is humid as well.
My last trip was in the end of May when I went to Mcleodganj to do the Triund Trek. Entering into the second week of July and thinking of not seeing the mountains for over a month made my feet feel itchier. Also, I needed some content for my blog and decided to head to my favourite place Rishikesh having few topics in mind to write on. But will I be able to get those pieces of writing and enjoy my time? Such questions popped in my mind while planning for the trip. So did I get it? Well.. you will get to know soon by the end of this post. Please Keep Reading.
After having made my parents realise that going to Rishikesh is not harmful during monsoons and kinda ignoring them, I caught a morning bus from Delhi to Haridwar (5 hours journey), as direct buses weren’t running due to the crowded roads ahead of Haridwar due to religious walks done by the Kanwaris. So I took a train and from Haridwar and reached Rishikesh in an hours time.
A Step into the Cool Weather
The weather till Haridwar was really very humid. But as soon as the place from where the mountains of Rishikesh were visible, the weather was not the same then. As if you just stepped on the other side of the line and suddenly things changed.
As I stepped out from the train on the platform the cool holy wind of Rishikesh welcomed me with all love. The weather was a bit cloudy and some humidity prevailed in the atmosphere. There was a flood of relief in my mind on reaching Rishikesh. It was great to be walking on the same curved roads and through the street markets of Rishikesh once again. On seeing the clouds my mind starting signalling to find an accommodation first so as not to get stuck in the rain. Once the monsoon rain starts you never know when it might stop.
The Bunk Stay
Accommodation never mattered to me and I had always believed in spending money on outdoor activities and experiences rather than staying options. To find a decent yet a good place to stay was not a difficult task. I had heard a lot about the backpacker’s hostel ‘Bunk Stay’ and decided to stay there. This was the first time I stayed at a hostel. It is perched higher than the other staying options around and hence provides the full view of the holy city.
All right, now here’s an amazing thing. As I was doing some formalities of at the reception, the guy told me twice that the cafe is upstairs on the roof. I wondered why did he mention it a couple of times. Nevertheless, I went straight to my room and found to 2 dorm beds. The yellow coloured beds looked so cute and cool. I was in love with the beds and the cleanliness of the room at first sight. There were two other guys who were staying in the same room. I hurriedly freshened up and laid on the comfy bed on the top to have a nap.
The Review Walls
One of the best things about the hostel was its walls. The thing that made these ordinary walls look cool was the work done on them. review walls or feedback walls. The walls of the corridor on both the floors and staircase are painted with drawings, thank you messages, feedback, quotes and anything that the guests would like to write. One can take coloured markers from the reception counter and write or draw anywhere one feels like. Cool art, graffiti, immature drawings, funny faces and travel quotes made a perfect match for these white walls. It is really a creative thing to make the hostel look cool for the backpackers who come here from all over the world.
A Classy Cafe
As I was walking up the stairs (watching all the art and messages written on the walls) my mind knew something cool awaits for me on the rooftop. Eventually, my thoughts came true and the coolness of the hostel raised. Now here was the cosy rooftop cafe that the guy at reception was talking about. where you can spend the whole day chilling with other travellers & backpackers.
The cafe had a white wall on the back side, glass doors and panel on the front. The front of the cafe had a scenic view of the mountains. The cafe had both an outdoor and indoor sitting. The indoor of the cafe had floor sitting with cushions and low height tables. I love such cafes that have such sort of a sitting. Eating while sitting down on the cushions is always better than on a dining table.
There were two guitars, a carrom board in the centre and books on the shelf to read. It was a nice place to relax and chill out with other travellers staying in the hostel. It was almost night time when I went to the cafe. Standing on the terrace I saw the dark outline of the mountains, twinkling lights of the houses and markets, an image of the Laxman Jhula and the Ganga river. I knew the views of would be much better in the daytime. I was eagerly waiting for the morning to arrive. It had started to drizzle and I enjoyed a delicious meal with the sound of the rain and some light music.
River of Clouds
And as the morning arrived I freshened up and went straight to the cafe. From there I saw the scenic views of the mountains covered with clouds. I sat down with a glass of banana shake and my notebook while seeing the mountain view just in front. The clouds coming down from the mountains covered up everything in the city. The weather became so pleasant that there was no need to go outdoors. The cafe provided the best views of the hills from two sides of it.
They were so many clouds lined up and with everything so densely covered up, it was hard for them to find a place to fit. Standing at the terrace cafe, I noticed some clouds on the river near the bend of the river on my right side. That actually amazed me and left me stunned as to how could that have been happening. In around 10 mins the fog (which looked like clouds) covered the surface of the river as and where till my eyes could see. Water became invisible and the clouds were just floating along the course of the river.
They were so many clouds lined up and with everything so densely covered up, it was hard for them to find a place to fit. Standing at the terrace cafe, I noticed some clouds on the river near the bend of the river on my right side. That actually amazed me and left me stunned as to how could that have been happening. In around 10 mins the fog (which looked like clouds) covered the surface of the river as and where till my eyes could see. Water became invisible and the clouds were just floating along the course of the river. For the first time, I didn’t see water in the Ganga River. The fog had covered the whole stretch of river near Laxman Jhula.
All this was actually a fog formation over the river which happens during the transition phase from summer to monsoon when the cooler air touches the warm water of the river. And as the fog just swayed along the river, I was mesmerised by the creativity and magic of nature. Seeing the river of clouds was one of the best moments in all of my travel journeys.
On seeing the fog over the river and clouds all over the mountains and city streets, it looked like a city nestled in the middle of the clouds. I wish a could take a dip in the floating clouds but left that to the imagination as neither I knew how to fly or swim. 🙂
Rain. Rain.. Rain…
The whole landscape of Rishikesh was covered with clouds all throughout my 2 days stay. Now that the clouds were here, how could have the rain not come? It came and it came hard. The rain didn’t seem to stop as if it removed a stop button from its playlist. It was raining continuously with short breaks in between. I spent my whole first day sitting inside the cafe and believe me it was not boring even for a single moment.
The water drops were pouring hard and made so much noise while hitting the shed on the outside section of the cafe that one had to talk in a louder voice to communicate to the person sitting next. The rain drops hitting the shed and floor sounded angry. It seemed they had waited a long time up in the clouds for the monsoon months to arrive so that they can come down to earth. I was witnessing an actual picture of monsoon in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Trust me, seeing so much continuous rain made my thoughts wet too. Wherever I looked there were clouds, mountains, lush greenery and rain. The fragrance of the rain was so soothing to the heart and mind. It made every moment fresh. It was a perfect romantic weather to sit in the cafe reading books, listening to some cool numbers and penning down my thoughts.
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Taking Back Pixels and Writings of Water
Rain Gods must have been really happy for some reason that they were showering so much love in the form of rain. Due to this love, I couldn’t move out of the hostel for long and was just embracing the beauty of nature and sitting down with my notebook and pen to write this post for you all.
This was the flow chart of my monsoon visit to Rishikesh –
Sit ⇒ Eat ⇒ View ⇒ Write ⇒ Click ⇒ Sit
If one gets to spend time in such a cool place with a serene monsoon weather, then the famous poem “Rain Rain Go Away’ should be changed to –
‘Rain Rain don’t go away,
Keep coming every day…’
Feelings in a Poetic Way
As I was leaving Rishikesh and this awesome weather, I sat down on the banks of the River Ganga to write some final thoughts. Here are some lines from my heart ♥ –
“The Fogginess of the fog mystified my eyes,
The Bells of the temples vibrated in my ears.
The Train of cool breeze passed through the tracks of my hair,
The Smoke of the clouds lifted me up there.
The Flowing river brought a tide of emotions into me,
The Mountains standing still made way for me.
The Showers of rain gave my soul a bath again,
& The Swinging branches of trees waved ‘bye’ to see me again.“
The Fogginess of the fog mystified my eyes, The Bells of the temples vibrated in my ears. The Train of cool breeze passed through the tracks of my hair, The Smoke of the clouds lifted me up there. The Flowing river brought a tide… Click To Tweet
My decision of visiting Rishikesh during monsoon surprisingly paid off. The myth that there is nothing to do in Rishikesh in monsoon had burst. Though there are no adventure activities and camping around during this time, one can go for yoga and meditation classes in the Ashrams or institutes which are always open. Apart from that, there are lots of cafes and a nice market to explore. And most importantly go for witnessing such dazzling views. It was another face of this place that I had been missing to see. There was a sense of accomplishment and calmness in my mind and soul during this short trip. I have already started the countdown to visit this place again post monsoon.
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