• Haridwar
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    HARIDWAR! A Gateway to Gods!

    HISTORY: It is said to have been named ‘KAPILA’ after a sage with the same name. According to Hiuen Tsiang the place had a name ‘Gangadwara’. Prsent name Haridwar is the way to reach Hara [Lord Shiva, as claimed by Shaivites] or Hari [Lord Vishnu, as claimed by Vaishnavites]. Its main ghat is Hari Ka Charan or Hari Ki Pairi [Lord Vishnu’s footprints]. History has it that the ghats and around have also witnessed the massacre of Gosains, Bairagis and other devotees at different periods of time. When to go? All the year round. Avoid on weekends, public holidays and vacations because of crowd. If you wish to have peaceful…

  • Lucknow Badrinath on Bike
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    Badrinath: Lucknow to Badrinath road trip!

    In continuation with Road Trip from Lucknow to Tungnath On our return leg from Tungnath we arrived at Chamoli in the evening next day and instead of planning any stay there we decided to continue our onward journey. Crossing Vishnuprayag, the confluence of river Alaknanda and Saraswati we reached Pipalkoti. It was getting dark so we took a hotel near the bus stand for overnight stay. I had stayed there before and I remember that the place would be overcrowded but that day there were hardly any tourist. We had vegetable pakoras at the bus stand and on enquiry our doubts were put to rest. After the Kedarnath disaster two…

  • Trek route to Tungnath
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    Road Trip! Lucknow to Tungnath

    Instinctively, four of us [all teachers in the same school] decided to go on a long journey and that too on a bike. Instinctively, because tripe like these are never planned long before and also because none of us had ever embarked on an endeavour like this before. So we got our bikes serviced and on advice [or rather bad advice] of one of us, we commenced our journey from Lucknow at night without the finalization of the final destination [Surprisingly]. So the clothing that included jeans, warm jackets and rain coat was packed. Documents related to personal identity and vehicles were double checked and stacked carefully. First Aid box…