“In the lap of nature”
As I went to Rishikesh with 22 families with children. Everyone seemed to be excited for three days trip. As our bus journey started, started pouring in thoughts of how about the place, how will be the stay, I have only heard about Rishikesh, Haridwar…and my main attraction was to attend evening Arti..near banks of river Ganga. Still I was thinking if the timings will match during Arti..??
Slowly we reached near one point away from famous bridge to enter n see Ganga flowing. Standing on the bridge I was wondering about the place, so much rush around bit of tiredness of our journey, i was in judgement little mean to see the flow of holy water… thinking what’s so great here..I have yet to see.
After spending Half and hour we again moved towards our bus taking us for further higher point, where our stay was arranged.
Finally we reached as soon as we got down we were given life saving jackets, we started wearing life jackets, without wasting time we had to cross Ganga before getting dark as on the other side of it we could see number of tents lined up. “Oh that is our stay going to be.” As we sat in the boat and strong flow of water made me realised how small we are as beings in front of that gushing flow of green water waves full of roar at the same time pure and beautiful feel of wind blowing was so magical about place.
We reached n stepped out of boat, handed jackets to the person n moved towards tents..oh no bed’s only tarpoline that two on sand. Sudden flash of my home comfort came in front of my eyes.
No thoughts came thereafter as I was now from my comfort zone to adjusting zone to nature. Soon our trip was organised to be ready for White River rafting n during flow we had a dip in strong current of water..Ganga holy dip, strongly holding rope I climbed back in Gemini..
Great experience to be in swirls of water, rolling us n taking us so fast that we could feel sudden drop of height, we nearly crossed seven swirls. More that any roller coaster ride in the lap of nature, filled everyone hearts with joy.
We had our meals, children started playing volleyball with net nicely fitted in sand in between. We clicked picture with camera. Evening sunset was full of shades of blue, orange, white lines in the sky slowly turning time into night time now sky full of twinkling stars.
No light, sand all around thoughts of home in Delhi..what do we miss staying in fast moving life is purity of being with in nature..cool breeze no fans no artificial lights..sounds of water,breeze created vast difference in the feelings to be in Delhi n now to be in nature.. morning I woke with sunshine outside the tent.
Doing yoga on sand was altogether new experience in itself. Now after breakfast two teams were made one had chosen rappling n other one of our team decided to start tracking up the hill. Slowly we started climbing n there was nothing accept rough dusty path taking us out more on height, no beauty around after 40 minutes of climbing took us all to have small break..still nothing much was there to see. Few more steps away n when we all turned our backs to see it was breathtaking view from top hill to see Holy river flowing in deep green water moving downward like natural painting but no sound of waves only we could hear wind, blowing giving us more coolness, uniting all my thoughts to be one with mind, body n soul.
We again ended up on the banks of river with bon fire, dances, program performance from children of all ages.
Next day was winding up I was leaving my feel behind to be in tents, staying next to banks of river, night sky, sunrise in morning so much of silence, peace around..
I turned around to say good bye to I don’t know what but ..
My most awaited moment came when our bus stopped near bridge, we all got down crossed that bridge n my most wow moment when we reached ashram footsepts, sat there in between so much of crowd with tourists, foreigners clicking pictures. I saw children clad in orange robes, bald heads walked, stood in proper line formation. They started chanting mantras as singing loud for lord’s glory oh my lord Arti was going on I was waiting for this to experience as a long shiva statue in sitting pose of sadhana all around were waves touching his feet n seeing Diya lit Arti and mantra chanting again left me thoughtless…..