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India 2010 Part 3 - Mussoorie and Rishikesh

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An October 2010 trip to Uttarakhand by koshkha

Kempty Falls Photo, Mussoorie, India More Photos
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Kempty Falls

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Attraction | "Don't Fall In!"

Kempty Falls Photo, Mussoorie, India
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On our arrival in Dehradun we'd arranged with the hotel to get a car for the next day to take us to Mussoorie, the nearest of the great old hill stations so beloved of the Brits back in the days of the Raj. When the temperatures rose in the summer, anyone who could would head up into the mountains to escape the searing temperatures of the rest of the country. Discovering that Dehradun was a lot hotter and more humid than we'd expected it to be, we too were looking for respite from the heat and some good clean mountain air.We'd booked a rather small car – an Indica – and it arrived at 11 am and would be ours until 7pm that evening. Our driver was young, smiley and although he didn't say muc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2010

Kempty Falls
Chakrata Road
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mooching in Mussoorie

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Hotels clinging to the mountainside Photo, Mussoorie, India
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After our visit to the absurd Kempty Falls, the driver we'd hired for the day finally turned back and drove us to Mussoorie. We'd all been quite excited earlier in the day when we'd arrived in the town and then baffled that the driver had just kept going without stopping. When we had crawled back up the mountainside we were hungry and eager to see what the town had to offer.I have a weakness for the Indian hill stations, enjoying the historic sense of their importance to the European settlers who were desperate to survive the worst of the sub-continent's extreme heat. We've been to Shimla, the winter capital of the British administration and to Darjeeling, more loved as the bolt-hole of th...Read More

Divine Resorts Laxman Jhula

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Hotel | "Divine? Not Quite, but Very Pleasant"

Divine Resorts Laxman Jhula Photo, Rishikesh, India
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I became fascinated with the idea of going to Rishikesh after seeing the town's famous Aarti ceremony on television. Doing my research when planning our recent trip, I discovered it was a bit of a cult destination - much loved by locals as a place of religious pilgrimage and ritual cleansing and by foreign tourists of a particularly hippy yoga-loving bent. If you want to go and spruce up your yoga skills or find a guru, chances are you'll head to Rishikesh, a sublime place nestling in the crook of a bend in the Ganges. Rishikesh is actually less 'holy' than it's sister city, Haridwar, but it's a lot cleaner, prettier and more manageable if you're not ready for full on lepers, beggars and weird chaps ...Read More

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Divine Resorts Laxman Jhula
Tapovan, 3 Kms from Rishikesh
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192
09560024446

Madras Cafe

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Restaurant | "Is it in the Book?"

Suspension Photo, Rishikesh, India
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My sister Aileen still believes in the wisdom of guidebooks but unfortunately not in carrying them around. She'll insist on walking around to look for a restaurant that's in her guidebook even though she can't actually remember what the name was or where it was located. It's not brought us to blows yet, but it's heading that way. In Rishikesh it's not easy to find restaurants in the conventional sense of the word because so many of the visitors are chowing down on a lentil stew at their ashram. Aside from street food that looks tempting but might land you in bed and the bathroom for a couple of days, we were really struggling to find somewhere to eat after going to the Aarti ceremony down at the river...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2010

Madras Cafe
Ram Jhula
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
(0135) 2433291

Entrance to the Aarti site Photo, Rishikesh, India
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The 'must do' thing in Rishikesh is the daily Aarti ceremony down by the banks of the Ganga river. This takes place for about an hour before sunset and for a while after. We didn't find out quite how long it kept going because our western bottoms were numb after about one and a half hours sitting on stone steps and we snuck off before it finished.Our guidebook maps were rubbish so we asked the hotel receptionist where to go. We were staying at the Divine Resort on the quiet side of the river away from the 'action' and he told us to head down the hill, across the new Shivananda Jhula bridge (about 15 minutes walk away) and then turn right. As we headed through the bazaar on the other bank o...Read More