25.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
I was picked up early by my driver, Ringo, to hit the road up to Rishikesh. It was about 5 hours away, but we took it slow, and stopped off along the way. I was still so tired from the flight, and the early start, I kept falling asleep in the car. I felt bad! Once we were out of the craziness of Delhi the countryside opened up, to some beautiful landscapes. The roads varied from wide, smooth Tarmac, to just straight up dirt tracks!
We stopped off for lunch at a roadside place, it seemed nice enough. We had daal makhani and a potato dish I can't spell, or pronounce, with some naan and some chipatis. I thought it was delicious, and far better than anything we can get back home. However, Ringo wasn't impressed. Apparently the daal was too salty and the potatoes were too spicy! After stopping agin for some masala tea, which is one of the most amazing things I think I've tasted, we eventually arrived at Rishikesh around 5.00pm. The hotel was beautiful, nestled in the mountains, with the Ganges flowing nearby, it was so peaceful. The town is mainly a yoga retreat, so there were many more foreigners there than I'd seen for a while! It was so peaceful after the hustle and bustle and noise of Delhi.
That evening Ringo and i went for dinner, more daal (you'll see a theme occurring here), and then we had a couple of beers overlooking the mountains. I honestly can't describe how amazing this place was. There was a kind of serenity there you only find in a few places. I can understand why it's so popular with the hippies!! ;-)
My hotel room was great, with one of the biggest beds I've ever seen! I could lie sideways on it, and still have a good few inches at either end! I slept like a star fish, and slept well!!