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Peoplescape of Rishikesh May 18 - June 13, 2018

Peoplescape of Rishikesh

Location: Rishikesh (city), Uttarakhand (state), India

Greg GoldsteinGreg Goldstein
Greg was a pleasant surprise as he was equally a pleasant guy to be with. Smart, articulate, sharp, wholesome, well-read, poetic writer, open-minded, seeker, traveler - he had all that from the visible world he exudes. I'm sure there's more as you peel the layers. I find him to be a man of dimension.

Greg Goldstein
hanging out with Greg at Raahi The Travelers Nest Hostel

We talked endlessly about travel, philosophy, gurus, spiritual pursuits, mind expanders, yoga, Bitcoin, etc. He is quick to quote a best-selling author or a guru to underscore his point. I learned a lot from our talks. A sharing guy, he gave me a glimpse of his musical world as he played his music with DJ-ish backgrounder for added depth. A few days before he left, we hung-out much - he showed-up at my yoga class, joined me rafting the Ganga and introduced me to his montage of interesting friends - some of whom I'll be pursuing a connection with. We would often find ourselves in a cafe for a casual tete-a-tete that finds depth and breadth as we focus, amplify and explore topics we digress into. Enjoy Dharamsala, my friend!

--- TheLoneRider



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Romeo ManoRomeo Mano
(June 14, 2018) Live and let live, Git

Meena OliverMeena Oliver
(June 11, 2018) ...forgot to say that we bumped into each other 3 times in different places! Awesome and om! Anyway, let's follow our travels and perhaps will coincide somewhere 🙂

Madlén HjelmrothMadlén Hjelmroth
(June 3, 2018) It is a pleasure to have met you Gigit 🙂

Hana VanovaHana Vanova
(June 2, 2018) Revenge is sweet, right? 🙂 My manners really are dreadful. Will try to keep it more on hold... Mission impossible. Have fun in Rishikesh! Love H

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(June 2, 2018) Your manners are a refreshing departure from safe answers and political correctness. Love you just the way you are 🙂

Hana VanovaHana Vanova
(June 3, 2018) flatterer 🙂

Greg GoldsteinGreg Goldstein
(June 2, 2018) It is such a pleasure to know you. Nothing but love, my brother 🙏


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Rishikesh (city), India

hotels in Rishikesh hotel
  • RAAHI The Travellers Nest - backpacker-friendly, dorm rooms, central location, tours & rafting, motorbike rental, great place to meet people
    Paidal Marg, Laxman Jhula, 249192 Rishikesh

Travel Tips for Rishikesh

  1. climate-wise, best time to visit Rishikesh is from October to February when temperature is cool. This is also the high season for foreign travelers.
  2. May to June (my time of visit, before the monsoon rains) is HOT and DRY. Temperatures can reach beyond 40° and your skin/lips dry up. Great to go rafting or a dip in the Ganga River for respite. There are mostly Indian devotees and Indian tourists flocking to Rishikesh. Westerns tourists are few, but Rishikesh gets crowded specially while crossing the 2 bridges, Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Lodging prices can be negotiated down to INR 300/night for a bunk bed in a dorm room as this is low season.
  3. During the cooler season when any of the hugely popular gurus or babas visit to give a satsang, eg. Prem Baba, Mooji Baba, all rooms are fully booked from Rishikesh to Hardiwar!
  4. short power outages frequently happen during the day

How to get to Rishikesh from New Delhi by bus

  1. bus terminal Bus - take the Metro Yellow Line and get off at Kashmiri Gate. Exit the station from Gate 7 and enter the ISBT building - this is the bus terminal. Go down one flight and go to Platform 14. This is where you buy the bus ticket and board the bus. A/C bus, INR 454, 6 hours. You can take the 10:30pm bus and arrive 5am in Rishikesh.

    scam alert! - over the ticket counter, the guy may verbally charge you INR 765 - this is usually the online price of the bus ticket. But I looked closely at the printed ticket, and found the price at INR 454. I demanded more change! The guy knew he's been discovered and gave me back the rest of the change.

    You will arrive in Rishikesh at Adarsh Gram. To get to your hotel, travelers usually share a tuk-tuk (called Vikrams) for INR 10-20/passenger if shared. Since I arrived 5am, there was no one to share so I ended up paying a negotiated INR 150.

Travel Tips for India

General Travel Tips

  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.

India Blogs by TheLoneRider

    DHARAMSHALA

  1. Life in Upper Bhagsu, Dharamshala June 16-23, 2018
  2. Matters of the Heart Jun 17, 2018
  3. A First Timer in Dharamshala Jun 14, 2018
  4. NEW DELHI

  5. Meditation with Shirly Pnina at Lodi Garden, New Delhi May 15, 2018
  6. A First-Timer in New Delhi, India May 12-17, 2018
  7. RISHIKESH

  8. A 26-Day Mini-Life in Rishikesh May 18 - June 13, 2018
  9. Peoplescape of Rishikesh May 18 - June 13, 2018
  10. Rafting the Ganga River with Greg Goldstein June 1, 2018
  11. White Water Rafting on Ganga River, Rishikesh May 25, 2018
  12. Satsang (spiritual discourse) by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati May 21, 2018
  13. Ganga Aarti (devotional fire ritual) at Parmarth Niketan Ashram May 21, 2018
  14. Bouncing Back into Yoga in Rishikesh May 21, 2018
  15. Exploring Rishikesh, India May 18, 2018
  16. SONAULI

  17. India e-VISA snag May 9, 2018
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