Surprising, Exciting, Exhilarating Special Day in Rishikesh
Today a “face” came out of the “book”. I met a Facebook friend “face to face”.
I’ve been friends with Mukesh for some time now on Facebook. We met through another lovely mutual friend, Preeti. And today he was in Rishikesh area visiting his family and his new wife who live nearby on the way to Dehradun (he himself works in Delhi), and asked if I’d like to meet up. I was thrilled of course at the idea.
He is an extremely accomplished photographer. You can check out his work on Facebook : Mukesh Bhandari.
So he came to meet me by my room following my morning treatment which included a lovely massage, today by Devi, and my very favorite: steam bath. Still trying to get a photo of this…basically I am closed into a wooden box with just my head outside and wonderfully warm, moist steam is pumped through the box. It is luxurious. (You might remember an “I Love Lucy” episode where she got stuck in such a box).
Mukesh arrived by bike and we had a no special plans so just set out and before we realized it we were across Laxman Jhula bridge (not an easy task with the festival crowds in town at the moment)
I THOUGHT I was shooting a video but had pushed the wrong button!! 🙂 )
….he suggested we head up to the waterfall, and I of course agreed.
It was an exhilarating ride and he is a great driver. Very careful and considerate of his rider, who was ecstatically enjoying each movement, curve, sway and motion. The ride was really cold and I was not dressed properly, not imagining that this is what we would be doing. But it was so beautiful I really didn’t care.
It was so wonderful to be back on a bike again ..and to feel the wind on my face … the true meaning of flying free being felt as we drove along.
You can read about my previous bike adventures and my feelings the FIRST time I ever rode a bike at these links:
Bike Ride to Kunchapuri
We began our way up the forest trail towards the waterfall,
and each step revealed yet another scene of Natural beauty.
Mukesh told me that he took his fiancé here rather than to a fancy restaurant as most guys do. He couldn’t have taken her to a more beautiful place. As we neared the waterfall however, there was a place where we had to go across a small section of water.
Having not planned this, I was not wearing proper footwear and didn’t want to take the chance of getting my feet soaking wet and then having to continue riding back in the cold air in that condition. Did not want to take the chance of getting sick, so to our mutual dismay, that was as far as we got. We could hear the waterfall in the background, but not see it. But I WILL go back more suitably dressed at some point, and bring along a change of shoes if necessary.
We had to turn back but not before enjoying the beauty of the place
and Mukeshtaking lots of shots which I will eventually post once he gets them to me. It will be after he returns to Delhi and his PC.
From there, we took the upper mountain road overlooking Rishikesh below
We then found our way back to Ram Jhula, where I DID manage a video…but nothing compared to what we had to get through on Laxman Jhula.
It was an amazing day, even more so as it came as a complete surprise. I haven’t felt this energized in a very long time.
Just being back so close to Nature once again has its own healing powers. And the sense of freedom and the joy it brings have brought great blessings into this day.
Mukesh…you are an angel sent from God and I am grateful to Him and to you for this wonderful day.
Hope you will enjoy the gallery of photos which I myself shot. Being on such a journey with a fellow photographer has additional benefits, as he also looks forward to stopping many times along the way to take photos wherever possible. My shots will not be as good as his for sure, but they will give you some small feel for the beauty we were blessed with today.
Namaste from Rishikesh