TRAVEL DIARIES: THE RISHIKESH ESCAPADE

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~People don’t take trips, trips take people~

John Steinbeck, the man who gave this wonderful quote was absolutely right, probably that is why the Goibibo team found itself in the train to Haridwar on a sunny afternoon. With our backpacks, DSLRs and travel zeal, some 50 of us from the Gurgaon and Banglore office left from New Delhi. There is a traveller in all of us but when trapped in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to explore, to wander and to seek experiences. The forgotten adventurer that lay within us awoke with our trip to Rishikesh. Yes, from Haridwar we took the bus to Rishikesh, the gateway to Himalayas.

Indian Railways to our rescue

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Travelling-It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

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Thus said Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan explorer and it did lead to writing of this post. However, it’s difficult to explain the sheer ecstasy our stay at Phool Chatti Resort gave us. It turned us speechless and left us in a hangover that we are still trying to find the right words to share the high we experienced during river rafting. Beauty turns you into a writer but try as hard as much, the beauty of Rishikesh can never be expressed in the written word. We’ll let the pictures do the talking for now.

The Campsite

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Are we actually doing it?

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Hell yeah!

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Outdoor games, eh?

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Would you smile for the camera, please?

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Let’s take a stroll in the woods

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Yes, it’s cold but I’ve got warmth for you

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Come, shake a leg!!!

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Yeah! No party is complete without drinks

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And because St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” we won’t stop here, we will keep travelling. For a traveller, there’s no fixed destination and there are no fixed plans. A journey is of a thousand miles and one life is just not enough for an explorer. So, dance amidst the cool winds and the high hills, make friends in strangers, live on the edge and drive the HIGHWAY.

By Harshita Srivastava

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