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Incredible India - Pt 2: Rishikesh

We spent several days in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

While we were there, we did some ritual dunking in the Ganges (Ganga Puja -> Ganges worship) as well as some recreational splashing around.

The water is really clean there and frickin' cold as its coming straight from the Himalayas. We were watching a pretty formal Ganga Puja at this temple and all of a sudden someone drives a bulldozer through the water, right behind Shiva. It was a little odd.

We also did a lot of yoga! Again, I have to thank our teacher, the amazing Gopi Kinnicutt for the incredible modifications. It may have been painful, but my hips now touch the ground in pigeon!

Our trip also included some great recreational activities! The shopping was plentiful ( I did buy a couple of new travel outfits that I wore the entire time)

and we all got some henna done.

We also went white water rafting on the Ganges. The funny thing is that the rafting wasn't near as scary/terrifying as the driving was. To get uphill/upstream for the rafting, our driver took us on what felt like 30 minutes of speed-demon turns on a one lane road in the mountains. The only consolation was that I had heard if you died in the Ganges, that you could skip the constant reincarnation and go straight to Nirvana. Lucky us!

We went on a safari through a wildlife preserve, where we got to see elephants in the wild. The ones we saw had babies so our driver zoomed past really fast in case they got aggressive.

We had a really great time in Rishikesh until the loml ingested water from the Ganges. At which point, we were in for a 103 degree fever overnight, followed by a couple of days of 'Delhi Belly'. But, he's a strong man, and soon recovered. And to be fair to the Ganges, it could have been something else that got him sick.


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