A weekend in Rishikesh, beyond river rafting

I have visited Rishikesh about three to four times over the last few years as a weekend destination from New Delhi. Always, the agenda has been quite simple. Check-in to a camp site, head out for a thrilling rafting expedition and  after an exhilarating few hours in the  river head back to the camp site. Ending the day with a usually quite and relaxed evening on the banks of the Ganges.

The plan does vary person to person, group to group, but if I may allow myself to generalise a little, the itinerary pretty much remains the same for people looking for a weekend getaway in Rishikesh.  Of course let’s not forget that Rishikesh is also famously known for it being a Yoga and mediation destination. Ashrams  can be seen at every corner but then a trip like this would require much more time than a just weekend.

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Hotel review: Deo Bagh Neemrana, Gwalior

A seven hour drive from New Delhi (via the Yamuna Expressway), Gwalior city is typically not known a holiday destination, unless of course you are travelling to Orchaa, Khajuraho, Shivpuri or even Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Since we were on a two week road trip through Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior was a good option for us to take our first overnight stop between Delhi and Orchaa.  We had pre-booked a room in Deo Bagh Neemrana,  a heritage property located amidst two 17th and 18th century Maratha temples a hathi khana for elephants, stables and two cenotaphs.

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Time to get back on the road

Road trips are one way of holidaying I thoroughly enjoy and I have been quite regular with short trips in and around North India for many years now. But it’s been over 10 years since I did my last long distance trip. It was from Delhi to Goa spanning over a month covering 7 states and 22 cities.

I am heading to Madhya Pradesh for two weeks. Unlike the Delhi-Goa trip where I travelled with my buddies, this time, my wife is my companion along with her trusted Ford Figo.

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