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15/11/06

Of 10 ft HiGh WaVeS & A HuGe BaTh TuB…

The plan almost got canceled, I was not sure if I wanted to take a chance with the weather…But then it did not get as cold as it usually gets in November… I, however, kept preparing myself by not using warm water to take a bath… Kept using cold water and infact enjoying it, to condition myself to the cold in Rishikesh ?

The evening finally came and I got the tank filled to the brim for the long drive ahead… Deepak reached home… we had food and then surrendered to sleep around 0030 hrs, Saturday… not before we gave the women a strong challenge in talking about everything and anything under the sun… The funny thing is that I had said no to a movie Friday night because I wanted to sleep early looking at the long day on Saturday… but then.. Men will be Men…

Saturday started pretty early… around 0300 hrs… with a few phone calls, packing ( yes yes I am a last minute packing person)… picked up Tushar from near his place and reached the Radisson, NOIDA where we were to meet the rest of the Gang from Aseem’s company… Aseem was delayed by 10 minutes, but we were still not late… He had his share of drive in the morning… Faridabad to Gurgaon to NOIDA… I think we can call it another “Golden Triangle”… What say?

Anyway, a total of 11 people, in two different cars left NOIDA Radisson around 0445 hours. For some reason, this Qualis was SLOW… though it left like 10 minutes before yes, and because we had to turn back to get Aseem’s jacket we took another 10 minutes… I managed to cover these 20 minutes and add atleast 45 another minutes to my advantage on the entire route with two breaks… I like it & Radha ROCKs…

After Meerut, thick fog welcomed us, and I was forced to drive very very slow for a long time… it was only after Muzaffarnagar Bypass that I could pick up some speed… Oh and two things worth mentioning here…

1) Anjie spent a good 15 minutes in the bathroom in the morning… When asked, she told us that she had done everything possible in the bathroom :D Please ask Anjie for a reason why this information from her is so important :D
2) I remembered Aseem where he had Pee’ed away his 6600 to glory… this is the railway crossing on the Bypass !!! And the incident happened on one of our rafting trips only !!!

A quick pee break near Khatauli, a tea break after Muzaffarnagar… no traffic jams… thick fog… ensured that we were in Rishikesh around 0900 hrs… in a li’il over 4 hours…

What followed was some chitchat… and a lot of wait!!! Aseem and party come around 0945 hrs… some of them were not adequately dressed for rafting , but were enthusiastic enough which more then made up for the rest of the things…

Next I had to wait for Anand and his two friends; meanwhile we changed our clothes, called Pradeep (our rafting guy), roamed around, and had breakfast…

Around 1130 hrs, we finally left for Shivpuri… The water was cold, but the weather great !!! And finally we started… and here is what happened:

  • The best rapids in the last 3 years that I have faced…
  • Roller Coster was the best !!! I was in the front left and I tried my hell best to row through the damn rapid but then the force of nature is something that leaves you nowhere !!!
  • I was in the front of the raft not rowing for two rapids and atleast 1000 litres of water hit me in both these rapids on my face… This is when Tushar also got slapped big time by water :D
  • AWESOME fun it was…
  • One of rafts in front of us flipped in Roller Coster…
  • I did not get out of the raft for swimming this time, however picked people up from the water and got them back to the raft…
  • Angie tried to jump from the cliff, and was really really brave to climb up, but she could not gather enough courage to jump from there… But she more then made up for it by being one of the best rowers on the raft… Kudos to her for the kinda effort she made…
  • Some of the best pictures on the lunch break… We did not notice but the four of us were dressed in primary colours… ->Angie – Blue ->Deepak – Green ->Tushar – Yellow ->Me – Red ( as usual)
  • Surprisingly the water was not that cold this time… and it was the cleanest in all the trips I have made so far…

Got off the raft and decided to retire in a hotel near the Parmarth Ashram… The Raj Palace is where we stayed… Good rooms they were… once in the rooms we did not really feel like getting out checking anything else Conversations followed… And then dinner… very very nice Italian Restaurant…

Anjie was the first one to sleep, followed by the rest of us.. And was the first one to get up on Sunday…
And here is what she managed to do that Sunday morning:
~ Bug all the three guys…
~ Make unsuccessful attempts to wake all three of us up…
~ Roam around Rishikesh and sit next to the Ganges for an hour before coming back to the hotel and try to wake all of us up…
~ Take a bath early morning before 0700 hrs… Phew!!!

We finally got up… and then pondered over the idea of trekking to a waterfall… and because Tushar and Angie pushed the idea with a lot of force, Me and Deepak agreed!!!

And AM I HAPPY OR WHAT!!!

We had breakfast at Chotiwala, and then moved to NeelKuddu, from where our trek was to start…

We walked for about 35 minutes on a way which was steeper then most of the treks I have done… and then reached a place which was amazing… a nice clean waterfall, which a made up hugggggggggggge bath tub… and Angie again was the first one to enter the water… Tushar followed and then me and Deepak… we spent a good hour and a half in the water playing around... clicking pictures taking videos… and some of the pics are worth sharing… the rest I rather keep it for public viewing… :D we managed to dry ourselves in about 30 minutes, walk back to the car, and then drive back to Delhi…

Two pit stops…
One @ Haridwar to get Ganga Jal
Second @ Roorkee, which included some fantastic Lassi and Chole Chaat…

A long drive with music followed… the music genre shifted from Rock to Hindi Happy to Retro !!! and that kept the tempo up !!!

Dropped Deepak @ 2130 hrs at the Welcome Metro Station
Had a quick bite in Dilshaad Garden with Anjie, met Rohit, talked for a while, and then rushed to NOIDA to quickly grab a bite again with Tushar… Thankfully, the sector-25 Rolls-wala was still open and we could eat…

Finally reached home around 2300 hrs and surrendered to sleep…

I am sure I was smiling all night with the happiness I brought with me…


The pictures from the trip can be checked out HERE.

22 comments:

  1. I love Golf Course. Roller coaster is good too. What a thrill! Nothing compares. I really miss Rishikesh.

    Will go together sometime. Only thing is, I prefer the left front than the right front. Are you ok with right front?

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  2. # subbu...
    hmm... Golf Course, Three Blind Mice and Roller Coaster are my favorites...

    subbu, we have a problem here... i need the front left :) or we keep changing places...

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  3. Oh Three blind mice too. Twisting and turning... our guide once showed us how to come back to the second turn after crossing the third turn there... awesome fun.

    We can alternate between left and right; not ready to compromise on the "front".

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  4. # subbu...
    oka... I am not really keen on sitting on the right bro !!! us baat ke liye muafi :)

    par maybe we can switch between hiside and the left front... abhi to tu january ki dates bata mereko !!!

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  5. good description as always and it was great fun............:)
    cant wait to go back again :D

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  6. I was constantly thinking of the only time I went with you guys. I won't forget it for a long time. You guys manage to organise it once in a while!

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  7. another fun trip.....had loads of fun, haan!

    its always a pleasure to read your write ups on your trips and everytym i read these discriptive posts you know how do i feel....gawd i too wanna go there!!!

    btw pics kahan hain???

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  8. good post. it was fun reading it.

    u guys rock ! :)

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  9. u prob will remain d best in describing things

    - from start time to halt time
    - from some1's pee's to some1's all fresh talk in d morning.
    - from a bath from 1000 lts or a slap of water to some1
    - from chotiwala till lassi

    now i've come to know y u said this ws d best...i'm missing so many trips which i wud have attented wid u but m sure u wud write books on it so that person like me can actually have best of fun netime i visit.

    Keep the Good Work Going Man!!!

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  11. I miss the fact that I could not get a call on Sunday night with all the details poured over the phone in one mad rush of words, excitement and madness.

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  12. check out my nainital pics on Flickr.. and i as usual will be waiting for ur pics..

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  13. # deepak...
    totally... even i am waiting for the next trip already...

    # rohit...
    I plan to go every six months !!! join me whenever you want to...

    # soo...
    totally :D

    # burf...
    yes bro... definitely...

    # shweta...
    total funn it was :)

    thank re... i think you should go atleast once... its like a different world on the raft always !!!

    pics will be uploaded soon... i do not have a camera these days, will upload the ones clicked with tushar's camera...

    @ mayuri..
    We Sure do !!!

    :D

    @ ankur...
    thanks a ton bro...

    books yes... sometime..

    # sayan..
    :( that would have made the trip complete... isn't it?

    # ankur...
    abe nainital kyon gaya thaa... gandi jagah hai !!! :D

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  14. Awesome ... reminds me of my 1st rafting trip with this gang ... hell lot of fun and this was time when Aseem and his 6600 happened ... i'm sure Aseem would hv pee'ed to glory this time thre with all his senses on his cell ...
    Deep Pras Tushar Aseem is always gr8 company to trip with ... ;)

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  15. hey shammi man, how r u doing?

    om - bhai red, blue, green, yellow wali pic to post karo - XL size me :D

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  16. # shammi...
    thanks bro... its nice to read such nice words about yourself :D

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  17. U managed to put that 6600 part again in this post. Good to see that u didn't miss my name... and yes the trip was awesome... thanks to you for making the arrangements for my team...



    BTW where are the pics

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  18. @shammi
    I managed to control it and used the restrooms [:)]

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  19. # aseem...
    u are an integral part of Bhai's life bro.... tereko aise thode hi miss karunga...

    and i just did what i could... no thanks...

    Pics still with burf...

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