The travel by Garib Rath was good, fast, cheap and on time. We reached Delhi only half hour late i.e. by 11 am next day. We went to the New Delhi Railway station by bus. After lunch in a small restaurant we were in the platform for more than two hours. The layover time was more than four hours. There was lot of commotion in the platform because of Kanwar Yatra. Many people flocking to Haridwar for the Holy dip in the Ganges. Our train Jan Shatapti to Haridwar reached Haridwar late by nearly two hours. It was 9.30 pm by the time we reached the Hotel. Had dinner and rested overnight.
We got up in the morning and had a bath in the Ganges. Mentally energizing though the water was cold. After the breakfast in the hotel we set out for a walk seeing the enormous crowd of the Kanwar Yatris. The never ending slogan of "Bham Bham Bole". Then we proceeded to Mansa Devi temple. Since the vehicles are banned in most of the roads, one has to walk towards most of the places.
One can walk up the small hillock or else take the rope way. They charge Rs.75/- for the ropeway. We took the ropeway and worshipped the goddess Mansa Devi. There was a heavy crowd and I lost my mobile in the rush. So I rushed back to the room called the call center and blocked my number. The afternoon was spent on buying a new mobile phone and another SIM but the SIM did not get activated because it is in a different Telecom circle.
On the way back to the room we went to Maya Devi temple which is one of the Sakthi sthals. An important temple which draws less visitors and is not known to many. Rest of the evening was spent on downloading the apps in my new mobile and a long walk along the Ganges. Spent some time sitting on the banks of the Ganges . After dinner packed the belongings and next day after the breakfast took a cycle rickshaw to the railway station.
Just for a fare of Rs.10/- in a passenger train we went to Rishikesh. After nearly two hours of journey we reached the Rishikesh station and took an auto to reach our Hotel Trihari.
To cap it we participated in the Ganga Aarti of the temple which unlike the public aarti's was more pious and holy being conducted inside the temple campus and was also less crowded. We felt blessed at the end of the day and walked back to our Hotel after having a light dinner.
In the Triveni Ghat both myself and my wife had a holy bath in the Ganges. The water current was very high so one venture further than the second step in the ghat. One has to use small mugs to take bath, no dip is possible.
Back to the room after the bath and a good lunch. We ventured back to Triveni Ghat again in the evening to watch the Ganga Aarti. It was good. But the earlier days aarti was more intimate and holy.
We were staying in Hotel Super in Missouri, it is close to the Mall road and the Picture Palace bus stand, the reason I chose it. Since it was late I ordered lunch with the Hotel. The lunch was horrible to say the least. We took some rest and went for a long walk. Had dinner on the Mall road.
After a good night's sleep and freshening up, we went to Lovely Omelet and a good bread & omelet. Lovely Omelet is a famous shop and he has been on many travel magazines and TV. The break fast was good.
Next day evening we got our train to Varanasi which took 24 hrs to reach Varanasi from Dehradun. The train was very slow and waited pretty long time for crossings. The train was near empty after Lucknow. We took an auto from the Varanasi junction to our Hotel Ganges Grand. It was raining heavily and roads near the Hotel were closed due to the Kanwar Yatra. Luckily hotel sent people to pickup my luggage and it was a small walk but by the time we reached hotel we were covered with mud.
After the Holy Darshan we were back in the hotel took, some rest, had breakfast and booked for a day trip in around Varanasi.