Each journey is a reminder of the olden days. Currently, one of Mollywood’s favourite actresses Samyuktha Menon is on a travelling spree and the actress, who has legions of fans, has posted some riveting photos of her jaunts on social media. From the snaps uploaded, it is quite evident that she is on cloud nine while relishing the pristine beauty of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Samyuktha has also shared the wonderful memories of her visiting the region while she was a child. “The sun is slowly rising. I can hear the sound of the flowing Ganges, the breeze from the Himalayas is giving me chills. Birds are chirping and I can hear chantings from the banks of the river. Had envisioned exactly like this in my childhood, at this moment I am living it!” scribbles Samyuktha below a photograph. In one of the pics, the talented actress is seen on the shores of the mighty Ganga River and in another she is seen enjoying the captivating Neerkanth waterfalls at Lakshman Jhula on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.
Rishikesh is 25km away from the holy city of Haridwar. The Ganges, after originating from the Himalayas, flows through the mountainous terrain and enters the plains at Rishikesh, which is known as the ‘Gateway of Himalayas’. Rishikesh, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the starting point of the journeys to holy places such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is also dotted with many ashrams, hermits and yoga centers.
When the Ganges reaches Rishikesh, the river is all zestful as the milky waters flow through the Shivalik mountain ranges. The ‘Ganga Aarti’ conducted on the banks of Ganga in the evenings is a visual treat.
Besides temples and ashrams, Rishikesh is also a hunting ground of adventure enthusiasts and facilities are in place to go on river rafting under the watchful eyes of professional guides. Travellers also flock to this beautiful place for trekking and mountaineering. The famous trekking routes include Garhwal Himalayan range, Roopkund, Kuari Pass, Kalindi Khal trek, Kankul Khal trek and Devi National Park. And the best time to lace up your boots and go hiking in Rishikesh is from February to October.