In Arpil 2018, my friend, her husband and I decided to go for river rafting in Rishikesh. We decided to first go to Har Ki Pauri as the couple wanted to conduct their daughter’s mundan (tonsure) there. My mother, friend’s mother-in-law, my another friend and her mother also joined us in this trip.
We were supposed to leave Delhi by 12:30 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Thinking of having a thrilling rafting experience in Rishikesh, we were so excited but for us the adventure started right from Delhi.
On the night of departure, the driver came so late at around 3:30 a.m. with excuses of traffic. By 4 a.m., he picked all of us and finally we set off for Rishikesh. It was not even 2 hours since we started our journey, my friend saw the driver dozing off many times. When asked, the driver told us that he had not taken proper rest so my friend’s husband took the wheel while the driver was sleeping on the middle row of the seat. He was in such a deep sleep that many times, he fell towards my friend’s shoulder.
My friend’s husband drove till we reach Har Ki Pauri around 10 a.m. By that time, the driver had a good sleep and was ready to drive us. My friend’s daughter was tonsured there. After that, we all took a holy dip in the holy River Ganges followed by breakfast and then left for our hotel in Rishikesh.We reached there around 11. Our mothers stayed back in the hotel with kids and soon rest of us left for rafting. We stuck in heavy traffic jam there for almost 30 minutes but somehow reached the rafting spot.
Like our driver, our raft guide also contributed in making the entire adventure memorable. Before going, he gave us few instructions on how to raft throughout the trip. But only my friend and I did it properly.
Many times our instructor lost his cool. It was really very hilarious. His frustration with us was clearly visible throughout the rafting expedition. 😆
Once it was over, we had light meal and came back to our hotel.
The next morning, we checked out of the hotel. Then, we visited Ram Jhoola as much as we could because of time limit and finally set off for Delhi.
Throughout the entire journey, the driver showed us tantrums. Therefore while we were still in Rishikesh, he received a strong rebuke from my friend for his misbehaviour. Her strong dosage of rebuke worked and after that he drove us to Delhi without any drama. But no, there was still some adventure left in that journey.
We were supposed to reach Delhi maximum by 11 a.m. But due to severe traffic at many places in Uttar Pradesh, we were late by many hours. During the journey, I fell asleep only to wake up with the scaring views of huge fields at night. It was all dark around and nowhere we could find any roads or houses. There were only fields everywhere. To avoid heavy traffic, they took the route suggested by google map and ended up nowhere. This thing again happened to us during our Dehradun trip in 2019. So, I advise never to take any shortcut route suggested by Google Maps until and unless you are sure about it. Except kids, we all were awake and bit scared. But finally, we crossed that entire area and found the main road to Ghaziabad. We all breathed a sigh of relief!
From there it took us around 1 hour to reach Delhi and finally, we all reached our homes safely by 3 a.m.