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#1 Nov 26th, 2002, 01:01
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greetings all -
a fellow enthusiast recommended rishikesh as a destination worth checking out, especially around christmas, for the ganesha puja. she also recommended the green hotel. anyone else with any experience in rishikesh?
thanks! (5 days and counting!)
- carol
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#2 Nov 26th, 2002, 01:15
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some years ago I had a great time in rishikesh....
mostly by watching the pilgrims and a lot of really weird and crazy
babas and holy man ..
I stayed at the gmvn tourist bungalows..in a very nice setting..with great food and service as well..a double was 100 ruppes that time
(1996),
the only negative thing was I got a very bad amobea dysentry
in rishikesh,but this could have happened everywhere..
#3 Nov 26th, 2002, 03:38
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Like the new avatar, paan wallah!
rpdnplstk, I don't know anyone who doesn't like Rishikesh. It's got a lot of good things going for it - great food, a nice vibe, good places to stay, and the area across the river is the near the start of the Rajaji National Park (sometimes you can see wild elephants here!).

You'll find lots of places to stay. The Green Hotel is popular, but I'd recommend the Hotel Rajdeep in the Swarg Ashram area. The Rishilok GH (formerly the Tourist Bungalow) is a bit more expensive these days, and the cheaper rooms (about Rp. 300 with attached) are rather dark and cold in the winter. It is still a good place to go for its garden restaurant, though.
If you want more info on Rishikesh, you can read about it here

Have a good trip!
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thanks, midnight! your description sounds terrific, since i'm way into the "good food, good vibe, nice places to stay + elephants!" idea of travel no matter where i'm going. in rishikesh, i'm in it for the elephants.

was it you who said, in some other post somewhere on this board, that you saw elephants and camels in delhi on your first taxi ride into the city? where do the elephants and camels who live in delhi hang out?? i keep trying to imagine that, and it's sort of like someone saying "oh, yeah. i saw elephants and camels when i was driving through brooklyn the other day".

thanks again!
- carol
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"The streets are quiet and cool after midnight, and scents of jasmine drift between the heavy "green" odours that you will probably know from nowhere else. On my first ever arrival in Delhi, our taxi sped past camels and elephants lumbering along the road at 1 am!"
Are you thinking of this, Carol? This is from the FAQ section of my site, in the part "Help! I arrive in Delhi near midnight, what can I do?"

I'm not sure where the elephants came from at that hour, but the camels probably belonged to migrant Rajasthanis who had camps between the airport and town. I'm not sure if they're still there today - this was 15 years ago.

The wild elephants you might see on the other side of the river from Rishikesh are quite dangerous, so you should stay a decent distance from them. You'll certainly see elephant shit on the paths, even if you go just a little way into the forest.

Another advantage of Rishikesh is that it's the "right side" of Delhi airport to make it a feasible alternative to the big smoke as your last place before flying out. A taxi from Rishikesh to IGIA is around Rp. 900, and will get you from Rishikesh to your plane without any of the intermediate hassles of New Delhi. I'm planning on doing this myself on my next trip.
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if only i could remember WHERE i see things as accurately as i remember WHAT i see....

yes! that's the post, and at least i remembered that it was you who had had such a dramatic intro to the city.

the elephants i hope to have close contact with at rishikesh are the tame ones that (according to the park's web site) you can ride into the forest in order to see the wild ones. i can't imagine that riding an elephant is in any way comfortable or comforting, but maybe i'm just making up for not having been into horses as an adolescent girl. for whatever reason, i want to see both kinds, from appropriate distances.

i will need to stick kind of close to delhi for the week of christmas - i have some appointments at the embassy to work out - so finding places like rishikesh that are laid back and interesting while not requiring hours of hard travel away from delhi is important. while in delhi, i will be staying in the tibetan settlement, so i'm hoping that will make the whole thing a little more bearable.

your site is a great one by the way, toker!
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I remember an elephant that would pass my guesthouse in Pahar Ganj around breakfast time. I got wildly excited every time , the people working in the guesthouse got about as excited as we get here about seeing a reindeer... (= big yawn).
Did not meet the elephant during my last, brief visit in Pahar Ganj, though - maybe he lost his job ?
( Retraining program for unemployed elephants : www.elephantart.com)
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Does anyone know when it's a good time to get to rishikesh
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Well the best time to visit Rishikesh is March _april(when its not too hot, and not too many Indian tourists) and in October, when ts not too cold. In summer and mansson(rainy season) the river Ganga is muddy too.(soft lithologies and lot of landslides in the uper Himalayas). The chotiwala, the best restaurant, is not crowded this time. In summers its almost impossible to find a table there. Feel free to conact if u have any specific querry.

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