|Inside the Little Buddha Cafe|
1. Go to Shimla and explore.
2. Go to Rishikesh and explore.
Since I have already been up to Shimla, and I heard that Rishikesh offers adventure tours, we decided to go with plan b. Just a heads up: This trip was jam packed, it's always wise to plan before leaving, and travelling with S. B. is directly correlated to extremes in physical/mental exhaustion and sheer hilariousness.
5 of us agreed on Rishikesh about an hour before arriving at the bus terminal. We had hopes of river rafting, bungee jumping, massages and spiritual/religious experiences. Again, some pre-planning would have lead us to knowing that during the monsoon season (July to Mid-September), White water rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping and Bungee Jumping are closed due to high and dangerous water levels. The only options we came across on short notice were Jungle/Mountain Treks, Exploring the City, and Visiting Temples.
1. Hotel - Shri Sant Sewa Yatri Niwas - 200 Rupees each, Yoga at 7:30 am, overlooking the Ganges
2. Little Buddha Cafe - Slow Service, Delicious Food.
3. Jungle Trek from Temple down to Base of Mountain - 800 Rupees each, roughly 6 hours. Includes a 15 km drive up the mountain. Hike begins at the Shri Kunjapuri Temple at the peak of the mountain. A trek through the jungle leads you to multiple waterfalls, rice-fields and small rural houses. Booked at the Hotel.
4. Within the City - There are more temples than I can count, so I won't go into too much detail. Just walk around and explore. Also, there are a number of small markets where you can find Nepali trinkets and Indian Clothing.