Rishikesh Trip – The good , the bad and the ugly
Hey guys I hope everyone is doing great , today I will be writing about my Rishikesh trip which happened pretty long ago but I have sat down now to write about it , Me with 39 other college people and one professor went to the 5 elements camp. It is a camp in the Rishikesh region of Uttrakhand and has a very beautiful scenery which is heightened by the natural way of life . I am a Kumauni so when the people were scaring us about the heights I very easily went up and down the hill 😛
Here we are walking and walking for like 15 minutes to get to the camp from the road , it was not a straight walk though , we had to climb up and down mountains to get there and some people were pretty close to falling :p . People who got there luggage in rolling bags (which they were advised not to get ) they were helped by the people of the camp who took it and got to the cap for them ( nice of them) .
Oh yeah that’s me posing on the bridge which we had to cross to get to the camp
That is the lovely camp , all the nights irritation and anger went out of our heads when we saw the camp , it was so serene and solitary .
This is the view of the other side of the bridge . 🙂 Paweety 🙂
These are the tents which we lived in , me lived on the 5th tent from the right 😀 . you see those green boxes at the back of the bright white tent ? those are the toilets 😛
It was SUPER sunny and there was sand everywhere (Duh it’s a beach .. Sort off ;p) . The tents are very roomy and you also have the facility of zipping it all up and sleep away from the sun and the sand but the heat will not leave you.
Originally the tent had two beds , but they put one more bed considering the amount of people we were 😀 . you see that Zipper ? well that’s the “door” to the bathroom 😛
This is the bathroom which is a washbasin , a big wooden plank with a big hole in the middle which is used as a floor when you take shower , you have to take a shower with balti ka pani 😀 which is amazing but the thing that bothered me was that the “walls” of my bathroom were flowing with the wind as the whole bathroom was also made of the tent material and there was a window in that tent . I do have to admit I liked it in the heat that I could feel the wind when I was taking a balti shower .
The water that you used to bath with would get absorbed by the sand below and there would be no harm to the nature see ? 😀
The Camp had a volleyball net and a badminton net and other activities such as mountain repelling and climbing and swimming in the Ganges . I couldn’t really play badminton because the wind was so strong all the time 😛 . I loved just floating in the Ganga water , it was so cold but it was so much fun 😀
This was the area where we got our food and water , they had specific timings when we would get food but water was there always 😛 Thank god.
There is my classmate repelling .
The BAD –
1)While travelling to the camp I didn’t sleep the whole night because the buss they provided us had very BAD suspension and they whole bus was shaking and bouncing even in the straight road :/ a classmate had a neck problem because of that :/.
2)I love how they try to create the all natural environment and everything but I have been living in villages in vacations for a long time and when someone tells me , we have to do our business in the bushes and cover it with dirt I don’t mind but here it was a bit …. Unhygienic :/ . They have a small cell soft of made out of wood in which there is an English pot which is on top of a big ditch which takes in all of the …. You know, but the problem is you only get toilet paper :/ , sand to put in the ditch and did I mention how it stinks ? and how there are flies in the ditch which you can feel when you are … doing your business ? ( sorry for being graphic , just want to tell you my horrendous experience ) . Oh and a friend of my also said , he saw something move in the ditch :/ *I did not go to the loo after that*.
The ugly –
Our trip was cut short because of a problem , our professor’s house was broken into and all his money and belongings were stolen and as he was the only professor with us, he had to get back because he lives alone in Delhi and if he wasn’t there , there would not be an FIR written . All the students decided to go back the second day of our arrival. The issue was that we told the camp people our problems and they did not give us Any refund , they took our money which we gave for a 3 day stay and did not even give us one penny back :/ . I believe that was a bit too much and I did not like there service for that , I do not really think I can trust people like that who care only about my money and not the stay , I believe there should me more understanding and professional attitude :/ . we were a group of 40 people and they did not return our money , imagine if we were just 4 people , they wouldn’t even listen to us . I know that there must be some policy of not returning money or something but this was an emergency and they should have taken some step . all I can say is that I was disappointed .
Rating out of 5
Food – 4.5, it was very clean and nicely made 🙂
Service – – I can’t really rate this one because we had to do everything on our own so no question of service but it was a nice gesture to take the luggage of people who needed help .
Ambience – 5 , you go there and the calmness is just so beautiful
I suggest you should go there if you feel everyday busy life getting too much for you but be a little careful about the money.
Would I be going back – NO , because a) I am Kumauni so I go there to my village anyways
b) I am not impressed with them handling our situation .
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31 thoughts on “Rishikesh Camp – The Good , The Bad and The Ugly”
Komal I have been to rishikesh 2-3 times and have truely enjoyed the experience. You didn’t do rafting?
Totally agree with the bad part. the loos have always been so unhygienic but I somehow enjoy the food at the camps. the nights are quite scary because sometimes fox or other wild animals come near your tents. 😛
Loves the pics. 🙂
we were suppose to go for rafting :/ thats what we paid for toooo 🙁 :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: :pissedoff: , we had to do it the 2nd day :/ which obviously didnt happen 🙁 you should’ve seen our prof he was feeling so bad about cutting our trip short 🙁
I know poor guy.. :(( Feeling sorry for him. :((
he had to marry his brother so he had taken out the money from the bank to send to his family :/ and they stole it all 🙁 me thinks it was an inside job because noone else knew that he was going on the trip 🙁 i was there when he got the phone call 🙁 it was so heartbreaking 🙁
sad about the ugly part… That was mean. :((
Hey!!!!!!! Komal I have been to rishikesh 2 times………….but i wans nice experienced for me and we enjoyed lot………………… go with ur hubby after marriage you will definitely enjoy a lot!!! 😉 😉 ……….hey u kumaoni……..niceeeeeeeee than u go you native place as this will be also same ………. :yelo: :yelo:
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I haven’t been to rishikesh, but after reading ur experience, i m totally excited for it 😀 😀 super awesome trip!! I’m definitely going there with my friends now!! 🙂 🙂
Sad to hear abt d ugly part 🙁 🙁
I loveeeeeeeeeee Rishikesh and Haridwar…. omg…. so sorry about your prof and the lack of hygiene there– totally kills a trip :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick:
TFS the pics…. and I’m a fellow pahari too 😛 😛
YAY 😀 fellow pahari 🙂
The scene looks really serene and beautiful :)) !Too bad you cudn’t finish your trip as planned. And feeling really bad for your prof.
yeah , one day seems like 4 days there 😛
This looks so nice and serene… I just felt tranquility washing over me!!!! Sigh…..
Poor professor of yours and :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: for the people who gobbled up your money!!!
they actually took EVERYTHING , even his student bonds for scholarship :/ and his laptop in which he had his thesis for a paper he was to present :/
OMGG!!!! Poor guy…. :wilt: :wilt:
The scenary is sooooo pretty ! I have heard so much about Rishikesh and now I so wanna go there ! :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:
You know I went to the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer and they had very similar camps their ,oh and similar bathrooms too :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:
Hi Komal, I did my schooling in Hardwar and we used to regularly go to Rishikesh, see the jhoolas n come back.. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: but never knew abt this camp then. Sad that u guys dint enjoy the whole camp 🙁 Come to Kerala, this is a beautiful place. :))
😀 me really wanto come to Kerala 🙂 me love it
i wana go there :yahoo:
komal ur dp looks like ratis.
:p yeah i get that alot 😛
the color of the sand is soo pretty.. like dose brazil beaches (not that i’ve been dere)
yayyy for the good and :hunterwali: dose pple for the bad and the ugly!!
i :heart: hills 😀
That was one of the most useful reviews I have read…most ppl just give these glossy oh-its-so-beautiful reviews of their trip 🙂
😛 THANKU Radhika 🙂
oh my i love the pics Komal
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wow komal i always wanted to experience the “tent life”. well after hearing abt ur loo experience i dont anymore 😛
Komal, I’ll come back & araam se look at the pic in the morning, I’m going to sleep so just saw thoda thoda :yes:
woww…the place looks super relaxing…..but then the bad and ugly part are enuff for me to avoid….I would prefer more hygienic stay!! :))