Motorcycle Diary: Ganga. From April 09, 2010 to May 09, 2010
03.03.2008 - 06.04.2009 19 °C
Every Year in summers i ride my 1962 Royal Enfield 350 along side the holy river Ganga on it's journey to the Bay of Bengal, from a small droplet of Glacier to the vastness of the ocean, from the Himalayas to the plains into the ocean on the path of life we know of is Ganga: the goddess of the river Ganga, India's most sacred body of water. Hindus believe that bathing in her holy waters will help wash one's sins away, and hence they conduct repeated ritualistic washings in the river to secure a place in heaven. The notion of purity has dominated the Hindu psyche for all the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, it was never extended to keeping holy places and surroundings free of filth. The patrons of purity, the Hindu orthodoxy, are now waking up to the fact that their sites of worship, including rivers like the Ganga, have been reduced to garbage dumps and cesspools of toxic material.Rivers like the Ganga and the Yamuna, lifelines for thousands of people, are for all practical purposes dead. State-sponsored plans with massive funds to free them of pollutants have failed in the face of official apathy. The government should penalise industries which refuse to upgrade to clean technology and install sewage treatment plans. There are any number of progressive judgments that have upheld the right of the people to a clean environment. In the coming years, water is bound to be the most needed, and the most scarce, natural resource. Rivers are not just sources of this precious resource, but are also embodiments of cultural and social memories. They support a variety of livelihoods, whose economic potential has not been fully realised. From fisheries to tourism, rivers present innumerable economic opportunities. The death of a river is the death of an ecosystem, and, also, an economy Therefore need your help to plan a trip to the Ganges offering your clients an unforgettable experiance from hiking on mountain peaks of Himiliya - Glacier - white water rafting - tiger safari (Jim corbett National Park) - Visiting temples dating back to the 8th and 9th centuaries reflecting the Heritage of India.
Start of my journey:
GOMUKH - glacier origin of the holy river Ganga, there is a SHIV TEMPLE 12 Km from Gangotri
The Gangotri Glacier, a vast expanse of ice five miles by fifteen, at the foothills of the Himalayas (14000 ft) in North Uttar Pradesh, is the source of Bhagirathi, which joins with Alaknanda (origins nearby) to form Ganga at the craggy canyon-carved town of Devprayag.
Second Stop was my favourite place in the whole wide world: Hrishikesh
Hrishikesh (from Hrishikesh, another name for Lord Vishnu) is a holy city for Hindus located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. It is also known as the gateway to Himalayas and it located about 25 kilometers away from another holy city, Haridwar, and is considered an access point for the cities that form the Char Dham - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Rishikesh also translates to mean - The land of the Rishis. The sacred river Ganga (anglicized to Ganges) flows through Hrishikesh. In fact, it is here that the river leaves the Shivalik mountains Himalayas, and flows out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient as well as new, can be found along the banks of the river in Hrishikesh.
From Devprayag to the Bay of Bengal and the vast Sunderbans delta, the Ganga flows some 1550 miles, passing (and giving life to) some of the most populous and historically acclaimed cities of India, including Kanpur (2 million), Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, and Calcutta (14 million). all these cities has a spiritual connection and all have a common link, a venue where all religions coinside as one on the "Ghats" of the river Ganga.
I wanted to write more about the places adn cities on the banks of Ganga but i have on purpose kept is just short as next year same time from April to May, i am interested to take a group of Adventurers on this journey of lifetime, so if anyone with the adventure sprit would like to join me on a trip of realization and tranquility of one's spiritual being on the path of life: Ganga. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to ask any questions that come to your mind regarding the same and i shall reply you back with utmost enthusiasm.
Feel the cold breeze on your face, smell the trees all the way, the closest you can get to freedom is with your guts and wits, as life is a journey and we all have to choose our path.