Standing Beneath a Waterfall!

By Mridula Dwivedi March 25, 2013 19 Comments , ,

I just got back from a trip to Rishikesh. We did a bit of rafting and visited two waterfalls that were a short trek away. Now I have crossed many waterfalls in my life while trekking. But I never managed to get beneath one. This water fall was close to Muni Ki Reti area and it was the first one beneath which I stood.

Standing Beneath a Waterfall

Standing Beneath a Waterfall

Two things helped me to decide that I was going to go beneath this waterfall. The first was the warm weather and delicious water. While I trek sometimes I am wearing layers of clothes. And a waterfall never looks inviting when you are freezing to death anyway. I have seen brave souls entering water even then but I am not one of them. I do not deal with cold well.

On this day the weather was warm and it felt good to put my feet into the water. Later after a rappelling session that ended in this pool I decided to get beneath the waterfall as well. The second thing that made me go was the pool itself. The pool surrounding the fall was shallow and of a decent size. It gave the feeling of a natural bath tub ( one of my team members described it as such), only it had its own waterfall attached to it and on a much grander scale than any bathtub I have seen in the hotels.

Beneath a Waterfall and What a Feeling it Was!

What a Feeling it Was! 

I had given the camera to another member of the group and when I saw the pictures later I was quite surprised. I am very bad in front of the camera. I make it impossible for anyone to take a decent picture of me. I remember on one of the official shoots the photographer almost lost it with me! But here I was standing beneath a fall completely unaware of everything but the force of water that was hitting me! This was a small waterfall and even then I found it very difficult to stand beneath it for more than a few seconds! Also it was a moment when I let go! I felt so small, so utterly not in control and that was some experience. Most of our adult life goes in being in control! It was great for once to let go, to enjoy without being in control.

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19 thoughts on “Standing Beneath a Waterfall!”

  1. It seems you have enjoyed a lot.
    It is amazing feeling to be under water falls of Himalayas. It was my wish which was fulfilled in Aru Valley Pahalgam.

    Well one incident I would like to share about bathing under waterfall is that one of the girls in my society went to picnic with her friends at Zenith falls in Khopoli near Mumbai .While bathing under water fall a pointed stone from top hits her head and she gets injured having memory loss for around six months.

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  2. There are a number of waterfalls in South India where you can take a shower. The weather is humid and the water, not so icy. Courtallam, Aindharuvi, Agasthiyar falls are a few where I’ve taken a shower.

  3. that looks like it was fun!!!! next time i am in Rishikesh, I will surely look out for this one! and as Malini says, the south has some wonderful falls… and many are great to bathe in…

  4. Nisha thank you. I am traveling again, in fact if things go according to the plan I should be traveling a lot in April 😀 but let us see.

    Thank you so much Shalu.

    Easwar 😀 thank you.

    Yes Nilesh I enjoyed a lot.

    Shooting Star I too thought the same, not my usual picture!

    Himanshu it was it was!

    Niranjan and I am sure you will enjoy.

    Tushar there is another one near Garun Chatti quite close to a local temple by the road.

    Arnab now that is the way to put it! That is how it felt like!

    Thank you Lady Fi.

    Vishal thanks for adding the word of caution, I will certainly keep this in my mind.

    Malini many thanks for letting me know.

    Any thanks for reinforcing will be on a lookout for waterfalls now.

    Uday 😀 OK will try next time.

    PP it was an awesome experience for sure!

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