When the camp folks (Near Muni Ki Reti, Uttarakhand) told us we were going to do rappelling after a small trek I was more excited about the trek. I had no idea that the way was full of waterfalls. So when I came across the first one I did some acrobatics to get closer to it and take a picture. All these pictures featured here today are from Muni Ki Reti area.
Waterfall Near Muni Ki Reti, Uttarakhand
There was a tea and Maggi shop next to it but they kept the surroundings clean. I love to eat Maggi during treks but on this day I had not walked enough to feel hungry. So we went ahead. There were a lot of school girls coming down and the talk that was reaching my ears was mostly about smart phones and Facebook.
The Bigger Water Fall near Munti Ki Reti, Uttarakhand
This is a special waterfall for me as it is the first one beneath which I stood. We did rappelling on the dry side of this waterfall on the right in this picture. I also enjoyed putting my feet in the water and doing nothing for quite sometime. By the time everyone in our group was through with rappelling and getting drenched it was mid afternoon. I was now looking forward to tea and Maggi.
The Lady Who Sells Maggi by the Fountain and I
There are two people who sell Maggi and tea at the fountain. The gentleman is who you see first as you arrive. So almost everyone orders with him. The lady is extremely bitter about it and would ask all of us who didn’t order at the first instance. That is how I ate Maggi with her and asked if she will pose with me.
After Maggi and tea tucked inside I started walking back to the place where our bus was parked. It was a day well spent, one that I will remember for a long time!
I recently spent some time at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. It was a college trip and three faculty members were there. We would often go out for a walk. There was a bridge close to our camp. The trouble was that it had wire meshes all over. So even though I would get good elevation I could not put the SLR lens through the wire. It was so frustrating. I know the wire is a safety measure but it was not at all helpful for photography.
There was a gap in the fence but it was on the side that was facing the sun, whereas all the good light was on the other side. My colleague and I wanted to cut a hole in the wires to put our cameras through! Of course it remained only a hope! We did not try to implement our wish!
Ganga at Rishikesh
Then I decided to put my cell phone lens in the gap and click a picture. How I would love to get a wider angle but that was all that I could capture. And by the time I could figure out that it was morning and not he evening light that the river banks caught, my trip was almost over.
In the evening the sun goes behind the hills when it is still high in the sky and I never found any light on the banks. And it is so much easier to be out there in the evening rather than to rise with the sun!
I also feel sometimes that the advice coming from hard core photographers has to be modified for people who travel for other purposes and manage to take pictures in between. I think I should start writing that advice myself!
But Rishikesh is close by and I am surely going to return one day!
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
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.
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.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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