Back to Basics
Basic meaning absolutely basic. Yeah, stayed in a base camp on the river Ganga at Shivpuri, near Rishikesh.Have stayed in camps earlier too at Uletokpo, Laddakh and at Shoghi, near Shimla, but staying at this camp site was absolutely an experience of a different kind.First, have a look at the tents…
…rows of tents, on the river bank with white sandy beach. And this one below, was my home for a week. It had 2 beds, a small table, a very small mirror and 2 bamboo chairs. The table had 2 candles and a match box. Yes, you got it right, no electricity!!
The sounds of the gushing river, 2 very warm blankets and a hot water bottle, helped you to sleep comfortably and snugly in the cold of the night!
Our camp also had 4 small tents, which were placed a lil’ away from the living tents.
And guess, what these 4 tents are for??
Well, they give you a very very unique experience!
They are the dry-pit toilets… basic yet functional toilets. These dry pit toilets are the only toilets that have been permitted by the Forest Department on beach camps. They are eco-friendly, no fuss toilets. There is a hole in the ground with a western style wooden “thunder box” placed over the hole. No squatting required!! You’d like to thank the inventor for this one!! The back of this “thunder box” is open so that it is easy to scoop in sand and lime from the back for covering up. A scoop is provided for this purpose. Toilet paper is provided too!! (Thank God for small mercies!)
And the shower…. the picture says it all…
The kitchen and staff tents…
The dining area…
The best place for the guys (and some girls too) in the evening… the bar!
No, electricity, so no TV and music. The camp staff and the guests, spend some time to play volley ball.
The food was simple yet delicious.
The bestest part of the camp was white water rafting. It was truly an exhilarating experience. Rafting as you know, is done on rapids formed by the river. Rapids are a white patch of foam on a flowing river caused by sudden gradient or by the river breadth getting constricted while flowing through a gorge between rocks or by a sudden increase or decrease in the volume of the water. This is the picture of the rafts on a calm river, as clicking while on a rapid is just impossible!!
The camp also offers kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing as adventure activities to give you that rush of adrenaline. Of course, reading by the river side or counting the stars (literally) on a clear night or singing with the group as the bonfire lights bright and high, give you that happy, satisfied feeling too!
I truly loved the experience… a bit tough, a bit challenging, but surely rejuvenating and gives that feeling of happiness and achievement and the knowledge that life can be lived simply too!
February 27, 2012 7:35 pm|
Wow! Looks like you had a great time. I have been to Rishikesh once and it was quite a trip. We were on the road half the night. There was just no place to stay at! Only towards the morning we could manage to get a place to crash in.
February 28, 2012 12:52 pm|
Yeah, it was a wonderful experience!
Oops, that’s quite a trip!! 😛
February 28, 2012 12:46 am|
Beautiful location! And and..those tents and white sands! Oh god! totally heavenly! Rishikesh looks so much a fun place! Being without electricity is sometimes good. Otherwise you wouldn’t venture out to do outdoor activities.
I’ve always wanted to go on tent/adventure trial to north or north east india!
February 28, 2012 1:08 pm|
Yeah, no mobiles, no television, no laptop…
So after a hard day’s work, all you do is crash on the bed early and get up early too, to witness the early morning beauty of the nature around! 🙂
February 28, 2012 4:26 am|
Just wow! Rafting must’ve been quite adventurous?
February 28, 2012 1:09 pm|
Rafting was simply fabulous!! Had such a great time! Even swam in the river Ganga!! 🙂
February 28, 2012 6:47 am|
Great fun ! A perfect getaway for those who love nature and adventure .
February 28, 2012 1:10 pm|
You bet!! 🙂
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February 28, 2012 7:18 am|
Wow, this looks so amazing. What an innovative toilet. I would like to experience this kind of spartan living in tune with nature for a few days *wistful*.
February 28, 2012 1:11 pm|
Yeah, you must experience this kind of living too!! 🙂
February 28, 2012 10:40 am|
Must have been an amazing experience..
Loved reading about it.
February 28, 2012 1:12 pm|
Yes it was! 🙂
February 28, 2012 11:19 am|
WOw now that is a REAL holiday .. I am sure you had lots of fun , I would love ot go on one of these
February 28, 2012 1:13 pm|
It was work…but yes loads of fun @ work!!
Plan…plan… plan 🙂
February 29, 2012 3:51 pm|
yes plan but problem is my plan depends on lot of othr people toooo , I alone cant just come over …
or hey maybe you can arrange a get together of blogger friends and I can come too 🙂
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March 9, 2012 4:41 pm|
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February 29, 2012 1:53 pm|
Wow wow wow! Sounds like an amazing experience. I really need a vacation now 😉
March 9, 2012 4:41 pm|
GO for it!! :))
March 1, 2012 7:24 am|
must have been exciting.
But,but,I would be too scared to even think of being in such a camp.
March 9, 2012 4:43 pm|
It was a wonderful experience!!
You may like to try it sometime for a day or so, someplace!! 🙂
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March 4, 2012 7:49 pm|
Indeed exciting and challenging, especially the rafting part!
Loved your narration Shilpa.
March 9, 2012 4:44 pm|
Rafting is SUPER Exciting!! Simply loved it!!
May 28, 2013 12:09 pm|
must be an enthralling experience
Those toilets r bothering me though but still ITS so adventurous
I did rafting in manali but heard RIshikesh one is tough
May 28, 2013 12:32 pm|
It was a great experience! Yes, the toilets make you a bit uncomfortable but then one need to have an open mind and enjoy the new experience 😉
Yes, there are bigger and more rapids here! 🙂