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A traditional Indian taxi

Mother Ganga

Escape from Delhi

Overtaken by a feeling of hurry and rush we sped through the small town roads north east of Delhi. The idea of a destination, the satisfaction arriving and the excitement of a new journey begun were overpowering thoughts, sensations and energies.

The most iconic ashram in Rishikesh

The most iconic ashram in Rishikesh

Our 250km journey from Delhi to Rishikesh was a great adventure in itself. New to Indian roads by motorcycle, the experience was invigorating, challenging and familiar. It was amazing just how familiar it all felt. The early days of a new tour are always the same – MUST. REACH. DESTINATION.

King of the road: cows take priority here in India

King of the road: cows take priority here in India

After near eight hours astride saddle, the plush leather was less comfortable than It first appeared. Of course, we took breaks every couple of hours to take chai and fruit, but the effort was still mighty, the wear and tear of the day pulling at our fraying seams. It couldn’t have been any different.

A shop keeper combs his hair. Rishikesh, India

A shop keeper combs his hair. Rishikesh, India

With a desire to leave the madness of Delhi behind at the earliest opportunity, we packed up in haste and executed our to-do list with precision. All the little jobs were done quickly and efficiently. That checklist mentality was taken with us to the bike on that first day.

Mother Ganga

Our long day chasing an arrival was a great lesson. As I sit here now, looking out over the mighty Ganges, the most holy of rivers, life giver, and Mother to all India, its easy to remember that its the journey that matters. The destination does not.

Mother Ganga; the Ganges is the most holy river in India

Mother Ganga; the Ganges is the most holy river in India

Let’s take the metaphor of life as the great journey; the beginning is birth, the middle is your ‘life’ and the destination is death – surely then, there is no hurry to arrive?

Shiva; the destroyer and the transformer

Shiva; the destroyer and the transformer

Yet, it’s all too common to meet people that are living by checklist, mired in a constant feeling of lack, misery and suffering. ‘If I just get that next promotion’, they say, ‘a bigger house’, things would be different, ‘a little more money’ that’s all, ‘then I’d be happy’.

An Indian woman and child enter an ashram

An Indian woman and child enter an ashram

Where the does all that end? It doesn’t. It never ends. It’s a trap.

The trick is not to get so caught up in all that stuff and nonsense.

A friend shared a piece of wisdom recently;

‘A great master does not teach, but simply helps you to forget what you think you know’.

Taking a rejuvenating dip in the powerful flow of Mother Ganga was needed to help us to remember the journey and to forget the destination.

Beautiful Rishikesh in the evening sun

Beautiful Rishikesh in the evening sun

So, when we load the bags back onto the bike tomorrow morning we’ll be taking a different mind with us. A calm and quiet mind. Ready to see the joy in a smile, take in the wonder of nature and enjoy every moment.