[Travel Series] A Bunk stay, yet again

-Ricardo Stephens

Escape from the Hustle Bustle with Bunk Stay, Rishikesh

There have been times when one desires to escape from the hustle bustle of their daily routine to pray, meditate and attain the state of tranquillity. While traveling to different places during my Aao Fellowship, I sensed an inner peace as I got to an opportunity to travel in the sacred city of Rishikesh, a place where the environment screams culture and spirituality. The city is situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills, where the holy river the Ganges flows, gracefully and embraces the visitors with its motherly warmth.

Known as the adventure capital of India, the city contributes to the pages of a traveler’s memory book through unforgettable experiences by offering thrilling sports like river rafting, bungee jumping, cycling, and trekking. During my visit, my aim to explore the numerous features of Rishikesh was supported by The Bunk Stay, a hostel that made my first visit in the city a highly comfortable and pleasant one.

View from room

Nearby Spots

One of the most striking features of Bunk Stay is its location, which encompasses most of the attractive landmarks within its surroundings. When staying here, you are just 0.2km away from the sacred river the Ganges or to be precise the famous Laxman Jhula that makes it super convenient to experience the sunset followed by the mesmerizing Maha Aarti by the banks of the holy river. One can also enjoy spending some quality time sitting on the banks of the river and feeling the cool breeze sweep across their face. It is a different feeling to explore the massive width of the river by taking a walk on the Laxman Jhula, which is surrounded, by various grand temples; hence, making it one of the most visited places in Rishikesh. Owing to the view offered by the Laxman Jhula, travelers are sure to take a walk over the Ram Jhula as well which is located just at a distance of 1.7km from the hostel. The atmosphere of the hostel is driven by positive forces transmitted by the Yoga centers and ashrams around it that gives every traveler an opportunity to dissolve the negative forces out of their system and rejuvenate the soul through yoga and meditation. The precise distances to a few famous ashrams are as follows:

Patanjali International Yoga Foundation 0.7 km
Himalayan Yog Ashram 1.2 km
Parmarth Niketan Ashram 2.1 km

Some more

Another important spiritual landmark in Rishikesh is the Triveni Ghat, which is the confluence of the three holy rivers of India, The Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. It is believed that the water of the Triveni Ghat has the power to wash away all the sins and purify the soul of any human. Hence, to participate in this spiritual act of purification, travelers residing at Bunk Stay do not need to travel a long distance since the Triveni Ghat is simply 4.1 km away from them. After a tiring rail journey to Rishikesh, one can reach the Bunk Stay in a few minutes since it is situated just 4.7km away from the station, in fact nearby to Triveni Ghat itself.

Terrace Garden at Hostel

If you are a foodie at heart, be assured to enjoy some lip-smacking food in Rishikesh and at the Bunk Stay to satisfy those hunger pangs! Along with delicious food, The Bunk Stay also takes care that you enjoy your meals in a pleasant ambiance; hence, they have a well-constructed and furnished open terrace café with the mystical view of the Laxman Jhula and flowing River Ganges. Through this view, one can even see the complete settlement of Rishikesh city along the river trail. The German Bakery and the Buddha Café are located at a distance of 1km from the hostel which serves foodstuff that is no less than a treat to your taste buds. The hostel also includes a library for readers and games room comprising of various fun activities like board games and puzzles. There is a designated smoking area in the hostel that portrays the pollution-free atmosphere of the hostel. You can also stay connected with your near and dear ones or flaunt your Rishikesh journey on social media, all thanks to the free Wi-Fi services offered here. The rooms are well equipped with air conditioners, working equipment, and clean beds which make your stay pretty comfortable and worthy.

Thanks Mr. Nandi

During my halt, I was fortunate enough to interact with Mr. Sandeep Nandi who is one of the owners and one of the man behind the brilliant ideas implemented into The Bunk Stay. Sandeep graduated in design and was a designer by profession. He started his career with designing logos, websites and other minor entities and then ended up as a bicycle designer. It is due to this job, we were able to conquer the knowledge of bicycles and ultimately be infected with owning one. He owns a Cannondale now and has scaled places like Leh, Nainital and nearby hills in Rishikesh. He is a very friendly person who not only assures you a great stay but also guides you well about the places and the fascinating adventure it offers. His efforts to build an eco-friendly surrounding are portrayed by the clean and green surrounding of the hostel coupled with his enthusiastic act of promoting bicycles as a transport medium. During the interaction, he showed me photos on his Macbook as to how a once upon a time hotel got converted into a Bunk stay hostel. The difference was simply magnificent and I am sure has added a significant value to its surroundings.

I can keep talking about but honestly, I am short of words to explain the level of contentment associated with my stay at The Bunk Stay hostel. I would strongly recommend one to experience the services of this hostel because it is a complete package that a traveler or a wanderer is looking for. I admire the warmth received from the owner for which I wholeheartedly thank The Aao Fellowship for imparting this opportunity to me. The entire journey was a magical one filled with devotion towards the higher power along with a twist of adventure which will remain in my heart forever, always.

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