In the calm white glow of the late evening sunlight, Rishikesh looks positively serene.[Right-Click Here to Enlarge Photo]
Hey, hey, it’s the monkeys ...
Typical of an Indian town, Rishikesh has its hustle and bustle, along with plenty of chaotic traffic, primarily noisy scooters and auto-rickshaws. Inevitably, most of the drivers are honking their horns – incessantly and annoyingly – just to be heard.
And, as anywhere in India, you’ll come across a few cows and probably a number of monkeys.
... not The Beatles
To get some peace and quiet, all one has to do is cross over the Ganges River, by walking across the large Ram Jhula suspension bridge. On the far side, there are no major streets, just a small maze of quiet lanes nestled along the riverbank and on the hillside.
As you wander around in the peaceful glow of the evening sun, you’ll pass a few casual guesthouses and restaurants, along with dozens of temples and ashrams (including the ashram where The Beatles stayed in 1968).While there are fewer motorized vehicles on that side of the river, you’ll still see the cows and the monkeys. But not The Beatles.