In addition to being known as the yoga capital of the world, its popularity for meditation is in large part due to an ashram built by Yogi Maharishi Mahesh.
Nestled in a Tiger Reserve, he taught the Beatles Transcendental Meditation in 1968.
They studied there for 6 weeks, writing many songs (18 of them were recorded on the White album). It has since been referred to as the Beatles Ashram.
A ghat is a set of stairs or a pathway to the Ganges.
The city is replete with beautiful temples, statues and ashrams.
While we knew of its yogic and mediation reputation, we were not aware of how perfectly suited it would be for an array of other activities; it offers trekking in the Himalayas, bungee jumping, rafting, a safari and several other adventures that would provide good reason to extend our trip next time.
While we did not get to partake in all that Rishikesh has to offer, we were able to sneak in a walking tour of the city and a Ganges boat ride.
Two famous suspension bridges cross the Ganges in Rishikesh: Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula. These bridges are shared by many; mostly people, monkeys, and motor bikes.
Jhula is a Hindu word for bridge.
The monkeys run amok and are known to snatch anything remotely edible.
We were able to capture a few brief moments between playing Frogger with the motorcycles.
Aside from one rather sizable monkey brawl, we enjoyed watching the monkeys play along the bridges.