My second trip to Rishikesh in less than a quarter. My sister, and my wife’s sister had come over and we had a weekend to go outside Delhi and have fun. Not the first location that would turn up in your mind, but we all agreed to have a quiet time in Rishikesh. No temple trips and no artis, we promised ourselves. River rafting was also out of question as the monsoon rains had swollen the river. Well, Rishikesh is good enough to do nothing but just roam around aimlessly. And we were lucky to get lovely weather that was a shade cooler than the heat and humidity of Delhi. And I wouldn’t miss any chance to take photographs. Here are some pictures from this trip.
Ram jhula is my favorite place in Rishikesh. It was difficult to get this picture due to the high contrast between the extremely bright light in the clouds and the relatively low light on the bridge and the hills.
I wanted to capture an empty bridge and started out early morning. With lots of people already up, it was difficult to find it completely empty.
In a couple of earlier trips to Rishikesh, I had never seen such lovely clouds and clear skies. Every hour, the scene would change as clouds drifted across the hills.
A woman sits on the bank of the river praying silently, as another man sits on a bench meditating.
In the evenings, the sky would first turn a fiery red & orange with streaks of blue and then finally settle down to a deep purple before turning black.
Walk around the place, and there are immense opportunities to observe the daily life in this town.
The arti at Swargashram is very popular with the tourists. A statue of Lord Shiva is built on a platform that goes into the river.
We went on a drive up the hills and encountered various streams, lovely flowers, a pair of mules and marine drive!