Rishikesh – A photo story


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.

View of Ram hula from the Western side of the Ganges in Rishikesh

View of Ram jhula from the Western side of the Ganges in Rishikesh

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.

View of some people walking down Ram jhula on an early morning in Rishikesh

A rare empty stretch on Ram jhula

View of the girders holding up Ram jhula in Rishikesh

Another view of Ram jhula

View of Ram jhula in Rishikesh from the river bed

Amazing skies post monsoon season with Ram jhula across the river Ganges

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.

View of the Himalayan mountains from Rishikesh

One of the so many lovely views in Rishikesh

The full moon rises from behind the hills in Rishikesh

The full moon rises from behind the hills in Rishikesh

A woman sits on the bank of the river praying silently, as another man sits on a bench meditating.

A woman in a red saree sits on the banks of river Ganges as she prays to the Gods

Praying to the river

A man in a saffron head cloth sits and meditates on the banks of the river Ganges

Meditating in peace

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.

A sunset in Rishikesh renders the sky with awesome colors, with a view of Lord Shiva statue at Swargashram

View of a sunset in Rishikesh from the prayer grounds of Swargashram

View of a sunset in Rishikesh from the prayer grounds of Swargashram

View of a sunset in Rishikesh from the prayer grounds of Swargashram

The sky turns blue and purple at the magic hour immediately after sunset as viewed from Swargashram in Rishikesh

The sky turns blue and purple at the magic hour immediately after sunset as viewed from Swargashram in Rishikesh

Walk around the place, and there are immense opportunities to observe the daily life in this town.

A young boy stands by the side of the road

A young boy stands by the side of the road

An old woman tries to stand up straight in front of her house in Rishikesh

Its so difficult to stand straight at this age

Woman on the terrace brushes her hair on an early morning in Rishikesh

Woman on the terrace brushes her hair on an early morning in Rishikesh

A dog rests its head on the wall as it silently watches people pass by on the road

A dog rests its head on the wall as it silently watches people pass by on the road

An cute sign-board 'Little Buddha Cafe' on the walk from Laxman jhula to Ram hula on the eastern back of the river Ganges

An cute sign-board 'Little Buddha Cafe' on the walk from Laxman jhula to Ram hula on the eastern back of the river Ganges

People sit cramped in a Jeep which is a common mode of transport in Rishikesh

Jeeps are a common mode of transport to short destinations within the city though they are noisy and spew dust all over the place

An old man lost in thought as he sits on the narrow path leading to Laxman jhula in Rishikesh

An old man lost in thought as he sits on the narrow path leading to Laxman jhula

An old man walks down with support from his walking stick, on the narrow path leading to Laxman jhula

The narrow path leading down to Laxman jhula

A sadhu (holy man) listens to radio sitting on the banks of river Ganges

Keeping in tune with global events

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.

The statue of Lord Shiva at Swargashram forms a lovely reflection in the waters of the Ganges in Rishikesh

Reflections of Lord Shiva on the Ganges

Devotees sit at the prayer grounds of Swargashram for the evening arti in Rishikesh

Throngs of devotees gather for the evening prayers at Swargashram

A holy man sits in front of a mic as he prepares for the evening prayers

A 'pujari' prepares for the evening prayers

We went on a drive up the hills and encountered various streams, lovely flowers, a pair of mules and marine drive!

Streams flowing down into the Ganges ahead of Rishikesh

Various streams like these merge into the Ganges

View of a flower in a garden in Rishikesh

A flower in full bloom waits for honey bees

Two mules stand opposite to each other on the side of a road ahead of Rishik

Jack and Ass - Jack is on the right:)

Sign-board of Marine Drive on the Ganges ahead of Rishikesh

Mumbai marine drive just shifted to the Himalayas

Picture of a motor bike, potato chip packets and soft drinks with rugged hills in the background

Ingredients of a memorable trip - motorbike, snacks, drinks and a hut

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11 thoughts on “Rishikesh – A photo story

  1. Pingback: What about Rishikesh? | Travel and Photography

    • Once again, thanks so much for your appreciation. Rishikesh is my all-time favorite. You should make it to this place when you are back in India. cheers, Bhaven

  2. Quite a lot of your images are beautiful…especially the night shots. I would certainly recommend an arti, though am the least of the religious guys. Its a great place to photograph people when they almost go in that trance like state…

    • Thanks for your nice comment Siddhartha. Yes, the arti presents immense opportunities to take pics. I tried taking such pics earlier but couldn’t come up with something great. I think I need more practice on night photography of people.

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