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    Following the Beatle trail

    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    A must for children of the Sixties, like Pauline and I, is a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. It was such a glamorous destination in 1967, where John Lennon enticed, "Dear Susan (Farrow), to come out to play" and Donovan found his Sunshine Superman. Today, it's almost a ruin, with one remaining disciple who chases off Beatle memorabilia collectors, with his staff. If you squint really hard, over the wall and into the grounds, you can just see the shades of those four young men from Liverpool, who changed the music world. This is probably the subliminal effect of almost every cafe in Rishikesh playing the music of the Fab Four.
    The Ganga does have its beaches, surprisingly, though many stretches have been claimed as the front garden of long stay Sadhus. What passes as the public beach is just north of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, though this is where the Ganga is deepest and strongest. There is however a dry ice like mist on the grey sand, as the holy river is Himalayan ice cap cold. It's much more relaxing to take a walk along the river to the most isolated ashram, about four kilometres out of the town. The road there is pretty isolated, so it's not worth any beggar's while to wander up there, as tourists are thin pickings. You might see the lone Sadhu, singing to himself or practicing a ritual dance with a few acolytes but most are in an otherworld of their own.
    We can't give any advice on yoga or meditation classes, we intended to sign up but there is such a bewildering choice of disciplines and locations, that you'd need more than a week to find a class to suit you. The whole place has a meditative feel; we just got high on the ambience and the tranquillity, rare in modern India. Rishikesh is a far cry from the truly intense noise of Indian's holiest city, Varanasi, where we had been a week earlier. Hopefully we'll get around to doing our review of Benares, a very intense but nowhere near relaxing a destination.

    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram The Ganga with Maharishi's waterfront Walk past Ved Niketan Dham to get to Maharishi's
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    Rishikesh.-*

    by umashanker Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    There is a suspension Bridge over Ganga river built in 1939.It is 450ft long and it connects Rishikesh with Tapovana or popularly known as swrgashram.This bridge is known as Lakshman Jhula.The view of mountains and flowing Ganga is beautifull from this bridge.Since it is a suspension bridge you enjoy a thrill walking on it as it signfy it name Jhula(swing).A new suspension bridge is also added around 15 years before RamJhula.Ramjhula is much used now days.One can go through on foot and scooters and bikes can also go.Ramjhuala is also called ShivaNand Jhula as this bridge connects Shivanand ashram to Swargashram.
    Note:Chances are that you may find a monkey or a group of monkies also going through this bridge,so you need not surprise or pay attention to them,they are native of this holi town and its thier prerogative to use the bridge.

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    Walking, hiking, trekking...

    by polardabar Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    If you wanna get out of town a bit, you can always take a walk around, as we have. Nothing's actually far & there's no way you can get lost! You can take any road in any direction & enjoy the views, the nature & the fresh air... :)

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    Laxmana Temple at Rishikesh.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Lord Laxmana is younger brother of Lord Rama. This is the only solo temple of Lord Laxmana in India, otherwise you will find him only with Lord Rama.

    Solo temple of Lord Laxmana, only one in India. Solo temple of Lord Laxmana, only one in India Solo temple of Lord Laxmana, only one in India Solo temple of Lord Laxmana, only one in India

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    The Sacred Ganges- From Various Angles

    by goutammitra Written Jan 27, 2007

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    A must visit for all. People come here from all over the world to see the Ganges. I have taken about 20 pictures of the Ganges from various angles!! I am putting a few out here for my VT friends!

    The Ganges fromtop. The Ganges from the Bridge. The Ganges from the Bridge The Ganges from the Boating point. The Ganges from the Bridge

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    Indian spritual songs for peace of mind

    by bharat_tanwar Written Mar 8, 2006

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    attend the evening satsang (Indian spritual songs) for peace of mind.........after that enjoy the Ganga Arti ( Ganges prayer ) then realize yourself.

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    Free Yoga & Meditation Classes

    by bharat_tanwar Written Mar 8, 2006

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    every morning 6 am ( for men )& 5:30 pm ( for women ) you can attend the free Yoga classes with great masters At sivananda Asram

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