Rishikesh on the Ganga

Looking across the Ganges river to the west side of Rishikesh. This photo was taken off the balcony of one of the many cafe’s that line the river along the east side where I am staying.

At any time of day there will be river rafters visible going down the river. The river rafting is fairly new to the Rishikesh economy. It has only been catching on for the last few years, and from what I have heard the safety record is not the greatest. Occasionally you see a person with a cast on their arm, and it seems the river rafting is usually the reason.

This part of the Ganges river is quite clean and its very common to see people swimming and washing in the river. The river is cold so I have avoided playing in it. I’m much preferring warm water for swimming and saving my cold water exposure to showers.

I have one more night here in Rishikesh. The hostel was able to find a spare bed for me. The manager told me the other day they had 47 guests, but only 36 beds in the hostel. That means people were sleeping on the roof and on couches in the hallways, and on balconies. I like the balcony idea however there is always the issue of monkeys joining you and stealing any food or shiny things they like. And the monkeys get mean when you confront them. I much prefer the cows. They are so nice.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com