Places to visit

Places to visit

Places to visit

At dusk, a crowd gathers on the shores of the Ganges

At dusk, a crowd gathers on the shores of the Ganges.Some clap to Hindu music, while others set bamboo cups of marigold flowers drifting downstream.A monk in yellow robes lifts a bronze lamp, its flame dancing in front of me. He dips his finger in the ash and presses it on my forehead.I take the lamp and raise a fiery toast to the river.This is Rishikesh, a spiritual city in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Every evening, residents gather for this Ganga Aarti ceremony to give thanks to the holy Ganges. Therapeutic: Yoga town Rishikesh, close to the Ananda spa in the foothills of the HimalayasYoga was born here, and The Beatles visited half a century ago to swap drugs for transcendental meditation. It was in these foothills that, 5,000 years ago, a group of rishis (wise old me...