The tourist brochures call Rishikesh the "Gateway to the Garhwal." And that's what it became for me, shuttling between Delhi and the mountains. I like Rishikesh. But my first visit, in December 1992, was overshadowed by the wave of murder and mayhem that engulfed India after the fascist wing of Hindu nationalism tore down the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.
The Storm's Edge
The photo shows temples and ashrams on the left bank of the River Ganga. Rishikesh is the place where the Ganga leaves the mountains and flows out onto the plains