Rishikesh and Mountains

by Colin Mulherin

We started the day by driving to Rishikesh, the city where the Beatles wrote The White Album. This was probably the strangest city I have ever visited. Rishikesh wasn’t chaotic like New Delhi, but it was a strange mix of Indian and western cultures, all in one small city. This was the first place in India where we saw a lot of white people, and heard several different languages other than just Hindi and English. Rishikesh made me ask, are there any other places in India like this? And how do the region’s citizens think about the large foreign population in Rishikesh?

Once we left Rishikesh, we began a seven-hour bus ride into the mountains. This was probably the most beautiful ride I have ever been on. We passed through mountain roads and saw huge cliff sides with snow capped mountains in the distance. This trip so far has been really amazing. When I was younger I never would have thought I would be in the Himalayan mountains, or in a small village in northern India. When I go back to the States, I think Agora and that mountain drive will always be in my mind.

3 thoughts on “Rishikesh and Mountains

  1. I’m so glad you’ve seen the same remarkable Himalayan Mountains and met the same wonderful community of Agora as Connor and me. I can’t wait for the three of us to share experiences when you return.

    Say hello to Suman and his family and enjoy to the fullest!


  2. Thanks, Colin. I wonder if the Beatles’ connection is what transformed Rishikesh into a multi-national city. To think that a rock and roll band could do that. Sure they could, they’re the Beatles. I wonder what cultural forces are changing places now? Enjoy the peace of Agora.


  3. Colin – Very heartening to read some of the thought processes you’re going through. We all, at some point in our lives, wind up in places and experiences we never dreamed possible! You are so fortunate to be having this one so early in your life. You will have a longer time to keep returning to the memory and see how it might shape and influence your life throughout!


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