Even though I was so upset to leave Varanasi, I am so happy we were able to go to Rishikesh! It was so beautiful! The mountains were such a nice change from the hectic, chaotic streets we have gotten used to staying in. Our hotel was probably one of the best just because of the staff. They were such kind people and so helpful! And they were the BEST cooks! On one of our days in Rishikesh we were able to visit the Beatles Ashram! This is the place The Beatles visited in India for meditation training. This is where they wrote many songs which were recorded for "White Album" and some for "Abbey Road." The ashram is actually closed to the public but we were still able to go inside and see it all! (This is one of the many advantages of having Dr. Maher with us!) I can't wait to tell some of my family about this place because I know how much they love The Beatles.
The next day we were able to go white water rafting! This was probably one of the funnest things I have ever done! It was so exciting! I was pretty scared at first, but once I got on the raft I didn't want to get off! The water was freezing but felt so good because of how hot it was. We also stopped to see a small waterfall and we even jumped off a giant rock into the river! This has definitely been one of the most exciting days in India! So far I have loved everything we have done! I feel like after each city I have been so sad to leave. Everything we do I say "This is my favorite part of the trip!"...Until my next favorite thing comes along. I can't wait to see what happens in our few final stops! I can't believe we only have less than a week left in India. I don't want to leave!!! :(