There are monkeys on both bridges, so be careful with food and loose clothing such as dupattas or shawls. But more than the monkeys, you should be wary of the annoying humans who cross this bridge on two-wheelers despite the clear signboards that say that the bridges are pedestrian. This is because the asphalt road bridges connecting the two sides of the river are at least 6 kilometres away. To quickly move from one part of town to another across the river, the locals have taken to driving on the two bridges. The situation is more difficult if two vehicles from opposite directions use a bridge at the same time. The pedestrians are forced to wait and stick to the wall of the bridge while the offending vehicles wind their way through the bridge, honking at each other and at anyone in their way. Usually they honk through the entire length of the bridge, disturbing the tranquility of the regular sounds of Rishikesh, i.e. the sound of the river flow and the chants coming from temples. What is sad to see is that foreigners who come to Rishikesh for a month or more to learn yoga, also take to this bad habit on their hired two wheelers. In their own countries, they'd never drive over foot-only promenades or honk loudly. But here, the sight of everyone breaking best practices emboldens them to do the same.
River side Ghats
As with any river side city in India, and especially like those along Ganga, Rishikesh has its share of river side Ghats. While there are several Ghats, the most famous are Triveni, Parmarth, Vanprasth, Shivanand and Bombay. We have already featured Triveni Ghat in a paragraph above. Here are the four other major Ghats.
Shivanand Ghat: is to the west of the river in the locality of Muni ki Reti near Shivanand Ashram. While the Ghat itself doesn't draw many people, it serves as the entry to Ram Jhula bridge. There are several shops dotting both sides of the path towards the entrance. You can get both food items and souvenirs. Another significance of Shivanand Ghat is that all rafting activities end at the shores of this Ghat.
Bombay Ghat: is a series of stairs that goes towards the east bank of river immediately to the north from Laxman Jhula bridge. This is a great spot to see the sun set over the Laxman Jhula bridge in the evening. Right near the Bombay Ghat is the Tryambakeshwar temple with its dharamshala.
Parmarth Ghat: This Ghat is among the most popular Ghats in Rishikesh and certainly the most popular to the east of the river (Swargashram area). The Ghat features a clock tower which is called the Shanti Stambh or Peace Tower. This Ghat also features an evening Aarti, although not as grand as the one at Triveni. In this Ghat, the prayer is performed on a concrete platform that juts into the river from the riverfront.