Ryan and John attended some yoga sessions at the Ashram and were enjoying the charm of Rishikesh for a few days. They visited several tourist spots nearby.
Ryan and a chap Alvaro from Spain were even invited to dinner at home of an Indian family in the Laxman Jhula area.
On the evening of 23 August 2005 Ryan rang home to Australia and said he was was ready to come home as he had seen everything he wanted. John offered to help him book flights at the travel agency but it seems Ryan had changed his mind by then.
He was restless that night and early the next morning he left the Ashram when the security gate was opened. He was wearing only shorts. Ryan left his belongings, cash, phone, passport and we have not heard from him since.
There have been a couple of "supposed" sightings but confirmation was never possible-so the search begins!
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand in northern India showing Laxman Jhula bridge.
Story Temple, Rishikesh
Room 38, in which Ryan slept and where all his belongings were left. This room is in the rear area of the Ashram and faces onto the grassed quadrangle.
Sri Ved Niketan Ashram in the Swargashram area. This is where Ryan and John stayed when they arrived in Rishikesh.