Rishikesh is one of the most popular holy towns that rests in the Himalayan foothills and is popularly known for its yoga schools, spiritual places, and adventure activities. The city is known as the ‘yoga capital of the globe’ and every year people from across the globe visit India for finding peace, calmness, and mind-body balance. It is also a place for the adrenaline junkies, as it offers a wide variety of adventurous activities, and is also considered as the ‘adventure capital of India’.
Rishikesh has a lot to offer to everyone, and allure all types of travelers. So here is a guide to exploring this town in the best possible manner.
Love And Live The Ashram Life
The city boasts of one of the largest clutches of spiritual sites and ashrams. Visit Rishikesh to experience the Ashram life which starts with early morning meditation, yoga, followed by mantra chanting, group yogic meals, and spiritual meets. There are many renowned ashrams in Rishikesh including Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Yog Niketan, etc. These ashrams provide accommodation with basic facilities, Ayurveda therapies, Satsangs, and yoga sessions.
Practice In Nature’s Lap
Rishikesh is a beautiful place surrounded by natural Himalayan beauty, River Ganga, National Parks, cascading waterfalls, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The city is an ideal destination for those who love nature and want to appreciate every bit of it. Being close to nature provides inner tranquillity and harmony, and soothes the soul.
Practice Yoga And Get Healed With Ayurveda
As mentioned, Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the globe and so, it is undoubtedly the best place for practicing and learning yoga. You can visit the city for yoga teacher training, yoga, and meditation retreat or for availing Ayurveda therapies and treatment. With its renowned Ashrams, yoga schools and meditation centers, you can attain authentic and traditional education of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Visit The Holy River Ganges
Rishikesh is one of the three famous places that is known for its spectacular Ganga Aarti, including Varanasi and Haridwar. Ganga Aarti is a sacred ritual of worship and is performed on the river banks every day during the sunset. Though the Aarti involves a lot of Mantra Chanting, it creates a positive and calming environment even for those who are unable to interpret the meaning of the chants sung. With this, you also experience a glimpse of Hindu culture and tradition. Before or after the Aarti, you can also take a holy dip in the Ganges.
Explored The Unexplored
There are many famous tourist spots in Rishikesh including Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Rajaji National Park, Triveni and Parmarth Ghats, Gita Bhawan, Neer Garh Waterfall, Garud Chatti Waterfall, Shri Ram Naam Stambh, Madhubani Art Gallery, Beatles Ashram, Fare Park, etc. However, the gems of Rishikesh still remain quite unexplored or less traveled by the tourists. You can explore these places by hiring a two-wheeler, ride on the mountain roads, Ganga beaches, or visit the waterfalls.
Dwell in the presence of the Divine
Rishikesh is a holy town and a well-known Hindu pilgrimage destination. Being at the place brings an entity closer to the divine. Rishikesh gives an opportunity to know about the various Hindu scriptures and guides you towards emancipation. Being a town bustling with tourists, it still maintains its tranquility and inspires you on the spiritual aspect.
Rishikesh has a lot of beautiful temples that you can visit for meditation and spiritual meets (Kirtan and Satsang). Visit temples like Lakshman Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishi Kund, Raghunath Temple, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Vashishta Gufa, Gita Bhavan, Tera Manzil Temple, Bharat Mandir, and many more.
A Must-Visit Place For All The Adrenaline Junkies
Not only popular for yoga, spirituality or nature, Rishikesh is also famous for the adventure activities it offers. Yes, Rishikesh is one sought-after and most-loved place among the adventure-seekers. There are a lot of people who travel to Rishikesh to experience its famous whitewater river rafting.
You can also engage in activities like body-surfing, cliff-jumping, rock-climbing, mountain-cycling, hot air ballooning, zorbing, c trekking, camping, rappelling, kayaking, flying fox, and many more, to have enthralling experiences. You can try these activities at Marine Drive, Mohan Chatti, Shivpuri, Hilltop, Brahmapuri, Kaudiyala, etc.
Eat And Socialise At The Amazing Cafes
A good food elevates mood instantly, and in Rishikesh, you can find amazing places to eat and enjoy. Being a holy city, the place strictly forbids non-vegetarian food and alcohol. However, the town offers a wide variety of both Indian and International dining options. Here, you can enjoy Chinese, Continental, German, Italian, and several other cuisines.
Visit cafes and restaurants like Little Buddha, Chotiwala, Bistro Nirvana, The Sitting Elephant, Ira’s Kitchen & Tea Room, Beatles Cafe, Cafe Karma, and many more. Do visit the Pumpernickel German Bakery near Laxman Jhula to have yummy pumpernickel bread and a terrific cup of coffee. There are many rooftop cafes where you can go in the evening to enjoy, socialize with people, and play indoor games.
The whole journey doesn’t tire you up; rather it refreshes the body and mind. Traveling to Rishikesh is an amazing experience, and there are many travelers across the globe who visit Rishikesh to find the lost inner peace.
So plan a trip to Rishikesh to unwind and rest your life.
Author Bio: Bipin Baloni is a Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.