Summary: Rishikesh offers many things to its travelers. Explore the blog and know why this yogic town should be on your bucket list.
Rishikesh is an alluring place that witnesses the confluence of natural beauty, yoga, and adventure. This small town in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand is located in the Himalayan foothills and on the banks of the Holy River Ganges. The town is famous among the tourists around the globe for various reasons. Enchanted with an exquisite atmosphere, Rishikesh helps to unwind, rejuvenate, and reset the mind, body, and soul.
It is a perfect getaway that gives an opportunity to sit calmly on the Ganges Ghats and peacefully overlook the beauty of the river. You can also spend a night in the camps in the lap of nature and enjoy the starry night. Rishikesh is an ideal destination to escape from the city life and provide complete peace and harmony. To experience tranquillity, a visit to this divine land is a must.
1. Mend Yourself With Yoga And Ayurveda
Yoga and Ayurveda are the ancient healthcare systems and India being the birthplace of both has many beautiful places that are known for Yoga and Ayurveda healing. Rishikesh- the yoga capital of the world outshines the rundown and sees many yogis visiting the holy land every year to attain enlightenment and a better quality of life.
Yes, yoga is one of the top reasons to visit this spellbinding place. It is renowned for its famous meditation centers and yoga schools including the Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikul Yogshala, Yoga Niketan, and many more where you can learn traditional yoga and avail authentic Ayurvedic therapies as well.
Many travelers from around the world visit Rishikesh every year for a yoga retreat, yoga teacher training, yoga vacations, and for Ayurveda programs.
2. Opens The Spiritual Gateway
Spirituality comes within, but being the land of Gods, Rishikesh pulls us closer to the divine and nature. Being a small town full of tourist’s hustle-bustle, it manages to maintain a tranquil and positive environment. Rishikesh is one of the holiest places in India. The place fills you with complete bliss and makes you feel the presence of divinity around. There are many famous Ashrams and Temples to visit for spiritual meets like Satsang or Kirtan and to do intensive meditation as well. Also, do not forget to eyewitness the famous Ganga Aarti at the Parmarth Niketan or the Triveni Ghat.
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Visit places like Mahadev Temple, Gita Bhawan, Rishi Kund, Swarg Ashram, Raghunath Temple, Lakshman temple, Kunjapuri Devi Mandir, and many more.
3. Adventure for Thrill-Seekers
Not only for yoga and temples, Rishikesh is also popular for its adventure activities and offers an array of adventure sports. The town is considered the adventure capital of India and is widely famous among the adventure junkies offering the best white river rafting and reclining activities. You can also do bungee jumping, camping, trekking, mountain cycling, rappelling, body surfing, flying fox, and cliff-jumping at places like Shivpuri, Mohan Chatti, Marine Drive, Brahmapuri, and hilltop.
4. Wander And Explore The Unexplored
Rishikesh is the place loaded with a lot of nature’s treasures, some are explored and some are still unexplored. Being a traveler, Rishikesh gives you a chance to explore the trails less traveled. There are many secluded beaches along the banks of Ganges River to enjoy the sunsets or to explore the winding mountain roads. You can also enjoy leisure time around the breathtaking waterfalls. Rishikesh is truly a perfect picturesque destination to relax, unwind, and reset yourself while being close to nature.
Also visit famous places like Rajaji National Park, Twin Swings (Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula), Beatles Ashram, etc.
5. Be A Food Explorer
To make a place worth exploring and traveling, a plate of delectable food is required. And Rishikesh is the place that is always ready to let you taste the flavors of Indian food. The city serves a plethora of cuisines at the amazing and popular restaurants and cafes of the town. You get to eat Italian, Chinese, Continental, Vegan Food, and of course Indian, and many other International cuisines. You can also get authentic yogic food during yoga retreats and yoga teacher training programs.
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Visit restaurants and cafes like Himalayan Kitchen-Rooftop cafe and restaurant, Ira’s Kitchen and tearoom, Little Buddha, Bistro Nirvana, The Sitting Elephant, German Bakery, Chotiwala, Freedom Cafe and many more. Being a spiritual land and due to its mystical environment, you shall find 100% vegetarian food and alcohol-free beverages here.
You wait for a while and appreciate the street art of Rishikesh. You can also indulge yourself in learning music and instruments by the famous art teachers. To conclude your trip to this town, visit the local market and shop for family and friends. Buy souvenirs and gifts from a wide range of products available in the market. Select from a huge variety of wooden handicrafts, handlooms, Indian apparels, religious paraphernalia, semi-precious jewels, Madhubani artwork, etc.
Rishikesh is a perfect destination to enjoy both quality and pocket-easy backpacking trip. You can visit the place anytime around the year and take a soulful getaway to experience complete tranquillity. Lose yourself in the divine scenic environment and reconnect with the inner self.
Author Bio : Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.