Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a hub of tourism in India. One of India’s most ancient towns with the history tracing back to the Vedic era, the place is known for its natural beauties, spiritual significance, and rich yogic legacy. From natural delights to cultural sites and from spiritual centers to a breathtaking environment, the ancient town of Rishikesh never disappoints the visitors. The holy town boasts some of the most spectacular sceneries in the Himalayas, cascading waterfalls, trekking sites, luxuriant hills, etc. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’, it is approximately 230 km north of New Delhi, India’s national capital. Rishikesh is among a few places in India where the most thrilling adventurous activities are offered.
Yoga and Rishikesh
Since Rishikesh is the biggest yogic hub in the world, it’s important to understand its connection with the soulful science.
The relation between Rishikesh and Yoga is the same as that of a mother and her child. The History of Yoga is as old as the sacred town is. The holistic science of Yoga took birth here in the Himalayas nearly 5000 years ago. Throughout the history, Rishikesh has given birth to millions of Yoga Gurus and spiritual leaders who went on to enlighten the world with their holistic approach. So much so that the society and culture of the ancient town have evolved in the yogic frame of reference. Such is the influence of spirituality on the world Yoga capital that one can witness yogis practicing on every nook and corner of the town.
Now, let’s look at some of the things that are unique to the city of Rishikesh and you cannot get anywhere else:
Getting Rejuvenated through Yoga and Ayurveda
Being the global capital of Yoga, Rishikesh is considered a paradise for the Yoga lovers and is home to the most number of Yoga centers in the world. From a week of Yoga healing program to a couple of months of Yoga teacher training, one can enjoy the blessing of Yoga in its purest form here. If you are an avid yogi and want to be a master of the spiritual science, there is nothing better than a Yoga TTC in the scenic ambiance of Rishikesh. There are rejuvenating programs like Yoga retreats, Meditation retreats, etc., that you should not miss if you want to spend some time away from the hectic world of work and stress and revitalize yourself.
Rishikesh is also a favorite site for those who wish to get healed and restore their health with the therapeutic power of Ayurveda. Take an Ayurvedic massage service in one of the many Ayurveda centers for the complete detoxification of the mind, body, and soul. Apart from these, you can attend the charm and exuberance of the annual International Yoga Day celebration.
The divinity of multiple Temples and Ganga Aarti
One of the best sights in Rishikesh is the daily Ganga Aarti organized on the bank of the holy river Ganges. The evening program marks the traditional Hindu custom of worshipping Mother Ganga (personification of the Ganges) and is attended by a number of people every day at the Triveni Ghat. The town is home to hundreds of temples soaked in divinity and spirituality. There is no comparison of the peaceful smoothness of these temples, many of which were built hundreds of years ago. Some of the most prominent places of worship are the infamous Laxman Temple, Trimbakeshwar Temple (also known as Tera Manzil Mandir), Hanuman Temple, etc. You should also not miss the grand statue of meditating Shiva in the campus of Parmarth Niketan. Beatles Ashram is another masterpiece you should visit with your friends and hang out amidst the affluent vegetation.
Behold the picture of the Ganges from Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
River Ganges is the hallmark of beauty, peace, and magnificence. And where better to clap eyes on its elegance from than the hanging bridges of Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh? The two Jhulas are among the major attractions in the sacred town. The iron suspension bridges hang without the support of any pillar between their ends. Standing on the bridges, people get a beautiful sight of the Ganges’ sterling water.
The serenity of the Himalayas and the Ganges
In the world of technology, there is hardly a moment of calmness in the life of people. Everybody is busy somewhere or other making a place for oneself and the family in a world that is full of conflicts and challenges. There is no way one should miss the opportunity of being in the tranquil ambiance of the Himalayas. The quietness of the Himalayas assorted with the mesmeric babbling of the holy Ganges marks the ultimate experience of a peaceful life in the spiritual panorama of Rishikesh. Walk down the trails of the sacred mountain, spend your time meditating by the Ganges and all you get is a direct communication with the God.
Rishikesh is famous for its adventurous prominence. Reveal your love for the sky and experience the city view from stunning angles with Paragliding. If you love to rule the cloud and kiss it, you have Hot air ballooning activity. Take the road rarely taken and paddle through challenging routes with Mountain Biking. A number of bicycle companies also promote their products by lending you bicycle for free of cost. In order to explore the lush vegetation of the Himalayas and its hidden treasures, trek through the mesmeric Himalayan trails and witness the glittering cascades flowing into the heart of the mountain. Rock climbing, Cliff Jumping, and the flying fox sum up the adventurous heaven in Rishikesh.
Have these places and activities thrilled you? Without wasting a minute, get prepared to explore the beautiful town that has so much to offer. Taking a break from the daily schedule, wander around the streets of Rishikesh and create multiple memories.
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He teaches Ayurveda Courses India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.