Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Rishikesh, over the years, has become extremely popular as the top spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus (saints) and there are numerous ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. With the tourists coming in, there has been a surge in the number of cafes and restaurants in the town and there a lot of cafes serving English and American food and beverages. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is multitude of options including White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site. Rishikesh is a must visit for everyone visiting India to truly experience something new.
Adventure sports: River Rafting
February - June
Serene, relaxing and beautiful environment.
Strictly vegetarian and alcohol-free.
Rishikesh has things to offer to all generations. The city is a perfect blend of beauty, spiritualism, and adventure and attracts tourists not only from India but from all over the world.
Rishikesh is a purely vegetarian place by law. One would mostly find North Indian cuisine here, however South Indian, Italian, Nepali, Thai and Chinese cuisine are also available at some of the places. The city fosters a parallel vibrant culture that revolves around authentic Continental cuisine and a number of cafes.
Another standout in the area is the Ayurvedic food. The outlets that have these health foods offer a variety of food items and teas as well as a complete ambience with elements of Yoga and Ayurveda. Other than these, the street also offers some equally lip-smacking treasure such as Jalebi, Imarti, Samosas, Popcorn as well as fresh and seasonal local fruits. Also, order a 'Thali' for enjoying the best of what the city offers, all in one place.
Numerous bdget hotels and resorts are available for rent. Make sure to confirm your bookings before you go.
Take the autos or buses to move around the city. Otherwise, you can also walk on foot.
Day 1: Start off your day with a visit to the Laxman Jhula followed by a visit to the 13-storied Kailash Niketan Temple. End your day with a visit to the Beatles Ashram and proceed to the markets of Rishikesh where you can indulge in flavors from North India. Day 2: Enjoy bungee jumping/ river rafting in the morning and kayaking in the late afternoon. Day 3: Visit Neelkanth Madhav Temple where Lord Shiva is believed to have consumed poison from Samudra Manthan. Indulge in the pious Ganga arti in Triveni Ghat in the evening.
Located at the convergence of the Ganga and Chandrabagha, Rishikesh is believed to be the holiest place for Hindu pilgrims. The numerous temples, the holy ghats, and the serene ambiance provide a natural calmness to the body and soul. The land of yogis, Rishikesh is popular for the several yoga ashrams present in the city. Visited by numerous people worldwide, the yoga camps is Rishikesh are known to rejuvenate the tourists and help them break free from the stress of daily life. From the evening arti in the Triveni Ghat to the simple culture of the ashrams, exploring Rishikesh is a treat to the mind and a trip to the inner self.
Rishikesh has gained popularity over the last few years as an ideal place for adventure. The city offers a myriad of adventure sports ranging from river rafting to bungee jumping, cliff jumping, firefox, waterfall trekking, kayaking, swing, rock climbing etc. The availability and rates of these activities vary with seasons and is often a thrilling, life-changing experience for tourists. The exciting experience and natural beauty of Rishikesh are sure to be etched in the mind of tourists for years.
By Rohit Shroff
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