Ahoy! Fellows travelling to the town of Rishikesh are in for a treat and a mesmerizing time out at this wonderful place. While the spiritual town has a terrain of beauty and versatility to offers its guests and people, there are certain facets that are just too precious to be missed during a trip to Rishikesh, India. We are outlining here the incredible five of those:
Rejuvenate and Heal Through Yoga and Ayurveda
This is definitely the first and the foremost on the not-to-be missed list of things to do when touring to Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh is the globally avowed Yoga and Spirituality destination. So much so, that the town is known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the Globe’. The science of Yoga and Ayurveda lie deeply embedded in the very soul of this town. And hence, the place witnesses and embraces the greatest yogis, yoga teachers, and sages ever since time can recall. Owing to its inspiring ambiance, rich yogic history and heritage, it has become the greatest hub of the best yoga schools and Ayurveda centers. Most of the schools here are Yoga Alliance Certified and impart highly qualitative traditional yoga teachings to their guests and students. Treat yourself with authentic Ayurveda Therapy and Treatments during your stay. Seek natural remedy of persisting ailments here. Not just Yoga Teacher Training programs, these schools offer exclusive retreat packages in the Himalayas. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, going on a Yoga Retreat in Rishikesh is a sacred and a beatific experience – of a very rare kind.
Triveni Ghat is a prominent site of pilgrimage for the spiritualists and the devotees. This is a point of Sangam (a spiritual confluence) between the three sacred rivers – the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The evening Aarti (a prayer offering) is a vision that unfolds each evening at this sacred Ghat. Witness the luminosity of oil lamps lit this Ghat in a magnificent sparkle and listen to the soulful echo of conch horns, sacred hymns, and purifying Mantras paying homage to the Gods and Goddesses with tinkling bells and petal shower. Pick a spot near the banks and let the healing water of the rivers cleanse your aura and mind. Take a holy dip in the morning just before sunrise to witness the astounding glory of the Sun rising from the lap of the holy river. Experience a complete mind, body, revival here.
Being the land of Yoga and Spirituality and the designated home to the spiritualists, sages, and gurus, Rishikesh houses a number of Ashrams where you can indulge in a spiritual sojourn and dwell under the guidance of esteemed gurus and teachers. If you are looking for a lone time to practice and sharpen the acquired knowledge and skills, then trek to the Munni Baba Cave or the Vashistha Gufa for indulging in a deep meditation practice. And, if you are a Hard Rock fan, particularly a Beatles fan then visiting the infamous Chaurasi Kutia Ashram, rather known as the Beatles Ashram should definitely be on your list. This is the ashram where the great rock band came to study the art of Transcendental Meditation under the patronage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. And do not forget to take a super-cool selfie against the graffiti wall-art of this ashram. Even though much of the ashram is in ruins, the legendary vibe of this place where some of the greatest artists and gurus stayed can be felt in its presence. Being a historical town, there are certain magnificent temples with specific history and value that should not be missed. Visit the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Tryambakeshwar Temple.
Ah! The lush-green Himalayan foothills bless the town with a rich harvest every season. With an abundance of organic vegetation, agricultural fields, and fresh vegetation, the town treats its visitors and residents with healthy vegetarian food choices that are further converted into lip-smacking delicacies ranging from authentic North Indian to Italian, French, and Continental to feed the global tourist vibe of this place with sheer bliss and contentment. Explore the Chotiwala Restaurant, Pyramid café, Little Buddha Café, to relish the most amazing and equally hygienic delicacies. Being the Yoga Town, this place is obviously a yogi’s paradise when it comes to healthy yogic diet. You can find that in plenty here at most of the cafes and restaurants, including the Yoga Schools and Ashrams.
Yoga, Ayurveda, food, people, breath-taking scenery – all define the beauty and soul of Rishikesh. However, the wonderful facets of this tinsel town do not stop here. Rishikesh pampers the adventure seekers and sports lovers with just as much heart and soul as it does the spiritualists and yogis. The town is also known for its larger-than-life adventure sports and activities. The hydra-lovers can pump their adrenaline with the venture-some water sports on the grueling rapids of the Ganges through a range of sports like River Rafting, Kayaking, Cliff Jumping, and many more. If you are an aerial-fanatic then try the amazing zip-lining in the Shivaliks or go for bungee jumping. Trekkers can celebrate their aspiration for hiking the legendary Himalayas by trekking into the gorgeous Himalayan trails and through rock-rappelling as well.
If you can go on a shopping spree then do collect interesting boho-souvenirs from this town. Hand-crafted items, charms, yoga and spirituality wear, traditional amulets, accessories, can be shopped here in plenty. Get your bargaining skill in ‘active’ mode if you are not looking to be ripped off. And if you do step out, walk across the town through the famous Lakshmana Jhula Bridge denoting the history of Lord Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama who went across the river suspended on a single rope. The place was later transformed into a suspension bridge, a walk on which gives the feeling to being suspended on a limber yet sturdy rope.
Author Bio: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, 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. For more information about him visit his website.