If the word Rishikesh reminds the world of one thing, it is Yoga. It might be vice-versa in numerous cases. The land of Rishikesh is synonymous with Yoga, owing to the fact that the ancient science has its root in the sacred land. Since ancient time, sages and saints have been exploring the yogic beauty in the town that sits in the foothills of the Himalayas. Amidst the huge spiritual heritage, the holy town has become one of the biggest tourist hubs of India. Along with being the world’s largest spot for Yoga education and spiritual tourism, the ancient town is one of India’s finest adventure centres and holiday destinations. From the natural riches of the Himalayas to the pleasant flow of the holy Ganges, in Rishikesh, one finds nothing but bliss.
Here are a few things one should experience on the blest soil of Rishikesh.
Sacred Dip in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat
Rishikesh is regarded as one of the most sacred places and a dip in the scared Ganges river is a must while you are in this ancient town. Though it may be crowded during the holidays and weekends, Triveni Ghat is big and you will be sure to find your own spot.
Astonishing Ganga Darshan from Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two iconic suspension bridges in Rishikesh connecting the two parts of the city. The bridges are among top tourist sites in Uttarakhand as you can get a magnificent view of the Ganges flowing across the valley. Be sure to capture the views on your camera.
Serene visit to the Beatles Ashram
Beatles Ashram is located in the midst of natural beauty on the eastern banks of the Ganges. It is here where the English band, the Beatles stayed during their visit to Rishikesh to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is a major tourist center in the town as many people visit the abandoned ashram seeking peace and silence. You can show your painting and sketching skills on the walls of the ashram and meditate in its tranquil embrace.
Witness the devotional magic of Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti is a daily ritual that is attended by hundreds of people in Rishikesh. It is a sign of respect to the holy River Ganges. Keerthan and Mantra Chanting take place every day in the ghat (banks of the river) during the evening. The spiritual aroma of Ganga Aarti is just incredible and beyond one’s imagination. Take part in the worshipping ceremony and fill your soul with devotional energy.
Yoga in Rishikesh
In Rishikesh, there is nothing more popular than yoga. Rishikesh is the birthplace of Yoga and schools promise to take you on a sacred journey of traditional Yoga. One can find hundreds of Yoga teacher training centers and yoga retreats in Rishikesh, each having their own distinct importance. Along with Yoga poses, you can feel ultimate bliss with Meditation, Pranayama and other yogic practices. The programmes are designed in such a way to impart students with the traditional teachings of yoga and bless them with the goodness of this sacred art. Learning yoga comes with plenty of benefits, some of which include:
- Increased muscle strength
- Greater flexibility
- Weight reduction
- Improved vitality, energy and respiration
- Better circulatory and cardio health
- Protection from injury
- Calm mind
If you are interested in having a deeper knowledge of Yoga, Rishikesh offers the most authentic Yoga training. Take a pure mind and a healthy body back home with an amazing Yoga holiday in the Indian town.
Adventure sports in Rishikesh
Apart from being a yoga destination, Rishikesh is also regarded as the adventure sports capital of India. Be it bungee jumping from great heights, rafting in the rapids of the Ganges or rappelling along the cliff sides, there are a plethora of adventure activities waiting for the adventurous. This can be the perfect opportunity to test your limits and embrace the unknown in a fun-filled and exciting way.
Visit various temples
When you are in Rishikesh, Aarti and temple bell sounds are never very far away. In each and every corner of Rishikesh there is a temple. Visit the temples, learn about their history and immerse yourself in the divine aura of the environment. Some of the most popular temples in Rishikesh are Trayambakeshwar Temple, Laxman Mandir and Raghunath Mandir. The Shiva statue on the Ganges bank is a sheer splendor. Give yourself a chance to spend time at Parmarth Niketan, a spiritual and meditation centre.
There are countless things to do in the World Yoga capital. The spiritual and historical heritage of the town is just astonishing. Its yogic delight coupled with the charm of nature forces one to stay there for a lifetime.
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.