Rishikesh is a holy place where yoga originated and it is one of the popular place where people mediate and get to learn about different aspects of Hinduism. The place is situated on the banks of River Ganges and is surrounded by the hills on three sides. The place is not far away from Haridwar in Uttrarakhand. The whole is considered as a sacrosanct place and is believed that by meditating here one can easily attain salvation.
It is an ideal place for people who want to gain a deep knowledge and want to attain peace. Here you can explore several temples, ashrams and yoga institute. Despite the increasing number of visitors, the town lanes and alleys retain the old-world-charm, and this place remains a wonderful place to relax and unwind from the daily stress.
How to Get to Rishikesh
The nearby airport to Rishikesh is located in Dehradun, which is 35 kilometers away from this place. However, it is preferable to travel to Rishikesh by road.
When to Visit
Nestled in the Himalayas, Rishikesh provides a cool escape from the scorching sun. Therefore, the best time to visit this place is between March and April, and September to October. May tends to be quiet hot in Rishikesh. The place needs to be avoided during monsoon months from July to August, as it revives heavy downpour. Rafting is closed during this time period. Winters from November to Feburary remains cold and pleasant, so it is in your best interest to wear the woolens. Majority of the people consider the couple of months after the monsoon as the best time to visit Rishikesh, the landscape is alive, eye soothing and full of greenery.
It is a delightful place to explore through the foot. You can cross either of the two suspension bridges and you’ll be awarded with a spectacular view of town and river. Here you can venture to the ghats fronting the river and relax for a sometime amidst the daily goings-on. You can even take a boat and enjoy the river boating near Ram Jhula, an alternative to walking. Every evening, you’ll see the people to gather at Parmarth Niketan ashram to experience the Ganga Aaarti. It is an ideal place for adventure freaks and they have two good reasons to visit this place- excellent avenuw for trekking and rafting opportunities.
Rishikesh Yoga and Ashrams
The place houses one of the renowned asharam called as Parmarth Niketan Ashram, it is one of India’s top yoga center. The asharam is well equipped with 1000 rooms offering several courses. Other important asharams in Rishikesh is Shivananda Asharam, Yoga study center, Yoga Niketan, Sri Ved Niketan, Sacha Vedic Sansathan, and the famous Transcendental center of Maharaishi Mahesh Yogi that hosted the Beatles( presently it is inactive). The main spiritual district of Rishikesh is called as Swarg Ashram, and here you’ll find a plenty of asharams, along with the food stalls and shops.
Those people who are interested in yoga should never miss the International Yoga Festival that is held in Rishikesh in March every year. This week long festival is the biggest anunal yoga gathering held in the world. Attendees take part in a comprehensive yoga classes and evening discussions with some of the leading spiritual leaders. Here you’ll find vegetarian cooking classes, Yoga Aid Challenge charity fundraiser.
Shivpuri is an excellent place that is known for the side trips; if you’re an adventure freak, go for it. It is located 22 kilometers upstream and its a mesmerizing place known for its natural beauty and white wafter rafting is done here, with Grade 3 and 4 rapids. Here people reside in tented accommodation with attached bathroom provided by Camp Hammock, here you can even enjoy sun-kissed beaches and jungle. Here you can even enjoy bungee jumping on the road to Neelkanth to Mohanchatti village that is around 15 kilometer from Rishikesh.
It is a holy town, so don’t expect to find fish, eggs or meat here. However, you can enjoy health food and Ayurvedic food. The place is famous for Chotiwala Restaurant- it serves India’s best food in the town. It is a great place to shop for religious items, clothes, handicrafts and books. Try to stroll as much as you can, a lot of auto rickshaws are readily available for to and fro movement. So,ensure that you watch out plentiful of monkeys that is particularly a menace, particularly on the bridges.
The place is filled with a variety of hotels that remain occupied during the peak and in non peak times you can avail substantial discounts. For smaller hotels, no advance booking is required. So, make sure to do book the hotels in advance if you want to make the trip cost-effective.
Originally posted 2013-04-18 16:01:01.