Rishikesh is fondly called the Yoga capital of India. With Ganga in the backdrop, this site is a gem in itself. There is something in the air that gets to you that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, such as the aura of the place! You would find spiritual seekers, yogis, trainers, teachers, pandits etc. from all walks of life. Foreigners come here, live like locals, imbibe the spiritual and ayurvedic life and go back home enriched and soul rich. Come let’s explore why Rishikesh is on almost every foreigner’s list:
1. Yoga and Meditation
There are a lot of ashrams with several programs going throughout the year. Foreigners usually enroll for Yoga, Yoga instructor training programs, meditation courses beforehand. Then there are courses according to the duration of stay as well for both the foreigners and locals.
2. Ayurveda and Spa
People come here for different sorts of ayurvedic healing, reiki, and energetic healing and then there is Spa of all kinds to relax and cleanse your body. Foreigners are far more aware of the ayurvedic side of Rishikesh and come here to restore their inner self.
3. Adventure sports
Rishikesh is also predominantly recognised for water sports. Experience river rafting, camping, hiking, bungee jumping that these companies offer to locals and foreigners. It will surely charge up for adrenaline!
4. A glimpse of India
This quaint town has a history to know, culture and diversity to experience, adventure sports to enjoy, scenic views to savour, and Yoga and other ayurvedic retreats to purify your soul. What else one would want?
5. Cafes overlooking Ganga (majorly Lakshman Jhula)
Lakshman Jhula is flooded with petite cafes overlooking Ganga which gives a mesmerizing view. Come, sit, enjoy free wifi and repeat! That’s a daily routine here with foreigners. You would find lip-smacking Italian, Israeli, Lebanese, Mexican food in these cafes. Some cafes have small bohemian cloth shops, junk and antique jewellery and tattoo shops connected to them where you can shop and buy affordable stuff.
6. Spirituality and Devotion
Going through the streets of Rishikesh, you would hear mantras and holy songs sung by both Indians and foreigners in every nook and corner. They chant of the Shambu, the Great Lord Shiva and it feels so heavenly that words fall short to express. People love Shivay for all reasons and come to Rishikesh to feel it. Evening aarti at Parmeth Ashram, Triveni Ghat and others influences your heart in joy and devotion.
7. Music and Dance
People who visit India generally come on a long holiday, so they try to make the best out of it. Rishikesh is full of dance/Kathak classes, vocational singing lessons and music classes. People love the culture and diversity of our country and take that piece of learning with them. A good lot of people who come here for a long stay learn Hindi and speak fluently giving we Indians a competition!