Rishikesh – Perfect destination for yoga lovers The celestial city of Rishikesh is a hermit’s hermitage, a sage’s abode, and an adventure lover’s hub. This exciting city is amongst the most sacred places of Hindus. The cool and sometimes raging river of Ganges flows in perpetuity in this holy city, contributing nourishment and life to many earthly lives. After having a rendezvous with Rishikesh, the river Ganga leaves the Shivalik hills backwards and flows into the fields of northern India.
The word Rishikesh suggests the ‘locks or hairs of a sage’. The town is renowned for ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. Many locals, as well as international tourists, visit this place in the hunt for holiness and peace. Rishikesh is also a commercial as well as an information hub that extravagantly sprawls over the suburban area of Muni ki Reti or the ‘sands of the sages’.
Rishikesh is the only goal in the world that is fairly popular for pilgrimage, Yoga and Adventure Sports. It is located in the foothills of the Shivalik mountain on the shores of river Ganga in Northern India. Rishikesh has also become a popular destination for Yoga for white water rafting and kayaking, attracting visitors from both India and abroad. It is also a hub for hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and bungee jumping.
Rishikesh Travel Destination
Rishikesh is a small serene town popular for meditation and yoga. It is Gateway to the Himalayas and being on the shores of river Ganges it is an ideal stop for adventure lovers like rafting, trekking, rock climbing, kayaking, etc. Rishikesh is situated 25 km ahead of Haridwar at an elevation of 356 meters above sea level and consists of three different areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and Muni-ki-Reti. The town of Rishikesh is strategically located at the Himalayan foothills that it has easy passage by road to the complete Himalayan region in India, and is famous to be the perfect opening point for your exploring journey in the Himalayan region.
Why Visit Rishikesh?
Rishikesh acknowledged for its holiness has a lot to offer to its tourists as the city has an alter ego which seldom becomes holy, sometimes adventuresome, sometimes surreal and comely.
The tourists can go for temple-hopping to the nearby temples such as Shri Neelkanth Mahadev, Vashishta Gufa, or pamper themselves with an exotic Ayurveda therapy. Either pay a quick visit to the many assorted ashrams around Swargashram or enjoy the timeless beauty of the ancient temples such as Shatrughna Mandir, Bharat Mandir, and Lakshman Mandir that was blessed by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. One can stroll around the Sivananda Nagar, the home of Sivananda Ashram, or visit the Divine Life Society established by the great Hindu philosopher, Swami Vivekananda. You can also admire the construction of the two mammoth suspension bridges of Rishikesh, the Ram Jhula and the Lakshman Jhula that are known for their exquisiteness. If you are a hardcore Beatles fan. then head to the Beatles Ashram where the fab five attended a session of transcendental meditation. Also, don’t miss the blissful Ganga Arti performed on the Triveni Ghat during dusk.