Rishikesh is a small settlement in the northern state of Uttarakhand which has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late ‘60s. Today, it is well – known as the World Capital of Yoga with masses of ashrams. All kinds of yoga and meditation classes are carried out in the north of the main town, where the superb setting near the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is quite encouraging for meditation and yoga. The breeze blows down the valley during the evening and sets the temple bells ringing as spiritual men, pilgrims and travellers prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti.
As Rishikesh is founded at the Himalayan foothills, so this place gives a cool break and better feel during the hotter months. The best time to visit is in the middle of month of March and April and from the month of September to October. Normally, in North India the month of May begins to get truly hot whereas July gets overpowering rainfalls. Winters, from November until February are colder yet pleasant month.
What to Accomplish- Rishikesh is one of the most wonderful spot to roam around and explore the place by walking. Be ready to get the most thrilling experience of the town and Holy River by crossing the two suspension bridges. Unwind yourself by Wandering down to the Ghats in front of the sacred Ganges. Also you can try for the phenomenal trekking and rafting. Join the spiritual Ganga Arati for heavenly bliss . Enjoy boat ride in the river, admire the view by walking on the Ram Jhula, you can even visit Parmarth Niketan ashram.
Yoga – Rishikesh is regarded as one of the most visited destinations for yoga in India as the place is enclosed with innumerable ashrams providing with different types of yoga and meditation. You can even learn to play the musical instruments like sitar; give a try to Hasya yoga (i.e laughter therapy); gong meditation or practise humming ; and even experience crystal healing.
Festivals –International Yoga Festival takes place in Rishikesh in the month of March each year. This festival is renowned as one of the biggest annual yoga gatherings in the world attended by some of the India’s leading spiritual leaders. Yoga Aid Challenge charity fundraiser and likewise cooking classes for veggie lovers are also a part of the festival.
Hotels- Discounts are normally conceivable during non-peak times. Rishikesh is a residential area subsequently, simple to get accommodations for varying budgets.
Journey Tips- Since, Rishikesh is more into vegetarian so one will be able to feast on delicious vegetarian cuisine. “Chotiwala Restaurant” is an enormously popular that serves a portion of the best Indian food. Rishikesh is also an incredible place to shop for religious offerings, books, apparels, and handicrafts.