A tiny town on the Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is different things to different people. Whether you are looking for an escapade to the hills, an adventure on the Ganges, or a spiritual haven, Rishikesh is just the place to be! The hippie hangout of the 70s, and now the much-renowned Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh has its way with the celebrities. From the bohemian retreat for the Beatles to Gerald Butler welcoming 2020 in Rishikesh, this little Himalayan town is certainly a celebrity magnet.Join us as we take you on a tour of this spiritual town on a life-changing adventure. Indulge in meditation, Yoga & Ayurveda therapies, go temple-hopping, try your hand at river-rafting, and soak in the natural beauty of Rishikesh.
Steeped in myths and legends, this long suspension bridge on the Ganges is purportedly built at the point where Lakshmana, Lord Rama's brother, crossed the Ganges in the epic Ramayana. Enjoy the thrill of the fast-flowing Ganges as you walk on the swaying bridge.
A sense of peace greets you at the beautiful Triveni Ghat. Take a dip in the Ganges to wash away your sins and get on the fast-track road to Moksha. Be sure to visit here in the evening when the Ghat comes alive with twinkling lamps & prayer chants, as the priests perform the Ganga Aarti (river worship) at the Ghat.
Get away from the routine & city noises and rediscover your connection with nature & your soul with some Yoga & meditation on the banks of the holy Ganges. A host of Yoga retreats, meditation centers, and ashrams in Rishikesh promise you a rejuvenating experience. Grab a yoga mat and relieve your body & spirit of all tensions with a few asanas & minutes of meditation. Save your dates to participate in the annual International Yoga Festival being held from 1st to 7th March, 2020.
Pamper your body & soul with the ancient Ayurvedic healing therapies at the many ashrams, resorts & spas sprinkled along the Ganges in Rishikesh. Indulge in therapeutic massages, wellness programs, and detoxification treatments for a revitalizing experience.
Give way to the adventurer within you and get ready for some action in Rishikesh. Battle the foaming waters of the Ganges on a raft, go bungee jumping from a natural cliff, or go rappelling over a rock face. Try zip-lining & river crossing, go kayaking, or just camp by the river for a perfect vacation in Rishikesh.
Pilgrims & travelers visit Rishikesh all through the year. However, the peak travel season here is from February to April and then post monsoon from August to November.
By Air- Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, around 35 km from Rishikesh, connects this spiritual town with most Indian cities.
By Rail- The nearest railhead, Haridwar, around 25 kilometers away, connects Rishikesh with the rest of the country by a network of direct & express trains.
By Road- A well-maintained network of roads & highways connects Rishikesh with the other cities in the region. Both private & state-run Volvo buses and taxis ply on the roads to Rishikesh.
Well, it is time to chuck the city noises and get going for a spiritual experience by the Ganges in Rishikesh. Stay in ashrams or high-end resorts, enjoy Yoga & river-rafting, go pebble-hunting by the river, and meditate to find your Om in the soulful sanctuary of Rishikesh.