Travelling to Rishikesh is always a delight and if you’re travelling there for the first time, your experience is more likely to be astounding.
1. Rishikesh as a town
Rishikesh, a small town in India’s northern state Uttarakhand is a scenic beauty and has great historical and spiritual significance. Situated in the foothills of Himalaya in the Garhwal region, it’s the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath).
2. Rishikesh as a Cultural Centre
Rishikesh is one of the Hindu pilgrimage town in India and is regarded as one of the holiest places in the Hindu Culture. This holy city is vegetarian by law, consumption and sale of meat and alcohol is not legal here, cows are revered and protected, chances are that one might accompany you while you make your way through the famous “Lakshman Jhoola”. Rishikesh is also famous as the Yoga Capital of the World.
I mean there’s even a train running between Haridwar (gateway to Rishikesh) and Delhi called the Yoga Express, yes, it exists!
Rishikesh is the land of all things mystical, the holy river Ganga, the Sadhus, the Yoga! Every little thing that happens here adds up to the whole environment to of this place. Rishikesh however, is a small town but what it has to offer you might just transform the way you look at things.
3. The Mystical River Ganga
Flowing down through the Himalayas, the Ganga river here is a very different sight compared to further South. It’s clear, blue and beautiful, clean enough to swim and even bathe in. White water rafting is one of the most popular activities in Rishikesh, and can be done without disturbing your budget, it definitely shouldn’t be missed.
4. The Yoga Capital
The yoga capital of India certainly lives up to its name, while you walk through the streets, you’ll see all sorts of posters, advertisements and hoardings for classes. If you’re yoga lover or just want to give it a try, you could easily book yourself classes and attend as many classes as your heart desires, the benefits of yoga don’t need to spelled out, do they?
5. Environment in Rishikesh
The air is clear at all times and the sky reflects over the river, making everything around you picture perfect. Indulging yourself in the simple act of drinking tea whilst you sit on the river banks and watch the sun go down will surely help you unwind in the most positive ways! Sunsets in Rishikesh are unforgettable. Perhaps Rishikesh’s best kept secret are gorgeous secluded beaches, on the banks of Ganga, Alone or together, prepare yourself for an adventure as you explore more parts of the town!
6. Humans of Rishikesh
While you live in Rishikesh, You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people just walking around you, from crystal healers to therapists, and even the regular locals you’ll meet will intrigue you, there’s a whole different vibe about them.
This whole town is a contrast to the life we are all leading in different parts of the world, the place is so calm, yet so indulging. It’s almost like the town understands what you want or what you are looking for, no matter who you are or where you come from and even if you’re not spiritual in the slightest, you’ll still feel the enchantment of the place.