Be it a family trip or a trip with friends, the city entertains everyone irrespective of their age with variant range of activities in Rishikesh. Situated in the foothills of Himalaya in the Garhwal region, it’s the gateway to the upper Garhwal region, from where the Holy Ganga River comes gushing down. The consumption of non vegetarian commodities and alcohol is banned in this town, since it’s a Holy place and has great historical and spiritual significance, Rishikesh is the perfect place for one to unwind and slow down, here’s how you can do it too!
Adventure Activities in Rishikesh
Although the act of rafting doesn’t really involve slowing down but once you do it, you might slow down and have a change of perception on and about a lot of things!
Rafting is an adventure sport full of fun and throttle, often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, and it opens up a new and challenging environment for participants leaving them thrilled with all sorts of experiences. However, risks and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience. It is one of the most enthralling activities in Rishikesh. Running almost 26 km long stretch, these programs provide easy-going rafting. You can also upgrade the program depending on your skills, all you need is a group of atlas four people to raft and if you’re short of people, talk to the organizers and have them team you up with some other people!
Rishikesh is one of the best camping sites in India, taking shelter in the open air, a tent, or just a simple primitive structure constructed in the most basic ways will help you unwind and take a break from your routine, watching the sky above you and appreciating the simple things will help you reflect on your own thoughts and actions. however, don’t forget, while you’re camping, you are in a direct conversation with nature, try not to pollute environment around you by doing anything which isn’t the part of the system there. To sit beneath the star in silence can be picked as part of the comfortable activities in Rishikesh.
Watching the wildlife
The state of Uttarakhand has stunning flora and fauna, visit the Raja ji National park which is situated on the left bank of the River Ganga, not far from Rishikesh. Raja ji National Park is one of the finest national parks of the Himalayan foothill. The Indo Gangetic plains starts from here & the majestic Ganges flows through the National Park for a distance of 24km. What better way to slow down? Observe and unwind in the laps of nature, open yourself up to life that you will be witnessing around you, after all humans aren’t the only living organisms!
Spiritual Activities in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also known as the ‘yoga capital’ of the world, while you roam around the town, you will see hoardings and advertisements for classes, if you’re a yoga lover, then indulge yourself by taking as many classes as you want at any of the ashrams around and if you’re not a yoga lover, then sit back and appreciate the beauty of it, observing the process from a distance might change the way you look at yoga!
It truly is a place like no other, with adventure sports, and various activities in Rishikesh as you make your way through the town you will meet all sorts of interesting people, Rishikesh attracts so many different people from around the world, even a simple yet meaningful conversation you have with a traveler who doesn’t speak your language might open up a whole new dimension in your mind, it doesn’t matter who you or where are you from, even if you’re not spiritual at the slightest, what the town holds for you might has different ways of reaching you. Stop, observe, talk and repeat.
Eat all you want
Slow down by indulging yourself in slow eating! Forget how you had to finish your meal in fifteen minutes, don’t rush, sit in one of the cafes on the edge of the river drinking fresh juice and eating bowls of fresh fruits have a healthy meal only to indulge in the street food of India. Go for a walk, find those hidden restaurants and take all the time in the world to enjoy what you’re eating. This is amongst Some of the most fulfilling activities in rishikesh.
No matter what direction you turn to, you will always have picture perfect view in front of you, set aside an hour or two. Indulge yourself in reading that book you’ve been postponing to read, write what you feel or just sit back and reflect on your actions, try introspection and retrospection as ways of unwinding your mind.