6 things to do to visit in Rishikesh
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, the city of Rishikesh is a tourist delight! It is a paradise for all adventure junkies as there are many adventurous things the city has to offer. Culturally, Rishikesh is also a leader in hosting a large number of ashrams, temples and many other places of worship. Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, Rishikesh is considered the birthplace of this art which engages the mind, body and soul in enrichment. The gigantic lazy river that runs through the city, the lush landscapes and the snow-capped mountains make it a perfect place for any type of meditation or mental wellness retreat. If you still find yourself in two minds, read on as we have curated ‘The Ultimate Rishikesh Travel Guide’ for you! Be sure to cover all the places/activities included here to get the most out of what Rishikesh has to offer.
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6 Things You Must Include In Your Rishikesh Travel Itinerary
1. Witness to the Ganga Aarti
Whether a believer or a non-believer, the Maha aarti at Triveni Ghat is a must for everyone. The children who learn the story and study the form are the ones who lead the aarti. The atmosphere created is indescribable with the songs, the instruments used, the incense sticks, and all this on the banks of the Ganges river. The online videos don’t do justice to the actual atmosphere that is created. Rishikesh also serves as a gateway to the popular Chardham Yatra of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
2. Press Pause at a Yoga Center
Rishikesh, being the yoga capital of the world, has immense things to offer to lovers of this art. The city is at the forefront when it comes to achieving optimal health or fitness. The whole state of Uttarakhand is called the “Land of Yoga and Ayurveda”. There are many yoga centers, yoga retreats, etc. in Rishikesh. What better place to do yoga than on the banks of a calming river?
3. Go bold with Rishikesh rafting
A trip to Rishikesh is incomplete without rafting! Their rafting starts from Shivpuri and you can enjoy half or full rafting experience. The full rafting extends up to 16 km. If it’s the first time for you, a half-raft trip might be the best solution. Wear comfortable, light and easy-drying clothes. Avoid wearing gloves, socks and thermal clothing as they will become very heavy after contact with the river water. For all the real adrenaline junkies, there’s a cliff jumping spot in the middle of your ride where they also serve lip-smacking noodles, tea and snacks.
4. Get an adrenaline rush with adventure sports
Rishikesh offers a variety of sports and adventure activities for its tourists. Paintball, camping, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, kayaking, hiking, abseiling and waterfall hiking and just a few of the many on offer. The local markets have play areas and there are also zip lines and cable cars to explore.
5. Visit the Ram and Laxman Jhula
Perhaps the highlights of the city are the Ram Jhula and the Laxman Jhula. These two bridges are built over the mighty river and are a tourist attraction to admire! They are almost an unavoidable part of Rishikesh.
6. Plug into the Beatles Ashram
For all the Beatles fans, visit the Beatles Ashram where the five had stayed long ago. With vibrant graffiti walls, the ashram is also a good place for photography. Be sure to shop your heart out at the local markets, street shopping here is a big hit! Local, colorful and hand-sewn bags are also a fascination.
So when are you going to Rishikesh now?
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