Without a doubt many fall in love with Rishikesh the very moment they step on this land. The Himalayan foothills from where the holy Ganges flows by and the soothing echoes seem to envelop the place, which is irresistible.
Being eminent as the ‘yoga capital of the world’ and ‘adventure paradise of India,’ Rishikesh is flocked by tourists, spiritual seekers, backpackers all around the year. From rejuvenating meditation sessions to alluring beauty to soul-feeding adventures, Rishikesh is a perfect blend of two different worlds and has got something for everyone.
With so much to see, explore and behold, visiting Rishikesh makes for an experience dear to the heart. Giving our readers 9 reasons why Rishikesh is a paradise for backpackers:
Blessings of Mother Nature
There is probably no corner in Rishikesh which is not blessed with the wonders of nature. The clear sky, pleasing winds and golden rays of the sun reflecting in the Ganga, Rishikesh is a land of benevolent climate and lush green vegetation. Whether you are strolling on the famous Laxman Jhula or spending a leisure time in the balcony of your abode, you are bestowed with scenic views of the town.
- Rajaji National Park: It is the loving home of more than 400 species of bird, 500 elephants, 12 tigers, 250 panthers, and rich biodiversity.
- NeerGarh Waterfalls: The jade blue NeelGarh Waterfalls in this land is a perfect example of natural beauty at its best.
The capital of Yoga & Meditation
No brainer, right? Rishikesh is popular as the yoga capital of the world, where thousands come to learn, practice and live the science of yoga. From centuries, Rishikesh has been the witness to many spiritualists, yogis and saints who have attained salvation in the lap of Himalayas. The infamous’ Beatles’ started their yogic journey in this land by undergoing the practice of transcendental meditation under the guidance of revered Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
- Parmarth Niketan: Parmarth Niketan is a prominent ashram in Rishikesh imparting the wisdom of yoga and meditation with respect to the ancient traditions.
- Rishikul Yogshala: It is a yoga school in Rishikesh established in the year 2010. Since its inception, it has been providing yoga teacher training in Indiato all those who wish for an authentic and traditional yoga teaching.
The place of Rishikesh is named after Lord Vishnu, and therefore, it is referred to as the Abode of Gods and is the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. Owing to these two factors and several others, Rishikesh buzzes with profound divinity. From the lifestyle to daily activities, spirituality can be innately felt in this town.
- Triveni Ghat: Ganga Aarti at the Triveni Ghat is a spiritual bliss, which is a non-missable act in Rishikesh.
As much as it is famous for its yoga and spiritual practices, equally it is sworn for its adventure opportunities. The wobbly terrains, the mountains, the rivers and pleasant climate, everything makes the adventure in Rishikesh more thrilling and exciting. There are a number of sports that you can indulge in Rishikesh at pocket-friendly prices.
- River Rafting: Among the list of adventure sports, white water river rafting is highly famous and preferred by the backpackers.
- Bungee Jumping: For those wishing to get an adrenaline rush, try bungee jumping.
Innumerable Eating Joints
Rishikesh is a stronger advocator of Ahimsa and harmony, which is reflected in its food style. Rishikesh is a vegetarian town where you get 100% vegetarian meals prepared from fresh vegetables and healing spices. There are many ashrams that offer sattvic and tasty food for free.
- Little Buddha Cafe: The cafe provides panoramic views of the Laxman Jhula along with mouth-watering delicacies rich in nutrients.
Wisdom of Ayurveda
For the lovers of Ayurveda, Rishikesh is the ideal place to visit. Along with traditional knowledge of Yoga, you can gain authentic wisdom of Ayurveda at several yoga schools, ashrams and healing centers. Kerala Ayurveda therapies, procedures and treatments can be learned in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is home to several historical places. Every architectural design in Rishikesh has a unique story to narrate. With exquisite designs, heart-warming views, surrounding beauty and more, a visit to the historical places in Rishikesh is an opportunity to feed the history lover in you.
- The Beatles Ashram: Then Chaurasi Kutia is now the Beatles Ashram, where the band learned the art of transcendental meditation and composed “The Happy Rishikesh” song. Today, the walls of the ashrams are adorned with graffiti and works of art.
- Laxman Jhula: It is an iron bridge suspended over the Ganges where you can find vendors selling jewelry and tourists gazing at the pious Ganga River.
Rishikesh is a place flourished with shining temples. The melodious sounds of hymns, temple bells and fragrances of incense sticks fill the atmosphere with utmost calmness and holiness.
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Neelkanth is a holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri is celebrated in the temple with a lot of vigor and traditionalism.
As it goes, last but not the least, one important reason to visit the town is because of the friendly locals. The warm and friendly citizens greet you with abundant love. After your visit, you can notice a change in your attitude towards others, for good.
When in India, hail to Rishikesh for divinity, adventure, beauty and love.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training In India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.