Rishikesh is a small town in Uttarakhand and one of the most spiritual places in India. On your Rishikesh trip, this place offers lots of things to do. Over the past few years, Rishikesh has been an important destination for tourists from all over the world. Spiritual seekers from around the world travel to the birthplace of yoga to experience spirituality and authentic ancient Indian culture. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is most famous for being the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’.
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List Of Things To Do In Rishikesh In My Way
If you want to travel somewhere, you have to do something according to the specialty of that place. In this blog, I will share some things about Rishikesh. When you come to Rishikesh, you can enjoy the journey of Rishikesh through these top must-do things. And Of course, let me know by commenting on this blog if you have any new information about Rishikesh.
1. Take A Walk
Take a walk along the banks of river Ganga from Lakshman Jhula to Ram Jhula Bridge. Although a little crowded, this walking experience is very impeccable. During this walk, you will see colorful wall paintings on various walls across Rishikesh. And it’s impossible to come back without taking pictures of those wall paintings. Besides the graffiti, the beautiful Himalayan range would offer you a great experience for a lifetime. It is impossible to forget the breathtaking view.
2. Sit On The Ghats
I recommend in the morning but you can choose your own time to sit on the ghats. The architecture of all the Rishikesh ghats is very old. All the ghats of Rishikesh have different types of rituals throughout the day. The feeling of sitting on the banks of an ancient river in an ancient city of India is really worth full. The two famous ghats of Rishikesh are Tribeni and Parmarth. Tribeni Ghat is famous for the confluence of three sacred rivers- Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati. As per the documents submitted by the Harayana government in the recent case, around 6000 years ago the Saraswati river disappeared due to tectonic disturbances, impacting its tributaries. But as per popular belief, the river is alive and flowing underground.
I never used to be alone in ghats. Strays, and puppies used to come and play with me. I love animals. If you love them too, then you will be showered by their unconditional love.
3. Experience Authentic Yoga
Hey, If you are in Rishikesh, then you are in the Yoga Capital of the world. So just experience it. This ancient place is the hub of many renowned yoga schools and meditation centers. You can take a yoga retreat program or yoga teacher training for in-depth knowledge of yoga and add a spiritual experience to your journey.
4. Witness The Ganga Arati
Never miss this colorful Ganga Arati on the Triveni Ghat. Ganga Aarti is an event held every evening on the banks of the river Ganga at Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Haridwar. Lots of people come from different places to witness this Aarti. Be sure to get there early to get a great seat because it’s something you don’t want to miss. It is a view, you can never forget. In front of the river, so many lamps may show you the divine presence.
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5. Do Adventure Sports For your Lifetime Memories
If you are looking for some adventure sports then Rishikesh is the only perfect destination. As Rishikesh is the adventure capital of India, you will not be disappointed to do any adventure here. If you are a true adventure seeker, activities like river rafting, cliff jumping, and bungee jumping will be on your list. If you want to go river rafting you can go to any booking spot and book river rafting for that day. But if you want to do bungee jumping, you have to take your booking several days in advance. There are also many shops in Rishikesh which can book various adventure sports for you. So add some memorable adventure to your Rishikesh trip.
6. Visit The Beatles Ashram
There are many ashrams in Rishikesh. But Beatles Ashram adds another dimension of importance to the map of Rishikesh. Beatles Ashram is also known as Chaurasi Kutia. It is located on the east bank of the river Ganges. It was a training center for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from 1960 to 1970, who developed the transcendental meditation technique. In the year 1968, The Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram for transcendental meditation. It really put Rishikesh on the map. Then this Chaurasi Kutia ashram became the Beatles Ashram popular with the whole world. Nowadays the ashram is abandoned but it is still an interesting place to visit. Also, this place is very popular for photography.
7. Jungle Safari In Rajaji National Park
If you like the jungle, if you like animals, then in no way you should miss the jungle safari of Rajaji National Park. Lots of deer, elephants, and tigers can be seen on the 2 hours jeep safari of Rajaji National Park. There are plenty of counters in Rishikesh Market from where you can book Jeep Safari of Rajaji National Park. In My personal opinion, rather than going to a zoo to see animals in captivity, going on a jungle safari, and seeing them in the open jungle is much more thrilling.
8. Don’t Miss the Cafe With View
The unique natural beauty of Rishikesh is one of the reasons why people from all over the world come to visit. There is nothing more relaxing than grabbing a coffee/ chai or delicious food at one of the many cafes and just taking in the breathtaking scenery. There are many good small and cozy cafes all over Rishikesh. Some of my favorite cafes are Ganga view cafe, Freedom Cafe, and LittleBudha cafe.
Please Note Being a holy city, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are banned in Rishikesh.
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Your Things To Do
Rishikesh may hit differently to different people. I have shared mine. And it is very important to know your side of the story too. There can’t be anything worth sharing your own experience. So here I am, waiting for your comments. So that next time I re-visit Rishikesh I can see the place with a new lens. Share your things-to-do experience.