Rishikesh - the Yoga capital of the World
Rishikesh is known as the Gateway to the Himalayas and is a town in the northern state of Uttarkhand, India. It is a holy town that sages and saints have visited since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge. The sacred Ganga River flows through the Himalayas and out into the planes of northern India making its presence known to the people of Rishikesh. The scenic beauty of the city is truly amazing as it captivates the real view of the small town beside the holy grail of the Ganges. Rishikesh is considered by Hindus to be a holy city and is vegetarian by law. Rishikesh is a ‘dry’ area, where it is not allowed to serve alcohol or any kind of meat-fish or animal form. Cows roam freely in the streets and always have the right of way. This is one of the aspects that makes Rishikesh such a uniquely special place. It is a very safe and secure place, where national and international tourists can walk alone or in groups without any fear. However, Rishikesh has all modern facilities such as transportation, Wi-Fi, etc.
Historical significance of Rishikesh
The name Rishikesh stems from ancient Indian history. Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Hrishikesha as a result of his tapasya (deep meditation to achieve self-realisation). Hrishikesha was the name given to Lord Vishnu which means ‘Lord of the senses’. Rishikesh is a holy place place where you can unite with your soul and conquer your inner fears and apprehensions through spiritual practices, meditation, yoga and breathtaking adventure sports. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas you will be immersed in abundantly scenic beauty and tranquility.
Arrangements in the city
Accommodation is spread on both sides of the Ganga River. There are hotels, guest houses, cottages, resorts and ashrams to choose from for accommodation. Prices suit all types of travelers. There are many eating places from traditional Indian fare to Nepalese, Italian and Middle Eastern food. The closest city to Rishikesh is Dehradun. You can travel to Rishikesh by train, taxi or plane. We recommend taking a flight into Dehradun then a taxi to Rishikesh. If you wish to travel by train, there are trains that connect to all parts of the country. You would want to stop in Haridwar and continue on to Rishikesh.
Things to do in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. There are many activities in and around Rishikesh:
• White water rafting
• Kayaking lessons and expeditions
• Cliff Jumping
• Live music jams
• yoga festivals
• Rock climbing
• Hindi language classes
• Astrological services
• Traditional music lessons
• Himalayan Trekking
• Visiting temples and holy destinations
• And many more…
This destination is not only famous as a holy site but also offers exciting opportunities for adventurous travelers. Rishikesh is regarded as the Yoga Capital of the world. The holy destinations with divine temples are still believed to be the place where you can help a devotee achieve the level of salvation by taking a dip in the holy Ganges.
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