Rishikesh is town in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand state in India approximately 7 hours drive from New Delhi Airport situated in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range and surrounded by the Shivalik range.
Rishikesh is known as the home of YOGA!
I have been living here for just over 2 weeks now and I absolutely love it. It’s only small but there is so much to see and do here.
If you come to India you must pay Rishikesh a visit to nourish your soul and learn something new.
Things to do:
For all tourists heading to northern India, River Rafting or White Water Rafting is a major attraction.
I did is as part of my yoga teacher training and had the best day. We rafted from one end of the river to the main town.
Just be sure to shut your mouth and cover up from the sun. You don’t want to swallow the water or get heat stroke.
Rishikesh has many waterfalls to visit. I went to the Neer Garh Waterfall only a short drive from the main town. It was a fun adventure to get there driving up the Himalayan mountain ranges. If your a woman be prepared to wear your clothes in the water.
Ashrams in Rishikesh
The prime tourist attractions in Rishikesh are the ashrams. The town is dispersed over with a number of ashrams, world renowned centres for spiritual studies and lessons on meditation.
Some of the most popular and much visited ashrams in Rishikesh include Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.
You can do drop in yoga classes at many of the Ashrams if your only visiting for a short amount of time.
I had no idea how fun it would be to shop here so I packed a full bag. If I were to have known I would have packed a whole lot less. It is so affordable here and you can get some nice quality stuff too if you hunt for it.
The temple was laid down by Adiguru Shankaracharya around 8th century AD. One of the most ancient in Rishikesh, the temple occupies a position on the banks of the Holy Ganges. An idol of Lord Vishnu stands in the inner sanctum of the temple.
It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Built back in 1929, the Lakshman Jhula is actually a suspended bridge. As per the Hindu traditions, it is believed that Lakshmana (Rama’s brother; Rama is the hero of epic Ramayana) crossed the river here with the help of a jute rope. Apart from for its mythological significance, the bridge is also visited to soak up the beautiful views of the town and himalayan mountain ranges.
Workshops & Retreats
There are so many amazing workshops and retreats running all the time in Rishikesh. Every restaurant you go to you will see an array of flyers with upcoming Workshops and Retreats from Yoga, meditation to Tantra and ecstatic dance and laughter yoga.
You have to go check out the Rishikesh Market. Buy yourself some fresh fruit and vegetables to keep yourself going and in good health on your trip.
Visit an Orphanage
You can visit Orphanages in the surrounding areas of Rishikesh. They love to have visitors and people come to play with the kids.
Where to eat:
Eating out in RIshikesh is always an adventure. I am still discovering new places but here is a lis of my favourites so far.
- The Hungry Yogi
- Ganga Beach Restaurant
- Cafe Omkar
- The 60’s Cafe
- The German Bakery
- Soul Kitchen
- The French Bakery Cafe
- Space Cafe
There is so much more I am yet to explore!
I will continue to update this list as I discover new places.