Rishikesh is the ultimate destination for harmony of your mind, body and soul. Located in northern Uttarakhad at the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is surrounded by hills on three sides and provides a sense of being on top of the world. The area is a spiritual pilgrimage destination given that the great River Ganges, considered sacred to the Hindu religion, flows through the town’s hamlets and settlements. Venture to Rishikesh for a healthy and mystical experience, as it is considered the yoga capital of the world.

Highlights

  • River Ganges
  • Aarti Ceremony
  • Ashram Visits
  • Yoga

 Places to stay

Exterior view of Ananda Spa in Rishikesh, The Himalayas

Ananda Spa

Hotel Style: Resort

The Ananda Spa aims at harmonizing and rejuvenating the body, mind and soul.  See Hotel

Ganga Kinare Hotel in Rishikesh, India

Hotel Ganga Kinare

Hotel Style: Heritage

Translating to ‘On the banks of the River Ganges', Ganga Kinare is a simple retreat in the heart of Rishikesh along the banks of the Holy River Ganga, overlooking Rajaji National park.  See Hotel

Panoramic views from Raga on the Ganges hotel in Rishikesh, India

Raga On The Ganges

Hotel Style: Lodge

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 Things to do

City Highlights of Rishikesh

Start your day by visiting the Market – see stalls selling varied items like religious pictures, Om-embossed scarves and t-shirts, steel pots/pans and religious nicknacks. Enroute from Rishikesh towards the Himalayas, pass the impressive Ram Jhula, a suspension bridge above the Ganges and a replica of the Lakshman Jhula, built during the British regime in 1939. Visit a hallowed spot called ‘Vasishta Gufta’ – 2 caves where the Hindu sage and yogi Vasishta practiced spirituality. The highlight of the day is the evening sunset Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram – enjoy and participate in religious singing with Ashram students; get involved with the actual Aarti and delight in the phenomenal sight of lights, the aura, the chanting and a special feel – perfect photo opportunity!

Trek Neer Gaddu Waterfall from Rishikesh

Embark on a 3-4hr trek to Neer Gaddu waterfalls – see beautiful scenery, small streams, myriad colored flowers, lush vegetation. A trail with steps facilitating the trek, give rise to the phrase – soft trek. Enjoy spectacular with views from atop of waterfalls on one side and foothills of the Himalayas on the other. Extend 1hr more if wishing to visit the nearby village. Comfortable shoes, a swimsuit and change of clothes, would be ideal if wanting to swim in the pool by the waterfall.

Visit to Swami Rama Sadhak Gram Ashram from Rishikesh

Spend a day at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (Village of Spiritual Seekers), meaning ‘The Meditation Village dedicated to the teachings of Swami Rama. It is a spiritual retreat center built like a beautiful hill village, set on 8 acres of clipped lawns and lush gardens with an eclectic mix of cosy bungalows, yoga spaces and research labs. SRSG was founded in 2002 by Swami Veda Bharati with the aim to teach the knowledge of Yoga meditation within the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters. It is one of the world-leaders in Dhyana-yoga instruction, as well as scientific research into yogic meditation. Start the day at 0500hrs with prayers followed by yoga, meditation and breathing exercises; breakfast is at 0830hrs; lunch at 1300hrs; tea at 1600hrs; dinners at 1900hrs..all meals are simple vegetarian and at Ashram dining hall; more classes and programs take place between meals. The day ends post dinner..daily schedules may vary and may be customized upon request.

Visit to Ashram Swami Gram from Rishikesh

Spend a day at the Ashram – Swami Rama Sadhak Gram in Rishikesh town, run by an educated lady with visitors from the world over. The ashram’s day starts at 5am with morning prayers followed by yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. Enjoy simple vegetarian meals at the Ashram dining hall. Breakfast is at 8.30am, Lunch at 1pm and tea at 4pm. More classes, programmes, meditation, yoga etc. continue in-between. Dinner is at 7pm before leaving the ashram.

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