Read On For The Ultimate List Of Things to Do In Rishikesh.
Celebrated as the ‘yoga capital of the world’, Rishikesh is a magnet for spiritual seekers and adventure lovers. With its assortment of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes, as well as some of the best adventure sports in the country, it attracts thousands every year.
Rishikesh is also an important pilgrimage town for Hindus. Surrounded by three districts, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar, legend has it that Lord Rama imposed a penance on himself in Rishikesh for killing Ravana, the king of Lanka.
From yoga and meditation to rafting and bungee jumping, there are numerous things to do in Rishikesh and numerous places to visit in Rishikesh. But before I tell you about these, you should know that Rishikesh is a vegetarian city by law and also alcohol free.
Things to do in Rishikesh:
1. Calm your mind and still your senses with yoga in Rishikesh
Rishikesh's stint as the world's Yoga Capital started after The Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late 1960's. After that, hundreds of yoga ashrams opened up along the Ganges teaching everything from Ashtanga Yoga and Hasya Yoga (laughter therapy) to meditation and crystal healing.
You can either go there just for practicing or take up one of the courses offered to become a certified yoga practitioner. Most ashrams run courses on an hour-based model (200 hours is the basic) for teachers and weekly or monthly-basis for general practitioners. Costs for different ashrams vary greatly and you will have to contact them individually to get quotations.
Here are some of the top ashrams to visit in Rishikesh:
Best Places To Stay In Rishikesh
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If you are looking for an adventure escape to Rishikesh, how about staying at a river camp for three days and going rafting? Get details here.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a weekend getaway to Rishikesh from Delhi, you might want to have a look at this awesome package. Just gather your friends and head out.