On our way from one end to the other side of bridge. we came across some foreigners who seemed delighted enough to get clicked with us and also, some mischievous monkeys who didn’t appear much friendly so we preferred staying away from them. While walking different lanes and roads of the city, we came across different markets flooded with shops selling Indian herbs, spices and condiments, handmade products like toys, woollens, Ayurvedic Medicines and also countless centers offering healing courses through yoga and meditation. Though, Rishikesh is usually looked upon as the holy city of Indian deities but on the other hand, this place has the most enthralling adventures to offer to those who love taking risks and have a knack for adrenaline.
If there are religious temples like Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir, Trayambakeshwar Temple, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, etc., then there are also options for adventure lovers seeking thrills in the form of activities like Body Surfing/Swimming, Cliff Jumping in Ganga river, Night Stay at Beach/Riverside Camping, Jungle Camping & River Rafting, Beach volleyball, Rope Balancing, Bonfires, Air Safari activities, Rock Climbing & Rappelling, Mountaineering, Trekking, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox activities, Paintball adventure activities and many more such activities to make you feel alive. No doubt, Rishikesh is called the ‘Tapo Bhumi’ or the Adventure Capital of India. Name any adventure sport and it is there waiting for you in Rishikesh.
We didn’t get much time for trying out many activities so we could only get ourselves into trekking and river rafting. There are some experiences that can only be felt, hence they become incomprehensible. Being in the water, fighting for your life (even though you are wearing life jackets) against the waves is one such experience. For people seeking physical and spiritual healing to those looking for the ‘once must be done in lifetime’ experiences, there is everything and anything to choose from as per your heart’s desires.
Rishikesh is one such place that has the paradox of energy to make you seize thrilling risks and then also, give you the liveliest experiences of lifetime on the earth. It is up to you, whether you want to go deep into the ocean of your soul discovering your inner calling or you want to go out and get the most of your life from what nature has for you. There is a large range of cheap but good accommodation facilities in the form of hotels, lodges and many Ashrams where you can abode during your stay. We preferred staying at Ashrams as they offer insights into ancient culture and traditions of our country’s mythological past.
The trip was an extended learning experience that now has become an unforgettable memory which will continue to dwell in our minds for years to come. I wish if only I could stay there for some more days and try extracting more out of my environment to inject life into my own self. But as they say there’s nothing a determined mind can’t do, so I am thinking of planning a trip to Haridwar-Rishikesh again sometime soon. Would you like to join me for having some real life experiences that are worth passing on?
This post was originally published on Travel Nemo.