My first traveled destination and now my Home – ”Rishikesh”
When I first came to Rishikesh, I was just 8 years. Since the last two years, I have been coming here more often like once in 2-3 months and let me tell you, this place always gives me peace and tranquillity, and it is so beautiful that every time I come over here, I fall in love with this place all over again. Clear and pure air, green mountains on all the sides, the flowing Ganga River, meditation and yoga classes in every Ashram, you can see different Indian cultures on the bank of The Ganga River. Today there is heavy commercialization in My Home Rishikesh but for me, it is the same beautiful place as it was 24 years ago.
I had been thinking about the setup for a long time and I thought that Rishikesh is the right place, now it is my home. When I came here for the first time to see The Ganga River and mountains, I didn’t want to go back from here. It has a huge space in my heart since my childhood, it was my hidden desire to be here, and spend some time near Ganga and now I am fulfilling my desire. Today remembering the words of Paulo Coelho, “when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
Gateway to The Himalayas
Rishikesh, the world capital of Yoga or Birthplace of Yoga is situated on the bank of The Ganga river which is considered to be one of the holiest rivers in India, it is the gateway to the Chardham Yatra, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, and UNESCO world heritage site Valley of flowers.
Morning walk on Neelkanth Temple road and yoga classes give energy for whole day. Taking bath at Triveni Ghat gives the feeling of purity and evening Ganga Arti gives immense peace.
Every Ashram organizes Yoga and meditation classes. Some of them give free classes too. Teacher training courses also conducted here. You can see hoardings everywhere on both sides of the road telling about Yoga teacher training courses. It is also known Macca for yoga lovers.
Places like to visit:
One of the most popular tourist attraction of Rishikesh, It is said that in Ramayan Era, Laxman crossed the river on jute ropes and in 1929 at this same place an iron suspension bridge made by Government for pedestrian it is also used by motorbike and scooter. It is about 60 feet above from water level and stretches 450 meters long. On both sides of Laxman Jhula, there is a local market where you can get some wonderful items like locally made handicraft, gems, Rudraksha Mala, Idol of Indian God and Goddess, and Garments.
Another famous picturesque tourist attraction, Constructed in 1986 it is bigger than Laxman Jhula but is quite similar in design. Many Ashram situated at both sides of Ram Jhula like Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhavan, Sivananda Ashram. You can also enjoy Garhwali food in famous Chotiwala Restaurant nearby.
Beatles Ashram (Maharishi Mahesh Ashram):
There are 84 meditation chambers so local people called it chaurasi kutiya. In 1968 members of The Beatles English rock band came here for meditation, during their stay they wrote many popular songs since then Rishikesh came on the world map and Maharishi Mahesh Ashram also got fame by the name of The Beatles Ashram. Nowadays ashram is in abandoned condition but still, it is a place you must see. situated near Parmarth Niketan.
In Mahabharat era, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati river met here so it is called Triveni Ghat, every evening Ganga Arti is performed over here. Ghat is beautiful and there is a long stone path which is very popular among the local people for evening and morning walk. It is approximately 1km from Rishikesh bus stand.
Situated on the bank of river Ganga, approximately 18km from Laxman Jhula on Badrinath road, a must visit place by meditation lovers. It is a good place to do meditation.
Neel Kanth Mahadev:
This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is approximately 18km from Laxman Jhula taxi stand. You can also trek for the temple. The path goes through the middle of a jungle where elephants and some animals can be seen easily.
Patna Water Fall:
Approximately 6km from Laxman Jhula on Nelkath Temple road and then 1km beautiful trek through Rajaji National Park takes you to a beautiful waterfall, it is also famous for limestone caves. walking is a good option in morning for visit and after visiting waterfall you can come by local sharing taxi.
Neer Garh Waterfall:
This waterfall is on Badrinath road approximately 5km from Laxman Jhula. Good for a small trek and waterfall lovers.
Activities in Rishikesh:
Yoga: Yoga is a safe and effective way to improve wellness, for strong mind and tone flexible body yoga is needed in human life. Almost every ashram provides yoga classes and teacher training courses, there are many styles of yoga like Hath, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa. Some ashram provides free yoga classes.
Meditation: Meditation takes away stress and relaxes our body. Some types of meditation practices are Transcendental, Heart rhythm, kundalini, Guided visualization, Vipassana. Many ashrams provide meditation classes
Ayurvedic massage: You can go through one or two weeks courses in Ayurvedic massage teacher training, panchakarma therapist and you can also take ayurvedic massage, therapy by a Doctor. Hemadari Ayurvedic centre is famous for it.
Adventure Activity: Rishikesh is not only famous for Yoga but this is also a home for adventure activities. You can enjoy Bungee jumping, Flying fox, River rafting, Cliff jumping, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Trekking, Valley crossing.
Rishikesh is a holy place for Hindu, Since last thousands of years, Rishikesh is a home for Yogi, Sadhu, and Rishi. They got salvation here by doing yoga and meditation. Lord Ram and Laxman came here to perform penance. Hindu worships The river Ganga and performs puja and Arti in evenings. According to Hindu mythology if you take a dip in River Ganga people get free from all of their sins.