Rishikesh: A Guide for a Peaceful Trip
December 15, 2018
Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of India, located serenely on the foothills of the majestic Himalayas in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand, India. The appeal of this gorgeous place is enhanced by the Ganges river flowing enchantingly besides this city of sages.
Rishikesh is known for its spirituality and the abode of enlightened saints. This is what pulled the celebrated rock band Beatles in India for their spiritual journey. Among many cool things to explore in Rishikesh, Beatles Ashram can give other places a run for the money for the coolest title.
Well, let’s move further without much ado to check out things to do in Rishikesh.
Meditate on the Ganga Ghat with the Sun Rise
Rishikesh holds tranquil ghats on the bank of the river Ganges–Triveni Ghat is the largest and famous most one, among all. This is the perfect spot for a seeker to chase a rising sun that forms a breath-taking sight with its vibrant hues on the white water of the Ganges. What a tremendous way to start a day, while sensing the virgin sunshine coming from the escape of majestic hills with the sounds of bells and hymns from the surrounding temples.
This is once in a lifetime opportunity to grasp for any traveller in search of authentic beauty–inside out.
Tip from the traveller: Make sure you wake up early before the Sun comes up to get your spot on Triveni Ghat to capture this aesthetic moment created by the best artist, that is, of course, nature.
An Ayurveda Massage for Rejuvenation
India holds many holistic glories as an ancient nation, Ayurveda is also on the list. This natural science has its own benefits for the sake of mind, body, and soul. And to indulge in the depth of the beauty of this art what’s best than Yoga Capital of India itself. That’s right, Rishikesh is your call to reward yourself with a rejuvenating experience of an Ayurveda massage to soothe the senses like never before.
Tip from the traveller: The city has an abundance of massage centres going well with any of your desire. I’d like to recommend Vedic Ayurved Treatments, they have some awesome treatments up their sleeve.
Cafe hopping to Taste the Flavours of Life
Rishikesh has a wonderful cafe culture offering food from cuisines around the globe. From Lebanese to Italian, it is easy here to fulfil any of your food cravings. On my visit, I couldn’t get enough of all those astonishing cafes and their scrumptious food offerings from global cuisines. That is why cafe hopping is a fun recreation to do in Rishikesh.
All the cafes are distinct in ambience and menus, yet all seem perfect to retreat in the company of refreshing food and a good book. Organic cafes of Rishikesh match with the rejuvenating vibes of the city with food as well as the glimpses of the Ganges.
Tip from the traveller: To name a few of the many, I’d suggest 60’s Cafe, Tattva cafe, and Pure Soul – Cafe & Organic Kitchen.
A Remarkable Trip to Beatles Ashram
Enjoy finding Beatles Ashram in the far corner of the city after crossing the street bazaars and ghats to finally feel an awe with the vibes this ashram emits. Hidden in the ruins on the borders of Rajaji National Park, the property of Beatles Ashram is managed by the forest department.
Nonetheless, this historic building still surprises you with the cool graffiti arts on the ruined walls. And, nothing can match the excitement you feel to realize this place was once an escape for history’s most influential musicians to seek enlightenment. You feel nothing but elated while humming your favourite song of the band.
Tip from the traveller: Take your time to explore the whole ashram spread among 14 acres of forest. It also includes a museum, where you can catch pictures of the Beatles members and their guru at the ashram.
Evening Ganga Aarti Ceremony
Ganga Aarti is an ideal way to summarise the spiritual factor of Hindu religion. This enchanting prayer offering-event to the great river Ganges by saffron-clad monks on the ghats can charm any visitor. The magical sounds of bells, mantras, conch, and other instruments create absolute harmony. At the same time, nature allows the sun to set behind the shadows of the Himalayan hills with the soothing lullaby of Ganga Aarti.
Tip from the traveller: Parmarth Niketan Ashram is the best place to catch Evening Aarti Ceremony. Make sure you reach before the Aarti starts.
Laid-back Afternoon on Ganges Bank
Rishikesh has peaceful banks of Ganges where you can find a good enough rock to sit by and gaze into the depth of the waters. You deserve these precious moments to feel as tranquil as the river. This is a simple thing to do in Rishikesh to be at peace.
Tip from the traveller: Make some efforts to find a quiet spot as the banks are often crowded. Your dedication will serve you well when you will find your Buddha seat and well-deserved peace as a reward.
Best time to visit Rishikesh
March to June is the most recommended time period with regard to climate and the famous International Yoga festival during the Summer season.
While the time from October to February is also advisable if you like to travel in Winters. The average temperature in the winter is estimated at 19°C to 27°C.
How To Reach Rishikesh
The distance from nearby Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is approximately 35 kilometres. You can catch a taxi for Rishikesh easily from the airport.
The nearest railway station is situated in Haridwar, which is well-connected to major cities. A taxi or a local bus ride from Haridwar station will bring you to Rishikesh.
The city is also connected with local and state bus services with most of the cities in India.
On final note, I would not deny the fact that Rishikesh has much more to offer to explore. But I can assure you with my personal and blissful memories of Rishikesh, these things rewarded my soul with utter peace. I wish you feel the same on your trip to this spiritual city–peaceful at the heart!