What to do? Where to eat? What to see?
Rishikesh, as known as the yoga capital of the world, is a city in the Uttarakhand state of India. If you want to practice yoga and meditation, learn more about Indian culture and Himalayan traditions, visit temples and ashrams, see the Holy River Ganga, this place is the best choice for you.
What to do in Rishikesh?
Take a yoga class
First thing you should do is to find the right yoga class for you, or you can even sign up for a yoga and metitation teacher training course! In Swargashram, yoga village, you can find as many as daily yoga classes and teacher training courses.
See an Ayurveda therapist
You should see an Ayurveda doctor at an ayurvedic center. Ayurveda, the science of life, is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. The doctor will read your pulse and diagnose you like it’s a check-up. After they will prescribe you all natural medicines. You can also get massages at these centers.
Go trekking in the Himalayas
Since you’re at the foothills of Himalayas you should go trekking. You can find daily trips or camping tours.
You can try rafting on the Ganga river. Note that river rafting is closed during monsoon which is from June to September.
Join Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti is a beautiful ceremony performed to honor the River goddess Ganga. You can join the Aarti at Parmath Niketan ashram by the river, usually around 5:30 pm.
What to see in Rishikesh?
Also known as Chaurasi Kutia, the ashram has become famous after The Beatles practiced transcendental meditation there in Rishikesh in the late 60s.
Neer Garh Waterfall
A little bit far from the city, you can find the waterfalls where you can go for a swim or simply hiking. Again, don’t forget that the waterfalls are closed during the monsoon.
Bhootnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can get an amazing view of Rishikesh from the top of this temple.
Where to eat?
Little Buddha is a really famous place for tourists who don’t prefer Indian food. You can eat breakfast, lunch, dinner or have a drink (non-alcoholic since Rishikesh is alcohol-free) by the Ganga. They have a very rich menu and the atmosphere is amazing.
Pumpernickel German Bakery
This place has amazing coffee and pastry like Nutella croissants and cinnamon rolls.
If you like Indian food or you simply want to try, this place is the best for you. They have different types of thalis (selection of various dishes served together), curries and South Indian dishes.
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