Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is known as the spiritual centre of India.
It is very easy to see why the yoga festival is held here in March every year. This city has a unique relaxed spiritual feel to it. Only a one hour flight from Delhi international airport, it is a must visit for those looking for an introduction to India.
You can walk down the street safely; women and young girls can feel safe by themselves. You can almost describe it as a hippy feeling type of town. There are a few cows that wonder the street as people do leave some food for them to eat, this is mainly traced back to Hinduism beliefs.
Traffic is nearly non-existent here! A relaxed, laid back town most people enjoy walking around the sights. It is easy to grab a taxi if needed, the only traffic issues being waiting for a cow to cross the street!
Rishikesh offers a myriad of unique scenic adventures.
White water rafting and mountaineering are just a few of the unique experiences waiting for you to enjoy. Surrounded by mountains, with easy access to the Himalayas you can go on a multitude of hikes from a scenic few hours to an all-day pleasurable adventure. While the Ganges River is such an incredibly inviting turquoise, you’ll relish the chance to go swimming.
The Beatles Ashram.
Rishikesh as a place of spirituality was made famous by the Beatles visiting with their guru Maharishi Mahesh. About a 20 minute walk from centre of Rishikesh it is a huge place of significant importance.
It was the Beatles visit here in 1968 that provided the inspiration for many of Lennon and McCartney’s writings. A little run down but in the process of being when refurbished, it is worth visiting even if you’re not a Beatles fan. A full day should be set aside as it is a fun scenic day out.
Guides are a must as you can really learn everything about the place from what the buildings represent and the historic significance through to the meaning behind the paintings that are around everywhere. By doing it on your own, you will miss out on hidden secrets and meaningful sites.
The views of Rishikesh are fabulously scenic.
In this part of India the Ganges are very inviting, many give into temptation and go for an enjoyable swim while yoga can also be done by the banks of the Ganges.
There is a Hindu ceremony on the banks of the Ganges every evening. It has a magical feel about it and it’s a memorable highlight for most people. You have the option of watching and participating in this very moving ceremony.
Rishikesh is a location that delivers in service, luxury, and adventure in an amazing location.
By getting out and exploring this travel destination you will appreciate just how unique and incredibly scenic it truly is. Talk to Unique Scenic Travel for your perfect holiday requirements.