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About Rishikesh

Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is the center of a lot of New Age activity and Hindu belief. It is in Rishikesh that the holy River Ganges leaves the mountains and joins travels east to the Bay of Bengal. The whole area is considered sacred for Hindus, as it is believed that meditation here leads to the attainment of salvation. Hindus regard Rishikesh as highly as Muslims regard Mecca. Meat and alcohol are forbidden, and inhabitants display a public air of sanctimony.

Rishikesh has attracted poets, artists and spiritualists for thousands of years. Gaining instant fame in the 1960s as the site where universally recognized rock band The Beatles met their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Rishikesh is an ideal place to meditate and study yoga. Pilgrims clad in loincloths tread the town’s streets or pitch camp on the banks of the sacred Ganges. Head for Triveni Ghat to watch pilgrims participate in the daily worship ritual known as Aarti.

Rishikesh tours

If you are looking to connect with spirituality and learn about yoga from the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ look no further than our Rishikesh tours. Discover the place that inspired The Beatles to write over 40 songs, including the aptly names ‘The Happy Rishikesh Song’, and feel inspired by the pilgrims practicing worship along the banks of the river Ganges. Rishikesh is home to many ashrams (a place of religious retreat). Hatha has gained a particular reputation over the years but Vivekenanda, Sivananda, Osho and the Bihar school of yoga are all also popular choices. It is a different style of yoga to that of the West, but the slow and spiritual atmosphere is well suited to the Indian style of yoga. For something a bit more adrenaline pumping, Rishikesh is ideally placed for trekking in the nearby Himalayas and white-water rafting.

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Things to do in Rishikesh India

The Triveni Ghat
The Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat

A ghat is a flight of steps leading down to a river. The ghats along the river Ganges are where Ganga Aarti takes place every day at dusk, this is a spiritual ritual that uses fire as an offering to the Goddess Ganga. Viewing of the Ganga Aarti is open to all, make your way down to the Triveni Ghat and immerse yourself in the spiritual experience. Watch as the ritual is performed, devotional songs are sung and the offerings of floating leaf boats carrying oil lamps are sent along the river. An unparalleled display of beauty as the light boats float along the dark water.

A man practicing yoga in the sun
A man practicing yoga

The Beatles Ashram

A must see for any Beatles fan, this is the site where the Beatles studied meditation in 1968 and composed many of the songs that were featured on the ‘White Album’. The Ashram was where people learnt the techniques of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles wore traditional dress and practiced meditation under the tutelage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Today the Ashram is abandoned and opened to the public, you can see the different rooms where the Beatles would have learnt the art of yoga as well as explore the many murals dedicated to the famous group.

River Ganga
River Ganga

River rafting

Take an exhilarating trip down the river Ganges in a raft! Face fast paced rapids and feel your adrenaline pump as you traverse the famous river. Enjoy the stunning scenery of India as you zoom past on your raft. The local raft companies provide you with an experienced guide to teach you have to make your way down the river, a must do for any adrenaline junkies!

Frequently asked questions

Are there any cultural or religious etiquette I should be aware of?

Yes, while visiting temples and participating in religious ceremonies, dress modestly (covering shoulders and knees), remove your shoes before entering, and avoid public displays of affection. It’s also respectful to ask for permission before taking photographs of people, especially in religious settings.

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Conclusion

Rishikesh is a deeply spiritual destination that blends adventure and natural beauty perfectly with spirituality. Whether you're seeking the tranquility of yoga and meditation, the thrill of white-water rafting, or the cultural richness of ancient temples and vibrant ashrams, Rishikesh offers something for every traveler. Its serene Ganga Aarti, scenic landscapes, and welcoming atmosphere make it a unique haven for rejuvenation and exploration. A holiday tour to Rishikesh promises a transformative experience, leaving you with cherished memories and a renewed sense of peace and adventure.

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