Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is the centre for all manner of New Age activity and Hindu belief. It is here in Rishikesh that the holy River Ganges leaves the mountains and joins the plains for the long journey 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. Rishikesh has attracted poets, artists and spiritualists for thousands of years. Hindus regard it as highly as Muslims regard Mecca. Meat and alcohol are forbidden, and inhabitants display a public air of sanctimony.Read More
Gaining instant fame in the 1960s as the site where universally recognised rock band The Beatles met their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru whose Transcendental Meditation Centre still markets his spiritual programs, 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, which sweeps majestically through the town and out onto the great Indian plains. Head for Triveni Ghat to watch pilgrims participate in the daily worship ritual known as Aarti.
Rishikesh is home to many ashrams. 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.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Rishikesh
If you are planning a Rishikesh holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Ananda in the Himalayas Rishikesh
An award winning, world class spa, Ananda is a luxury, holistic retreat in the Himalayas. Each room is decorated with a neutral, calming palate and are decked with stylish and comfortable furnishings. Each rooms has its own private balcony, from which panoramic views of the of the surrounding valley can be had. In addition, there is a restaurant, serving Indian and international food as well as a pool and a tea lounge. The hotel is 1 hour drive from Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport and a 1 hour drive from Haridwar railway station.
The Glasshouse is a little oasis just outside of Rishikesh, This secluded property has six cottages overlooking the Ganges and the mountains beyond. Its private spring water matches the qualities of the best mineral waters in the world. The hotel offers leisure, reading, log fires and even a barbecue near the banks of the river. The Glasshouse is 23 km from the centre of Rishikesh. Set in a lychee and mango orchard of the Maharajas of Tehri Garhwal, with a garden of tropical plants, full of rare birds and butterflies, it has a sand beach of its own.
Rishikesh Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Rishikesh.