Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India for Yoga, Evening Aarti et al.

Rishikesh happens to be a two hour journey from where I live and is easily accessible by any mode of transport. The place is a haven for Indians and foreigners alike. Rishikesh got its place on the global map from the Beatle’s visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram in the late 60’s. Since then it has gained in popularity and is a favorite haunt of all spiritual seekers. It lives up to its name of the “Yoga Capital of the World” as it promises to provide a whole vast of options for Yoga as well as Meditation. Some of the prominent ones among these are the Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Omakrananda Ganga Sadan, Sadhana Mandir & Yoga Niketan. While most foreigners throng to Rishikesh to practice Yoga, there are some who mostly use it as a base camp to rejuvenate themselves and gather energy for further travels. The two bridges named the Ram Jhula and the Laxman Jhula which run overhead the Ganges add a spectacular view to the city of Rishikesh. Strolling at night at any of these is bound to mesmerize anyone as one can hear the sound of the mother Ganges clearly and can immerse in the tranquility that it provides. Amidst the views and yoga camps there is another highlight of Rishikesh which beckons people from war and wide and that is the evening Ganga Aarti. The two prominent places where this great evening spectacle happens are the Parmarth Niketan and the Triveni Ghat, with the former attracting larger crowds.

Another reason for an avid foreigner visiting Rishikesh is the cuisines of the world which are offered here at very affordable prices. This coupled with a whole host of budget stay options makes Rishikesh a place to reckon with.

Insider Tip

Be in time for the evening Aarti to witness this life changing experience

Where I stayed / started

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

http://www.parmarth.org/

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