May 25th, 2016 by Abhijit Chakraborty admin

Rishikesh – The Best Of Everything

Whether you’re seeking to unwind right in the arms of nature, or wondering where the best place to quench your never-ending thirst for adventure would be, or trying to engage yourself in the fascinating lives of the mystics, or hoping to spend some quiet time alone on the banks of arguably the holiest river of the world, look no further. Your search for the perfect getaway ends in Rishikesh.

To book a stay in Rishikesh, click HERE. To know more about this city, read on.

Rishikesh
Rishikesh

 

Located in the lush green Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh offers you everything you’ve ever wanted to gain from travel, all at the same place. In the hot months of summer, when all you wish for is the slight touch of the calm breeze, Rishikesh welcomes you to a world of peace and charm, away from all the hustle-bustle of the world that you’ve been living in for a little too long now.

The exquisite setting of the city, the quiet of the valley, the music of the temple bells, and the promises of crystal healing make it hub for the spiritually inclined and the harmony-seekers.

The Ganga
The Ganga

 

The Best Places To Visit In Rishikesh

Allow the city to show you the gateway to all trips to the Himalayas!

Triveni Ghat

The auspicious bathing and prayer Ghat of the Ganga, the Triveni Ghat, never fails to mesmerize you at sunset – no matter how many sunsets you spend there. It is a confluence of three significant rivers – the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. This makes it one of the major places to visit in Rishikesh. Triveni Ghat is a relatively busy place with several shops, temples and food stalls within a reasonable radius. The colorful Ganga Maha Aarati, which begins sharp at 6.30 pm here, is bound to leave you drenched with a sense of fulfilment, as you watch the hundreds of lamps flow down with the river-current.

Ganga Aarti - Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh
Ganga Aarti – Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh (Image Source – Rathina Sankari)

 

Ram Jhula & Lakshman Jhula

If you ever feel the need to get off the vehicles and take a leisurely walk through the city, you are in for a treat. The Ram Jhula and the Lakshman Jhula are pedestrian-only iron suspension bridges right over the Ganga. Just a brief walk later, on the Eastern bank of the Ganga lies Swarg Ashram – the traffic-free spiritual centre of Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

 

Spirituality & Meditation

Just a brief walk later, on the Eastern bank of the Ganga lies Swarg Ashram – the traffic-free spiritual centre of Rishikesh.

Nearby, there’s an ancient cave called the Vashishta Gufa, now used as a meditation zone. The place is said to have a very powerful positive energy.

Rishikesh is known as the Yoga capital, for good reason. All across the city lie dozens of big and small Yoga centres that teach exercises that are good for the mind, body and soul.

A Woman Practising Meditation, Rishikesh
A Woman Practising Meditation, Rishikesh

 

Rajaji National Park

Within the city, lies one of the gates to the Rajaji National Park, which was originally formed by merging three sanctuaries into one. It currently spreads over a huge expanse of nearly 82,000 hectares. As of 2015, it has also been declared as a tiger reserve. With its gorgeous flora and fauna, it doubtlessly deserves to be on the bucket list of all wildlife enthusiasts out there.

A Baby Elephant - Rajaji National Park
A Baby Elephant – Rajaji National Park (Image Source – Uttarakhand Pravasi)

 

And as if that wasn’t enough in itself, allow us to show you the other side of the city! If your heart beats for adventure, a terrific adrenaline rush awaits you!

The Thrill Of Camping On The Riverside

OYO has come up with the innovative concept of OYO Camps that offer the best of the camping experience with the reliability, affordability and comfort of OYO.  These OYO Camps can be booked here.

OYO Camps Bamboo Cottages Shivpuri
OYO Camps Bamboo Cottages Shivpuri

 

OYO Camps Bamboo Cottages Shivpuri
OYO Camps Bamboo Cottages Shivpuri

 

OYO Camps Byasi Rishikesh
OYO Camps Byasi Rishikesh

 

OYO Camps Mountain View Rishikesh
OYO Camps Mountain View Rishikesh

 

OYO Camps Riverside Rishikesh
OYO Camps Riverside Rishikesh

 

OYO Camps Riverside Rishikesh
OYO Camps Riverside Rishikesh

And Finally, Some Expert Tips

Go white-water rafting, camping or backpacking at your will here. But if going white-water rafting, visit Rishikesh anytime between September and June. The rafting facility remains closed during the months of monsoon. Also, it is always advisable to carry some warm clothing whenever you visit the hills.

Whitewater Rafting - Rishikesh
Whitewater Rafting – Rishikesh

 

Travel light, pack appropriately if going camping, explore all you’ve ever wanted to, and return with a lot of memories, and perhaps a little nostalgia.

Happy travelling!

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