Beyond Religion: The Rishikesh Experience

Rishikesh has made quite a reputation for itself over the years. This ancient pilgrimage town is of massive importance to Hindus, but that’s not the only reason why Rishikesh attracts a growing number of visitors each year.

In recent years, backpackers, hippies, and adventure sports enthusiasts from all over the world have made their way to Rishikesh thanks to Haridwar Rishikesh tour packages and it can’t have been religion’s call alone.

Be it adventure sports, yoga, shopping, or a good meal on a budget, the city has more to it than just religion, and here’s how you can make the most of your trip to Rishikesh!

Tons of Adventure Activities

Rishikesh is a paradise for lovers of adventure sports. The city’s location, at the Himalayan foothills, with the Ganges River gushing through it, provides the perfect setting to engage in everything adventure!

White Water Rafting: Among all water sports activities in Rishikesh, white water rafting is the most popular. The twists and turns in the Ganges make for an experience fuelled by nothing but sheer adrenaline. Put all your safety concerns to rest too, as each raft is supervised by an experienced guide, and you get your very own life jacket as well. Brahmpuri, Kaudiyala, Marine Drive and Shivpuri are the most popular white water rafting points. Apart from the monsoons and the harshest winter months (December and January), white water rafting in Rishikesh is always on!

Trekking: Mountains and treks are synonymous, and Rishikesh is an ideal base for a lot of treks in the region. Rishikesh caters to trekkers of all kinds. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first trek, but don’t get too overconfident if you are an experienced trekker. Day treks to nearby waterfalls and villages are popular, but if you have the stamina, and the time, you could try longer treks such as Neelkanth Temple trek, Kunjapuri trek, Gomukh trek, and Valley of Flowers trek.

Paragliding and Air Safaris: To hover over the scenic Himalayan foothills is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Paragliding is a great option for those looking for adventure on a budget. You could head out solo, or have an instructor take to the skies with you as well. The relatively new concept of air safaris involves para motor crafts. These open air vehicles, controlled by pilots, would take you on a trip through the tranquil Himalayas with the Ganges River for company.

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Healing Activities

A trip to the mountains just isn’t complete if you don’t feel healed and renewed at the end of it. And what could be better healers than Ayurveda and Yoga?

Ayurveda Therapies: The ancient art of Ayurveda is still widely practiced in this part of the world, and you could experience them at a number of places in Rishikesh. Ayurveda massages and therapies are healers of both mind and body. Ayurveda Bhavan, Braham Yoga and Healing, and Hemadri Ayurveda Centre are three prominent destinations where you can discover the benefits of Ayurveda for yourself.

Meditation and Yoga: People who live in cities are stressed out more often than not, and whether they acknowledge that or not, they put both their bodies and minds at risk. Meditation and Yoga offer ways to eliminate stress, and also correct multiple bodily aspects. In recent years, the western world has welcomed Yoga with open arms, thanks to its positive effects on body posture, weight, flexibility, and overall health. Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and Sivananda Ashram are must-visits if yoga and meditation are on your mind.

Unleash the Foodie in You

The ever-increasing number of backpackers, hippies, trekkers, and the like, from various foreign nations has resulted in a city with a lot of choice in terms of cuisine. And what’s more? It’s mostly very affordable! A number of chic, yet humble cafes have been established in recent years, and they serve an eclectic combination of cuisines. Imagine treating your taste buds to dal fry and pasta under the same roof! Popular cafes include Bistro Nirvana, Ellbee Ganga View, Little Buddha Café, and The ‘60s café.

Don’t Forget to Unleash the Shopaholic Too

Before foreigners started flocking into Rishikesh in great numbers, Rishikesh was never really a place to fascinate shoppers. But in recent years, the trend has changed, and for the better too. A number of shops in and around town have interesting collections of handicrafts, along with incense, cheap clothing, and a whole host of religious items.

Clothes that feature Indian artwork, famous Hindu Gods and symbols are major hits with the hippie community. Most shops are open to bargains, but you don’t have to go out of your way to get what you want for a reasonable price.

With so many fun activities in Rishikesh, it’s no surprise that many of the modern day visitors in the city come seeking more than just religion! If you want the best of religion, spirituality, adventure and recreation combined, book a Haridwar Rishikesh tour package today!