Why Rishikesh should be next on your list of places to visit
Rishikesh is not the one to miss. This birthplace of yoga has the kindest people, delicious food and the most breathtaking views. It lays in the foot of the Himalayas, where you are surrounded by gorgeous green mountains, welcoming people and friendly (most of the time) monkeys. The city is by law vegetarian and alcohol free so you can take the time to finally have that detox you always wanted.
Food is one of the highlights of the place. If you are in Rishikesh, you absolutely must order some momos and a chocolate ball to satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner. You should taste their savoury chickpea pancakes, a tofu scramble and mango lassi. For less adventurous travellers, majority of the cafes offer the classic avocado on toast, or you can even find some burgers and pizzas around. Soy milk is also available pretty much in every establishment, so vegan travellers can enjoy the masala chai too.
Head to Ram Jhula Market to check out and purchase some of the most gorgeous, handmade jewellery and colourful fabrics head to. You can take a tuk tuk to get there, which will take you right to the heart of the market. Prepare yourself for crowds and crowds of people but also to be absolutely spoiled for authentic shopping choice.
Afterwards, don’t be shy and get involved in, of course, yoga! With a yoga school on every corner, you will be able to find a class for any taste and ability. This is a very different yoga to what we are used to in the west, as the locals focus more on the spiritual practice and philosophy and less on the aesthetics. You will surely learn some valuable insights on how to implement ancient teachings into our everyday lives and make us more self-aware and compassionate.
Then of course there is the River Ganges – the holy river of India which is flowing through this beautiful city. You can walk down to the shore, participate in the weekly fire ceremony and even take a dip in the river for good luck. When monsoon season is over, you can go river rafting or go on a jungle safari to the Rajaji national park.
And don’t forget the surrounding areas of Rishikesh. It is worth getting up early in the morning to go watch the sunrise at the top of the Himalayas for the best views you will ever see. Explore the caves of Himalyas and check out and have a conversation with spiritual devotees who may live inside caves or on the streets of Rishikesh. On top of that you can take a trip to the abandoned Beatles Ashram where the band wrote 48 of their songs including “Back in the U.S.S.R” and “Cry Baby Cry”, which is now covered in beautiful Beatles art and graffiti as a tribute.
Most importantly, keep open minded. This trip can transform your outlook on life and make you realise how little we need to be happy. Take this trip of a lifetime and you will bear memories of it for the rest of your life.
Some recommendations for your stay:
Places to stay:
Aloha on The Ganges
Hotel Laxmi Palace
Maa Yoga Ashram
Places to eat:
French Bakery & Coffee Baar
Little Buddha Cafe
Bodhi Cafe Rishikesh
Places to yoga:
World Peace Yoga School
Vinyasa Yoga School
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