Rishikesh is the place where the sun rises and the hopes and dreams of youth comes true. You not only feel safe but will want to stay there. Beyond the worries and denies you get to connect with your soul. The flowing river, the shining stars, the flowing petals and bridges to haven, you get everything here at Rishikesh. If you are the kind of person who wants to get away from the city noises and chaos. Then you have chosen the right place to meander.
Here is a list of top 5 reasons why it should be in your bucket list:
1 STREET ARTS
No words, books can define the heritage of a place less than the craft, music and art of the place- Well surely for me!
The architecture, craft and food not only tells you the whole history of the place but also represents the culture of that place. No words, books can define the heritage of a place less than the craft, music and art of the place- Well surely for me!
The architecture, craft and food not only tells you the whole history of the place but also represents the culture of that place. Takes the spirit of street art much further, Rishikesh Street Art is not just limited to streets but spreads across buildings, broken tin roofs, bridges and more. It will pleasantly surprise you! As you will discover these master pieces at every turn.
2 REVISIT BEATLES ERA!
Famous band of 60’s The Beatles spent few weeks here in 1968 meditating and writing songs for the White Album. The Beatles was invited by the maharishi to spend time in his ashram in Rishikesh. As they wanted to get away from the pandemonium and illusion. Wanted to meet their inner voice and get inspiration. Also some of their work was also inspired from Indian music.
A group photo of The Beatles and their partners with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his ashram in Rishikesh in 1968. Credit and Copyright Paul Saltzman
Although the buildings of the ashram are somewhat dilapidated, you can still feel the vibe.
From amazing graffiti art to spiritual musical ecstasy and harmonious vibe; The ashram has long been a pilgrimage site for fans, photographers, musicians, singers, writers, actors till this date – but I think whether you are a Beatles fan or not, this place will surely get you hooked and leaves you wanting more!
Museums and temples depicts the spirituality of the place, connects with you with a single see. No need to wear a mask no one needs to see your scars as everyone there knows- we all are merely humans with imperfections.
Rishikesh is also a Gateway to the World Heritage site Valley of Flowers National Park – The 8th Wonder of the World & Char Dham Yatra
4 LOCAL CUISINE
Play with your taste buds and try the local cuisine here at Rishikesh! With a lot of healthy food centers and restaurants; You get delicious vegan food here, freshly home-cooked and therefore is quite healthy. Grab a meal made from oil, butter and cream. Savour the great food longing and don’t let it die.
Located near Swarg Asharm, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal.
2) Little Buddha Cafe
Great ambience which makes you feel like a localitie. You might see people here smokeing because it’s a smoke zone cafe but only outside.
3) River-Rain Cafe
Located near the Lahxman Jhula makes you want to share it with someone you love. You will start to believe that life come in different hues!
5 ADVENTURE GETAWAY and YOGA
Adventure – If you’re a adventure butterfly who loves the taste and thrill of river and sky, Rishikesh is the place to be. You can try out River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Cliff Jumping, Jungle Camping, and Beach Camping etc. It’s the great place to break the ice of fear even if aren’t aware of swimming because the skilled people teaches you how to! The rapids of icy cold Ganges are perfect for such adventure sports.
No Noise, right? Well Rishikesh is home to some of the most eminent Yoga ashrams. Here you not only learn, but practice Yoga at the banks of the banks of the mighty River Ganges which takes you to horizon. The cool breeze, chants for the holy Ganges just as a Utopian world- Oh, yes! ‘Utopian’ might be a word that you are looking to conclude this place.
It’s the places where your mind, thoughts and soul become clear and where you fly back to your innocence day.
These conclude my take on Rishikesh. If these reasons don’t put Rishikesh on your bucket list, nothing will. So pack your bags;
”Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray” Go explore Rishikesh right now!