Rishikesh: The Capital City of Yoga, Spirituality and Rafting

Rishikesh is located at the foot hill of the Himalaya on the bank of the holy river Ganga in the Uttarakhand state of India. There are many ashrams, temples and yoga centers. That is why Rishikesh is called a sacred town. The river rafting in Rishikesh is a world famous water sport activity. People from India as well as across the world come to Rishikesh for yoga, meditation, spirituality and rafting. This article gives information about the most famous attraction of Rishikesh.

The Holy River Ganges

The River Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus flown through Rishikesh. The Ganga River is worshiped as a goddess Ganga in the Hindu religion. There are number of temples and ashrams situated along the river side. Many pilgrimages take a dip or bathing in the water of Ganga to wash away all sins of individuals. Shiva Statue at the Ganga River near Parmarth Niketan ashram is the main attraction for the tourists.

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Ganga Arti at Rishikesh

Every day Ganga Arti is performed on the Triveni Ghat of the Ganga River in the evening time. The Ganga Arti is a major attraction for tourists. Many tourists gather here to enjoy spiritual experience. The holy River Ganga, many ashrams, statues of gods, lighting lamps and devotees at one place in the evening are just for imagine and experience. The lighting of arti reflecting in the water of the Ganga River looks amazing. You can take lighting of arti in your hand. Some people flew small lamps in the river.

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Ashrams In Rishikesh

Rishikesh is famous for pilgrimage center of India. There are many Ashrams in Rishikesh. The people visit ashrams to find peace and attain a spiritual goal. Ashrams provides the accommodation with basic facilities to the pilgrims at a cheap rate, but advance booking is necessary. There are lot of status of god and goddess inside the ashram. The activities in the ashram are yoga, meditation and Ayurveda treatment. The atmosphere inside the ashram is very clean and spiritual.

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Nilkanth Mahadeo Temple

Nilkanth Mahadeo temple is a popular pilgrimage center among the devotees. That is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Lord Shiva. It is located at 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwali district. The temple is surrounded by mountain ranges. The road from Rishikesh to the Nilkanth Mahadeo temple is along the Ganga riverside and has beautiful sceneries. The rented taxis are available from Swargashram area to Nilkanth Mahadeo temple.

Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital of The World

Every year the International Yoga festival is celebrated in Rishikesh in the month of March since 1989. There are numerous yoga centers and ashrams which teach yoga and meditation. People are very alert about their body fitness and peace of mind. For that reason, a lot of foreigners visit Rishikesh to learn yoga. After that Rishikesh is called the Yoga Capital of the World.

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General Teaching of Yoga:

Generally, the Yoga Center conducts activities early in the morning. The main activities related to yoga are Asana, Karma Yoga, Hath Yoga and Sun Salutation. Other than yoga pranayama, chanting mantras and prayer also teaches. The session of question and answer related to yoga and pranayama is an important part of yoga. The diet is also an important part during the yoga course. In Rishikesh, non-veg food and alcohol are completely banned. All the people coming to Rishikesh only vegetarian food is allowed.

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Famous 10 Yoga Training Center in Rishikesh

  1. Patanjali International Yoga Foundation
  2. Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram
  3. Rishikesh School of Yoga
  4. Vishwa Shanti Yoga
  5. Parmarth Niketan Ashram
  6. Sadhana Mandir
  7. Shiva Nanda Ashram
  8. Yoga Niketan
  9. Swami Dayanand Ashram
  10. Phoolchatti

Rafting in Rishikesh

This is an adventure and a thrilling tour activity in the Ganga River. This is a great experience, and you must do activity when you are in Rishikesh. There are many companies conducting the river rafting. There are many routs of rafting. The cost of the rafting depends on the distance of the route. The most preferred, shortest and easiest route is from Rishikesh to Brahmapuri (8km).

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I hope this information will be useful to you for planning a trip to Rishikesh trip.

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