It is also known as the Pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the sacred places to Hindus. Rishikesh is a beautiful city known all over the world as Yoga capital. It is a city that holds rich source of Indian heritage and religion. Hindu sages and saints have been visiting Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate and in search of higher knowledge. Rishikesh is a Sanskrit world which is a name of Lord Vishnu, meaning ‘Lord of the Senses’. The sacred river Ganges flows through Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a purely vegetarian place by law. Meat and alcohol are not served in the city.
Tourists keep visiting Rishikesh all the yearlong. Innumerable yoga centers are available which provides immense knowledge of yoga to the students. It is a firm belief here in Rishikesh that doing meditation here brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as similar to one taking a dip in the holy river of Ganges that flows through. Students from all over the world come here in Rishikesh to learn asanas and kriyas. Rishikesh has become an international attraction due to the yogic culture.. Orange robed saints fill the city and their presence is felt in almost all parts of the town. The town is a cultural paradox as yoga lovers, yogis, spiritual seekers and curious people from all over the world find their way in this trending terrain to do pranayam, meditation and yoga. There is some kind of vibration in this town that pulls these people here. The Indian culture, tradition, temples everything here is a treat. A true heaven as Himalayas adorn the city’s backdrop and the Ganges runs in the middle of the town, while the town is settled on the either sides of the river. There are some soothing vibes present here and performing yoga under the clear blue sky is a sheer bliss. There is an association of spirituality and enlightenment here in Rishikesh and this is the reason why so many yoga schools are situated in this part of India. Also this place offers a healthy and positive energy to one and all.
Rishikesh is home to a number of small temples and possesses World's largest clusters of ashrams, loosely defined as spiritual retreats. Aarti which is an important part of Hindu religious ritual are performed on river banks every evening as an offering to the river Ganges which is known as the Mother in the Hindu culture. In evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus, pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly Ganga Aarti i.e. river worship ceremony. Now a days, Rishikesh is not just limited to spirituality, it is now a popular white-water rafting centre, backpacker hang-out and Himalayan-trekking gateway as Rishikesh is surrounded by hiking trails, some challenging and others that weave into short hikes to temples which provide stunning views into town.
Keep doing yoga and enjoy what you do, this is Rishikesh for you!