Rishikesh like the name suggests is a known spiritual destination. However, there is a lot more to this small city of Uttarakhand. Adventure activities like trekking and river rafting, yoga and the holy aura of Ashrams make Rishikesh a unique tourist spot to explore. Besides Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula and the numerous temples of Rishikesh, here are some reasons why it would be a memorable weekend trip for you.
1. Adventure activities
Trekking, river rafting, camping, canoeing and kayaking are some of the adventure sports possible at Rishikesh. There are many adventure activity organisers you can approach for the same. They offer the facilities from Lakshman Jhula according to your preference.
2. Ganga Aarti and sunset at Triveni Ghat
Har ki Pauri at Haridwar is popular for Ganga Aarti, but the soulful experience of the Triveni Ghat of Rishikesh is also worth experiencing. As the chanting goes on in the background, a beautiful sunset leaves you spellbound with the crimson red and orange shades perfect for an impressive photograph.
3. Breathtaking sunrise views from Kunjapuri Temple
An hour drive from Rishikesh, there is the shaktipeeth at Kunjapuri Temple. You can trek here from Rishikesh for 12 kilometers. You can even drive to the temple. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and snow clad peaks with the sun rising from beneath while you are here. You have to climb 312 steps to reach at the top but the memories would be priceless.
4. Trekking to Neer Garh Waterfall
10 minutes drive from Lakshman Jhula, there is Neer Garh Waterfall. Walking through the lush green hills and then taking a dip in the water is a great idea to beat the summer heat.
5. Holistic Spa Treatment
There are several resorts and holistic health centers at Rishikesh where you can avail the spa treatments and get rejuvenated. You can get Ayurvedic treatments, massages and other spa treatments according to your preferences and give your body and soul a new energy. Vedic Ayurvedic Treatments and Tattva Ayurvedic Center are some of such places.
6. Yoga and meditation Sri Ved Niketan Ashram
Sri Ved Niketan Ashram of Rishikesh is an amazingly serene place if you want to get an insight into Yoga and meditation. Get the perfect peace of mind over here as you leave all your worries behind. You have to stay for minimum 3 days over here.
7. Experience divinity at Vashishta Gufa
Vashishta Gufa is around 25 kilometers from Rishikesh. The positive vibes that you get inside the cave are worth experiencing once in a lifetime. You can even hear your heartbeats, that’s the kind of tranquility you find here. You can meditate and get reinvigorated without any disturbance over here.
8. Eating out
Chotiwala has been here since almost 2.5 decades and you ought to try out the delicious dishes served here. The treehouse-style Little Buddha Cafe and German bakery of Devraj Coffee Corner are also worth visiting. The view of Shri Trayambakshwar temple from the bakery is really splendid. Youngsters can try out the sheesha pipes with great coffee and smoothies at Maa Cozy, the Arabian feel restaurant.
Rishikesh is around 231 kilometers from Delhi and one of the most recommended family weekend destinations. If you are tired of the scorching heat of cities, plan your trip to this amazing place by the Ganges place right away.