Travel Rishikesh, a meat-free, alcohol-less city. A spiritual destination for many seekers. International and locals alike. Experience the vibrational energy of this city. Drink street Chai, take a bath in the Ganges, do a Yoga Course and experience Aartie.
Coming to travel Rishikesh for Yoga? Great. This is the place. It is known as, ‘The World Capital of Yoga.’ You can feel the yoga vibes walking down the streets. It’s quite touristy. On every corner, there is a Yoga School. Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Tantra, Kundalini, Iyengar. Choose your style and flow into the groove of Yoga and Spirituality.
I wouldn’t recommend eating street food when you travel Rishikesh. Delhi Beli is a real thing. So I’ve heard. I didn’t experience it because I didn’t eat street food. Street chai is absolutely ok. It’s amazing. Filled with sugar but that is all over India. The teeny tiny cup of tea leaves you craving more and more.
Aarti is a Hindu Religious Ritual of Worship. Found in three cities, Rishikesh, Varanasi & Haridwar. It is a part of puja – (act of worship). Flowers, incense and wicks are offered to the deities and sent off on the Holy River Ganges. You are blessed with the Bindu between the eyes at the eyebrow centre. There are priests in the front of the river doing a fire ceremony. Everyone sits and watches. You can make a wish. It’s quite an experience. There weren’t many foreigners here. Mostly local people.
The traffic on this bridge will blow your mind. It is a pedestrian bridge. You fight your way through the crowd. Everyone is stopping to take a selfie. Cows are crossing. Scotis are scooting past. Monkeys are hanging around. It’s total madness. This photo looks serene and peaceful. It’s not a pleasant experience pushing and shoving. You need complete Yogic patience.
I snapped this one at sunset. A rare time. The bridge is empty. The season is changing. People are migrating. Festivals are ending. New celebrations are beginning. I was in Rishikesh at the time of Durga Festival. A very auspicious time according to Hindu mythology. A festival for the worship of the Goddess Durga. Feminine energy. Many devotees come to visit the Goddess Ganga- a personification of the Ganges River.
I never got to experience this. I almost did. Something happened. I left my passport at the Yoga school. I planned to have a sleepover and head back to the Yoga school the next day. They offered to fetch it for me. I had to go back and get it. This place is a good 30 minutes drive from Tapowan and Yoga-tourist-village, outside Rishikesh. I don’t know if it was a sign. We bailed. It felt too culty. Where do you draw the fine-line? Who to trust? Is it bad vibes or just the reflection of your uneasiness? How do you choose your tribe?
India has such a bad stigma of food. ‘Delhi Belly.’ I guess I didn’t experience Delhi. Indian food is amazing. The whole city is veg and tasty as can be. Taking a cooking class is an authentic experience. There are so many places to choose from. Walk the streets of Rishikesh and chat to locals to find the best classes.
Go to ‘the beach’ and take a dip in the Holy Ganges river.
Rishikesh is a touristy place. It still has a good feeling and high vibration. A must visit place for anyone new to Yoga. People from all over the world come here for Yoga and spiritual endeavours.
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