Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World.’ It has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh is the only destination in the world which is equally popular for pilgrimage, Yoga and Adventure Sports.
It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The whole town is considered to be sacred and it’s believed that meditation there leads to salvation.
Rishikesh is a delightful place to wander around and explore on foot. It provides a cool escape during the hotter months. During the monsoon months from July to August it receives heavy rain hence rafting is also closed during this time. Winters, from November until February, are cold but pleasant.
Here are things you can do in Rishikesh:
1. Bungee Jumping:
Rishikesh has India’s highest bungee jump, measuring a staggering 84 meters. The bungee jump requires a basic level of fitness and pregnant women and people with blood pressure are generally advised to avoid in engaging from the jump.
Cost: Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000
2. Flying Fox:
With a harness tied to you, you roll down with the wire up to 7 meters from the ground at the speed of about 160 km/hr, and then go back up. Usually flying fox in Rishikesh is done by 3 people together, but if someone wishes to do it alone it is possible by paying extra charges. You need to be a minimum of 12 years to do this. The best place to do it is Shivpuri.
Cost: Rs. 1199 to Rs. 1399
3. Giant Swing:
The same platform but instead of the free fall in a bungee jump, the ropes and harness are connected to a fixed point and once you jump, the motion of the swing resembles that of a pendulum.
Cost: Rs. 3000 to Rs 7000
4. Witness the Ganga Aarti:
Attend the Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh and witness the vibrant Hindu culture and customs. Let your spirits get acquainted with the calm and peaceful side of this adventure-packed city once the sun goes down and the ghats are lit with thousands of incensed lamps. The Aarti happens every day at Triveni Ghat 6 PM- 9PM.