Rishikesh: A city located at the foothills of Himalayan mountain range on the banks of river Ganges, attracts adventure seekers from all around the world. This is one of the most famous river rafting sites where River Ganges or Ganga as it is popularly known, enters the planes of North India. If you are in New Delhi and looking for a weekend destination to explore then Rishikesh is a place which can offer you a delightful visit.
Just drive for 5-6 hours from New Delhi and you will reach here. River Ganges is sacred for believers of Hinduism, and this is evident in all the cities, towns and small villages situated at the banks of this mighty river. But, Rishikesh is not just a holy town. The city is a hub of weekend adventure seekers. You can bungee jump from a height of 83 meters or row a raft in the white waters of Ganges for 26 kilometers. Rock climbing, body surfing, andcamping are some other activities very popular here.
But, those who are inclined towards spiritualism should not feel disappointed. If you are one of those travellers who prefer solitude over crowd and peace over hooting chaos, there are several Ashrams and meditation centers in the city. Swarg Ashram is a very popular meditation center here.
Due to its popularity, this city receives many tourists annually. Finding an accommodation which suits your budget is not at all a problem. A wide range of hotels and camps are readily available to provide you with expensive luxurious staying options to inexpensive bread & breakfast kind of stays.
So, if you are wondering how you can spice up your travel in India, you can surely add this place in your list. It is certain that Rishikesh will serve you as an open window to cultural, spiritual, and youthful adventurous side of India at the same time.
By Prashant Rana
Prashant Rana is a travel & documentary photographer/writer. His keen interest in life is evident in his photography. For more information and project related queries you can reach him via his website www.prashantphotography.com