On reaching Rishikesh, you will see the Ganges as it emerges from from the Himalayas. On getting closer, you will find the streets lined with sadhus, food carts, cows and what an Indian might call general everyday stalls! For all you adventure bugs, the highlight is the white water rafting. Like Varanasi, Rishikesh offers the option of roaming around the Ghats.
Spend a beautiful morning feeling the gentle breeze on your body and perhaps your soul as you walk along the river. While you’re at it, you could listen to a song or two by the Beatles, who helped the city gain international popularity when they visited an ashram here. To extend the experience, go to Ram Jhoola, the hanging bridge over the Ganges.
The tourist traffic here comes from several channels – the backpackers looking for serenity;,the god fearing souls for whom the city provides the gateway to the popular Char Dham Yatra, those who want to partake in a yoga camp and those who want to indulge in a few days of adventure fun.
It can be a city where you sip a beverage by the Ganges on a sunny morning, or learn the surs of a sitar on a balmy evening.
Rishikesh Bucket List
- Go white water rafting!
- Take a Vikram to Ram Jhoola
- Stand for the famous Ganga Aarti
- Soak in the camping experience
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