A Sherpa’s guide to Rishikesh, if you’re heading in for the summers that is!
Want to indulge in something cool and fascinating this summer? Why not travel to the ‘Yoga capital of the world- Rishikesh? Did you know that this town of non-comformist, Bohemian spiritual seekers was also the spiritual retreat of the Beatles? Well, yes, not so long ago, Beatles rocked this town of Rishikesh.
Interested now? Read further to find out what this charming little valley has in store for you!
For Adventure enthusiasts: Rishikesh is a rafters’ paradise. So rafting in Rishikesh is something that you should not miss at any cost. Add it to your to-do list right now!
And this is not it! Jumping Heights, situated in the Mohan Chatti village is arguably the best bungee jumping destination in the country. Did you know that it is the only natural bungee jumping spot in the entire country? Other places like Mumbai and Bangalore have mobile cranes, and here you will get one hell of a rocky cliff. So pump up your adrenaline and get ready for a topsy turvy adventure!
Best places to eat at Rishikesh:
For die-hard foodies- Rishikesh is not just about rafting and bungee jumping, but is also a heaven for foodies. It serves some of the best vegetarian cuisines in the entire country. Yes, only vegetarian food is served in Rishikesh. Finally the foodie minorities have a reason to smile!
From delicious North Indian food to spicy momos, Rishikesh has it all. But other than the conventional delicacies, Rishikesh also serves something off-beat, which Sherpa Mohit Sharma, an avid traveler and a vociferous food lover, who also manages to work in a recruitment firm, describes as ‘divine’. These ‘divine ‘ dishes are samosas, and these are not any samosas but very special apple cinnamon and banana nutella samosas. These totally lip-smacking delicacies are served at a quanit little cafe, near the Laxman Jhula called – The Office. A must have!
Other places to eat at Rishikesh include the Petite Momos, which according to our Sherpa Mohit, serves the best momos in town, the Little Buddha Cafe that has delicious Pizzas, the Purple Dhaba for people who cannot survive without their Dal Makhnis and Shahi Paneers, the German Bakery (obviously! the name says it all) and the Namaste cafe that also offers a superb place to sit, read and sketch along with great food.
For people who love to hum while eating, well Rishikesh has the East and West cafe that hosts regular jamming session along with great food. So here you can have the best of both worlds.
For nature and peace lovers:
Rishikesh, as I have already mentioned is the ‘yoga capital of the world’, so people who are fascinated by this ancient art form should get themselves enrolled in yoga schools that offer short term courses. Some of the notable Yoga schools there include Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Omkar Ganga Sadan, Shree Mahesh Heritage Meditation school. You can also see the remnants of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, popularly known as the Beatles Ashram. Though it lies in ruins, it still has charm and enigma attached to it.
If you just want to relax and do nothing, then the Ganga beach is just the place for you. Take a guitar, a book or just yourself, relax and soak in the beauty of nature. And yes, if you know swimming, this is the right time and the right place to take the plunge.
If you wish to go on a scenic trek or a beautiful walk then take the route to the Neer waterfalls, or tread on the Neelkanth road. Either of them won’t disappoint you for sure!
Places to stay:
You can either camp on the Ganga beach or stay at one of the guest houses situated on the opposite side of the river. First things first, Rishikesh has no dearth of places to stay. So you have a wide range of options to choose from according to your needs. Sherpa Mohit recommends the Pyramid house and café that has offers stay in Pyramid shaped rooms. If you wish to have a luxurious stay, then also you have variety of options available including Ganga Kinare – A Riverside Boutique Hotel, Bull’s Retreat and Hotel Great Ganga.
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