Rishikesh, often nicknamed the “yoga capital of the world” has been the abode of innumerable yogis since ancient times who chose this place for sadhana and penance. Even now, the effect of their sadhana and the spiritual vibe can be felt in this place.
There are various places of spiritual and religious significance here – one can trek to the sacred Shiva shrine at Neelkanth Mahadev Temple or catch an early morning sunrise at Kunjapuri Temple; meditate where Rishi Vashishta meditated at Vashishta Gufa or experience the tranquility of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram where Beatles wrote some of their famous songs, and when the day is over, light a lamp and drench in devotion at Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Rishikesh also offers a plethora of adventure activities, white water rafting being the most famous one. One can also experience bungee jumping, canoeing, air safari and riverside camping.
Rishikesh is also the starting point for travelling to the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage places — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.