Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading to the Himalayas to seek purity since ancient times, but the Beatles really put this spiritual destination on the map when they visited the ashram (spiritual hermitage) of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late 1960s. Rishikesh is one of India’s seven Hindu holy cities and the home of many ashrams offering meditation, yoga and spiritual learning.
Rishikesh is bisected by the mighty Ganges, the location for the famous Ganga Arti. This spectacular evening ritual begins with a holy fire ceremony, with priests offering a purifying mix of ghee and herbs to the flames. Prayers are chanted and small lamps are lit in thanks to the Ganges for being the source of life.
Things to do in Rishikesh
- Have a go at playing the sitar or table
- Make the most of the well-being practices on offer with Hasya yoga (laughter therapy), meditation or even crystal healing
- Seek a blessing at one of the many temples
The best way to see Rishikesh
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