Rishikesh, located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India is also known as The Gateway to the Himalayas. This place is known as the “Land of Gods” and also acknowledged as the World Capital of Yoga. Several people from all over the world pour into the city for the International Yoga week. So let’s explore 4 different ways to stay at this land of Gods:
1) Luxury Way of Living: Ananda Spa:
Ananda Spa is closely situated to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, overlooking the peaceful Ganga and surrounded by Sal forest. Concealed by the glorious façade of the palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, lies the luxurious reception area of Ananda. The view of the Rishikesh Valley and that of the palace from your spacious rooms will definitely leave you breathless. Ananda has 70 Palatial rooms comprising of Palace View Rooms, Valley View Rooms and Premium Valley View (top floors) rooms with walk-in closets, each room with a large balcony overlooking panoramic views. It offers various spa, ayurvedic, healing, beauty experiences, not to forget their yoga and mediation activities. They have tried to recreate the synergy of mind, body and intellect not just through the natural Himalayan locales and the proximity to the mountains and the river, but through redefining lifestyles in the well known traditional Indian regimes consisting of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta. They combine these regimes with the contemporary international therapies.
2) Camping: Aspen Adventures:
When one thinks of Rishikesh, camping is the first thing that comes to one’s mind. Adventurous holidays have become popular over the years and Rishikesh is a picturesque location for the perfect camp out. Set up on 06 acres of fields, Aspen Adventure is gaining popularity. The campsite comprises of Swiss Cottage Tents surrounded by dense forest next to the beautiful Himalayan River. You can spend your evenings relaxing and enjoying the traditional flavours of Bar-be-Que, surrounded by Mashalls on the melodies of Guitar. Aspen Adventures specializes in conducting adventure programs like White Water Rafting, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Treks, Cycling through the forests or Jungle safaris, Kayaking, Cliff Jumping, Body Surfing and Rock Climbing/Rappeling, keeping in mind an activity for all.
3) By the River: Ganga Beach Resort:
3kms away from the RIshikesh main city, Ganga Beach Resort is strategically situated near the fast flowing Ganges conducive to meditation and mind expansion. A natural stream flows inside the resorts reception area passing through a tough transparent glass floor can be viewed from their restaurant. The stream later on submerges in Ganga after filling the swimming pool adjoining to the river. The rooms at the resort have the view of River Ganga. It has a separate yoga hall, a sauna, a jacuzzi, steam bath, various spa massages, spa therapies, ayurvedic therapy and treatments. The resort offers various adventurous activities like mountaineering, rock climbing, paintball adventure activity, trekking , white water rafting.
4) Yoga Ashram: Sivananda Ashram:
Meditating in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river Ganges and no other way could be the best way to experience it other than in this ashram. Founded in 1936, having long attracted serious students of yoga, Sivananda Ashram is beautifully laid out on the Himalayan Foot hills with the beautiful Holy River Ganga flowing majestically by its side. The Ashram is a Holy Pilgrimage spot for spiritual seekers, devotees of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and lovers of God from all over the world. Accommodation at this ashram is simple but pristine with all the meals as vegetarian. You will be encouraged to follow a daily routine of early morning meditation, hatha yoga, satsangs and evening prayers. You can attend as many programs as possible and make the fullest use of the uniqueness of the location as well as the activities. The ashram is very popular all over, so one has to book in advance.