As the year that gave us some of the most unexpected turns was coming to an end, I find myself blessed to have spent the last day of it in Rishikesh. The city that draws me towards it every now and then, hence why I find it to be most intriguing. This photo blog is a collection of what I saw in the nooks, corners and streets of Rishikesh on a fine sunny afternoon of the month of December. I thoroughly enjoy capturing travel moments with my mobile phone and all these photos have been captured on my iphone.
On one hand are the secluded ‘ghats’, the glaring golden sun rays bouncing off the clear and pure ‘Ganga’ water with devotees coming in to take a dip. The melody of bhajans and ‘aartis’ echoing in the distance while you see the magic unfold in front of your eyes. The numerous yoga centres and ashrams that attract numerous people from across the world.
On the other hand are tourists full of energy, roaming about the streets, enjoying the local street food and local shopping. Young ones super enthusiastic for river rafting in the ‘Ganga’ river, making the most of their holiday. Then there are multiple small cafes buzzing with people, serving international cuisines catering to the young ones from India and around the world.
Rishikesh inarguably has energy that no other place does and that is why it is so dear to the spiritual seekers. My favourite activity is to sit by the ‘Ghats’ from day to sunset watching an kinds of people passing by. There are ones who sit there for hours at a stretch meditating, ones that practise yoga by the ‘ghats’, ones who simply come for a nice refreshing dip and also the ones coming in to get some good photos clicked.
You can reach the city by flight, bus, railways and also by car. We took a road trip from Noida to Dehradun where we stayed for a couple of days and further travelled to Rishikesh which is approximately a 1-2 hour drive. On my previous trip I stayed at a humble abode, Yoga Niketan By Sanskriti which is a simple yet beautiful hotel that has direct access to the ghats. Situated near the ‘Ram Jhula’, At night you can see and hear the flowing water in the ‘ganga’ river. I highly recommend this place to stay if you want to be situated right by the ‘ghats’ and activities of the city. The city also offers luxurious stays which are secluded and slightly away from all the activity.
While there are many destinations in the Northern India with mountains and great weather, Rishikesh will always have the distinct place due to the balance between spiritual and natural beauty. I always skip the cafes because the local food in the city is so delicious from absolutely any place that you eat from. ‘Chotiwala’ is a popular destination for tourists but I remember eating the most pocket friendly, clean and delicious ‘dal, paneer & roti’ from a very small outlet that was full of tourists from around. There’s something about the freshness of the water that makes the food so amazing!
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