8 Facts You Didn’t Know About Yoga Retreat, Rishikesh
Located at the foot of the Himalayas, Rishikesh, a holy city in Uttarakhand in India, is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus and a perfect place to calm your senses and find peace. If you are in the mood for some well-deserved relaxation and rest, head over to this Indian city, where you’ll find yourself to be one with Mother Nature and in a blissful and calm state.
- Rishikesh is considered the Yoga Capital of the World, due to its ubiquity of yoga centres, massage centres, classes, ashrams (retreats) and meditation workshops.
- All Hindus flock to this ancient city to dip themselves in the holy River Ganges, since it is believed that a dip in this sacred river can purify one’s soul.
- Besides being a sacred city for the Hindus, Rishikesh is the place where the Beatles discovered nirvana in the form of Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram at the foot of the Himalayas. In John Lennon’s words, the meditation served as a “source of creative inspiration”.
- Rishikesh is the starting point for the Chaar Daam pilgrimage tour undertaken by the Hindu community.
- Haridwar, one of the Chaar Daams in Hinduism, means ‘the gateway to God’ in Sanskrit.
- The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple in Rishikesh, standing 1675 metres tall, is said to be located at the exact spot where Lord Shiva consumed the deadly halahala poison, which gave him his blue throat and the nickname, “Neelkanth” (blue throat).
- Besides being famous for its links to yoga, meditation, wellness and religion, Rishikesh is also a popular spot for adrenaline junkies who wish to indulge in adventure sports. Go to the famous Jumpin Heights, where you can test your courage with bungee jumping, fox flying and other activities. There are also other activities for you to indulge in such as white-water rafting, zip lining, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing and trekking.
- All these factors and more make Rishikesh a perfect spot to spend your weekend getaway solo or with family and friends.
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