Rishikesh is a famous pilgrimage destination to devoted yogis and sages since time immemorial. It brands itself as the yoga capital of the world - or what some disenchanged yogis might say, Yoga Disneyland, given the commercial proliferation of yoga studios, retreats and courses. The city also hosts an annual International Yoga Festival. With its deeply spiritual tradition, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are prohibited. Rafting and ayurveda are also gaining popularity as more tourists visit the place with those in their itinerary.
Rishikesh Blogs by TheLoneRider
Ganga Aarti (devotional fire ritual) at Parmarth Niketan Ashram(May 21, 2018) The daily Ganga Aarti at the Parmarth Niketan is the biggest and most celebrated in Rishikesh where devotees of any religion, creed or color transcend the barriers and gather to give thanks to the Ganga River for all its blessings.....more »»
Bouncing Back into Yoga in Rishikesh(May 21, 2018) After my dust-induced ailment in Kathmandu, I have not been able to resume my yoga. But with a spacious yoga space in Haari Hostel and my resurgent strength, yoga was once again in the works. First session was with Cecilia and Ai, both fellow guests at the hostel....more »»
Exploring Rishikesh, India(May 18, 2018) After 5 days in Paharganj, New Delhi, it was sensory overload. I had to leave. Rishikesh excited me a little more than the other destinations. With that, I booked my bus and hostel stay at RAAHI The Travellers Nest. I don't know anything about Rishikesh except for its yoga scene and I was curious what it would be like for me.....more »»
Rishikesh (city), India
Travel Tips for Rishikesh
- to follow
How to get to Rishikesh from New Delhi by bus
- Bus - take the Metro Yellow Line and get off at Kashmiri Gate. Exit the station from Gate 7 and enter the ISBT building - this is the bus terminal. Go down one flight and go to Platform 14. This is where you buy the bus ticket and board the bus. A/C bus, INR 454, 6 hours. You can take the 10:30pm bus and arrive 5am in Rishikesh.
scam alert! - over the ticket counter, the guy may verbally charge you INR 765 - this is usually the online price of the bus ticket. But I looked closely at the printed ticket, and found the price at INR 454. I demanded more change! The guy knew he's been discovered and gave me back the rest of the change.
You will arrive in Rishikesh at Adarsh Gram. To get to your hotel, travelers usually share a tuk-tuk (called Vikrams) for INR 10-20/passenger if shared. Since I arrived 5am, there was no one to share so I ended up paying a negotiated INR 150.
Travel Tips for India
- e-VISA - visa on arrival is no longer done. Tourists should apply online for an e-VISA (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html). Tourist e-VISA for 60 days = US$51.25 (including surcharges, non-refundable). NOTE: e-VISA is only honored in 25 designated airports and 5 designated seaports (Cochin, Goa, Mangalore,Mumbai,Chennai). You CANNOT do a land crossing using an e-VISA.
- US$1 = Indian Rupee (INR) 67.18
- nearly every food served is spicy...there is no escaping it
- other travel destinations in India
General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
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