Take a break this weekend and head to Aalia Resort on the Ganges. This getaway is sure to refresh your mind and soul like never before. Relax to the fullest in your luxurious suite and enjoy delicious meals at Alipeno Restaurant. Enjoy daily Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation sessions and a special discount on the soothing spa massages that are offered here. What’s more, this holiday also offers loads of fun activities to keep your kids busy. So wait no more and book today!
- Volvo Bus/Train Tickets from Chandigarh or Delhi
- Accommodation for 2 Nights 3 Days in a deluxe room in respective hotel.
- Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival.
- Cookies once in the room during stay
- Daily Bed Tea /Coffee
- 10% discount on additional food bills.
- Pick-up & Drop to resort
- One day Local Sightseeing
The point where Ganga River leaves the Himalayas (at Shivalik), and starts flowing into Northern India plains, is called Rishikesh. Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is a small city in Dehradun, albeit with strong religious and spiritual significance. Therefore its history and etymology deserve a little attention. The word Rishikesh or Hrishikesh is made of two words, Hrishik which means senses and ishwhich means master or Lord. It therefore translates to Lord of the senses used for God Vishnu who blessed the great sage Raibhya Muni that he (Lord Vishnu) will reside in Rishikesh forever.
Rishikesh receives a large number of tourists and pilgrims for two major reasons. The first one is its proximity to Haridwar. It is only 25 km up north of Haridwar and you can comfortably travel between the two towns using local transport or cabs. Secondly, Rishikesh acts as a base camp or starting point for the 4 pilgrimage sites of Char Dham.
Places to See
While in Rishikesh, you can experience a high of religion and of adventure because this city in the Himalayan foothills offers the best of both! On the religious front, Rishikesh offers experiences and places like the purifying Ganga snaan, Yoga, Muni-ki-Reti which means ‘sands of the sages’, and Vasishtha Guha which is the cave of sage Vasishtha, about 20 km North of Rishikesh along the river Ganges.
Another famous destination in Rishikesh is the Lakshman Jhula, a river bridge which Lord Ram and Lakshman used when they were in Rishikesh, doing penance for killing Ravan.
Moving to adventure, a major attraction for Indian and foreign tourists at Rishikesh is thewhite water rafting in the medium to tough rapids of Ganga. Apart from river rafting, tourists can also look forward for backpacking, hiking and camping and of late, bungee jumping at India’s first bungee jumping camp at Rishikesh.
At times, Rishikesh is referred to as the ‘world capital of Yoga’ owing to the large number of yoga centres there, which attract tourists and pilgrims alike. It is said that meditation (an advanced stage of yoga) helps attain Mokhsa faster if it is done in Rishikesh. No wonder so many sages and foreigners are found in the thick forests of Rishikesh. You might be amazed to know that the world famous band, The Beatlesvisited Rishikesh in 1968 and composed around 48 songs while they were here.
Places to Eat
Rishikesh is a vegetarian paradise, and an alcohol free city by law. So you can expect delicious, hygienic and healthy vegetarian food at very good prices. Some names likeChoti Wala Restaurant, Hotel Neelam , and Elachi Restaurant.
Things to Do
Besides paying reverence to the gods and goddesses, there are a range of things that you can do. Visit the ashrams for a course on meditation and various techniques to improve your mental power and concentration. With lots of favourable options for meditation, this is one thing you cannot miss doing in Rishikesh. Get an invigorating massage and cure acute and chronic diseases using natural resources and processes with the naturopathy facilities available here. Just looking for being by yourself for a couple of days? Well, Rishikesh is here for your rescue. Stay at an ashram, eat the ‘sadhvi’ food and life a simple life engaging in yoga and meditation and return to your lifestyle a new person! Undergo a course on yoga to get perfect harmony, balance and concord between the physical, physiological and spiritual health. Choose from a range of options like Hatha-yoga, Raj-yoga, Karma-yoga, Bhakti-yoga, Mantra-yoga and Laya Yoga.
Luxury travellers, welcome to the new holistic abode – enjoy spa therapies in nature’s breast. A range of upmarket and medium budget spas are available in Rishikesh. Perfectly customised to suit your body type, these Ayurvedic treatments do more than just relax your mind, body and soul. If you thought Rishikesh is only for the pilgrims and spiritually inclined, you are in for a surprise. A hub of adventure sports, Rishikesh sees adventure lovers throng it its laps every year. Enjoy rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, treks and camping in the wilderness of Rishikesh. The white-water rafting season in Rishikesh runs from mid-September to the end of June.
The International Yoga Festival in February is the most important event in Rishikesh. Organised by the Parmarth Niketan in co-operation with Uttaranchal Tourism Development Corporation, this annual event attracts great yogic masters and students from all over the world and provides an opportunity to learn, discuss, and explore the major traditions of yoga – asanas, meditation, pranayama on the banks of the scenic holy Ganga.
A little away from the beautiful environs of Rishikesh lies the Raja Ji National Park, one of the biggest parks in north India. Situated at the confluence of the Himalayan foothills & Indo-Gangetic plains, this national park is home to migratory birds from world over. Chilla, about 17 kilometres from Rishikesh remains open from 15th November to 15th June and is a must visit during your trip to Rishikesh. About 9 hours drive from Rishikesh is the pine studded hill station of Auli. Enjoy the drive while crossing Devprayag, the origin of River Ganga. Famous for its excellent skiing slopes, Auli is a perfect winter getaway and a great place to see the beautiful peaks of Nanda Devi and others. Also visit Corbett National Park, famous for its tiger population. Haridwar, about 24 kilometres away is a sacred place enveloped by the beautiful Himalayas with the Ganga flowing rich through it. Visit Har-ki-Paudi and enjoy the evening ‘arti’ on the banks.
Most visitors to Rishikesh look for pooja utensils (thalis, diyas, idols of gods, agarbatti stands etc.) in this pilgrimage town. Lakshman Jhula and Swarg Ashram are the main bazaars where you can find rudraksh beads, Ayurvedic medicines, and pooja samagri. Then there is the government approved UP handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal Wool and Craft Shop, from where you can buy sarees, kurtas, rugs and sheets.
- Prefer Bhojnalyas in a market place or restaurants where you see lot of people already eating