The northern part of India is full of marvelous destinations worth visiting. From hill stations to pilgrim spots, and political hubs to dense forests, this part of India has them all. A number of places from the northern part of India have made it to the tourism circuits of many a traveler. If you look at the India bucket list of a tourist, chances are that you fill find most places from north India. Some of these destinations are – Shimla for its hills, Delhi for its history, Manali for its adventure, Varanasi for The river Ganga and of course, Agra for the magnificent Taj Mahal. However, one other destination that deserves as much attention is Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. Here are 5 reasons why you must visit Rishikesh at least once in your life.

Yoga Capital of the World

Woman surrounded by mountains performing yoga

Woman surrounded by mountains performing yoga

Rishikesh is popular across the planet as the yoga capital of the world. A number of ashrams and centers here focus on yoga and meditation courses. It would be a shame if we, as Indians, do not explore it when the rest of the world has taken notice.

Adventure Activities

Whitewater rafting in Rishikesh

Whitewater rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a delight for adventure lovers. Several operators offer a wide array of adventure activities here ranging from bungee jumping and river rafting to mountain biking.

Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti ceremony at Parmarth Niketan ashram - Rishikesh - Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is one of the places in India where you can witness a majestic ganga aarti in the evenings. The ambiance during this prayer session is absolutely infectious and will stay with your forever. From the lamps to the chants, it is all an experience of a lifetime.

The Legend of Laxman Jhula

Sunset at Rishikesh

Sunset at Rishikesh

It is believed that Laxman, Rama’s brother, crossed the river using two jute ropes, at the exact same spot where Laxman Jhula stands today. The 450 ft bridge is worth checking out as it also offers a lovely view.

Gateway to Chota Char Dham

Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Rishikesh also serves as the gateway to four of India’s most popular pilgrim sites – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. You can head to almost any popular destination of Uttarakhand from Rishikesh as it is well-connected to the rest of the state by road.

So, next time you plan to take a trip to north India, consider Rishikesh. You won’t regret it.