This is like neighbourhood for me. I grew up in Haridwar, and Rishikesh made for a very popular hangout for me. A far cry from the overtly religious crowd that throngs Haridwar, Rishikesh has emerged as the Yoga Capital of the World. A haven for the seekers of spirituality, wellness, water sports, good food and a very laid back life, Rishikesh is where the Beatles bunked up in India.

I’ll not be using a watermark on any of the images in the “Photo of the Day” series as they mar the entire visual. Sincerely hoping that you would report if you find the images copied anywhere else.

If you’re fascinated by the vista above and would love to be a part of it some time soon, here’s some essential information on Rishikesh.

Where is Rishikesh?

Rishikesh is in the state of Uttarakhand, India. At around 230 km from Delhi, Rishikesh is well-connected by road, rail as well as the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. AC buses from almost all the major towns around connect it well to the rest of the region.

What’s the best time to visit Rishikesh?

Though it doesn’t get too hot in Rishikesh, it’s best to avoid visiting it from May-July as the Sun can be quite harsh. Winters are awesome and quite cold on days. If you’re visiting Rishikesh solely for waters sports like rafting, skip the monsoons and you’ll be good to go.

What are the best things to do in Rishikesh?

Other than the regular things like visiting temples, enrolling for yoga sessions and Ayurvedic therapies and spas, rafting and bungee jumping, you can go camping by the Ganga. A visit to Tapovan is also a must if you love good food and a laid back time rather than the hustle bustle of the main city. Tapovan has a lot of cottages and hotels too, which offer a more peaceful stay than the ones in main city. You can also visit the nearby Rajaji National Park that is quite famous for an increasing population of Asiatic elephants and leopards.

For a photo tour of Rishikesh under Nomad Scribblings Group Tours, you can contact me at shikha@nomadscribblings.com

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