Welcome to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world! Get your mat and mind ready for some early morning sun salutations and mountain poses at the feet of the world’s most majestic peaks: the Himalayas.
In between your Indian adventures on foot, raft and rickshaw, you can soak up calming flows with some of the most experienced yogis in the world. Known locally as the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh is packed with ashrams where people come from all of the planet to rest their minds and exercise their bodies.
Including the Beatles, you know. (Don’t worry, it’s unlikely you’ll bump into any of them while you’re over there.)
But think twice if it sounds like all the yoga means it’s going to be pure relaxation over here (you must know we don’t do “holidays” at the Bucket List Co by now!). There’s plenty of other stuff here too, and you’ll be getting to know the town and its surrounding countryside very well on your trip.
Rishikesh is located in the heart of the hilly Uttarakhand state, with Tibet to the north and Nepal to the east. The state is bursting with life thanks to its plethora of natural resources; from glaciers to rivers and dense forests to snow-clad mountain peaks.
You’re going to experience all of it.
About 16km from Rishikesh lies Shivpuri village, an unpretentious hub of adventure and the real lure of your time in India. From your camp, you’ll head out rafting, trekking, taking nature walks, rappelling, rock climbing and ziplining, with unforgettable jeep safaris in search of the elusive Bengal tiger too.
Want to see the very best of India’s natural beauty, score some incredible panoramic valley views and get to know the sacred Ganges first-hand? This is an adventure you can’t miss.