Rishikesh - The World Capital of Yoga
The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing the town and hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river Ganges. These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburb Muni Ki Reti or the "sands of the sages"; Sivananda Nagar, the home of Sivananda Ashram and the Divine Life Society founded by Swami Sivananda, north of Rishikesh; the temple sections of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, a little further north; and the assorted ashrams around Swargashram on the eastern bank. The Ganga Arti performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat is popular with visitors. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, amidst forest 28 km from Rishikesh, is a popular local pilgrimage, along with Vashishtha Guha (Cave of Sage Vashishtha), 21 km up from the town by the Ganges. Over the years Rishikesh has established itself as the yoga capital of the world. From the US, Europe and China and Australia, serious yoga students come to learn asanas and kriyas that will help them lead a healthy life.
International Yoga Festival - International Yoga Week Rishikesh
In September 2015, the Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma announced that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of "twin national heritage cities". Due to the religious significance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh city hosts the annual International Yoga Festival
Rishikesh The World Capital of Yoga in serene environment, clean air & the spiritual ambiance creates a perfect place for Yoga Tranining & intensive course
International Yoga week which attracts participation from across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the holy Ganga.
Rishikesh is world famous for Rafting and Adventure. Rafting season starts from the month of March and ends in July.
Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic Studies. Prominent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied in this institution.
In February 1968, The Beatles visited the now-closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh. John Lennon recorded a song titled, 'The Happy Rishikesh Song'. The Beatles composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on the White Album. Several other artists, including Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Paul Horn, Donovan and Gyp Mills, visited the site to contemplate and meditate. Former royal palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal at near by Narendranagar, now houses the Ananda Spa | Ananda in the Himalayas - Ayurveda Destinations destination spa and yoga retreat, estb. 2000.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Rishikesh in 2013 and participated in the Ganga arti. They also conducted a special havan for world peace at the Parmarth Niketan. Prince Charles said: "I am amazed by the experience of sitting on the bank of one of the ancients rivers of the world. It is the right time for us to rediscover our connection with nature."
Several other artists visited the site to contemplate and meditate.
Although Rishikesh is famous for yoga schools, the scope of yoga education in Rishikesh has now been expanded to Ayurveda too. Rishikesh Tourism provides many schools in Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
Every year Rishikesh Tourism guides thousands of students to learn and experience Ayurveda, Yoga and Panchkarma in Rishikesh.
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