Any Rishikesh and close surrounding travel and exploration information is appreciated!
Hey, I will be traveling alone for a month in India, and plan on meeting up with a friend for 3 weeks in Rishikesh. She is really interested in the yoga aspects of the city, and I would love any recommendations from anyone who has stayed or practiced at any of the Ashrams. I have read that staying in Rishikesh is not recommended and that Lakshmanjhula is inexpensive and nice. Also any information about the outdoor activities rafting, hiking, national parks, ect. is greatly appreciated.
By the way we are by no means set on this destination so if anyone has any other suggestions for great yoga spots please share.
Rishikesh is a great place to be in. I was there in the last week on January and I've posted my blog on this site too.
Lakshmanjhula is in Rishikesh itself but its quite noisy and full of people. You may look at Ram Jhula or Swarg Ashram area to stay as its more tranquil.
Rishikesh is full of Yoga Ashrams and even a simple google search will give you details you require. You may choose this based on the various programs that they have including meditation, reiki etc.
A room would cost you anywhere between 300 to 800 Rs a night, depending on how fancy the place is and what facilities you avail.
I have friends in Rishikesh, so if you are looking at some specific details, I should be happy to help.
I would recommend staying in Laxmann Jula for liveliness Ram Jula for new age hippiness. I stayed at Om Shanti hotel in Laxman Jula for 200 Rupees and hired a bike (10 mins) to cycle to Ram Jula for their excellent nightly puja and all sorts of weird and wonderful goings on in their ashrams! I can't remember the name of the retreat, but if you go to Ram Jula bridge, there is an ayurvedic restaurant half way down along the ganges (with all the book shops) they're affiliated with a really good yoga retreat that looks v impressive (there's a scary statue of a man holding a thali tray in the window), think you can just turn up and sign up when you're there...if you want good classes, I recommend Gita Ashram and a man called Deeraj, other than that the famous Sivananda Ashram is on Ram Jula bridge on the other side and is highly recommended by yogis all over the world. Turn up, have a look and see what you think, good luck!