What to Expect
Rishikesh is a renowned place when it comes to yoga. Many believe that through the intense practices and Sadhana of great spiritual seekers like Swami Sivananda, Dayananda and Yogananda Maharaj Ji, they have created energy which makes Rishikesh a sacred place of spirituality.
Rishikesh is a busy and buzzing town: one could expect to see many temples, yoga schools, daily drop-in yoga classes, loitering cows and dogs, hotels, motels, guest houses, chai corners, coffee shops, a German bakery, multi-cuisine restaurants, yoga massage places, fruits stalls, trekking tour guides, scooter and taxi rentals… you name it. Also, one could also expect to meet local tourists from various parts of India and travelers from all around the globe.
There are many popular ashrams here: Parmarth Ashram, Gita Ashram, and Sachidanand Ashram – all of which offer yogic food at a very minimal price.
There is also the Ganges Aarti: a ritual that uses fire as an offering. This proves to be a very popular event for anyone who is in Rishikesh. Parmarth aarti and Triveni ghat aarti is also known to draw in crowds.
Rishikesh becomes quieter as soon as evening arrives and the sun settles down. Shops shut down by 8 pm. There are a number of good cafes to explore around the area which is mostly open until 10-11pm.
Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
September, October, November, February, March and April are the best months to enjoy the weather and learn yoga. However, teacher training programs are always taking place throughout the year.
December and January are a bit cooler and many people make their way down to other parts of the country, mostly south India, where the weather is warmer.
In May and June, the sun is at its peak and it attracts a lot of the locals to enjoy the river rafting and nightlife as they surely are a relief from the day-time heat.