The wonderful resort of Rishikesh, “Aloha On the Ganges”, is situated on the banks of the Ganges River near the Laxman Jhulla. It is approximately 225 km north of New Delhi, India’s capital. It can be reached by railways, roadways, and airways. It is surrounded by forests and hills, making it a great place for meditation and mind-growth. The air sweeps the valley as pilgrims, sadhus, and tourists prepare to attend the nighttime Ganga Aarti. This sets the temple bells ringing.
Aloha at the Ganges is much more than a Rishikesh resort. It will also help you to experience both mental and physical relaxation.
The sight of the gentle sun gliding across the mountains grabs your attention as you embrace the morning glory in the best way possible. This unusual feeling is made even more special by the lush trees around you and the gentle flow of the river below. The resort offers many activities to keep visitors entertained. To start the day, guests will be greeted by a yoga instructor or meditation guru. A hearty breakfast is served in either the main dining area, ‘Latitude’, or al fresco, ‘Patio’, which overlooks the Ganges. It was difficult to determine the best time of day for the outdoor patio.
It is a brightly lit up deckhouse at night with residents’ cherry bustles and the swish of trays that carry food from local cuisines with a gourmet twist or vice versa. My personal favorite was the Peacock Salad with Pahari greens and woodland nectar.
Why should you visit Rishikesh?
They also organize Rishikesh’s most famous adventure activity, whitewater-rafting for an adrenaline rush. Rishikesh is a top-rated rafting destination in the world. People who previously came to Rishikesh only for the pilgrimage have been drawn to white water rafting. I expected it to be a gimmick, but I was surprised to hear that I was actually squealing with delight as I tried my best to hold onto the paddleboat while the rapids turned and tossed. We could also take a dip into the Ganges’ clear waters. They were very clean and provided a symbolic dip. Rafting is best between March and May and again between September to mid-November.
You will find Ayurvedic and Yoga centers along the busy streets of this ancient town, which are brimming with foreign and domestic tourists.
What is the situation?
Since ancient times, the mountains have been a refuge for spiritual seekers. Today, visitors come from all corners of the globe to visit the caves they used to meditate in. 17 km from the resort is the Vashishta Cave, where Vashishta, the sage, is believed to have meditated for many years. His presence is still felt there. One might see a student sitting still in the cave or gufa. Whatever the mythology, the place is said to have a profound peace and tranquility that makes you feel electrified.
It is impossible to visit this ancient city without getting along with the crowd. Therefore, it is recommended that visitors attend an “Aarti” at Ganga’s Ghat. This is a group composed of priests who chant prayers calling the Gods. Tourists, sadhus, and pilgrims gather at Laxman Jhula for the evening Ganga Aarti. The air whips down the valley setting the temple bells ringing. A stream of oil lights is thrown into the holy river for each wish. The air is filled with gladness and grace as we return to God feeling touched by grace.
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