Does Yoga rejuvenate you from inside? Do you want to your mind and soul to work energetically after a relaxed meditating session on the bank of a bubbly river under the open sky in the lap of a lofty mountain range? If this idea intrigues you, then International Yoga Festival 2021 in Rishikesh is calling you to have an unforgettable experience at the best Yoga venues in Rishikesh.
Less centred on religion and more inclined towards spirituality and the union with the divine, Yoga enhances peace of mind, generates joy in the heart, and strengthens your muscles. To let you grab the divine opportunity of being trained by the masters of Yoga, Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital organises a week long annual International Yoga Festival 2021 in the lap of the Himalayas that can indeed be a delight for both domestic and international travellers seeking to visit India for Yoga. Here is a comprehensible guide to this international event that promotes Yoga tourism in India.
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What You Need to Know About Rishikesh International Yoga Festival 2021?
Where is it Celebrated?
A heaven located on the bank of the Holy Ganga, at the base of the Himalaya, Paramartha Niketan is the starting point of this grand festival. The scenic setting and quaint environs add to its charm and turns it into the best places to visit for world yoga tourism. International tourists seeking mental peace and willing to explore the hidden gems of spiritual India should not miss out this chance of ever alluring well-being retreats for 2021.
When is International Yoga Festival celebrated?
Yoga International festival will start from the 7th March and last till 13th March 2021.
What to Expect in International Yoga Festival?
To bless the tourists travelling from across the globe to Rishikesh with an unparalleled experience this time masters of Traditional Yoga Lineages from India will be there for the entire week. Here they will be taking different sessions of Yoga classes where you can get all authentic lessons and information regarding Yoga. Apart from India, the masters of global Yoga schools and styles will also be here to take yoga and meditation classes.
Your Yoga tour packages will include total 60 hours of classes will be taken by the world-class yoga practitioners where they will be teaching about the actual way of practising some of the most useful meditational poses, asanas and particularly multiple styles of Yoga like Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Kriya Yoga.
Those who are interested in listening to the religious teachers and saints of India would be blessed by the presence of H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Pujya Swami Dayanandaji, H.H. Dr. Pranav Pandyaji, H.H. Pujya Swami Ramdevji, H.H. Radhanath Swamiji, H.H. Pujya Mooji, and H.H. Pujya Prem Babaji.
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As you know the most sacred river of India, the Ganga flows through Rishikesh, an uncountable number of temples and ashrams are found next to its banks. So, when you have some spare time the best thing to do is to explore the nearby attractions and tourist destinations of Rishikesh which are not much far from your Yoga Meditation Camp.
Go visit some of the most popular destinations of Rishikesh:
Kanaujpuri Temple – This divine temple of Goddess Durga stands in pride at the peak of kanaujpuri. It is one of the most visited sacred places in Tehri district. Kanaujpuri temple is very famous for spectacular views of the ranges of Himalayas like Gangotri, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba and Swargarohini.
Neelkanth Mahadev– 22km from Swargashram lays the magnificent temple of Neelkanth Mahadev. It derived its name from Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva consumed the venom emanated from Samudra Manthan. As a Result, his throat became blue, thus giving Shiva the name of Neelkanth.
Tera Manzil Temple– Located in the banks of the blissful river Ganga Tera Manzil Temple also known as Triambekashar Temple melts the heart of pilgrims with its view and divine tranquillity. It has 13 floors and each storey reveals the marvellous idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Bharat Mata Temple– Bharat Mata Temple is also known as Mother India Temple. It is dedicated to Bharat Mata by Patriotic nationals. The temple was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri in 1983 and inaugurated by our Lt. Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
The Beatles Ashram – In 1986 Beatles band of Liverpool came to stay here as they were mesmerised by the natural beauty of India. This Ashram used to be the hub of creativity and meditation of the famed Beatles Band. Precious heritage left by Beatles Band and the scenic attractions located nearby makes this place worth a visit.
Laxman Jhula – Tune into the bliss of one of the most beautiful bridges across the holy river Ganga. This bridge has been built in the same place where Lord Rama and his brother Lord Lakshamana had crossed the river Ganga.
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Where to Stay in Rishikesh?
There are several good resorts and hotels in Rishikesh. But if you are looking for best places to stay then Parmarth Niketan, the luxurious Aranyam River Retreat, Divine Resort, Ananda in the Himalayas and The Glasshouse on the Ganges are the options for you. For budget accommodation in Rishikesh you can opt for Hotel Welcome, Divya Hotel, Hotel Shivanta Residency, Hotel Risabh -The Grand Castle Resort and few more. Along with a plethora of best hotels and resorts in Rishikesh, there are also a number of hotels in Haridwar for the visitors that also range from budget to luxury, so, travellers have the choice to book accommodation in Rishikesh as well as in Haridwar.
How to Reach Rishikesh?
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. It will take you around one and half hours drive to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun. However, international travellers need to reach Delhi first.
By Train – Haridwar is the nearest rail head to Rishikesh from where you can hire private taxis or you can take help of local bus service.
By Road – Regular bus services are available for Rishikesh from Delhi and nearby cities of North India.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What are the main highlights of international Yoga Festival 2021?
International Yoga Festival offers wonderful opportunity to participate in various types of Yoga classes from world class Yoga Teachers. Blissful presence of revered saints and spiritual guru will enrich the soul of the participants. Apart from the yoga classes, Ganga Arati Lightening ceremony is one of the popular points of tourist interest in Rishikesh. The festival also offers an insight to the cultural traditions of India by organizing beautiful cultural programmes.
Q.What are the food options while staying at Parmarth Niketan Ashram?
Parmarth Niketan Ashram focuses on Satvik Diet for good health. Satvik diet strictly follows Ayurvedic Principles to keep your body fit as it is the best diet for yoga enthusiasts. Fresh vegetables from organic farms, whole grains and legumes prepared with satvik herbs are a delight to the mind and soul. It is a good diet to boost immunity and endurance.
Q.What are the popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh?
Some popular Tourists attractions in Rishikesh are Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat, Muni ki Reti etc. Tourists looking for a blissful experience must consider Rishikesh for recreation.