Rishikesh International Yoga Festival 2016
Does Yoga rejuvenate you from inside? Do you find your mind and soul working 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 all these romantic charms really turn you on, International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh is calling you this time to get bathed in its enigmatic aura. Less centred on religion and more inclined towards spirituality and the union of the self 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 of India organises a week long annual International Yoga Festival.
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 unbelievably quaint environs add to its charm and turns it into the best Yoga Ashram in modern India. Tourist seeking mental peace and willing to explore the hidden gems of spiritual India should not miss out this chance of ever alluring wellbeing retreats for 2016.
When is it Celebrated
The only one of its kinds around the globe, this festival is held between the 1st and 7th March this year (2016).
What to Expect
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.
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 style 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.
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 her banks. So, when you have some spare time, try exploring the nearby attractions of Rishikesh which are not much far from your Yoga Meditation Camp. Go visiting the temple of Kunajpuri Devi, Neelkanth Mahadev, Tera Manzil and Bharat Mata. Witnessing the Aarti at Triveni Ghat you would feel delighted. You can also explore a few major sightseeing options in Rishikesh such as Swarg Ashram, The Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula or Gita Bhavan.
Where to Stay
There are several resorts and hotels in and around Rishikesh. So, if you are looking for a few better options than the available accommodations of Paramarth Niketan, choose your pick from the luxurious Aranyam River Retreat, Divine Resort, Ananda in the Himalayas and The Glasshouse on the Ganges. 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.
How to Reach
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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