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 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 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.
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 2020.
When is it Celebrated?
This is one of its kind festival held between the 1st to 7th of March every year.
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.
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.
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 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 or The Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula or Gita Bhavan.
Where to Stay?
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?
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.