Ever since the Beatles visited Rishikesh and put it on the global map, the city has become the one-stop destination for spiritual seekers. It is now referred to as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with a number of ashrams offering yoga and meditation classes. You can find these activities in the north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, located in the midst of forested hills, is perfect for meditation. At night, a strong breeze blows down the valley, triggering off the temple bells as sadhus, pilgrims and tourists congregate for Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony).
When The Birds Stop Chirping: Best Things to do in Rishikesh at Night
At Rishikesh, you can get lessons in playing the sitar or tabla; try Hasya yoga (laughter therapy), and even practise meditation. Also, the city is not only known for spirituality and contorted limbs; it’s now a renowned white-water rafting centre, a hang-out for backpackers and Himalayan-trekking gateway. Here are some of the things you can do at night in Rishikesh:
1. A Night-downer at Rajaji National Park
Situated in the beautiful Shivalik Ranges of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park spans a sprawling area of around 820 sq.km. Nestled between the Shivalik Ranges and the Indo –Gangetic Plains, one can expect to experience a slice of paradise here.Stroll through this tiny hamlet that offers all the best experiences of a homestay. Interact with the locals who are ever willing to tell you tales about their native land. Living the rural life will come as a welcome relief.Immerse yourself in a nature walk around the region; take in the beautiful landscapes and panoramic views of the distant Himalayan ranges while you rest here.A forest walk at night is also a possibility. You can end the night with a bonfire.
2. Night Camping for the Adventure Junkie
A night camp experience in Rishikesh is worth it. Camping at Ganga Rivera is indeed an experience to savour. The site sustains the grandeur of an isolated beach while nestled in the midst of nature.One will have to cross the crown jewel of Rishikesh — ‘Jhoola Pul’ — in order to reach the camp. The untouched beauty of both beaches will definitely be worth it. A green field and a cascading waterfall right near your camp will provide calm and solace. This makes it one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh at night.You can also indulge in a thrilling adventure session in the morning with rappelling to test your mountaineering skills. You can also put on your trekking shoes and safety gear before indulging in rock climbing and cliff-jumping.
3. Basking in Solitude
The nights in Rishikesh can be made quite fun by sipping on a glass of whiskey or vodka on the river bed with a huge bonfire lit. Food options are limited as you are left at the mercy of the cooks of the resort you might be staying at. This is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh at night.
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