In recent years Rishikesh has become hub of yoga teacher training and yoga and meditation retreats. In western part of the globe Rishikesh become a popular yoga and spiritual destination after Beatles visited Rishikesh in 1968. Their visit was a big turnaround for the city. Their visit pulled the attention of media and changed the perspective of western world towards Indian spirituality.
Every year millions of visitors, Yoga practitioners, pilgrims and tourist visit Rishikesh. Geographically Rishikesh is located on the banks of River Ganges. This town is located en route to very important pilgrim centres of Both Hindus and Sikhs, located in the higher Himalayan ranges. This whole town is considered very sacred and spiritually charged.
Why Rishikesh is a popular Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga or meditation retreat destination
For yoga practitioners this place holds lots of attractions. There are numerous yoga ashrams, yoga schools and studios which offer 200, 300 or 500 hours yoga teacher training, yoga retreats, meditation retreats and spiritual talks on yoga philosophy, spirituality and meditations. A range of yoga styles from traditional Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Shivananda Yoga, Iyengar yoga to Kriya and Kundalini yoga are taught in various ashrams and yoga schools here.
Being a small town, cost of living in Rishikesh is not very high. Therefore a lot of practitioners prefer Rishikesh where they can easily stay for a month at the cost of $1300-$1500 which includes accommodation, food, yoga teachings and sightseeing.
Apart from yoga teacher training or yoga and meditation retreats, in Rishikesh one can find many other outdoor activities such as hiking, river rafting, bungee jumping, camping and wild life safari. These activities add value and attraction to the place.
City offers a wide range of yoga and meditation styles being taught here. There are many Ayurveda café and restaurants which offer organic, ayurvedic and health food.
Being located at the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is much cooler in hotter months. The best time to visit is between September to April. Month of May starts getting quite hot here but during May humidity level is not so high. June, July and August are not best months to visit because of high humidity and monsoon.