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The shining and smoothly flowing holy Ganges, the chants of prayers coming from the ghats, the music of the river that touches you soul, the scenic charm that rejuvenates your mind and body, and the adventure sports that give you the high. At the foothills of the Himalayans in Uttarakhand state, Rishikesh is known as an ancient city holy to Hindus, but thanks to its location it has also become a go-to place for adventure junkies and backpackers in the recent years - for many, a perfect blend of piousness and adventure. Here are five examples:
If you're an adventure junkie, this hill station is the best spot for trying this adventure water sport. It's so popular in Rishikesh that it is one of the best things to do in here. Except for the monsoon season, you can go anytime during the year. October to June is the best time to feel the cold splashes of the holy water of the Ganges on your face.
When the hustle and bustle of city life starts to get to you, it is time you take a break and lose yourself in the secluded wilderness of Rishikesh. You'll love spending a few days by the waterside, you can just come out, lie under the open sky and gaze at the stars, or just grab your guitar and hum the songs you love. Best times of year for camping are February to May and September to November, and two top recommendations are Camp Rapidfire and Camp Gold Coast.
If you love this sport, you must try it in Rikesh - it will leave you in awe. Be ready to peddle through its rocky and bumpy terrains, its woods, and muddy trails amd let you adrenaline flow. Rishikesh has many bicycle rental shops that let you have the bike for a day or more. You can also explore its fantastic urban sites on a city bike.
Parasailing And Paragliding
Want to fly high in the sky? Go parasailing or paragliding in Rishikesh and get a wider and more stunning view of the entire hill station from above.
For an activity that's physical but more sedate, this ancient Indian discipline, this holy city is famous for meditation and full of opportunities and wonderful spots to practice it. You can take yoga classes or sessions on a studio or ashram like Parmarth Niketan Ashram or Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, or go down to the Ganges River and practice yoga by yourself. If you've been under stress because of work or studies or anything, Rikesh will help you bring peace to your mind and body.