The magic of India attracts millions of visitors each year. Spiritual seekers, yogis frequent, people in search of peace, and tourists, India has something for everyone. Many converge to a small town at the foothills of the Himalayas, which became famous in the West after the stay of the Beatles, Mia Farrow and other big stars. Located 200 km from Delhi - India; Rishikesh is the world the capital of yoga as known as the "Gateway of the Gods of the country". According to Hindu mythology, this is where the passage that leads to paradise, at least this is the entrance to the spiritual heart of India.
The city is of great natural beauty with the Ganges as a goddess who rule in the middle of the landscape, its emerald color in harmony with the green trees that surrounds the surrounding mountains. It flows gently turn or force the seasons. Always majestic, it cleans and takes everything in its path.
This is the starting point for pilgrimages to sacred sites in India, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. In India, since time immemorial, yogis practice meditation on the banks of sacred rivers. It is said that the great Yogi Rabhya had an intense practice of yoga on the banks of Ganges in Rishikesh and was rewarded by the appearance of the God Vishnu. Since then, the town became a favorite of spiritual asceticism. The history of the city abounds with legends of the sages, yogis and sannyasins who gave up everything to achieve the highest state of yoga.
Rishikesh today, spiritual seekers from around the world flock to the city, with the hope of finding the Holy Grail inside. It has also become a tourist destination of great importance for students of Yoga that add to the pleasure of being on holiday happiness to practice yoga and relax in a welcoming place. From September to March stressed affluent westerners enjoying the atmosphere and idyllic climate. From May to August, the urban Indian pilgrims and stormed the city.
Whatever their nationality, visitors can make a pilgrimage to the temple of Nilkanth, rafting in the Ganges at Rishikesh, meditation in the cave of the sage Vashishta. During their stay, they live according to their inclination and capacity in the many ashrams, hotels or shelters. They visit the temples and walk along the streets that combine the sound of kirtan and smell fragrant incense. The orange robes of Sannyasins (monks) remind visitors that they are in a holy place. Between the spiritual bookstores, clothing stores, sellers of chai (tea) or restaurants.
Rishikesh is the appropriate framework for this demonstration of the different branches of yoga. An enchanting to improve its practice of yoga! The rest of the year the city boasts of many schools of yoga for all levels and budget.