Aloha on the Ganges in Rishikesh!
This wonderful resort in Rishikesh, ‘Aloha on the Ganges,’ is located directly on the banks of the Ganges River, near to the Laxman Jhulla, in a very calm and peaceful atmosphere, about 225 kilometres north of India’s capital, New Delhi, and readily accessible by rail, road, and air. The resort’s location on the Ganges River, surrounded by wooded hills, is ideal for meditation and mind growth. As sadhus (spiritual men), pilgrims, and tourists prepare for the nighttime Ganga Aarti, the air sweeps down the valley, setting temple bells ringing.
Aloha on the Ganges is more than simply a Rishikesh resort that will take your breath away with the beauty of its surrounds; it also supports you in experiencing both physical and mental relaxation, as well as realising the value of a moment of peace and personal space in your daily life.
As you welcome the morning splendour in the greatest way possible, the sight of a magnificent globe of gentle sun crawling over the mountain peaks in view grabs your senses. The unusual sensation is enhanced by the fresh air provided by the dense trees all around and the elegant flow of the river underneath. There are enough activities within the resort and nearby to keep tourists entertained. A yoga instructor and meditation guru will greet guests to begin the day, followed by a hearty breakfast served at either the main dining room, ‘Latitude,’ or the al fresco option, ‘Patio,’ which overlooks the Ganges. I couldn’t figure out when the time of day the outdoor patio looked best.
It stands out like a lit-up deckhouse at night, with inhabitants’ cherry bustle and swish of trays bearing food inspired by local cuisine with a gourmet touch or vice versa. The healthy meal selections were fantastic, and my personal favourite was the ‘Peacock salad’ with Pahari greens and woodland nectar.
Why do you need to visit Rishikesh?
Aside from the numerous indoor activities, they also organise Rishikesh’s most popular adventure activity, whitewater rafting, for an adrenaline rush. Rishikesh has been named one of the top rafting locations in the world. White water rafting has added a new dimension to the destination, attracting people who had previously solely come for pilgrimage. Expecting it to be one of those over-hyped gimmicks, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself shrieking with delight as I tried to cling onto the paddleboat as the rapids tossed and turned. It also allowed us to take a dip in the Ganges’ cool waters, which were rather clean and met our need for a symbolic dip. “Ganga dip,” even if in a playful manner. Rafting is greatest between March and early May, and then again between September and mid-November.
Yoga and Ayurvedic centres dot the sides of the busy road of the ancient town bursting with domestic and foreign tourists.Because of the spa’s popularity, you must reserve your appointment at least one day ahead of time.
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The mountains have long been a haven for sages, and the caves where they meditated continue to attract visitors from all over the world. The Vashishta cave, located 17 kilometres from the resort, is where sage Vashishta is said to have pondered for several years and where his presence is said to still be present. A student may be seen sitting in total stillness within the cave or gufa, and whatever the mythology, there is a deep peace and tranquillity about the site, as we emerged feeling electrified.
A visit to this ancient city is never complete without being one with the throng, thus it is recommended that you attend a “Aarti” on the Ganga’s ghat, which is done by a group of priests chanting prayers calling the Gods. As sadhus, pilgrims, and tourists assemble for the evening Ganga aarti at Laxman Jhula, the air whips down the valley, setting temple bells ringing. With each wish expressed, a stream of oil lights is floated into the sacred river. As we return feeling touched by grace, the combined emotion of gladness fills the air.
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