The Himalayas has always been the core of adventure enthusiasts and some exotic trekking location in Rishikesh and nearby offers you a day or two to enjoy yourself in nature’s lap. Rishikesh which is also known as the “World Capital of Yoga” and is also a religious town in the state of Uttrakhand known for its spirituality and is also the best place for trekking while you enjoy the variety of landscapes, tribal mountain villages and rich culture and some camping along the holy river Ganga which leave you stunned for a while.
Ganga is not just a river here but is a divine mother as she carries purity and bliss in her holy water. The light ceremony of the Ganga Aarti is held every day at around 6 pm which is filled with ritual, true prayers and essence of the divine. Trekking In Manali
In Ganga Aarti Oil Lamps(Dias) are offered to the Mother Ganga which is done on the banks of the river by many saints and is said to be the removal of any kind of pain, stress, and demoralization in life.
Coming to the trekking in and nearby Rishikesh, we come across the famous 1-day trek to Kunjapuri shrine which can be seen from the city of Rishikesh. This famous Hindu temple is dedicated to the goddess Sati and is located around 25km from Rishikesh.
The temple offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges while you take a dip in the spirituality. If you wish to see the sunrise from the Kunjapuri temple you may choose to trek for at least 2 hours from Tapovan which crosses through dense pine forest and famous Neer Waterfall while offering you an amazing lifetime experience.
But always take a local guide with you as the trek does not have a definite man-made path and can sometimes take you to a different trail altogether. The Temple opens at 6 am till 8 am and be sure to carry some cash with you as there is no ATM facility around the temple but there are regular bus and taxi services to and from the temple.
Another one is Chopta which is 7 hours drive from Rishikesh via Devprayag, Srinagar town, and Rudraprayag. Chopta also features the highest Shiva Temple in the world at a height of 12,073 feet above the sea level and is also said to be 1000 years old.
The temple is right at the lap of Himalayas and is an easy to moderate trek with best suited for beginners who have some or no experience of trekking. Chopta is termed as “Mini Switzerland’ and is also the base camp for the highest Shiva temple which is names as “Tungnath”.
You can easily find small hotels and lodges to stay with home cooked food for nominal prices. The diverse culture and the rich heritage preserved here will leave you astonished with endless skies and mesmerizing breeze while pleasant picturesque views will take you in another world. You can meet a lot of tourists here from different places in the world and can share your experiences with each other.