Excursions

Undergoing recognized yoga program at Rishikul Yogshala is quite rigorous and demanding. To an extent, it takes a toll on the mind and body of the participating students. They need a break from the constant learning and practice of yoga to explore the other side of the town where they can relax and break away for awhile.

Outdoor activities are just as crucial to holistic learning and development during an intense yoga program. We acknowledge this analogy as well.

And, to level with the aim to ensure overall development of all our students at Rishikul Yogshala, we plan a string of excursions that are executed on every Wednesday of the on-going week.

These excursions are held in and around the vicinity of the place at some of the most gorgeous tourist destinations.

Excursions In Rishikesh, India

 

The world yoga capital is not just for yogis or spiritualists. The town is sputtered with tourists of varied tastes – the wanderers, the adventurers, the nature admirers, the explorers of traditional heritage and many more. Rishikesh has something unique to offer each individual. From deep meditative spots to ancient traditional sites to frolic adventure sports – Rishikesh has it all. During the course of your program, you shall be taken for the following mesmeric excursions and activities in and around Rishikesh, India:

Trek to Kunjapuri Temple for Sunrise

Ideal Time to Visit: January – December

Located around 18 kms away from Rishikesh at distance of 1676 mtrs above sea level, the Kunjapuri Temple is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths in the state of Uttarakhand. The temple is of auspicious significance as this is the place where the chest of Goddess Sati had fallen. The temple lures several tourists and Lord Shiva devotes to its embrace. The even more beautiful fact about this pilgrimage site is that the temple offers breathtaking view of the Himalayas and, is particularly mesmerizing at Sunrise and Sunset. Holy River Ganges passing at the root of its hill only escalates the experience of the worshippers and the tourists. Snow ranges and peaks of Garhwal Himalayas like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba, can also be witnessed on a clear day from this temple.

Moni Baba Cave Visit

Ideal Time to Visit: January – December

Located merely 4kms from the school, Moni Baba Cave is a unique place to witness real live example of a traditional Yogi Baba dwelling like of a real yogi. This cave is of historical significance as the ancient spot of a Spiritual Guru who stayed here and meditated for 14 years in utter and complete silence. Following into his footsteps, one of the Baba’s disciple ‘Guru Sharan Das Ji’ has been dwelling here as Hindu Ascetic since years now.

Ganga Arti

Ideal Time to Visit: January – December

Traditional musical hymns sung on the banks of Holy River Ganges are globally eminent as one of the grandest and most beautiful prayers offerings. The ceremony comprises of singing bhajans, mantra chanting and illuminating lamps (diyas) by the riverside. The Arti takes places once the preparations are in place. This is when the entire town, its people and its guests assemble in a single harmony by the glittering Ganges. The evening is a true delight for the mind, body and soul.

Water Fall

Ideal Time to Visit: Summer Season and Winter Season

Neer Gaddu Waterfall

A beautiful waterfall involving a small trek of mere 200 mtrs provides a luscious escape into the forests where you can spend quality time showering under the waterfall or sitting on the rocks in meditation.

Patna Waterfall

Trekking nearly 1.5 kms through Rajaji forest and 5 kms from Lakshman Jhula on Neelkanth Temple, the Waterfall is located in a sweet dainty village Patna – also named after it. Apart from the resplendent water waves, the even more exclusive thing about this Waterfall is the magnificent limestone caves located next to it. These caves lure explorers from all over the globe.

River Rafting

Ideal Time: April-May / September-November

Rishikesh, the land of ferocious river offers the most gorgeous and adventurous spots for thrilling river rafting activities. Experience the thrill of going through medium to really tough rapids of the river – for truly one of a kind hydra-experience in India.

Vashishtha Cave

Ideal Time to Visit: January – December

Located 28 kms from Rishikesh, the Vashishtha Cave is an eminent spot for all those seeking eternal and solitude for intense meditation practices. Located on the bank of River Ganges, the cave is significant for being the meditation abode of legend Sage Vashishtha. Sage Vashishtha is one of the seven sages in Indian scriptures, who meditated in this very cave for years. He is also known as the Brahmarishi for his recognition as the holder of highest divine knowledge.

Excursions In Kerala, India

 

Kerala, the beautiful luscious land of Ayurveda is home to some of the most gorgeous wildlife and, destination of breathtakingly beautiful crystal azure beaches. With some of the most peculiar activities and excursions, Kerala rouses internal bliss and solace in every individual. During yoga program in Kerala, you shall relish the below mentioned excursions in the lap of ‘God’s Own Country’:

Kappil Beach Visit– Day trip

Ideal Time to Visit: November - February

Located approximately 7kms of North Varkala, the Kappil Beach is a must visit destination for ones travelling to the signature back water destination called ‘Kerala’. The place is a majestic convergence of picture perfect beach on the western side (formed from Arabian Sea) and lush green backwater (the Edava Narayana Lake) on the other.

Shivagiri Ashram Visit

Ideal Time to Visit: November – February

A famous pilgrimage site in Kerala, the Shivagiri Ashram is a crucial site of interest for yogis since its establishment in 1904. Located on the top of Shivagiri hill, the Shivagiri Mut is the honored spot of the tomb of social reformer Narayana Guru. This place also holds special significance as the place where Guru Narayana became enlightened.

Janardanaswamy Temple Visit

Ideal Time to Visit: November - February

The 2000 years old temple of the great Hindu Deity Janardanaswamy (Lord Vishnu) is also famous as the ‘Gaya of the South’. The much renowned pilgrimage destination reveals a famous lore from Hindu Mythology about how Lord Brahama appeared on earth to perform fire sacrifice who got so immersed in the rituals that he forgot his job of creation. Lord Vishnu then appeared on earth at this very site in Varkala and, led him to resuming the task of creation.

Excursions In Nepal

 

Known for its picturesque snow capped beauty, highest trekking sites, abundant agricultural lands and ancient temples and Gompas, Nepal mesmerizes its tourists with unique shades of excursions. The place gifts each and every guest who steps foot on this divine land with some of the most resplendent moments and memories. Here is a list of excursions our students are taken for:

Phewa Lake Boating

Ideal Time to Visit: Any Time except During Monsoon Season

Phewa Lake is a famous boating site in Nepal as it is the second largest lake in the country. The lake is a fresh water body with Taal Barahi Temple situated on an island in the middle of it. Showcasing a breathtaking reflection of the grand mountain ranges including, Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, the lake offers an incredibly momentous experience to its visitors.

Sunrise Yoga in Sarangkot Valley

Ideal Time to Visit: January - December

Located at the highest peak in Pokhara, Sarangkot is a famous attraction among travelers, trekkers, yogis and wanderers. The place is surrounded by the glorious Annapurna & Dhaulagiri ranges and offers a majestic view that is equally refreshing to its visitors. Visiting place on a full moon night is truly enchanting and momentous. Surrounding by fresh air and the bounties of nature, the opportunity of practicing Yoga in Sarangkot at the time of sunrise is an experience of lifetime.

Karma Yoga

Resonating with the cause that yoga stands for extending and imbibing selfless acts for the benefit of the society, the students at Rishikul Yogshala are strongly encouraged to partake in Karma Yoga projects like cleaning of lake, etc.

Visit to Local Kids School

Witnessing the kids perform yoga asanas, interacting with the teachers and the students for whole-hearted discussions on life as a whole, the visit to local kids school in Pokhara, the town of simpletons fills the heart with warmth and serenity.

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