The Yoga capital of the world, ‘Rishikesh’ is all set to host the next edition of International Yog Festival (IYF), which will be held from 1st March to 7th March, 2019 at Hotel Ganga Resort in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. This global festival is being organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board in association with Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), where yoga enthusiasts from around the world will get a chance to experience the divine art of uniting mind, body and soul.
This weeklong festival has been divided into 3 themes: ‘Traditional Yoga’ (Day 1 and 2), ‘Contemporary Yoga’ (Day 3 and 4) and ‘Shakti – the power of creation’ (Day 5-7). The last 3 days will be a celebration of divine feminine spirit, wherein prominent female spiritual figures and yoga practitioners will share their knowledge and conduct Shakti – the energy invoking sessions in a variety of yoga styles. Besides the yoga classes, various symposiums will be held on the topics, such as ‘Yoga for women’, ‘The Yogic way of Life’, ‘Traditional vs. contemporary Yoga’, ‘Yoga before and beyond the asanas’, ‘The goal and the foundations of Yoga, an integrated (body-mind-soul) approach to Yoga’, ‘Significance of the Shatkarma in Yogic advancements’, ‘Frontiers of Yoga as per the ancient texts & their attainability’, ‘Yoga for me vs. I’m for Yoga’ (How to get out of our comfort zone & grasp the goal of Yoga). The festival will also host a number of sessions with some of the leading experts who can change your perspective and deepen it by sharing their knowledge. Various Yoga affiliated eminent personalities will grace the occasion.
Come and immerse in the weeklong period of self rejuvenation and reinvention to discover a new you. Come home to Rishikesh!
Rishikesh is one of the most tranquil places in Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and graced by the wide and sacred river Ganges in a criss-cross manner. The beautiful environs of the town are known to seduce and attract people with its calming and equally thrilling appeal, thus deriving its name as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It is said that great sage Raibhaya did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name of this place in Uttarakhand.
Over the ages, a lot of historically significant people have spent a lot of time here, each resulting in their own different rediscovery. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where ‘The Beatles’ came to stay with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to meditate and study yoga, during which they wrote an album depicting a new aspect to the band’s composition.
Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the ‘Ganga’ and also offers plenty of opportunities for trekking, where one can enjoy a good trek starting from points like Laxman Jhula to destinations like the exalted ‘Chardham’.
The climate is pleasant, the environment is always welcoming and the hospitality is unbelievable. So yes, one can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.
Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Luxury and normal Buses to Rishikesh are easily available from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut.
Buses and Taxis to Rishikesh are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc. Rishikesh is situated on National Highway 58 which connects Badrinath.
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station are frequent. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Muni-ki-reti and Swargashram.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rishikesh situated at a distance of 21kms. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Rishikesh is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport.