Known as the Gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is considered to be one of the holy sites for Hindus in India. The history of Risikesh is mythical, and it is believed that a saint named Raibhya Rishi performed strict penance on the banks of the river Ganges..
To reward him, Lord Vishnu conjured up in the form of Hrishikesh, thus giving the region the name Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the entry point for the four sacred Hindu pilgrimages namely, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. A strictly vegetarian town, even serving and consuming alcohol in this sacred land is prohibited.
Known widely as the 'Birth Place of Yoga', Rishikesh has over the years witnessed millions of yoga followers and practitioners throng its saintly landscape. While meandering through the town lanes, you will stumble across hundreds of Yoga Ashrams and meditation centers that cater to the needs of Yoga lovers. A testament to the popularity of Rishikesh as a Yoga hub is the visit of the legendary Beatles in the 1960s. In February 1968, The Beatles stayed at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, where they even recorded a song called 'The Happy Rishikesh Song'. In between their lessons on Yoga and meditation, the band composed nearly 48 songs during their stay at the ashram.
So it is only natural that the International Yoga Festival be birthed and hosted in this small town at the feet of the Himalayas. With the holy and majestic River Ganges sinuously weaving through the landscape, and the towering mountains of the Shivalik Range touching the sky - the ideal stage is set for a transcendental journey into the world of meditation. Lectures and yoga lessons are conducted by yoga experts from different parts of the world. Meditation sessions and chanting also forms a pivotal part of the yoga festival in the city. Ganga Aarti and other religious ceremonies are also celebrated during the Rishikesh International Yoga Festival.
The International Yoga Festival has been exclusively hosted by Hotel Ganga Kinare, Rishikesh, nine times since the event's inception. We are back to remake past glory this year, with the announcement of the International Yoga Festival 2014.
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Ganga Kinare - A Riverside Boutique Hotel,237, Virbhadra Rd, Rishikesh.