New Year is fast approaching and many folks across the world might be looking towards 2023 with renewed hope and aspirations. Some of you might be thinking about learning a new skill that is long overdue such as a yoga TTC in India. So, if you are a yoga aficionado and looking to deepen your knowledge of yoga, then a yoga TTC will offer you a perfect platform to not only hone your yoga knowledge but also open up doors to teaching yoga professionally on a worldwide scale. So, how about heading to Rishikesh, India this new year’s eve to participate in yoga teacher training programs?

Well, we will give you more reasons why Rishikesh can be a preferred destination for welcoming the New Year especially if you resolve to welcome this new year on a spiritual note. Let’s take a look.

Rishikesh, the land seeped in Spirituality

Although when most of you think about welcoming the new year, images of snazzy parties, DJ nights, booze and night-long partying might come to your mind. But, how about welcoming the new year in a much quieter way in a tranquil environment? Well, Rishikesh is the holy city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and is religiously significant, especially for the predominant Hindu community in India.

There are several temples, Ashrams and natural caves that entail a spiritual ambience to the place. The holy river Ganges flows through Rishikesh and simply sitting on the ghats gazing at the river can be a deeply serene experience. 

Join a Yoga Teacher Training program in Rishikesh

The impending new year might bolster the resolve of many of you to jump on the health and wellness bandwagon and learn life-transforming skills like yoga. The best way to begin your new year is by enrolling in a yoga course or a yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh.

Rishikesh besides being known as a hub for religious activities is also known as the yoga capital of the world. You will find a plethora of yoga schools, Ashrams and yoga studios dotting the landscape of this mountainous city in Northern India. Since there are a plethora of yoga schools in Rishikesh, you will be actually presented with a dilemma regarding the kind of yoga courses you want to pursue and in which kind of environment. Rishikesh yoga schools offer yoga teacher training programs as well as several short-term yoga courses for beginners or those on a short sojourn to this holy city.

Some of the best yoga schools in Rishikesh offer you Yoga Alliance-certified yoga TTC in India programs that you can join during your Christmas and new year holidays.

Listen to discourses and participate in Meditative activities at the Rishikesh Ashrams

There are many Ashrams in Rishikesh like the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Sivananda Ashram or the Divine Life Society Ashram that offer a serene and peaceful environment for deep contemplation and finding that elusive inner peace. At such Ashrams, you can attend daily prayers, learn meditation and read the Vedas for knowing the true meaning of life. Besides, some of these places have instituted wellness and detox programs that purify your body and mind. So, folks do check out these Ashrams and empower yourselves from a spiritual and philosophical perspective so that you step into the new year with a positive and renewed outlook towards life.

Attend the Evening Aarti at Triveni ghat on New Year Eve

The Triveni Ghat on the banks of the river Ganga at Rishikesh is known best for its ‘Maha Aarti’ performed every evening. The aarti starts with the chanting of mantras,  beating of drums and clamouring of bells. Besides, diyas in flower-decked leaf bowls are lit and floated on the Ganges. The reflection of hundreds of such glistening diyas lit and floated on the Ganges water is a spellbinding spectacle.  Also, the religious hymns reverberating at the Ghats are sure to rejuvenate your mind and soul. Visit the Triveni Ghat on new year’s eve and usher in the new year on a spiritual note.

Explore Riverside Camping in Rishikesh

Riverside camping is actually the norm in Rishikesh, especially around the new year. Many revellers party night long at these camping sites to welcome the new year. If you feel that you are missing out on all the conventional razzmatazz of new year’s eve parties, then such riverside camping sites can be your saviour for the day. In fact, these are the most sought-after alternatives during new year’s eve in Rishikesh replete with DJ music, elaborate buffet spreads, quintessential winter bonfires by the riverside, camping activities and games like visiting the river banks, playing volleyball by the riverside, nature walks and much more.

Explore Adventure Sports this New Year

Rishikesh is nestled at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Naturally, the hilly terrain of this ancient, holy city offers a perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoorsy activities like bungee jumping, rope courses, jungle trekking and ziplines crossing the river Ganges. Also, river rafting is by far the most adrenaline-pumping activity in Rishikesh that you can look forward to. Exploring your adventurous self and facing your hidden fears head-on through such activities can open up many tangible and intangible possibilities in the coming year.

Explore the Cityscape of Rishikesh

When you are enrolled in the residential yoga TTC programs in one of the many yoga schools in Rishikesh, in all likelihood, you will get ample chances to explore this ancient city as part of your cultural immersion tours. So, don’t forget to visit the famed Neelkanth Mahadev temple, the Kujapuri Devi temple or the Bharat Mandir. Visit the many cavers and caves in Rishikesh like the age-old Vashita Gufa and soak in the cave waterfalls such as Patna waterfalls, Phool Chatti waterfalls, Neer Garh waterfalls and many such water bodies in and around Rishikesh.

Watching sunsets in Rishikesh is a brilliant spectacle that soothes the soul. There are many places in Rishikesh like the Ganga ghats, amidst the lush greenery while marching towards the Kujapuri temple and while swinging on the Laxman Jhula that offer a bewitching experience. So, folks, bid adieu to 2022 in the most reposeful way by watching the sun go down in the mountains and valleys of Rishikesh.

Your Takeaway!

Rishikesh as a destination to usher in the new year offers myriad experiences to all kinds of travellers. So, be it an aspiring yogi, an adventure junkie, a person seeking some inner peace or a conventional reveller, Rishikesh offers a plethora of options to celebrate this new year with purpose or style.

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