Rishikesh is a village by the turquoise Ganges in between two mountain ranges in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Ashram section of town is situated between two foot bridges and has been the home of many Yogis over the centuries. With white sand beaches, temples, cafés and a market of yoga wares, such as singing bowls, malas and gemstones, Rishikesh is a meeting place for Indian and international Yoga practitioners. Every evening the wind picks up and brings fresh Prana from the glaciers of the Himalayas, and many people find the energy here exhilarating and yet grounded in tradition.
That Ashram is located in Tapovan in the north end of Rishikesh facing the mountains. Tap means austerity and van means forest, so Tapovan is the forest of yogis! It is a 5-10 minute walk down a lane to the Ganges (Ganga) River, where many people go to sit and contemplate or take a dip.
We hope you’ll join us in Rishikesh for an Ashram Stay or one of Akhanda’s Teacher Training Programs. Rishikesh is truly a city of Yoga and a great place to restore and settle into the practice of Yoga.