Rishikesh is the super chill and gorgeous yoga capital of the world. Located east of Delhi, and in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, Rishikesh is a haven for foodies, yogis, and those desperate to get out of the chaotic mess that India can be. The latter being what Garrett and I were doing. We escaped the craziness and instantly felt better after arriving here. We could breath better, stroll the streets without getting seriously harassed, and just hang out.
We aren’t yogis, and wanted some chill time. So that’s what we did.
Here is our time in Rishikesh through our Instagram photos…
Cows, cows, and more cows. I love cows! How cute are they?! They are fed, free, and look pretty well off. I mean, after all, they are pretty much worshiped here, so I wouldn’t expect much less, but still, it’s really nice to see these sweet animals roaming around. Their shit is everywhere though…
Just Cross Me
The bridges. There are two bridges connecting the two sides of Rishikesh… Uhm… GORGEOUS. Monkeys, cows, crowds, motorbikes, everything and everyone uses these bridges. They make for a dramatic addition to the river shores.
That Spicy Chai
THE MASALA CHAI! This is my all time fav tea, like ever, in the whole wide world. You need to drink it and lots of it.
The way I like it: extra spicy
Want to learn how to make it? Call up Amit at Cooking Masala. He’s an amazing person and will teach you step by step how to make the best masala chai. He makes his own spice blends, and it’s the only cup of masala I had that was already the way I like it, spicy.
(Sometimes it can be too watered down, or too milky. His is literally perfection.)
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We met a lovely local today who invited us to his home to teach us how to make masala chai ? it's my fav drink! He owns a cooking school, Cooking Masala, and if you're going to Rishikesh, I can't recommend his place more. The owner, Amit, is not only an absolutely sweetheart, but is very knowledgable on the spices as well. Today was a wonderful experience! ???
Nice office, but not efficient
Crappy wifi situation, but hey… look at this office view!
PS- Do yourself a favor and eat at Little Buddha Cafe. This view and excellent food = a win.
Build Me Up!
The colorful shopping experience…
We def went shopping here!
The Ganges River
Seeing this river, crossing it everyday, and chilling next to/on it everyday was freaking awesome! Soooo pretty!!
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Spent some moments sitting along the Ganges observing my surroundings when I saw this. Ganga Aarti ritual it is called and it involves setting candles afloat in flower baskets. These offerings to the Ganges river are done for many reasons but this one was for a loved one who had passed on. #india #rishikesh #theganges #aarti #gangaaarti
Vibrantly colored and beautiful, Rishikesh.
You’ll pin this for later, right?
Have you been? What do you think of this spot?
Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad and epically failing at the American Dream since 2011. Her sassy yet informative blog, Where in the World is Nina? is all about how to work abroad to live a more adventurous life. If you want to travel longer you have to work to wander.