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17th International Yoga Festival to be Held from 1st March, 2016

Parmarth Niketan Ashram organizes the International Yoga Festival every year in Rishikesh (India), in association with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, GMVN. This festival is stranded in the source of Yoga.

In the International Yoga Festival, you will find the opportunity to learn and practice from mentors or YogGurus hailing from the traditional Yoga family in India and overseas yoga schools. This Festival will continue for a week from 1st of March to 7th of March 2016, providing you a platform to participate in Yoga classes for over 60 hours and to learn from Yoga teachers coming from all across the world. You will be able to practice multiple styles of Yoga such as Power Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

Participate in this festival and be blessed with the spiritual gathering and divine words of valued spiritual leaders and saints from India such as H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Pujya Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji and others.

Yoga for Mind, Body & Soul

Yoga which is also known as breathing exercise is a blessing for your mind, body, heart and soul. Yoga unites breath with the body, mind with muscles, and the most important thing is that it unites one’s own self with the immense spirituality. It provides health to the body, brings peace in mind, fills heart with joy and provides liberty to the soul. Do not misinterpret Yoga with any religion as in Yoga, you do not have to believe in any God or chant any mantras.

Through this Yoga Festival you will be able to explore the “Eight limbs of Yoga” and how these are applied into our lives. Come one, come all..!! Join the festival to breathe in life, get indulged into the scenic wonders of India and get connected with others coming from all across the world, being on the journey of awakening.

Highlights of the Festival:

  • Take a dip into the waters of spirituality (of river Ganga)
  • Get connected with numerous other followers participating from all across the world
  • Listen to great spiritual leaders of India delivering divine words
  • Enjoy being in the sacred place of Uttarakhand
  • Get indulged into the depths of Yoga along with the world famous Yogacharyas from various countries.
  • Get united with your divine self.

Location of the Festival:

Rishikesh is a spiritual center to many sages, saints, rishis and pilgrims. It has the largest ashram called Parmarth Niketan, which is the venue for the International Yoga Festival. Being nestled in the lap of Himalayas and on the banks of Holy Ganga, the ashram is considered as the spiritual retreat. The pilgrims coming from every corner of the earth get shelter in Parmarth Niketan. The ashram has a pure, clean and sacred ambiance with plenty of beautiful gardens. Parmarth Niketan has more than 1000 rooms facilitated with modern amenities with the touch of simplicity, tradition and spirituality.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

You will be mesmerized by the beauty of this ashram as it has clear flowing Ganga, lush greenery, majestic mountains that will embrace you with open arms, rejuvenating your entire being. You will be able to connect with your own self and divinity in this Niketan. Experience comfort; get inspired by the soulful delivery of spiritual leaders and upliftment of mind, body and soul while staying in this Niketan. Your soul will be bathed in sacred energy and peace originated from nature in the Ashram.

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Know about Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a sacred city located in Uttarakhand, in the northern region of India. It is a home to many saints & sages and remains thronged by pilgrims from all around the globe. You will find bustling markets lined on both sides of the city roads. These markets sell traditional handicrafts and arts.

Rishikesh and Uttarakhand are known world-wide for being the birthplace of Yoga. About 600 participants from more than 50 countries will be there to practice Yoga during the International Yoga Festival. The participants will surely leave this “Devbhoomi” or “Swargashram” with an ultimate experience of spirituality within. They will also experience peace, love and joy during this Yoga tour.


The festival conducts a different program every day. Each day’s class of the International Yoga Festival varies from the other.

Evening Aarti

The general program of the festival will be as follows:

  • Classes will begin from 4:00 AM every day.
  • An hour’s Yoga class will be held every day at 6:30 AM. After that a simple breakfast will be provided.
  • Take on a two-hour session of Yoga at 8:30 AM.
  • Before lunch, at 11:00 AM get blessed with the inspiring and divine lectures from the valued saints and yogacharyas.
  • By 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM you will be served with a traditional Indian lunch.
  • Post lunch, instructional classes will be followed by three Yogasana classes from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • In the evening, attend the special Aarti performed on the banks of holy River Ganga from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  • Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM
  • At 9:30 PM, attend a satsang with the revered spiritual leaders of India along with cultural events of song and dance, campfires, etc.

Read about the detailed schedule for the International Yoga Festival, 2016 from the below link and get yourself registered for the festival before it is too late!

Hotels in Rishikesh:

Being in Rishikesh one can enjoy comfortable stay at the below mentioned spacious and luxury hotels. These well equipped hotels are known for providing impeccable services.

Hotel in Rishikesh

  • Bull’s Retreat
  • Atali
  • Aloha On The Ganges (Leisure Hotels)
  • Ganga Kinare – A Riverside Boutique Hotel
  • Divine Resort
  • EllBee Ganga View
  • Himalayan Hideaway Lodge
  • Aranyam River Retreat
  • Hotel Yog Vashishth
  • Sattva Spa and Wellness Retreat


Know about the most frequented getaways and most popular places in North India:


Sightseeing & Attractions:

After attending the festival, gaining knowledge about health and thorough health regime, go for a sightseeing tour in the sacred city of Rishikesh. Here are some of the popular places you can visit during your Yoga tour to enjoy to the fullest.

Laxman Jhula: Laxman Jhula of Rishikesh is a suspension bridge elevated 70 feet from river, with a length of 450 feet. According to Hindu belief, Lakshamana once crossed the sacred Ganges through a jute rope. That is why this bridge was built at the same place, which is now a remarkable pilgrim attraction.

Neelkant Mahadev Temple

Neelkantha Mahadev Temple: On a hill above Swarg Ashram is situated the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple at a height of 1675 m. This remarkable shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be situated at the places where lord Shiva drank ‘halahala’ (the Venom) churned out from the ocean by the Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Devils) while trying to obtain the Amrita (elixir).

Shivpuri: The town of Shivpuri is located 19 km away from Rishikesh on the banks of holy Ganges. The town is famous for housing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Beatles ashram: In the year 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh to attend a transcendental Meditation session at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram. This visit turned to be the most productive time of the Beatles’ that changed the opinion of entire world towards Indian spirituality. It was then, they wrote various songs and gained commercial success and huge media attention. Since then the ashram is popularly known as Beatles ashram.

Swarg Ashram: It is one of the oldest Yoga ashrams located on the bank of river Ganges. The ashram covers the area between the Ram Jhula and the Laxman Jhula. People seeking solitude can visit this place in the holy city of Rishikesh. The river banks are considered ideal for meditation, to perform any rituals and for viewing the sunrise from the Shivaliks.

Jumpin Heights: It is a place in Rishikesh, known for providing opportunities to its visitors to get indulged into various adventurous sports. It is popular for bungee jumping, the Giant swing and fox flying.

Narendra Nagar: It is located in Tehri Garhwal, 20 km away from Rishikesh, Uttrakhand. This town is known for its picturesque beauty.

Kaudiyala: It is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Rishikesh surrounded by dense hill forests. This place is located 36 km away from Rishikesh and is popular among adventure enthusiasts. Adventurous souls can enjoy water rafting. Varied species of flora and fauna can be seen there.

Read about the International Yoga Day here

Things to Do:

During the tour, one can get involved into various adventurous sports to enjoy to the fullest.

Adventurous Activity

Some of them are mentioned below:

  • River rafting
  • Camping
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Cliff jumping
  • Kayaking
  • Trekking
  • Bungee Jumping


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How to Reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh being a popular tourist destination is a well connected city of Uttarakhand. Therefore, one does not have to worry about reaching Rishikesh.

Travel Rishikesh by Air

The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun, which is located at a distance of around 35 km. Various air services can be availed from Delhi to Rishikesh. Flights from Lucknow to Dehradun (the second nearest airport) are also there to make traveling convenient for you.

Travel Rishikesh by Bus

There is a good network of buses in Rishikesh that connects all the major cities like Dehradun, Haridwar and New Delhi. Choose a regular, deluxe or luxurious coach according to your convenience and budget. These buses run every day (in the morning and late evening) from Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi to Rishikesh.

Travel Rishikesh by Train

About 25 km away from Rishikesh is located the nearest railhead in Haridwar. Major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi are connected to Haridwar through railways. Many trains from various cities have their stoppage at this railway station.

Note: People traveling through air or train, must hire a taxi from the airport or railway station to reach Rishikesh.

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Hope the above details would help you to travel to Rishikesh easily and participate in the International Yoga Festival. Travelogy India wishes for your health and well-being!

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