Women practicing yoga on the Ganges River in Rishikesh

25 Best Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh [2023/2024]

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOGA RETREATS IN RISHIKESH, INDIA?

This can be a daunting task because Rishikesh is a world yoga capital. There are hundreds of temples and Ashrams that host thousands of people every year. But not to worry, I’ve compiled the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh for you here.

I selected the best retreats based on what was most important to me during my experience attending a yoga retreat – the accommodations, instructors, the reputation of the yoga school or retreat center, reviews, and the inclusions such as meals, excursions, and additional activities.

Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for local Hindus. I spent 6 weeks in the Himalayas and promise you that you can feel the power of the sacred rivers and mountains surrounding the area.

In this post, I’ll describe the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh and you’ll be equipped to pick the one that suits your needs. In a hurry? This is my top pick:

25 Best Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh

These are the top 25 yoga retreats in Rishikesh. My time in the Himalayan region was truly transformational and I hope this post helps you in your quest to find a yoga retreat that is just as perfect and life-changing for you.

1) 7-Day Yoga Nidra (Relaxation) and Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Yoga Vidya Mandiram Yoga School, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: 230+ reviews, Yoga Nidra, beautiful setting

Join a transformative one-week yoga retreat in Rishikesh, featuring twice-daily group yoga sessions, daily meditation, yogic kriyas, and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).

This intensive retreat aims to guide participants in establishing a harmonious lifestyle. The course mainly includes breathing practices, tension, and relaxation practices of Yoga Nidra.

The course delves into the theoretical and practical aspects of Yoga Nidra, covering breathing practices, tension, and relaxation techniques, from basic to advanced levels.

In addition to Yoga Nidra, sessions include pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana, drawing from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras for holistic integration of body, mind, heart, and soul.

“It was one of my most beautiful life experiences, I met incredible people and experienced so many things, I’ve always felt at home in the school everyone is so nice and with such a beautiful heart. I am so grateful with everyone, the teachers are angels, with a lot of wisdom to share”

Patricia (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private or shared room with Wi-Fi and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

2) 21 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.8/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Tarang Yoga Ashram, Virbhadra, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Dehradun airport.

💥 Highlights: Ayurvedic doctor consultation, Ayurveda treatments, sound baths

Embark on a transformative 21-day yoga retreat in Rishikesh, India, to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. This immersive experience invites you to explore the Himalayas with a trek, practice yoga asana at your own pace, and indulge in meditation to find inner peace.

Discover sacred caves and temples, meet wise sadhus, witness breathtaking Himalayan sunrises, and meditate by the sacred Ganga river while participating in traditional Indian ceremonies.

The program features two daily 90-minute yoga sessions, two meditation and pranayama classes, and excursions to sacred caves and ancient ashrams. Immerse yourself in the rich culture by attending traditional Indian holy ceremonies and delving into personal studies at the ashram’s library.

“I had an amazing experience here. The place is lovely, in a quiet and special location. The staff is so warm and always willing to help you. Vivek and Tanya, the owners, are super friendly and always taking care of your stay”

Laura (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Simple and quaint bedrooms with hot showers and wi-fi. All meals are vegetarian, fresh, and included.

3) 3-Day Himalayan Meditation and Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: 230+ reviews, introductory study of Indian philosophies, excursions

This is one of the most popular yoga retreats in Rishikesh. It offers a blend of traditional and modern practices, including asana, pranayama, yoga Nidra, cleansing processes, and contemporary meditation techniques.

Beyond the yogic journey, participants have the chance to explore the Himalayan shrines and temples. As a registered yoga school, Yoga Vidya Mandiram is dedicated to preserving the purity of yogic knowledge and practices, bridging ancient teachings with modern formats.

The curriculum emphasizes holistic yoga, integrating body, breath, and mind, and extends beyond physical asanas to encompass the broader aspects of yogic practice.

“The entire experience was beautiful. I can never express my gratitude for this, the teachers, the facilities and the people I met were all amazing! I have walked away from this experience with more confidence in my own yoga practice and the excitement to share this knowledge with more people in my journey.”

Katy (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private or shared room and enjoy three meals per day.

4) 11-Day Yoga, Meditation, and Body Purification Retreat

 RATING: 4.95/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: TrigunaYoga School, Dhyan Mandir Ashram, Chopda Farm, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Variety of yoga styles, beautiful Ashram, mental health focus

This is one of the most popular yoga retreats in India. It provides an opportunity to achieve physical, mental, and emotional balance by harnessing the power of the five elements, asana (yoga postures), meditation, emotional detox techniques, and breathing exercises.

This retreat offers a deeper exploration of how yoga asanas can benefit mental health. Through specific asanas, you’ll discover the potential to shift energy levels, transform thought patterns, and reshape habits.

You will practice various styles of yoga, but this retreat really aims to facilitate holistic healing, granting greater inner stability and strength to navigate life’s challenges.

“The ashram is filled with so much love and bliss due to the beautiful nature in the outskirts of Rishikesh and the wonderful masters. I felt safe in the ashram immediately. The teachers are dedicated and very professional Yogis who share their knowledge with so much motivation. This inspired me.”

Christina (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

You will stay at Dhyan Mandir Ashram in basic but large rooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi. Enjoy three delicious vegetarian yogic meals per day.

5) 7-Day Beginner’s Dive: Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation Workshop and Retreat

 RATING: 4.9/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Auro Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes, from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: Tailored yoga and meditation sessions for beginners, workshops, guided nature walks

Embark on this transformative seven-day retreat that caters specifically to newcomers in the world of yoga, breath work, and meditation!

This is a curated experience, set in serene surroundings, and offers an enriching journey of self-discovery, wellness, and inner peace.

The workshops will cover essential topics, such as posture basics, the power of pranayama, meditation and mindfulness practices, and insights into yoga’s rich history and principles.

This retreat incorporates nature walks and communal group reflections providing a holistic and supportive environment for newcomers to dive into these transformative practices.

“As a beginner to yoga, I was looking for a friendly yoga training course that would introduce me to the basics and deepen my practice. SVL Yoga’s course turned out to be the perfect fit and exceeded my expectations! The training was both fun and practical. The teachers created a judgment-free zone and each class left me feeling refreshed and more centered.”

Marie (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay near the yoga center in either a private or shared room. Basic but comfortable. Enjoy three vegetarian meals per day.

6) 4-Day Sound Healing, Yoga, & Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.9/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Vihana Retreat, Mamma Mia Inn, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Restorative, improved energy, excursions

This retreat offers diverse modalities (restorative yoga, massage, sound healing) to cleanse and re-energize your primal energy levels, promoting improved health and vitality.

Included excursions feature visits to a waterfall and the Parmarth Niketan Ganga prayer ceremony, providing a holistic experience of rejuvenation amidst the serene beauty of Rishikesh.

“From the first day I arrived, Sandeep and Ana were tremendously accommodating. It was incredibly endearing from the start. I didn’t know what to expect since I had never taken a sound healing class before, but Ana blew away any expectation I had of a sound healing session.”

Elena (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private room at the inn and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

7) 14-Day Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Retreat

 RATING: 5/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Sri Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: Naturopathy and Ayurveda treatments, yoga therapy, nature excursions

Nestled amidst mountains and a small river is Sri Yoga Ashram. Here you can go at your own pace, attending up to four classes a day. Choose between Ashtanga, Kundalini, Hatha, and more yoga styles. Attend courses on pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

The retreat includes Naturopathy, Ayurveda, yoga therapy, and wellness therapies, fostering a unique blend for rejuvenation. With a focus on the real-life application of yogic principles, guests can witness a community living by these values at the Ashram.

Enjoy the family-like environment, where teachers and staff reside onsite, providing continuous support. This fully residential retreat combines a serene atmosphere with authentic yoga practices and wellness treatments.

“I was blessed to have chosen this school. The location was great. It is next to a powerful and relaxing stream, where one immediately feels a sense of peace and rejuvenation. The group that formed with the girls from all over the world was so familiar and cozy that we all felt a natural sense of connection and a nice homey feeling. The food was really good, spicy at times of course, but we were in India after all :)”

Nina (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a clean and modest private room and enjoy three meals per day.

8) 8-Day Goddess Journey of Yin, Restorative Yoga, and Meditation

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Dec ’23, Jan, Feb ’24 | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Om Sampoorn Yoga, Yoga Niketan Ashram, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh,

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – for an additional fee.

💥 Highlights: Ayurvedic doctor consultation, 1 Ayurveda treatment per day, mountain treks

This retreat combines various yoga practices, including Yin and Restorative yoga, meditation, and yoga Nidra, to facilitate self-discovery and renewal.

The retreat not only focuses on meditation and yoga but also immerses you in the ancient town of Rishikesh, allowing you to absorb the sacred energy of the Ma Ganga.

The program includes two daily 90-minute yoga sessions, two daily meditation and pranayama classes, and the opportunity to explore sacred caves and ancient ashrams. The retreat also provides a chance to witness traditional Indian holy ceremonies and engage in personal studies at the ashram’s library.

“I gained more out of 3-4 days with Yogi Vimal than I did in 3-4 months of therapy. The simplicity of ashram life facilitates this deep thinking and inner transformation. The grounds are serene with my favourite spots that overlook the Ganges, just a short walk down the hillside. I am so grateful for my time here and can’t wait to go back.”

Sandra (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

You will be accommodated at the Yoga Niketan Ashram and stay in an ashram-style (simple, quaint) single, clean, and safe room with a private bathroom and a fan. Towels, soap, and toilet paper are provided. Three daily yogic/vegetarian meals are included.

9) 10-Day Ayurveda, Wellness, and Meditation, & Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.55/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Yogada Ashram, Himalayas Shivpuri, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – airport transfer from Geneva airport is included

💥 Highlights: Knowledgeable teachers, peaceful setting, incredible food, flexible duration (can do less or more than 10 days)

Atam Sukha’s Wellness Retreats offer a harmonious blend of yoga and Ayurveda in the birthplace of these ancient traditions, the Himalayas. Individuals and couples are invited to explore the Indian science of wellness and Ayurveda through rare massages and treatments featuring freshly picked herbs from the nearby reserve forest.

Along the banks of the sacred Ganga River, experience 9 rejuvenating morning and afternoon yoga sessions, 9 evening sessions of pranayama, kriya, and dhyana, early morning nature walks, and meditation.

Dive into the transformative power of a special evening Kundalini Initiation, partake in a sacred cleansing fire ceremony following Vedic traditions, and indulge in 6 60-minute Abhyanga and Patrpinda Ayurvedic Massages as well as 6 60-minute Shirodhara Ayurvedic treatments.

“What an amazing fulfilling spiritual experience at Yogada Ashram. I came with no expectation but came out with great knowledge with not only yoga asanas but the philosophy of yoga outside the mat. Very talented teachers; could not ask for better massage and treatment and the catering staff were very hospitable making me feel right at home. Thank you so much!t Apassion”

Anita (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in an air-conditioned cottage or executive room all immersed in nature. All meals are included. Now imagine beginning your days with the gentle chirping of birds, meditating on the tranquil silver sandy beaches, and practicing yoga and meditation in spacious, serene areas!

10) 5-Day Ayurveda Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.8/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Tarang Yoga Ashram, Virbhadra, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Dehradun airport.

💥 Highlights: Ayurvedic doctor consultation, 1 Ayurveda treatment per day, mountain treks

This wellness retreat harmoniously combines tradition and modernity with a strong emphasis on sustainable living. Centered around Ayurveda, Sowa Rigpa, and yoga practices, and nestled in the serene Himalayan foothills near the Ganges River in Rishikesh, it provides a peaceful escape and offers a rejuvenating experience.

During your time, participate in daily pranayama or mindfulness meditations, daily mantra chanting and yoga group sessions, as well as nature walks, mountain treks, village tours, and temple visits.

“Everything was very nice, the place is close to the city. The people are very friendly and the food of excellent quality. Very professional and friendly yoga teachers”

Diana (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay at the Ashram in basic but comfortable rooms with Wi-Fi, hot showers, and the option to share or have a private room. All vegetarian Ayurvedic meals are included.

11) 6-Day Mind, Body, and Soul Wellness Meditation and Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Om Sampoorn Yoga, Yoga Niketan Ashram, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Excursions, massage

This is one of the most popular yoga retreats in Rishikesh. It offers a profound journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation.

Immerse yourself in various yoga styles, intelligent sequences of asana, pranayama, and meditation, which will enhance your physical well-being and facilitate a deeper connection with your inner self.

Delve into the wisdom of yoga philosophy and explore the ancient town of Rishikesh, visiting sacred caves and temples. Watch the sunrise in the majestic Himalayas, meditate by the sacred Ganga river, and participate in traditional Indian ceremonies.

The retreat includes two daily 90-minute sessions of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. Stay in basic accommodations and enjoy three daily yogic/vegetarian meals a day. All levels are welcome.

“This yoga retreat has been one of the most transformational experiences I’ve ever had. Yogi Vimal and Yogini Elena are extraordinary people with an outstanding yoga and spiritual knowledge (both on and off the mat) always willing to share it with you through yoga classes, long talks and excursions to amazing (non touristic) places.”

Margalida (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

12) 7-Day Holistic Relaxing and Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.75/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Vinyasa Yoga Shala, Yog Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Balanced, sunrise temple trip, trekking, sauna

This retreat is an amazing opportunity to release the stresses of daily life. Through yoga and breathwork, peaceful nature excursions, pure and nourishing Sattvik food, and posture improvement, your body and mind will grow stronger and more balanced.

The curriculum also includes several spiritual, educational, and relaxing trips to connect to the place in which you are practicing.

“It was a deeply moving, personally transformative, hands-on learning experience. I had open expectations prior to joining, but I was completely blown away by the marvelous experience. This institution has spared no expense on ensuring that the students are comfortable, happy and learning from the best teachers”

Jane (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

You will stay in your own private room with a private bathroom at the Vinyasa Yoga Shala Yog Niketan Ashram. Three vegetarian meals will be provided each day. Beginner-friendly retreat.

13) 6-Day Relaxing Meditation and Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.9/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Tarang Yoga Ashram, Veerbhadra Temple Road, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Therapeutic, relaxing, philosophy, multiple included excursions

Through the practices of restorative and therapeutic yoga, and meditation, this retreat offers a profound opportunity to restore balance, resolve inner conflicts, and find peace.

On the banks of the Ganges river, practice morning yoga and meditation, learn relaxation techniques and yoga Nidra, dance, chant, and tune into nature.

“I liked the most staff in this yoga retreat, amazing experience for a solo traveler. Especially, Lali was super helpful and friendly all the time. I quite enjoyed all yoga sessions with Tarang yoga ashram. Recommended”

Nuray (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay at the Ashram in basic but comfortable accommodations. Three vegetarian meals are provided each day, along with snacks and tea.

14) 21-Day Ayurveda Panchakarma Detox and Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.55/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

Group of three doing acro yoga outside on the banks of the Ganga River

📍 Location: Yoganandham, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Ayurvedic consultation and treatment, panchakarma detox, daily yoga and meditation

Embark on a 21-day Panchkarma treatment at this Ayurvedic yoga retreat in Rishikesh. Panchkarma, a traditional detox method, employs five therapeutic procedures to eliminate toxins and restore balance in the body: Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Swedana, Basti, and Nasya to eliminate toxins.

The initial days prepare the body with a special diet and therapies, followed by treatments to expel toxins. Post-retreat, maintain benefits with a healthy lifestyle and minimize toxin exposure. This program offers a comprehensive detox experience for rejuvenation in the tranquil surroundings of Rishikesh.

“Beyond happy to have spent a week of yoga study here with Manish-ji and his team. A personal touch in everything they do. Fantastic in-depth yoga classes on meditation, asanas, pranayama with caring and helpful teachers. Delicious food prepared by skilful chefs and a great setting for retreating into yourself.”

Edgars (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private or shared room with balconies. Three Ayurvedic vegetarian meals are served each day.

15) 8-Day ‘Health and Holiday’ Meditation and Yoga Holiday

 RATING: 4.6/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center, Nishant Garden Resort, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: 270+ reviews, centrally located, various yoga styles, daily excursions

Escape the chaos of daily life and embark on a transformative journey with the Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center’s yoga retreat. This retreat offers a serene escape with the holy Ganga River and the famed Hanging Bridge as your backdrop.

The retreat includes two daily yoga classes, one meditation session, mantra chanting, and a rejuvenating 60-minute Ayurvedic massage. Beyond the physical practices, participants have the opportunity to engage in cultural excursions and local events each day, enhancing their understanding of yoga’s benefits in life.

The team’s philosophy revolves around the belief that following various yoga forms will not only bring motivation and inspiration but also foster happiness and personal growth, whether one seeks a career change or aims for self-improvement.

“Not just a yoga school, a home away from home full of love support on professional and personal level.”

Zuzana (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

You will stay at Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center in Tapovan Nishant Garden Resort. The school is situated in the heart of Rishikesh, next to the famous hanging bridge and holy Ganga (Holy river).

The Ashram is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful green mountains. There are 2 yoga studios, a dining area, a beautiful green garden in front of the Ashram, and a rooftop.

16) 2-Day Yoga and Meditation Weekend Retreat

 RATING: 4.55/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Tarang Yoga Ashram, Veerbhadra Temple Road, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Gentle and rejuvenating, short commitment

Only have a couple of days to squeeze in a retreat or want to add a wellness experience to your time in India? This 2-day retreat is just for you!

Tarang Yoga invites you on a transformative yoga retreat in Rishikesh, promising an immersion into inner peace and harmony with nature.

This retreat includes a visit to the Veerbhadra Temple and nearby places, providing a holistic and culturally immersive experience.

Discover tranquility, nourish your body, and explore the spiritual essence of Rishikesh through this unique yoga retreat with Tarang Yoga.

“We had the most wonderful time at this retreat. We were only booked on a two day course but wish we could have stayed longer as it was so relaxing and interesting! We had a private double room and it was very clean and comfortable. The location was also great, far enough anway from the bustle of rishikesh, but right on the river!”

Alice (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

This retreat offers accommodation at the Ashram and is complemented by delicious Ayurvedic food.

17) 18-Day Self-Discovery Yoga and Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Yoga Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Massage included, excursions, sunrise meditation in the Himalayas

On this retreat you will delve into yoga philosophy and immerse yourself in multi-style yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama. Explore sacred caves and temples, meet wise sadhus, witness Himalayan sunrises, and meditate by the sacred Ganga.

Yogi Vimal will lead excursions to hidden spots known only to local babas. You will venture to the Himalayas for sunrise meditation, visit temples and sacred caves, and attend traditional Indian ceremonies like puja and aarti by the Ganga.

“The location was amazing , views across the Ganga breathtaking and celebrations on the evenings were mesmerizing. Yogi was an outstanding teacher”

Alice (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

You will stay in an ashram-style single, clean, and safe room with a private bathroom. Three organic vegetarian meals are provided each day.

18) 7-Day Rejuvenation and Detox Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Arohan Yoga, Visthapit, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grand airport

💥 Highlights: Mediation and detox techniques, excursions, beautiful setting

Arohan Yoga’s yoga retreat in Rishikesh offers a break from daily stress or travel, providing a reset for physical and mental well-being. Tailored for yoga enthusiasts, this retreat promotes relaxation, connection with like-minded individuals, and a renewed sense of health.

Set in the serene Himalayan foothills, participants will experience enhanced flexibility and strength, along with cleansing techniques to remove toxins and boost immunity.

“I loved this deep amazing experience I had at Arohan Yoga school! The owners are so lovely, welcoming and always happy to help. The teachers are highly skilled, listening and putting effort into the practice. The food is healthy, nourishing and just delicious!!!”

Shona (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private or shared modern and clean bedroom and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

19) 6-Day Yoga, Meditation, and Emotional Detox Retreat

 RATING: 4.85/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Alakh Yog, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Accommodations, spacious yoga hall, release of emotional blockages

This retreat is designed to free you from emotional clutter hindering personal and spiritual growth. Beyond daily yoga and meditation, this retreat delves into the release of emotional blocks, promoting a sense of lightness in the body.

Recognizing the deep link between mind and body, the retreat explores the impact of suppressed emotions and beliefs, treating them like layers settling in the body.

This small-group retreat combines morning classes with AlakhYog TTC batches and offers private classes for beginners. Ideal for those seeking to unwind and restore, the retreat addresses emotional blockages that may manifest as physical ailments.

“This vourse changed my whole perspective of life . It helped a lot in healing myself by focusing on small things . And ofcourse the simplicity of yoga asanas after our teacher explained them in the traditional way.”

Vibhuti (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in one of 15 private or shared rooms. All rooms are clean and modern with AC. Enjoy three vegetarian sattvic meals a day.

20) 7-Day Meditation and Yoga Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Om Sampoorn Yoga, Yoga Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: Sacred cave excursion, access to ashram library

This retreat is led by a local who spent a year alone in a cave for spiritual practice and offers immersive yoga and meditation sessions amidst the majestic Himalayan mountains.

Practice yoga twice daily, attend holy ceremonies, delve into yoga philosophy, ask questions, and experience the spiritual ambiance overlooking the sacred Ganga river in the renowned yoga capital of the world.

“I stayed for 5 days and had an incredible experience disconnecting from the world and focusing on myself. The instructors helped me figure out what I’m doing right and what I need to work on to reach the next level, both in yoga and meditation but also in life.”

Arvind (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay at Yoga Niketan Ashram in a private room. Enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

21) 8-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.8/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Tarang Yoga Ashram, Virbhadra, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: Sound healing, naturopathy and Ayurvedic therapies

Recharge mind, body, and soul at Tarang Yoga Ashram. Practice yoga and meditation daily, attend breathwork and sound healing sessions, and reconnect with nature on the banks of the Ganga River.

“I loved absolutely everything about this place. The people are ALL wonderful, the teachers vary and each and every one of them have something unique and special about them, that made the whole experience complete.”

Anonymous (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private room at the ashram and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

22) 14-Day Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Relief Retreat

 RATING: 4.9/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Vihana Retreat, Mamma Mia Inn, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: Yoga, rafting, cooking class, trekking, massage

Vihana Retreat’s unique program is designed for those struggling with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and/or stress. Rooted in yogic principles, the anti-stress program delves into health imbalances, biological factors, and negative thought patterns, offering a holistic approach to mental well-being.

Vihana Retreat emphasizes a personalized approach, limiting the number of guests for individual attention from professional clinicians and wellness staff. The program incorporates exercise, a healthy diet, naturopathic therapies, and nature immersion to reduce stress levels and encourage positive change.

Gratitude meditation, laughter therapy, pranayama, and stress management techniques are integral components, providing tools for coping and cultivating joy. This is an amazing retreat to reset your physical and mental health.

“My experience was beyond my expectations and I wholeheartedly recommend this retreat to anyone who needs a pause from the daily routine.”

Nastja (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a modest private room. The food is not vegetarian but it can be on request.

23) 8-Day Holistic Retreat with Ayurvedic Meal Plans, Massages & Meditation

 RATING: 4.9/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Vihana Retreat, Mamma Mia Inn, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: 3 Ayurvedic massages, renowned chef, picnic in the jungle

This retreat invites you to unwind, disconnect from the stresses of daily life, and honor yourself. Through the holistic practices of yoga and meditation, Vihana’s holistic retreat aims to bring you back to your center and tap into your divine energy.

Participate in diverse modalities to cleanse and re-energize your spirit and promote overall health and vitality. As part of the experience, indulge in a jungle picnic and engage in the exhilarating adventure of white river rafting.

Explore the Kunjapauri temple with a scenic hike at sunrise, go on a local market tour, and participate in the renowned Parmarth Ganga river prayer. This retreat rejuvenates your body and mind and provides opportunities to connect with nature and the cultural richness of Rishikesh.

“The owner Sandeep took really good care of us, we got amazing food each day. If you’re looking for a retreat in Rishikesh this is the place to go.”

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Stay in a modest private room and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

24) 7-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

 RATING: 4.7/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

📍 Location: Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Bhandari Swiss Cottage, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Available for an additional fee

💥 Highlights: 230+ reviews, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Karma yoga, intro to Indian philosophies

This is one of the most popular yoga retreats in Rishikesh. Inclusive for all levels, it features twice-daily group yoga and daily meditation sessions. The program integrates ancient wisdom with modern teaching methods, emphasizing holistic yoga practice including pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana.

Explore Karma yoga, various yogic kriyas, and Nidra yoga, enjoy rejuvenating massages, and visit holy shrines for a comprehensive experience.

“I liked everything, the classes, structure program, teachers, hostess, people, expedition, enviroment. I really recommend.”

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Stay in a private or shared room and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day.

25) 5-Day Balancing the Body and Mind Energies: Yin Yang Yoga

 RATING: 4.95/5 | 📅 DATES: Year-Round | 💳 BOOK NOW

Women dressed in white sitting outside at a yoga retreat

📍 Location: Auro Ashram, Rishikesh

🚌 Airport Transfer Included: Yes – from Jolly Grant Airport

💥 Highlights: Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin, yoga philosophy, evening programming

SVL Yoga’s five-day Yin-Yang retreat takes place in a beautiful tranquil setting close to the city. The program integrates dynamic Hatha-Vinyasa practices with the stillness of Yin yoga, complemented by traditional pranayama and meditation.

Connect with nature through walks, journaling, and introspection, and forge lasting bonds with fellow retreat participants.

“I liked everything, the classes, structure program, teachers, hostess, people, expedition, enviroment. I really recommend.”

Yessica (SEE MORE REVIEWS)

Stay in a private or shared room and enjoy three vegetarian meals a day made with fresh locally sourced ingredients.


FAQ

What is Rishikesh famous for?

Rishikesh, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, is considered the yoga capital of the world and known for its spiritual significance, the Ganges River, suspension bridges, Ayurveda, and its Beatles connection.

Is Rishikesh safe for solo female travelers?

Rishikesh is generally considered a safe destination for solo female travelers. However, like any destination, it’s essential to exercise common-sense precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Which month should you not visit Rishikesh?

Rishikesh is a year-round destination, but the monsoon season, typically from July to September, is considered less ideal for visiting.

Which is the best month to visit Rishikesh?

The best times to visit Rishikesh are late September to early November and from early March to mid-May. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and you can engage in various outdoor activities comfortably.

What should I wear in Rishikesh?

Dress modestly and in accordance with the cultural norms of the region. Pack loose-fitting clothing, temple attire, and weather-appropriate clothing.

Can you drink the water in Rishikesh?

It is generally not advisable to drink tap water in Rishikesh, or in most parts of India. Drink bottled, boiled, or filtered water.

How is the road from Delhi to Rishikesh?

The road from Delhi to Rishikesh is well-traveled and generally in good condition. The journey typically takes around 6-7 hours.

Can you eat meat in Rishikesh?

Rishikesh is a predominantly vegetarian and sattvic (pure and balanced) food culture. It is actually prohibited to sell and serve meat there.

How much does a yoga retreat cost in Rishikesh?

Rishikesh is generally considered an affordable destination for a yoga retreat. That being said, the cost of a yoga retreat in Rishikesh can vary widely.

Why is Rishikesh famous for yoga?

The combination of spiritual heritage, natural beauty, and the presence of esteemed yoga institutions has solidified Rishikesh as a global center for yoga and meditation.

Which is better Rishikesh or Goa?

Rishikesh is ideal for a spiritual and yoga-focused experience in a serene mountain setting, while Goa is better suited for those seeking beach vibes, nightlife, and a mix of cultural experiences.

Wrap-Up

I’m so excited for you to go on a retreat! Yoga has been such an important part of my life, as well as travel, and when you can combine the two it makes me so happy.

And even better, it looks like you will be heading to one of the most spiritually powerful destinations you could choose, the heart of the Himalayas.

The best yoga retreats in this sacred city offer not just a physical journey but a transformative odyssey for the mind and soul. From the banks of the holy Ganges to the serene landscapes, each retreat is a doorway to self-discovery.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned yogi, Rishikesh beckons with its diverse offerings, experienced instructors, and the promise of profound inner peace.

Sun setting over a city below the Himalayas

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