Many popular tourist hubs are gradually becoming the victims of Irresponsible tourism, Rishikesh’s story is no different, a place which has great historical and religious relevance is steadily losing its individuality and uniqueness to mass, commercialization and careless tourism.
Anti-social behavior of tourists is affecting Rishikesh severely such as dressing inappropriately in sacred places, boozing, spoiling local customs, disrespecting people’s living spaces, Polluting, trampling and littering, with little financial benefit for local people and huge environmental destruction.
Yoga capital Rishikesh is revered among every age group individual for multiple reasons:
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (Beatles):
Rishikesh catapulted to western acclaim when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram where they had practiced contemplation here for weeks and made a few excellent tunes. Ashram (closed till Dec 2015) has been reopened to the public.
The popularity of Rishikesh among youthful era cannot be underestimated, it is in demand for its different adventure exercises, such as Bungee jump, Water rafting, Camping, Cliff jumping, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Trekking etc.
Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, there are numerous religious myths and history related to this place, it has numerous sanctuaries and spots of devout significance such as, Shatrughan Mandir, Sivananda Ashram, Bharat Mandir, Gita Bhavan, Laxman Jhula, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Trayambakeshwar Sanctuary, etc.
With yoga becoming a worldwide phenomena, Rishikesh is in the spotlight as one of the finest destinations to visit for the Indian art of yoga and spirituality. This devout and notable town, which is additionally called Yoganagari, has been home to countless holy people, rishis and spiritual seekers over the years.
This global recognition of being the Yoga Capital of the world has driven people from across the globe to grab positivity from this earthly land of sages. But due to this alternate boost towards irresponsible tourism the reputation of Rishikesh is at stakes. It is an individual’s responsibility to be a responsible tourist and an organizers responsibility too to spread the awareness.
Getaway to Char Dham Yatra:
It is a useful gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra ideally begins from Rishikesh. Gangotri, Yamnotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are the Char Dham of Uttarakhand.
Above are the major reasons which promote mass tourism in Rishikesh. As it is said, with great demand comes great responsibility. So, are tourists Responsible?
Yes! A few of them are capable, their endeavors merit appreciation, but majority of them are careless and don’t consider a tourist place as their own homes because nobody would exploit their own home.
How incredible a giver is nature, everything it has it shares with us, its rains, its winds, its snow, its sunlight and sometimes the mixture of all these, still what does it gets in return? A reckless and Irresponsible tourist?
So, let’s pledge to become a responsible tourist and follow these guidelines: