Rishikesh, one of the most tranquil places in northern India, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s, Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres, and therefore is rightly called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Situated 15 miles upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of a Rishi (saint), hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally known as centres of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation.
Volunteers get an extraordinary work experience and see the life & culture of local inhabitants living in hilly areas up close and personal. Volunteers can also opt for river rafting and bungee jumping during the weekend and spend evenings in the beautiful cafes located on the banks of river Ganges with the magnificent view of river and hills. BEYOND BORDERS has its accommodation for the volunteers in a guest house in the heart of the city and also at the kids project location (about 6 miles further up in the Himalayas).