Rishikesh is a famous tourist destination in the Dehradun district of the state of Uttarakhand, known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. This city is about 27 km north of Haridwar. And 43 km from the capital Dehradun. It is situated in the South-East.
It is considered a pilgrimage city and one of the holiest places for Hindus. In ancient times, sages and sages did meditation, yoga and prayer here.
In the year 2015, the then Tourism Minister had given the title of ‘Twin National Heritage Cities’ of India to the city of Rishikesh and the city of Haridwar. If you are planning to visit Rishikesh, then we tell you about the places to see here.
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Laxman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge over the river Ganga, which connects Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district. Laxman Jhula is located at a distance of 5 kilometers to the north-east of Rishikesh city.
The entire bridge is made of iron and is 450 feet long and situated at a height of 70 feet from the river Ganges. At present it is closed for traffic.
Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama, is believed to have crossed the river Ganges at this place, where the bridge is now built for tourists.
Laxman Jhula was built in 1929. Important places around it include Thirteen Storeyed Temple, Laxman Temple and Ram Jhula etc.
Triveni Ghat situated on the banks of river Ganga is the confluence of three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
These rivers are considered exceptionally holy and pure in Hinduism. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy water at Triveni Ghat purifies one’s inner self and frees one from all sins, worries and fears.
During the evening aarti at this Ghat, a wonderful view is seen which provides spiritual peace. When you go to visit Rishikesh, do attend the world famous Ganga Aarti and visit the floating lamps in the river.
Vashishtha Cave is an ancient cave where sage Vashishtha, the human son of Lord Brahma meditated. According to legends, the sage was extremely depressed after losing all his children and decided to commit suicide but the river Ganges did not let him die. So, he decided to stay in the cave and meditate. There is a Shivling in the cave.
‘Swarg Ashram’ which is in Rishikesh was built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand. He is also known as Kali Kamli Wala because he always wore a black blanket.
This is the oldest ashram in India situated between Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Tourists gather to watch the sunset from this ashram. There is a fee of only 300 rupees for doing yoga and meditation here.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is 12 km from Rishikesh city. It is situated far away. This temple is situated within 1670 meters in Sylvan forest. It is considered to be one of the holiest Shiva temples in India and one of the best religious places to visit in Rishikesh.
This temple depicts the saga of Samudramanthan. There is also a fresh water spring in the temple, in which the devotees take a bath and go to worship in the temple.
Initially this ashram was called the ashram named after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was named Beatles after the Beatles visited the ashram in 1968.
It is now an eco-friendly tourist attraction located in the Rajaji National Park and offers a serene setting near the river Ganges, where people sit and meditate. Apart from this, nature walks, trekking and bird watching sessions are also a center of tourist attraction.
Indians have to take a ticket of 150 rupees and foreigners have to take 600 rupees to enter the Beatles Ashram.
‘Rishi Kund’ is a natural hot water tank, which is considered a holy water body in the city. It is believed that a sage filled this pond with water after being blessed by the river Yamuna.
The local people also believe that Lord Rama took bath in the kund during his exile and the Ganga and Yamuna meet each other at this place. Tourists visiting Rishikesh definitely take a bath in Rishi Kund.
River Rafting and Bungee Jumping
If you like adventure and want to enjoy something offbeat, then you can enjoy river rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh.
There are some certified operators for rafting, who provide good security arrangements. The bungee jumping spot is located about 20 kms away from the main city which can prove to be the most thrilling experience of your life.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, which is 35 km from Rishikesh. Is at a distance of.
One can go to Rishikesh from Dehradun via bus or taxi. Apart from this, Rishikesh can also be reached via bus from Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi. Daily buses ply from these places to Rishikesh. The nearest railway station to Rishikesh is Haridwar which is 25 km away from here.