Located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas,
the town of Rishikesh abounds in temples and ashrams. The world famous
pilgrimage town is perched at an altitude of 1,360 ft a.s.l. According
to the Hindu mythology, Rishikesh is the place where Lord Vishnu crushed
demon Madhu. This is also the place from where begins the holy
(covering Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri).
Abounding in natural beauty, the town of Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) proves
to be an ideal destination for tourists interested in
travel and adventure sports. The ashrams of Rishikesh are renowned the
world over for the study of spiritualism and meditation.
- 27 Kms from Haridwar (Uttarakhand)
Near by Attractions
- Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie
Best Season Visit in Rishikesh
- Throughout the Year
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Prime Attractions of Rishikesh
For all tourists heading to northern India,
Rafting in Rishikesh
Water Rafting in Rishikesh
is a major attraction. Since, rafting
is a sport which can be enjoyed by the whole family, tourists arrive in
Rishikesh in huge number. It doesn't matter whether you are a newbie in
the field or a skilled rafter, Rishikesh offers rafting opportunities
for all. With the assistance of professional rafters and trainers,
can be a lot of fun. While rafting along the
, you can also feast your eyes upon the scenic sights that
welcome you on the either side of the river.
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It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in
Rishikesh. Built back in the year 1929, the Lakshman Jhula
is actually a suspended bridge. As per the Hindu traditions, it is
believed that Lakshmana (Rama's brother; Rama is the hero of epic
Ramayana) crossed the river here with the help of a jute rope. Apart
from for its mythological significance, the bridge is also visited to
soak up the panoramic views of the surroundings.
Ashrams in Rishikesh
The prime tourist attractions in Rishikesh are the
ashrams. The town is dispersed over with a number of ashrams, world
renowned centres for spiritual studies and lessons on meditation. Some
of the most popular and much visited ashrams in Rishikesh include
Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram,
Vanprastha Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditation
Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.
The temple was laid down by Adiguru Shankaracharya
around 8th century AD. One of the most ancient in Rishikesh, the temple
occupies a position on the banks of the Holy Ganges. An idol of Lord
Vishnu stands in the inner sanctum of the temple.
It is the place where tourists can witness Hindu
pilgrims in hordes. Pilgrims from all across the country arrive here to
observe a holy dip in the Ganges. The scene however becomes surreal as
hundreds of pilgrims flock to the ghat in the evening to attend the
Ganga Aarti, an important ritual to worship the Ganga. Hundreds of diyas
afloat the River Ganges add much to the sight.
Yet another suspended bridge in Rishikesh is the Ram
Jhula. The bridge serves as the connection between the Shivanand Ashram
and Swarg Ashram. It is dedicated to Ram, Lakshmana's elder brother.