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Rishikesh

Overview of Rishikesh

Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is an international tourist destination where devotees and travelers from around the world come in search of peace. The city houses numerous temples and ashrams that offer yoga and meditation courses to many people. Many foreigners visit Rishikesh to learn yoga and meditation. Besides, the massive river Ganga that flows through the city creates a spellbinding scene of the city spreading positive vibes around the city.  The famous Triveni Ghat of river ganges witness evening Arti that creates a magical scene.

The vibrancy on the banks of river Ganga is highly alluring and lifts your spirits making you all energetic and happy. Yes, happy is the word that you would feel there at the Ganga Ghat.

The town became famous majorly after 1968 when the legendary rock band Beatles visited the town for learning meditation in Rishikesh. The media coverage made the simple town of Rishikesh highly famous and since then yoga and meditation is even more practiced there. The town has those altering vibes that helps people transform their being and go back changed and better. There is no reason not to visit Rishikesh and if the spirituality is not something that you are seeking, wahite water rafting at the Ganges will definitely allure you to this heavenly destination.

Adventure Activities in Rishikesh

White Water Rafting- Rishikesh is travelers’ paradise and to add to its awe, it offers the best white water river rafting on the river Ganga. This experience is solely commanded by Rishikesh. You can’t get away without experiencing this thrill if you visit Rishikesh. The best months to participate in rafting are March-May and September to November.

Bungee Jumping- Gather your wits to enjoy this thrilling experience at Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh. There is a provision of Bungee Jumping here at Jumpin Heights. It is once in a lifetime experience to jump from the height of 83 meters straight down on the river. Safety is ensured here.

Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing are some of the other activities in which you can participate.

Places of attractions

Ram Jhula

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

A very popular site in Rishikesh, Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge across the river Ganges. The bridge connects Sivnanada Ashram to Geet Bhawan and other temples located in Swarg ashram. The bridge holds a religious importance for the people of Rishikesh and for those who come on pilgrimage voyage to Rishikesh. It is a lively bridge wherein crowd keeps crossing it every now and then to go from west to east and vice versa.

Things to do at Ram Jhula: Visting The Place

Laxman Jhula

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

A little smaller than Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula is a pedestrian footbridge that is also used by motorbikes. Located on the suburbs of the city, the bridge is one of the iconic landmarks of Rishikesh.

Things to do at Laxman Jhula: Visting The Place, Rafting

Geeta Bhawan

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Once you visit Rishikesh, there is no way you can ignore this place. Geeta Bhawan is a large complex located at the river from on the banks of holy river Ganga and offers a comfortable stay for devotees who come here on pilgrimage. The complex has several discourse halls and thousand rooms to stay inn. The best part about the Bhawan is that devotees from across the country gets to stay here for free and gets to attend various meditation sessions.

Things to do at Geeta Bhawan: Visting The Place

Triveni Ghat

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

The most popular and sacred Ghat of river Ganga, Triveni Ghat witnesses the huge flock of devotees every evening to attend the evening Arti or prayer dedicated in the name of goddess Ganga. The evenin scene here at Triveni Ghat is exquisite and extremely thrilling as you feel awakened and energetic by mere attending this prayer.

Things to do at Triveni Ghat: Visting The Place

Beatles Ashram

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Beatles Ashram or Maharishi Yogi Ashram got all its fame and relevance when the band members of legendary rock band Beatles stayed here for a while in 1968. However, after that the ashram was abandoned in 1997 but revived by the Forest Department and converted into an eco-friendly tourism destination. Nature walks, bird watching, and a visit to the ashram are on offer for an entry fee of Rs 150 for Indian nationals and Rs 600 for foreigners

Things to do at Beatles Ashram : Visting The Place, Bird Watching, Hiking

Neelkanth Mahdev Temple

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

A famous pilgrimage site near Rishikesh at a distance of 32 km from the city, Neelkath Mahadev is beautiful temple. The temple is located on a scenic hill at an altitude of 1330 meters and is visited by numerous devotees every day.

Things to do at Neelkanth Mahdev Temple: Visting The Place

Rishikund

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

A holy pond located near Ragunath temple in Rishikesh is surrounded by tall coniferous forest. The pond reflects the image of the temple all the time and legend has it that the pond was built by saint Kubz and was blessed by goddess Yamuna by filling the holy water in the pond. Therefore, the pond has religious importance and is considered sacred.

Things to do at Rishikund: Visting The Place

Vashishta Cave

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Legend has it that it is the cave where saint Vashisht of hindu mythology meditated here for years and is considered sacred by the believers. The cave is now used for practicing meditation by many.

Things to do at Vashishta Cave: Visting The Place

Raghunath Temple

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Ragunath temple is a famous pilgrimage site in Rishikesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and goddess Sita and is important for religious ceremonies that take place here during the dusk. The Arti is quite impressive and vied for in order to attend it.

Things to do at Raghunath Temple: Visting The Place

Trayambakeshwar Temple

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Trimbakeshwar Temple, also known as Tryambakeshwar is one of the legendary ancient dedicated to Lord Shiva. The ancient temple is located in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India.

It was built in ancient times by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). You can reach Trimbakeshwar Temple from nasik road which is 40 km and 28 km from the city of Nashik.

The popularity of the temple can be judged by the fact that it is counted among the pious twelve Jyotirlingas. Besides, this the much revered Godavari River finds its origin near Trimbak.

Things to do at Trayambakeshwar Temple: Visting The Place

Weather in Rishikesh

The climate of Rishikesh is humid sub tropical due to the presence of River Ganga. The temperature in summers varies from 20 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. You can avoid visiting there in monsoons due to heavy blast or rain that the town faces. Winters are pleasant and real cool in December and January.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit the town almost all year round except the chilly months of December and January. Best months to visit when temperature is pleasant are April to October. However, avoid visiting during heavy monsoon months of July and August.

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How to Reach

Road

Rishikesh is well connected with roads from almost all major cities. You can either take a private bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh, the holy city of Uttarakhand.

By Rail:

Rishikesh is also well connected through railways. A train Hemkunt Express can take you directly to Rishikesh railway station from there you can reach your hotel or ganga ghat from taxi.

Air

Closest Airport is at Dehradun named as Jolly Grand Airport. From the Airport you can reach Rishikesh by taxi to enjoy your jungle safari.

Places to visit in Rishikesh :
Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Geeta Bhawan, Triveni Ghat, Beatles Ashram , Neelkanth Mahdev Temple, Rishikund, Vashishta Cave, Raghunath Temple, Trayambakeshwar Temple
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