Rishikesh is a town, a tehsil and a municipal council in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is also known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' as it is located in the foothills of the Himalyas. Almost 25 kms north of the city Haridwar and 43 kms in the southeast of the capital Dehradun. Rishikesh is the 7th largest city in the state of Uttrakhand.
Rishikesh is famous for its ashrams, ancient temples, ghats, hindu rituals and ceremonies, yoga, spirituality and magnificent views of the most Holy indian River the majestic Ganges. Rishikesh is also the 'Yoga Capital of the world'. Every year during the March month one week long International yoga festival is hosted by Rishikesh.
Because of these reasons Rishikesh is frequently visited by many thousands of International travellers and pilgrims. This is one place where you can easily loose your self and experience the real peace of mind The Nirvana.
Rishikesh is also known for the sangam of Rivers Ganges and Chandrabhaga. With the magnificent views of the Jungle sheathed hills Rishikesh has been attracting many yogis, sages, rishis, sanyasis and other pilgrims from ancient times, the perfect place to practice Yoga and perform other religious rituals and to find inner peace. Rishikesh is also considered as the Gateway to the Char Dham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri). Every year thousands of people visit Rishikesh in search of peace including many famous personalities like The Beatles, Kate Winslet, Prince Charles with wife Camilla and many more. Rishikesh is believed to be the perfect place to acquire "Moksha"(the transcendent state attained as a result of being released from the cycle of rebirth.) by deep meditation.
Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage sites in India that are widely revered by Hindus. It is believed that a journey of char Dham can cleanse your soul. The char dham as(Badrinath, kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri)is the ancient times was defined by the Pandavas as the place where people can cleanse of their sins. It comprises Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram. It is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit Char Dham during one's lifetime.
Rishikesh is also famous for adventure sports and for last few years has became a hub for adventure activities like Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Bungee Jumping and Jungle Safari. Thousands of Rafting entusiasts gather every year in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also called the Rafting Capital of India. "Camping in Rishikesh" is also quite popular among the young and adventurous. "Riskhikesh Rafting packages and prices " are quite reasonable too.
Getting to the Spiritual land of Rishikesh is quite easy. It is about 250kms from Delhi. You can easily reach Rishikesh through Road or Railways. It would take you approx 6-7 hours by road. You can take a train to Haridwar from the Old Delhi Railway Station and then you can either take a bus or a connecting train to Rishikesh which takes around 40-45 minutes. The culture of Rishikesh is nourished with the mythical stories associated with this place. According to Hindu Mythology, In Rishikesh Lord Vishnu killed the wicked demon Madhu, that's why it is also called 'Hrishikesh', another name of Lord Vishnu.
Rishikesh is also famous for Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula, the two suspension bridges that links the town with the highway right over The Holy Ganges. The bridges are named after the Hindu gods Lord Rama and Lakshmana from Ramayana. It is believed that Lakshman performed deep penance here and crossed the river here with the help of a jute rope. Rishikesh is divided loosely in many parts like Shivanand Nagar, Muni ki reti, Tapovan and Swarg Ashram, Pashulok Barrage, 14 Bigha, Dhalwala and Shisham Jhari.
From Ram Jhula you can either take a boat or just walk on the bridge to cross the river, Walking over the bridge, you can feel it vibrate and sway to the wind. There are numerous shops of clothes, exotic stones, astro gems, replicas. The locals sell wheatballs to feed the fishes, this practice of feeding fish is considered good in the Hindu Mythology. On the other side of the bridge there are many big ashrams here such as Swarg Ashram, Gita bhawan and Parmarth Niketan.
Every single evening a beautiful Ceremony called the Ganga Aarti is organized at the Triveni Ghat. Here Hindu priests performs 'Ganga Puja'. Thousands of people come to witness the epic Pooja and give their offerings to the Goddess. The magnificent aura, the Vedic hymns and the floating lamps will create such an enchanting atmosphere that would spellbound indian and even visitors out of the country to join the prayers.
There are many "Hotels in Rishikesh" where you can properly blend around the surroundings. From cheap to extra comfy and extra expensive , many different options are available and you can pick whatever suits you the most.
Rafting at the Rafting Capital of India is something every adventure lover craves for and since rafting is a sport you can enjoy with the whole family therefore large number of tourists arrive in Rishikesh every year. "River Rafting in Rishikesh" is very popular. Whether you are a newbie or a skilled rafter anyone can raft in Rishikesh with the assistance of Professional trainers. You can feast your eyes with the enchanting beauty of The Ganges and the mesmerizing sceneries surrounding the river.
There are numerous "places to visit in Rishikesh". Triveni Ghat is the biggest ghat in Rishikesh. Triveni Ghat is situated near the main Market. According to a legend, in ancient times this place was the confluence of three Holy rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati that's how it came to be known as Triveni Ghat. A great place to take a bath. This place really gives the insights to the spiritual beauty of Rishikesh. Everyday Ganga Aarti is organized at ghat in the evening which presents a very enchanting and hypnotic view of this place.
This bridge is built over the river and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh. It is a big iron suspension bridge which is about 4kms far from Rishikesh. This bridge is built enroute from Rishikesh to Devprayag and connects the borders of areas of Tehri and Pauri. The bridge is named after Lakshman who crossed the river here with the help of a joute rope.
Parmarth Niketan is located in the Swarg Ashram area. The Ashram has enough rooms for both devotees as well as tourists. Every year The International Yoga festival is orgainized in the Parmarth Niketan. The Ashram is popular among the visitors.
Ram Jhula is similar to Lakshman Jhula which is also a suspension bridge. At the one end of the bridge Sivananda Ashram, Niketan Ashram and Omkarnanda Ashram and the other end has Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at 12km from Rishikesh and at a height of 1670m. It is considered as one of the most sacred Shiva Temple in India and one of the best religious place to visit. According to the legend, Lord Shiva meditated here when he consumed the poison came out of the sea-churning. The throat of Lord Shiva turned blue because of poison and so the name "NEELKANTH MAHADEV".
This temple is one of the oldest temples in Rishikesh. Lord Vishnu is the deity of this temple and has an idol carved from a single piece of black stone. It is named after Lord Rama's brother Bharat. It is believed that Raibhya Rishi made penance here and as a result Lord Vishnu appeared here to bless him.
Swarg Ashram is situated between Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh. This place is well known for various famous ashrams, beautiful surroundings, healthy and divine living. Parmarth Niketan, Gita Bhawan, Bhootnath Temple and many other intresting places are part of the Swarga Ashram area. You can reach here via Lakshman Jhula by walk or by road via Beraj.
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is also called Beatles Ashram and got globally acclaimed after the visit of the famous Beatles. The calmness of this place will enchant you. A quite session of Meditation will make you fall in love with its spiritual beauty.
As the name suggests Tera manzil Temple has 13 floors. Each floor has many small temples with different deities throughout the Temple. It is situated near the Lakshman Jhula. This temple is also called Trayambakeshwar Temple.
In Hindu Religion, Kunjapuri temple is a temple of immense importance. It is located at 1676m on a hill. Kunjapuri temple is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths in Uttarakhand. It is believed that the temple is constructed at the place where the chest of burned Sati had fallen while Lord Shiva was carrying her remains to the Kailash.
Vashistha Gufa is the place where sage Vashistha along with his wife meditated for hundreds of years. Vashistha was the human son of Lord Brahma and one of the Saptarishi. Vashistha Gufa is surrounded by the Gular Trees and the Holy Ganges is a perfect place to put yourself out of misery and find spiritual energy.
A natural hot water spring. Rishikund means "Pond of the Sages" is one of the most important places to visit in Rishikesh. It is believed a righteous Sage named Kubz did a hard penance in the result he was granted a blessing by Goddess Yamuna who promised to stay in Rishikesh forever. It is located near Triveni Ghat. Visitors from all over the country visit this place to offer their and prayers to Goddess Yamuna and seek their blessings.
"Rishikesh Tour and Travels" includes a jungle safari at Rajaji National Park. Rajaji National Park is spread over a straggling area of more than 820 square kms. Surrounded by the beautiful Shivalik Ranges of the Himalayas in the Uttarakhand. You can take a walk around the nature in its purest form and delight in the beautiful landscapes and panoramic views of the distant Himalayan ranges while you relax here.