Famed as the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ and a major gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh in all its glory; spiritual and natural, at the foothills of the Himalayas. It has a perfect blend of divinity and nature’s tranquility, which attracts thousands seeking wisdom, adventure and religion. This can be best witnessed at the 15 things to do and touirst attractions, which turn out to be the many faces of Rishikesh.
Most prominent amongst them is the Triveni Ghat; the famous bathing ghat, located at the heart of the city. Pilgrims in numbers of hundreds visit this spot at the early hours of the morning to offer their prayers. The Ghat dons a different makeover as soon as the evening falls. An aarti ceremony, accompanied by lights, chanting and drums takeover the sacrerd ghat.
As Rishikesh gains huge limelight for its divinity, its attractions within the city lines, strictly talk about religion. Therefore the next prominent spot is the highly sacred ‘Rishikund’. It is located close to the Triveni Ghat and draws a lot of attention of the tourists.
Rishikesh has numerous temples and ashrams situated on the banks of river Ganga flowing along the city. In order to make it to the temples, tourists make use of a suspension bridge, known as ‘Laxman Jhula’. The bridge is among the very famous tourist attractions in Rishikesh, and is named after Laxman, Lord Rama’s younger brother.
Similar status of divinity is held by ‘Ram Jhula’, which is located on the outskirts of the city. In the context of temples, tourists can consider visiting Bharat Mandir, Tryambakeshvar temple, Tera Manzil temple and Neelkanth Mahadev temple. Swarg Ashram, Geeta Bhavan and Sivananda Ashram are also the major tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is one of the prominent tourist places in Uttarakhand which lures a large number of tourists from all over the world. The best places to visit in Rishikesh are:
Triveni Ghat: It is the biggest bathing ghat in Rishikesh and is the confluence point of 03 holy Indian rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Lakshman Jhula: It has its significance in the most popular Hindu Mythology, Ramayana. It is popular among tourists for shopping and other activities such as rafting.
Ram Jhula: It is also a suspension bridge similar to the Lakshman Jhula. It connects Sivananda Ashram and Swarg Ashram. Gita Bhawan and Parmarth Niketan Ashram are situated on the one end of the bridge.
Beatles Ashram: It is located in the Swarg Ashram. This ashram was closed in 1997 consumed by the forest department. Still, there are some buildings such as meditation cells and lecture halls are there where people can witness of the glory of the ashram. In February 1968 Beatle stayed here to learn yoga and meditation. After the Beatle's visit, Rishikesh came in limelight throughout the world for yoga.
Parmarth Niketan: It is situated in the Swarg Ashram area, is a very popular Ashram for evening Arti on the ghats of river Ganges. It is a venue of International yoga festival that takes place every year in March.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: The Temple of Lord Shiva located at a distance of 31 kms from Rishikesh. This Temple also offers hiking opportunity for hike lovers apart from its accessibility by road. Temple Timings: 05 AM to 01 PM and 04 PM to 09 PM.
Sivananda Ashram: Sivananda Ashram is also known as Divine Life Society. It is located near Ram Jhula. There are numerous activities performed by the Ashram such as Yoga Meditation, plus it offers basic accommodation facility to live in Ashram and there is also a hospital.
Bharat Mandir: Bharat Mandir Temple situated at the center in Rishikesh and near the main market. This is one of the oldest temples in Rishikesh. The deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu and the Temple has small museum. (Temple Timings: 05 AM to 11 AM and 3 PM to 09 PM).
Geeta Bhawan: Geeta Bhawan is Ashram located in Swarg Ashram area. The ashram has large complex with discourse hall and offers accommodation for tourist looking for economic stays.
Swarg Ashram: Swarg Ashram is area between Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh. This place is well known for various famous ashrams, beautiful surroundings and divine living.
Tera Manzil Temple: Tera Manzil Temple has 13 floors. Each floor has many small temples with different deities throughout. It is located near the Lakshman Jhula.
The top things to do in Rishikesh are:
- Yoga and Meditation in Ashrams or on sandy beaches of River Ganga.
- In the evening participate in Aarti ceremony on the ghats of river Ganges. The popular Aarti at Parmarth Niketan ashram.
- White water rafting in River Ganges. In 02 nights and 03 days you can complete the rapids from Level 01 to Level 04.
- Trekking / hiking and camping in the resorts by the Ganges or in the hills.
- Other activities are kayaking, Bungee jumping, Rock Climbing, River Rappelling, Cliff jumping into the river etc.