14 Famous Places to Visit in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a holy city situated in the state of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh declared as cultural heritage along with its neighboring city Haridwar. The town is also known as the capital of Yoga all around the world. It is situated on the banks of Ganges and is believed to be a center for meditation and yoga. Millions of people visit this city as a tourist due to the variety of beautiful landscapes and adventure sports this place offers. Also, multiple famous tourist destinations are making it a center point for all.
The city is easily accessible by all means of transport. The nearest airport situated in Dehradun from where one need to travel through road. The city has its railway station. Many buses offer overnight travel to reach the city from various destinations.
There are various places which you must visit and experience when you are in Rishikesh. Some of them are listed below.
Triveni Ghat Rishikesh
Triveni Ghat is a confluence of three rivers namely, The Ganga, The Yamuna, and The Saraswati. The most important event of this ghat is Aarti of Goddess Ganga also known as Maha Aarti. When thousands of lamps are lit along the bank of the river, it’s utterly mesmerizing. Maha Aarti at Triveni Ghat is a daily event which can experience every evening.
Other destinations of interest near Triveni Ghat are three temples, Geeta Mandir, Lakshmi-Narayan Mandir and Bharat Mandir. The ghat also adorns a market where you can find various gems and puja items. You can also savor some local delicacies like chaat and sweet items.
This place has an ancient tale associated with it. It goes like this that when Lord Krishna was hit by the arrow shot by Jara, he came to this place. Hence, this is also considered as cremation ground for Lord Krishna.
The pious atmosphere created during evening Aarti is almost mesmerizing. You can hear the shanks and the bells all around. Amid these loud sounds, you will feel an enticing peace that is created by the spiritual soul of the place. People are seen offering flowers and incense sticks along the banks while pujaris are busy doing the Aarti of Goddess Ganga.
If you want to experience the real Rishikesh, then you must visit this place. Although it has a paid entry and that too for a limited period of one hour, it’s worth the price. Inside this Swarg Ashram, there are various other ashrams and temples. People go there to do meditation and other religious activities. It was established in memory of famous Saint Kali Kamli Wala and is located beside Ram Jhula. You can visit different stores where you can buy religious and yoga related materials and books.
This is a suspension bridge connecting Tehri and Pauri district. Its traces go back to ages of Ramayana. It is said that Lakshman crossed this river Ganga on a jute rope and that jute rope was available until the later years. Only after 1924 when it washed away due to floods in the area, then this suspension bridge was built to connect the two districts. This bridge offers a panoramic view of the river. This bridge is known for its architectural marvel and strength.
Ram Jhula is an another massive suspension bridge built in Rishikesh. Unlike Lakshman Jhula, this bridge is in the heart of the city. It connects Shivanand Ashram with Swarg Ashram and has an attractive market for little things you could buy as a souvenir from the place. It was built in 1980 by the Indian government with huge aids from Shivanand Ashram. Hence it is also called Shivanand Bridge. You can also find Beatles Ashram, Yog Niketan, Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan in its vicinity.
It is a pious natural hot water spring located near Triveni Ghat. The place offers a calm and cool atmosphere which makes it ideal for tourist to comes and relax here. There is a legend behind this location. It was said that Kubz was granted this pond with blessings from goddess Yamuna that she will keep this pond filled with her holy water all the year around. It is in the vicinity to Raghunath Temple which dedicated to Lord Rama and Sita.
It is a complex within the vicinity of Swarg Ashram. It offers a place for a holy dip in river Ganges. Also, one can avail basic needs like food, bath and ayurvedic medicines at very nominal prices in this complex. These facilities are offered free of cost to Saint visiting. This place is a hub of learning about Hinduism. There are free lectures and teachings offered about Hindu culture in this complex. Also one can buy various Hindu epics like Ram Charit Manas and Bhagwat Geeta at very nominal prices at bookstores located in this complex. They also offer a free boat service to take a dip in Holy Ganges.
Parmath Niketan Ashram
It is the largest ashram located in the city. It is part of Swargashram and offers almost around one thousand rooms for the devotees. It is known for its serene and calm atmosphere. The daily activities of the ashram include morning prayers, Yoga, and meditation classes, Satsang and Kirtan followed by Maha Aarti of river Ganga. This place also offers nature cure and ayurvedic treatment. All this makes it an ideal location for getting out of busy city lives and heal your soul and spirit.
Neer Gaddu Waterfall.
Near to Lakshman Jhula, there is a waterfall situated on the highway to Badrinath popularly known as Neer Gaddu Waterfall. This waterfall can be reached by taking a little trek. The refreshing water of this natural waterfall will make you fall in love with this place. You can enjoy the nature in the presence of a plethora of butterflies which are the natural habitat for the site. The small trek of around two hundred meters, do not tire you and also works to add that jest of adventure your trip. While you enjoy your experience with the fresh, natural water in two small bath pools beside this fall, you can also order small snacks like noodles and tea from nearby situated shop which helps complete your visit.
Tera Manzil Temple.
Tera Manzil, as the name says, it is a thirteen flooring temple which houses various idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on each floor. One can experience mesmerizing sunset from the top floor of the temple. The temple is of particular interest for tourists as it symbolizes the Hindu culture and its beliefs.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.
Neelkanth Mahadev is a temple located near three valleys offers a panoramic view. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Neelkanth is the name given to him which symbolizes his blue throat. When the devas and asuras were churning ocean bed for amrita, the poison evolved in that process was drunk by Lord Shiva. He did not swallow it completely and held it on the way to this throat. The poison hence turned his throat blue with its effect. Hence the name Neelkath. The visitors visit this temple to offer their prayers to the Lord and also enjoy the scenic view from the temple. This temple symbolizes the exact spot where Shiva drank the poison.
Haridwar is the twin city located beside Rishikesh and is of pilgrimage importance in Hindu religion. Located just twenty kilometers from Rishikesh, makes it a must visit destination when someone comes to Rishikesh. As its name says, its is considered at the doorway to heaven, the God’s land. You can experience various places like Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Shanti Kunj, Maya Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple, Pavan Dham, Vishnu Ghat, etc. on your visit to Haridwar.
It is located nineteen kilometers from Rishikesh and is a center of various adventure camps available in the vicinity. Shivpuri means the locality of Shiva. And as Lord Shiva is famous for his tranquil habits, one can also indulge in various activities to rejuvenate himself in this place. You can attend yoga and meditation session. Participate in various adventure activities like jungle walk, cliff jumping, river rafting, beach camping and various other adventure sports.
Byasi is a small village located on the banks of river Ganga. One need to drive around twenty kilometers to reach this place. This place again offers adventure sports and beachside camping options. Surrounded by scenic view one can enjoy the nights in the camps around the Bonfire. The locales also offer activities like volleyball, waterfall trekking, etc.
Muni Ki Reti.
Muni Ki Reti is another ashram situated near Rishikesh like Swarg Ashram and Shivanand Ashram. People visit here to learn about yoga and meditation. It is considered as a place where sages use to meditate hence the name. It has another legend attached to it. It is considered as the place where King Bharat did penance. Muni Ki Reti has got easy access from the city due to the construction of Ram Jhula. One can also reach here by a sharing auto within almost twenty minutes.