Rishikesh, is a holy city for Hindu’s situated at the foothills of the Great Himalayan Mountains and alongside the Holy River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is a well-known city all around the world as the city is popularly known for the center of meditation and “Yoga Capital of the World”. Along with this, this saintly city is also known as “Land of Yogis” as this is one of the holiest pilgrim centers of the Country for Hindu’s. You will be amazed to hear the holy chants and sounds of bells coming from several temples and ashrams built alongside the river Ganges. People from all over the Country visit this place to take a holy dip in the Ganges as it is said that a dip can wash away all the sins done precisely by a person. The whole city is surrounded by lush green hills from all the three sides which offer splendid views and a place rich in flora and fauna.
Not only a place of worship however, Rishikesh is also well-known as “Adventure Capital of India” as the city offers so many adventure and water sports activities to the travelers that it attracts millions of tourists every year. You may choose to go for Bungee jumping, River rafting, Treks, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Yoga and meditation, Mountain biking and many more which makes Rishikesh a top adventure place in India. Along with this, Rishikesh has numerous outmoded café’s which serve mouth-watering local and international cuisines with an amazing view of the lush green hills surrounding this mystical city.
Rishikesh, is one of the oldest cities of India, which is connected with Lord Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu who visited this place for mortification after killing demon Ravana as stated in the Ramayana and the place is also connected with the time of Mahabharata. In addition to this, Rishikesh is one of the best cities to celebrate festivals like Holi and Diwali as all the ghats are decorated with colorful Diya’s which light up the whole city and holy river Ganges. You can also choose to visit this city during the great International Yoga Festival which attracts a lot of Yogis and saints from all over the country and people from different parts of the world.
Custom Tours India, would like to have you with us for your upcoming tour of India so that we can take you around Rishikesh and beautiful destinations nearby. Below mentioned places are the top sightseeing places in Rishikesh.
Laxshman Jhula is one of the popular destinations in Rishikesh located in the city center. As the name suggests, Laxshman Jhula is a bridge made up of iron and is 450 feet long that connects two different sides of the city separated by holy river Ganges. As per legends and Hindu mythology texts, the brother of Lord Rama, Laxshman visited this site and crossed the holy river. The area is well-decorated with several temples from where you can hear the bells and chants of different mantras and slokas.
Triveni Ghat is one of the ghats present in Rishikesh alongside the holy river Ganges however, Triven Ghat is the biggest ghat in the city which attracts every tourist and devotees coming to Rishikesh as the place is perfect spot to witness the magical evening Ganges Aarti. Devotees come here to take holy dip in the Ganges which purifies them with all their sins. Along with this, devotees offer milk in the holy river and feed fishes. In the evening, the place is decorated with diya’s which makes this ghat refreshing and beautiful.
The Beatles Ashram is one of the popular ashrams of the city as the famous British band The Beatles lived here in the year 1986 in the search of peace and to meditate. The bank wrote several songs getting inspiration from this place and meditated in the temple nearby. The ashram is situated on a cliff which makes this place truly magnificent. The place has an ancient temple, kitchen, home, galley, cafe and colorful painted walls.
Ram Jhula is the second bridge which connects ashrams on both sides of the river Ganges and is similar to the popular Laxshman Jhula. The bridge is made up on iron and is 750 feet long. You can enjoy walking on the bridge and enjoy the beauty of lush green hills along the rushing Ganges.
Neer Garh waterfall is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls present in Rishikesh. The rushing stream of water falling from a huge cliff of rock surrounded by lush green hills and amazing view of river Ganges. In order to visit the waterfall, you need to trek for 2 kms which passes through the dense forest.