Rishikesh is a small town in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. The peaceful environment here is best for meditation and yoga. This is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage and also gateway to the World Heritage site Valley of Flowers National Park. This is the best place for adventure seekers and is known as the Adventure Capital of India. Rishikesh is believed to be the site where Vishnu defeated the demon Madhu.
The main places to visit in Rishikeshare:
- Triveni Ghat: This is the most admired sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh. It is in this holy place where three important Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy meet. There is a belief that by taking a dip in the water at this ghat you can wash away all the sins and purify the soul and will have salvation. Maha Aarti is performed daily morning and evening here in this ghat.
- Trayambakeshwar Temple: The temple has 13 stories and different deities throughout. It is located on the east of the Ganges.
- Bharat Mandir: The 12th century Mandir was built by Adiguru Shankra Charya. The temple has an idol Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram and above the idol there is Shree Yantra installed by Adi Sankaracharya.
- Ram Jhula: Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge constructed recently between Shivananda Ashram and Sawargashram. From the bridge the scenic beauty of Ganges and its surrounding areas can be very well enjoyed.
- Lakshman Jhula:This is a 450 feet long iron suspension bridge made over river Ganges to cross the river. One of the main landmarks of Rishikesh. It is believed that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the places where this bridge is built. As from Ram Jhula Lakshman Jhula also provides us spectacular scenic views.
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: The temple is located at about 12 kms from Rishikesh. On the top of a hill at a height of 1675 m is the sacred temple known as ‘Nilkanth Mahadeo’ dedicated to Lord Shiva. The belief existing here is that the venom that oozed out while the ‘Samudra Manthan’ was ingested by Lord Shiva at this place.
- Vashista Goofa: A perfect peaceful place to meditate in Rishikesh. The place is about one hour drive from Rishikesh. It is in this cave the saint vasishtha believed to have meditated.
- Swarg Ashram: This is a scenic spot situated at the foothills of Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh and Laxman Jhula. It is the place where famous Yogis and Rishis have been doing the Tapasya from ages.
- Parmarth Niketan. This is one of the few Ashrams left in India where Kids get the Veda Education.
- Rajaji National Park: The National Park is distinct for its rich bio-diversity and natural scenic beauty. A real paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Park’s main inhabitants are elephants, tigers, leopards, ghorals and deers.
The main things to do in Rishikesh include; White Water Rafting, Camping in Rishikesh, Rappelling(climbing down with a rope), Rock climbing, Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Trekking, Bungee Jump(a jump from 83 meters just above a natural river), Study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy, etc.
To reach Rishikesh, the nearest airport is in Dehradun and the nearest railway station to Rishikesh is Rishikesh railway station. The best time to visit Rishikesh would be the months of February, March, August, September and October.
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