Holy City Rishikesh
Rishikesh; a synonym for beauty and a replica of heaven. It is the place where one will find the real peace, Rishikesh is indeed the second name of peace. There are lots in the city that will surely match your point of interest. The beauty of the place is must remembering. Presently, this small city of Uttarakhand is among the top list of every wanderer, every traveler, every nature lover, every peace seeker. every yogi. Yes! the small city carries lots in its interest bucket.
It's not easy to describe the beauty of this paradise; still a little try to do this.
Surrounded by the splendid Garhwal Himalayas, abdicated by the touch of the most sanctified Hindu River, Ganga, replete with the fragrance of burning dhoop in the temples, purified by the sound of mesmerising bhajans at Ashrams; the city of Rishikesh is literally the God's best gift.
Whatever the season is; whatever the occasion is; one will find Rishikesh replete with mindblowing glorious charms that you will surely love to post on Instagram with the hashtag of Instragammable city; Rishikesh. Nicknamed by lots of names; "World's Yoga Capital", "Adventure City of India", "Land of Gods" and so on; the sheer natural beauty and the unique demulcent landscape of the city exude peace and love. The city enchants with vibrant colors of festivals and soothing ceremonies.
The calmly flowing river of Ganga offers a peaceful environment that will help you to get rid of every issue and pain for a while. The Evening Ganga Aarti on the famous ghats of Rishikesh is the best thing you can experience in Rishikesh. Followed by bhajans, dhoop aarti, prayers, kirtan; the atmosphere that Ganga Aarti created is truly relaxing. More than this, the river also allows the famous Whitewater River Rafting on the Ganges that will surely the best among all, you had experienced yet. Apart from River Rafting; Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox are some other adventures that are taking the interest of visitors towards Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is certainly the land of culture and unmatching beauty. Whatever be the reason of your escape; you should definitely visit the city to get the real everytime; real peace, real love, real nature and real you.
Best Places in Rishikesh
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Designed with utmost art and creativity; Beatles Ashram is a famous tourist hotspot in the city of Rishikesh. The serene, solitude atmosphere of the place is certainly the best for yoga and meditation. The ashram is also known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram or Chaurasia Kutiya.
The place becomes a famous spot after the visit of the renowned band group of the 60s; The Beatles. They visited the ashram with the aim to learn and gain the knowledge of yoga with the popular yog-guru of that time - Maharishi Yogi. Since then, the ashram becomes popular with the name "The Beatles Ashram" and people (local as well as outsiders) starts finding a peaceful environment at the Beatles.
Speaking many stories and spanking much beauty; the place is just heaven. Ram Jhula, the name is famous for the hanging suspension cable bridge over the pious river Ganga. The bridge connects the area of Shivanda of Tehri Garhwal District to the area of Swargashram of Pauri Garhwal District. Both the areas are beautiful in their own way.
The area of Shivanda offers you a variety of things to add in your shopping list. The area of Swargashram connects of with the beauty, taste and spirituality.
The Parmarth Ganga Aarti is must to experience in Ramjhula. Also, don't forget to satisfy your taste buds with the palatable taste at Geeta Bhavan.
A highly spiritual place with lots of adventure activities, Laxman Jhula or Lakshman Jhula is one of the tourist hotspots in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.
The bridge of lakshman jhula built before that of Ram Jhula. This cable-suspension bridge is increasing the charm of the place. At Lakshman Jhula, one will get a variety of options for shopping including handicrafts items. Moreover, there are lots of serene place in the Lakshman Jhula where you can definitely find real peace, you might be searching for long.
The Tehra Manzil Temple (13-storey temple) at the place is consist of 13 floors and at every floor, you will witness the statue of different God with a different story.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
The place famous for Maa Ganga Aarti and Yoga; Parmarth Niketan holds a unique charm and beauty. Every year, The International Yoga Festival held here in the month of February and thousands of people witness the beauty of it.
Apart from yoga, the Ganga Aarti is another beautiful attraction of the place, in which many devotees gathered to perform the aarti and prayers. On the fast flowing river of Ganga, there is a splendid and spanking statue of Lord Shiva, which certainly increases the beauty of the ashram. Visitors can also get accommodation at the huge Parmarth Niketan Ashram, which consists of more than 1000 clean and big rooms.
One of the most serene locations in Rishikesh; Vashishta Cave is located on the banks of the river, Ganges. The place is far away from the crowd and hustle and bustle of the city life.
Simply means, the place is best for meditation and other spiritual activities, the place is best for letting go of all the disturbance of mind, the place offers an environment where you live for yourself. The place gets its name after the visit of one of the Saprishis, Rishi Vashishta and his wife, Arundhati. They meditated here for years and years with the aim to get away from the sorrow of their children's death.
The beautiful and majestic temple of Bhootnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in a peaceful location away from the cacophony of sounds.
There is a story behind this temple: "When Lord Shiva with shivgans and other Devas going to marry Devi Sati (first wife and reincarnation of Goddess Parvati), then Prajapati Daksh (father of Devi Sati) arranges the place for the Baraat to stay, that place is now known as Bhootnath Temple." At every floor of the temple, one will find the different statues related to Lord Shiva like Nandi, and so on. From the topmost floor of the temple, one will witness the aesthetic beautifully view of the Rishikesh.
Patna Waterfall, named after the small village near the waterfall "Patna". One of the best spots in Rishikesh to get relief from the massive heat of the Sun. The massive waterfall coming from the top gives a wonderful view and a great relief.
Visiting waterfall in the months of summer is better than that of winters as the water during the winter season gets almost dried and so there will be no fun. The trekking to the waterfall is something you will remember for the future. There are limestone caves next to the waterfall which also acts to make this place, a famous one.
Depicting the story of bravery, love, anger; Depicting the story of the power of God; the Kunjapuri Temple is a sacred place with immense importance. The place is among the Sidhhi or Shakti Peeths of India. It is to be said that while carrying the burned body of Devi Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) by Mahadev; the upper part of Devi had fallen at the place and that place is known to be as Kunjapuri Temple.
The way to the temple is so beautiful that it can spellbind anyone with its charm and alluring nature. It is also a trekking track for beginners. Moreover, the early morning sunrise is something, considered the best part of the temple.
Touched and sanctified with the holy water of the Ganges; the place has its own beauty and charm. The name "Triveni" means "Sangam of Three", so as depicted by the name; the place is the confluence of three pious rivers namely, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
The place is among the famous bathing Ghats and it is believed that taking the dip into the pious water of the river makes people free from all the sin and purified their body and the soul.
There is a majestic Shiva temple on the ghat. The Ghat is also famous for evening Ganga Aarti performed every day by Shree Ganga Sabha. The aarti (prayers) followed by Bhajans and Aarti make a complete atmosphere pure and energetic.
Mouni Gufa (Meditation Cave)
One of the amazing places of Rishikesh, Mouni Gufa is a must place to explore. The gufa or cave is located at the manikoot parvat (mountains) on the way to the famous and spiritual Neelkanth Temple. From the renowned Lakshman Jhula of Rishikesh, the cave is located at a distance of 21 km and at a distance of 26 km from Rishikesh. One must add Mouni Gufa in one's checklist.
The Cave is really a wonder of nature and eclat of beauty! The way to the cave passes through a dense jungle repleted with peace and serenity. The jungle around the cave is generally referred to as Manikut Kajri Van. Also, the wonderful trek of the about half an hour will make your way more exciting and interesting.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is on the top list of the trance and charm of the magical city of Rishikesh. It is among the most visited pilgrimage sites since ages. The temple is dedicated to "Devo ke Dev - Mahadev", i.e., Lord Shiva. It is to be said that this is the site where Lord Shiva consumed the poison in order to save the whole universe from getting damage.
The poison obtained during the process of Samudra Manthan (Ocean Churning), which is actually the war to get nectar among Gods and Demons. Consuming the poison turned the throat of Shiva, blue and so he is known with the name, "Neel Kanth" (with Blue Throat). The place and the route to the place is so beautiful and charming and will surely take your heart away!