This city has been a refuge for spiritual seekers long before The Beatles christened it with their visit in the 60's. Widely known as the pilgrimage town and also the 'yoga capital of the world', Rishikesh is home to myriad temples, yoga and meditation centres and a plethora of adventure activities. With an interesting backdrop of the rapid flowing Ganges river and iron-made suspension bridges (Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula), the city has also been a popular hub for travellers and backpackers alike. When it comes to food and drinks, Rishikesh remains a strict teetotaller and a vegetarian, even though you might find with great exploratory skills, a few restaurants not adhering to the prohibition. Some great restaurants and cafes include Little Buddha Cafe where you can enjoy your meals in a treehouse-style ambience. Rishikesh provides a spectacular treat to the eyes and music to the ears during sunrise and sunset, as sadhus (priests), pilgrims and tourists all around, prepare for the routine 'Ganga Aarti' with temple bells resonating all around and innumerable diyas or small clay pot lit lamps dancing over the river Ganga to that reverberating music, as religious offerings. Rishikesh warmly welcomes thrill seekers, who can try out a number of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking and rappelling. The city also annually hosts the International Yoga Festival where yoga gurus, aficionados and devotees from around the globe throng the place (popularly the Parmarth Niketan Ashram) and give various lessons and lectures on yoga, meditation and spirituality.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Rishikesh is from April to June and October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Considered to be the most popular of all the attractions in Rishikesh, the Laxman Jhula is a suspension bridge built across two banks of the Ganga River. This majestic structure was constructed in the year 1939 and has become a landmark in Rishikesh since then. Strong winds cause this bridge to sway a bit and it even vibrates when vehicles pass over it. The legend behind the bridge is that Laxmana of the Ramayana had crossed over the Ganges using ropes from the very same spot where the Laxman Jhula stands today. The view atop this bridge is stunning and one is bound to pose for a few clicks here.
Ram Jhula Ram Jhula is an Iron Bridge in Rishikesh of Uttarakhand State. Ram Jhula is found three km. above the Rishikesh town. Ram Jhula is 450- Feet Bridge on the Ganges River. It connects the Shivananda Ashram to Swarg ashram space. Ram Jhula is landmark of the Rishikesh town. Ram Jhula was a dangling jute bridge (without pillar). The bridge was created by the general public works department. The govt. designed Ram Jhula with facilitate from the Sivananda Ashram Divine Life Society). The Ram Jhula was in-built 1980. Ram is additionally referred to as Shivananda Jhula. Sivananda Ashram is one among the foremost celebrated ashram in Rishikesh. Ram Jhula conjointly features a busy market on either side. Youll be able to get gems, precious and semi-precious stones, knickknacks, clothes, puja items, CDs and tapes. There are retailers for the non secular product, ayurvedic medicines, caps, Nehru jackets, kurtas, trousers tunic, sarees and jewelry, bangles on the slim streets.
Day05:-We woke up early in the morning to see the sunrise.It was one of the most breathtaking experience of my life...After completing our breakfast we started our trek towards Gomukh,4km from Bhojwasa.It is a steep ascent from Bhojwasa.The road is full of boulders...After trekking through this ardous trail for 2 hours we reached 'there'...An indescribable joy was filling my heart as if I have conquered the world....Standing on the gomukh snout I realized why people ask to have a guide to trek upto Tapovan..There is no trail existent..You have to navigate through the glacier avoiding deep crevasses,without a guide it could very much possible that you lose your path in this glacial labyrinth.It's steep ascent,the most challenging in the entire trek..This portion of the trek examined us both physically and mentally..After reaching the top we were almost out of breath but the beauty that unfolded paid every penny of it.......We reached Heaven...At the foot of Mighty mount Shivling.....Mounibaba was gracious enough to allow us to stay in his hermitage with delicious food....
Triveni Ghat, a junction of three holy important Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy, is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is located on the banks of Ganges River. It's of perception that those that take a dip in Triveni Ghat will have release, a reduction from all sins carried out; the water right here has the ability to purify them. In the early morning at sunrise they offer milk to the river and happily feed the fish in the Ghat. A powerful view of lamps floated in the river as a part of aarti ceremony is enjoyable to eyes after the sunset. Triveni Ghat holds a big place in the Hindu Mythology and Puranas and likewise finds a point out in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It's believed that Lord Krishna visited this holy spot when he was harm by an arrow shot by Jara who is a hunter. The famous temples like Gita Mandir and Lakshminarayan temple are located on the banks of Triveni Ghat.
Neer Garh Waterfall
It is about 6 kilometer from Tapovan and 3 kms from Laxman Jhula. It is one of the most frequented waterfalls as it is the easiest to access. There is also a small pool where you can enjoy the serenity, relax by dipping your feet in cold water or even take a bath.Visit Neergarh Waterfall just after monsoon season and you will witness water cascading thousands of feet from the mountain top.Trekking through waterfalls and passing by shallow pool provides you genuine feel of nature with many species of butterfly can be seen here and the water is very clear. The entrance fee is Rs 30, and then you need to go up by mountain road.Distance (From Rishikesh Railway Station): 9 KmsCommonly Visited From: Rishikesh Railway StationTrip Duration (From Rishikesh Railway Station, Including Travel): 2-3 HoursPlace Location: 5 Km From Lakshman JhulaTransportation Options: Cab / Auto / + Walk/TrekEntry Fee: Rs. 30 per personInformation Source: euttaranchalHappy travelingFir milege kahi kisi roj ghumte firte :)
The Beatles Ashram
While the objectives were clear from the word go and we just wanted to make merry (that means drinking in spartan J), we ended up not having much. I was simply blown away by what Rishikesh can offer more. I along with my friends managed to relive what the Beatles must have and in words of a dear friend of mine, "the world has surely F*C**D itself up post that era". While its nothing out of the ordinary for the minds who don't believe in the existence of greatness but the Beatles Ashram as its popularly was the highlight of the visit.
Even during the off season, people line up on the Laxman Jhulla for a chance at digging their fork into the fluffy heart of Freedom Cafe's famous pancakes. That's not it! With great food, also comes an undisturbed view of river Ganga and soul-stirring music!Try: Banana Nutella pancake and shakshukaWhere: Behind Dr. Kothari Clinic, Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
Located hardly a few miles from Rishikesh, Shivpuri boasts of lofty hills, waterfalls and the clear greenish-blue Ganga. Apart from it's virgin beauty, Shivpuri is home to all the adventure sports activities in Uttarakhand. If you want to try living without technology for a while... try Shivpuri. Break the monotony today!!! You won't have a mobile network/ electricity/ high speed internet; but perhaps you would feel the strongest connection with yourself. The locals working there, were very welcoming too. It was fun that night at the camp as I sat with them behind the kitchen watching movies, drinking chaai.
The water descending from mountains started to splatter on and tickle our skin. We were bowled over by the mystical scenery like view, which left us spellbound. All we did in that moment was stand still, admiring the beauty of the place, feeling the breeze, and resting our brain cells.I could not wait and in the very next moment I just popped out my camera and seized the moment forever with me. (Although no photograph can do justice to what a treat it was for my eyes to witness the magnificence of the waterfalls)
Little Buddha Cafe
One of the busiest places in Rishikesh, the Little Buddha Cafe is a quirky treehouse-style cafe with tables overlooking the river Ganga. A multi-cuisine cafe that offers unlimited breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the Little Buddha Cafe is Rishikesh’s answer to the very hip joints of Kasol and Manali.Try: Pizza and the mixed vegetable platter!Where: Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple committed to Nilkanth (Lord Shiva). The temple is anchored at a acme of 1330 meters and is amid about 32 km from Rishikesh. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is advised to be one of the best acclaimed temples of Rishikesh. With temples at about every bend of the Himalayan Range, Hindu belief is carefully associated with best of these temples.The sikhra of the temple is adorned with sculptures of assorted Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the anatomy of Shivalinga is the authoritative celestial of the temple. The temple circuitous additionally has a accustomed bounce area admirers usually booty a angelic ablution afore entering the bounds of the temple.The sikhra of this temple is adorned with sculptures of assorted Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the anatomy of Shivalinga is the authoritative celestial of the temple.
Divine Caf'e & Bakery
Pick Divine Cafe for a sugar rush in Rishikesh! A well-lit space, Divine Cafe is a part of the Divine Resort, offering an appreciable variety of desserts and quick bites.Try: Tawa vegetables, red sauce mushroom pasta, ivory pastry and chocolate tart.Where: Divine Resort, Laxman Jhula, Tapovan, Rishikesh
Muni Ki Reti
I was taken away by one of the broker at the bus stand. I had a chat with him regarding the price and including activities. After discussing this with my friends, I decided to gave it a shot. So I left for Palika Parking - Muni Ki Reti, a local bus stand where his office was. After a few minutes negotiation, we settle for INR 1450 fro each including 18km river rafting, lunch, snacks, dinner, next day breakfast, night camping by river side and off course transportations.
After crossing Laxman Jhula, there is a temple of Trayambakeshwar. This 13-storied building is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva as the name Trayambakeshwar means the same, ‘The Abode Of Three-Eyed’. The temple is believed to be one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Its top terrace offer bird eye view of the city. I couldn't afford to missed it.
Day 1: Gurgaon to Rishikesh
Ate at Madras Cafe which I find has some really awesome food in terms of both South and North India. Simply love the South Indian Thali and Filter Coffee of this place. Though service can be "strange" at times but I love this restaurant so much that I ignore it.
The 60's Cafe
Overlooking the beautiful Ganga, this cafe is dedicated to the Beatles, an English rock band. From pictures of the fab four, to a huge wall panel done up with vinyl records, this place spells old world charm like no other cafe in Rishikesh.Try: Rice flour crepe filled with onion, tomato, zucchini and mozzarella cheese.Where: Paidal Marg, Tapovan, Hanuman Mandir, Rishikesh
Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh town, Bistro Nirvana hits the right groove with its soothing music, warm service and pleasing staff. Elevated tables with cushioned bench seating and a shaded patio, Bistro Nirvana is guaranteed to please your taste buds with its multi-regional food offerings.Try: Cheese Cromosque, Hello To The QueenWhere: Near Green Valley Cottage, High Bank area, By pass road, Rishikesh
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
The Beatles Ashram or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram (locally known as Chaurasi kutia ashram)is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh. It is placed on the bank of the Holy river the Ganges and it lies within the range of beautiful Rajaji National Park of Uttarakhand.