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.
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
Neer Gaddu Waterfall is around 4 kilometres away from Laxman Jhula, and about 6 kilometres away from the Rishikesh main market. From the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway, there is small hilly road to reach Neer Gaddu Waterfall. The entrance fee to the waterfall is as follows:Below the age of 12 – Rs. 20Above the age of 12 – Rs. 30
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.
For dinner, we were looking for a quirky place where we usually would not have dined, if we were in Mumbai. Somebody suggested “Freedom Café”. So we started searching for this place. It was around 10.30 pm, the walk to the cafe through Laxman Jhoola was a bit of a scary experience. The lane towards the restaurant was very narrow and seemed creepy, but the recommendations given by others gave us some courage. The restaurant had an Indian style sitting, on the banks of the river. The view of the river from the restaurant was very pleasant. The place was conquered by hippies who were engrossed in playing and singing Bollywood Retros on the Guitar. It was an amusing experience to enjoy the music on the banks of the river. The crowd joined in for the music too, well, who would miss on Sayonee and Maaeri.
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.
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.
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.
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.