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Rishikesh is world famous place for Yoga and teaching of Yoga, as per estimate more than 1000+ school running for yoga in area and almost 120+ countries people keep visited those school for the Yoga teaching. Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.
Rishikesh, over the years, has become extremely popular as the top spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus (saints) and there are numerous ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. With the tourists coming in, there has been a surge in the number of cafes and restaurants in the town and there a lot of cafes serving English and American food and beverages. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is a multitude of options including White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site. Rishikesh is a must visit for everyone visiting India to truly experience something new.
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Experience Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 7 kms
The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the river Ganga that connects two villages, Tapovan in the Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in the Pauri Garhwal district. Located 5 kilometres to the northeast of the town Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the entire bridge is made up of iron, is 450 feet long and is situated at the height of 70 feet from the river. The Lakshman Jhula is extremely well known amongst tourists because of the rich mythological associations that are connected with the bridge. It is widely believed that Lord Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, had crossed the river Ganga at this same site, where the bridge now majestically stands for all to see.
The construction of the bridge was completed in the year 1929, and presently, the Lakshman Jhula acts as an adjoining bridge across the river, along with the old route to the sacred shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. In the present day scenario, the Lakshman Jhula is visited by thousands of tourists each year not just because of its ancient origins and religious sanctity, but also due to the recent developments that have taken place around the bridge. Grand temples and famous markets have sprung up in the vicinity, and the entire area is a now a particularly renowned attraction in entire Rishikesh.
Important places around the Lakshman Jhula include the Terah Manzil temple, the Lakshman temple, and the Ram Jhula. The entire area is imbued with a mystic, serene and holy feeling to it. It is common to find people here profoundly submerged and engrossed in their religious traditions and meditations, as the entire area resonates with the sounds of the enchanting mantras and shlokas from the temple. All in all, a short visit to the temple is one filled with religious worship and tranquillity, both beautifully rolled together and amalgamated into one.
Experience Time: 3 Hour
Distance: 6 kms
Also popularly known as the Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, the Geeta Bhawan is a vast and spacious complex that is located on the banks of the river Ganga in Swargashram in Rishikesh, at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The Ashram is renowned as an important institution that preserves Hindu literature since it houses the Gita, which symbolizes the Hindu Vedas and epics. The Geeta Bhawan is visited by a large number of people each year, who flock to here to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, listen to the discourses and meditate.
Other than airy and large discourse halls, the ashram also has over one thousand rooms that are available free of cost for the devotees to stay at. The pious devotees are also served with simple vegetarian food and Indian sweets at nominal prices during their stay at the Geeta Bhawan. Be it a mere two-hour visit to the ashram, or a stay there for a few days, the experience imbues the devotee with tranquillity, peace and devotion.
The visitors gladly indulge in the devotion of the River Ganges every evening, and the bathing ghats in front of the Geeta Bhawan offer them with an opportunity to take a holy dip in its waters. The ancient Banyan tree that is located within the complex is also worthy of notice since this spot has been the site of penance for numerous saints. All in all, the Geeta Bhawan comes across as a place that is overflowing with religious fervour and calmness, and is a must visit while in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is also a brilliant spot for white water rafting. Other adventure activities include mountain biking, canyoning and even bungee jumping. However, the rates and availability differ from season to season.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva as Neelkanth is his another name. This temple is located around 7km from Swarg Ashram and the route is a 3 hour long walk along a forest path.
Another way to reach here is via Lakshman Jhula. A taxi might also take you there for a reasonable price. Pilgrims offer water from Ganga to this temple.
Experience Time: 2 days
Distance: 2 kms
Rafting in Rishikesh particularly is hands down the best; one could endeavour in India. From the gifted natural circumstances to the top professional assistance, the place has just the best to offer. There are some certified operators, whose safety arrangements are well in place, and there are customised packages for camping and rafting at Rishikesh. Your food, water and rafting arrangements are taken care of by operators if you want a stress free outing. If you want to look into matters yourself, you can also make your arrangements while you're there. The peak season sees Rishikesh pretty crowded, so you can keep a check over that detail when you are planning.
Experience Time: 2 Hour
Distance: 4 kms
Situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Triveni Ghat, as per its name, is the spot of the confluence of the three sacred rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. These rivers are considered extraordinarily pious and pure in the Hindu religion and are celebrated by every follower of this faith. It is believed that a dip in the holy waters by Triveni Ghat can purify you and cleanse you of all sins, worries and fears. Many followers of the Hindu religion believe in the magical powers of these waters. The experience of walking into the widely worshipped River Ganga- letting the powerful yet calm waters surround you, feeling each droplet of water tingle against your skin as it sucks away your stress and all your worries, the transcendent ability of the water to let you feel at peace and sensing each sin being washed away under the gentle caress of the Lord's smile- is an experience of a lifetime and one you must not miss.
Triveni Ghat plays an essential role in Hindu Mythology and is also mentioned in the epics Ramayan and Mahabharat. They say the great Lord Krishna was shot in the leg by an arrow shot by Jara- a hunter at this very spot. The Triveni Ghat is also where the chattri of Lord Krishna was constructed. In fact, the ghat is considered to be the cremation ground for the great Lord Krishna.
To sit by the banks of the mighty River Ganga, relaxing as the cool breeze ruffles the steady waters and then gently runs past us, the sun smiling at the waters and making them sparkle in the light as the tall trees and shrubs double up in the mirror water; is indeed a sight for sore eyes. The picturesque view of the sunset is magnificent. Along with the holy dips, the devotees also make offerings to the river in the form of milk, while feeding the fishes in the Ghat too.
Distance: 37 kms
The resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, Piran Kaliyar Sharif is a famous dargah located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. It is a place of great spiritual energy as well religious unity with both Hindu and Muslims being ardent visitors to the dargah. It is one of the most important Muslim shrines in the India and is equally cherished by the Hindu populace of the region.
Just 20 km away from Haridwar, Kaliyari village is a secluded place in the Himalayan ranges hosting the dargah of Alauddin Ahmed Sabir. The place is thronged by millions of devotees, both Hindus and Muslims who are attracted by the spiritual energy of the place and the fact that it considered to fulfill one_ã_s wishes. Besides the dargah, there is a small village which too is a nice place to explore and observe the culture and livelihoods of the region.
Distance: 74 kms
Located in the holy city of Rishikesh, the Shivanand Ashram is a heaven on earth, guiding people toward spiritual peace and happiness. This serene abode of Saint Swami Shivanand is maintained and administered by an organization called the Divine life society. It is one of the favourite places for visitor out to spend some time meditating and living between nature and the divine authority. The place is an ideal religious yoga and meditation centre. Situated near the Ganges, the holy river of India and Ganga Vatika, the ashram is a beautiful and very calm place to be. The satsangs, feast and yoga sessions are well arranged, and the ashram is well maintained.
Sivananda Ashram now offers a course on yoga and meditation classes every day except Sunday. Apart from that, publication of books, pamphlets and magazines are also undertaken with an aim to rival the scientific aspects of yoga and Vedanta, universal religion, philosophy and ancient medicine, all over the world. Various cultural and spiritual conferences, discourses and training are also held periodically. This institution established by the revered saints is doing all it can to bring about quick moral and spiritual regeneration in the world.
River Ganges follows nearby the ashram, carrying with itself the message of seers and sages long gone, keeping the connection between past and the present intact. This relaxing environment around the premises, opposite the holy river and amidst the lush green of the valley, yoga lovers can indulge in their passion and further enhance their spiritual knowledge.
Rishikesh is famous for thousands of saints and saadhus and there are various popular ashrams where you can head out to in order to take their blessings and teachings.
Swarg Ashram and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram are the most popular ashrams here. Ramdeo Baba also has his own ashram there where he practices and teaches Yoga. Lacs of devotees come here every month to learn his teachings. Among other Ashrams, there are Omkarnanda Ashram, Guru Bhramashram and Parmarth Ashram.
Experience Time: 1 day
Distance: 13 kms
If you are an adventure seeking soul, then Rishikesh offers you one of the best professionally managed bungee jumping in India. With an impeccable safety record, their operation and equipments are very safe. The bungee jumping spot is situated about 20 kms from main city and proves to be a most thrilling experience of your life.
Distance: 22 kms
At 380 m high, Kaudiyala is a popular rock climbing destination surrounded by dense forests. It also offers white river rafting tracks, and the sports is organized by the camping facilities around the place.
Experience Time: 7 days
Distance: 42 kms
Since past many years, the region and the trail has been able to maintain its raw beauty accompanied by virginity and tranquility of the place. The gushing streams, pristine glaciers and splendid landscape adds charm to the beauty of this already beautiful place.
Regarded as one of the most strenuous and difficult trek of north Uttarakhand, the route of Jadh Ganga Trek was taken by Heinrich Harrer and his companions during May 1944 while escaping the prison in Dehradun. They traversed the Aglar valley followed by going over Nag Tibba ridge, they ultimately arrived at Nelang in Jadh Ganga. From there on, they proceeded further towards Naga, Sonam, Dosindhu, TIrpani and finally Pulamsunda. They, then ascended upwards along the first tributary of Jadh, the Mendi, to reach Tsangchok La, which they crossed seven after leaving Dehradun.
Another kind of adventure awaits you if you decide to go further towards Mana Pass and Saraswati Tal and finally terminating the trek at Badrinath Temple. Tiring yet exhilarating, the trek is an experience you will cherish throughout your life.
Founded by Adiguru Shankaracharya in 12th century, the shrine houses Lord Vishnu carved out of a single piece of Saligram. The inner canopy of the temple contains Shree Yanthra.
The architecture and interiors of the temple has been detailed in the ancient record of Kearkhand. The present structure was reconstructed on the ruins of the original temple destroyed by Tamur. Excavations have yeilded many old statues, ancient pots and coins from this site.
Experience Time: 6 days
The alpine meadow of Kuari Pass has been attracting backpackers from around the globe for decades. Being in close proximity to Nanda Devi biosphere, Kuari Pass is at the center of the most remarkable regions of Garhwal known for its unique wild grandeur.
In the background below the valley is the entrance to the formidable Rishi Gorge which until 1934 was considered un-penetrable. Kuari Pass is at a relative moderate altitude of 12,200 feet. The beautiful camping grounds of Gulling, Chitrakantha & Tali are the key attraction of the trek. The trails leading from Tali Top to Kuari Pass gives an impression of doing a full scaled Himalayan alpine expedition in truck loads of snow.
Situated near Purani Jhadi in Rishikesh, Swami Dayanand Ashram was established in 1960s by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. The centre facilitates yoga and meditation practices and a tiny temple in the complex is meant to offer pooja. The massive yoga hall provides umpteen courses on yoga and meditation.
Ganga arti in Rishikesh is unlike any other arti ritual held to worship the holy Ganges. These artis are usually attended by a number of devotees and tourists. The rituals are authentic and provide a highly soulful and peaceful experience. Those seeking a divine escape are often drawn to these rituals held in Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganga.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram is a spiritual haven and an abode dedicated to the welfare of all living beings. The Ashram is located on the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the holy Ganges and provides facilities to help pilgrims attain their spiritual goals by making their journey a memorable one through Yoga, Ayurveda, Universal Prayers, Meditation, Satsang, Kirtans, Ganga Arti, Spiritual/ Cultural programs and lectures, etc.
Distance: 5 kms
Initially known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, the Beatles Ashram was named so after the Beatles visited the ashram in 1968 to get trained on the advanced techniques of Transcendental Meditation. The ashram is now an eco-friendly tourist attraction located in the Rajaji National Park and offers a serene ambience located close to the mesmerising River Ganga. It is one of the attractions that is sure to take one close to nature. People, therefore, visit the attraction for soothing nature walks, trekking and bird watching sessions too.
Shivpuri is a picturesque town located on the foothills of the Himalayas. It has a thrilling rafting stretch amidst beautiful natural surroundings and is, therefore, famous for River Rafting. The town is often referred to as the River Rafting destination in India. It also has a number of camps that draw tourists pretty often for a weekend getaway from nearby cities.
An iconic landmark, Ram Jhula, built in 1986, is a suspension bridge that runs across the sacred River Ganga connecting Shivananda Nagar to Swargashram. The bridge spans 750 feet and is a splendid work of engineering that connects the religious ashrams situated on both sides of the river and offers a splendid bird?s eye view of the mighty Ganges and the serene nature at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Rishikesh is a major hub of Yoga Centres in India. The serene location so close to nature, the unpolluted air, its highly religious & spiritual significance and a good number of Yoga institutes ensure a soulful and a healthy vacation away from the chaotic, fast-paced, stressful lives. It is a perfect destination for those seeking ways to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul.
Distance: 10 kms
Neer Garh Waterfall is a beautiful narrow stream of cool water cascading down a rocky terrain in the midst of a dense green forest. It requires trekking a distance of about a kilometre through the forest and down a cliff to reach the waterfall. The trail is exciting and a perfect activity to do before entering the waters for a cool soothing dip in one of its pools.
Swarg Ashram is a spiritual abode built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand who was fondly known as Kali Kamli Wala as he was always seen wearing a black coloured blanket. Located in the lap of nature, along the banks of the majestic and holy Ganges, the ashram is a famous yoga and meditation centre where one can find peace through religious activities, spiritual practises, meditation, holy chants, arti rituals, etc.
Distance: 0 kms
Rishi Kund is a natural hot spring pond which is considered as a sacred water body in the town. The pond is believed to be filled with water only after a sage was blessed by River Yamuna. Locals also believe that Lord Rama had bathed in the kund during his exile and that the rivers, Ganges and Yamuna meet each other at this point. No matter what the legend is, the pond has a serene vibe that cannot be missed while here.
Jumpin Heights is a famous extreme adventure zone in Rishikesh perfect attraction for adventure freaks seeking to get their adrenalin pumping. Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing are some of the adventure activities that one can go for in the midst of clean, fresh air and serene lush greenery on the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.
Enrolling in Cooking Classes in Rishikesh is the best way to learn and master the art of Indian cuisine. These classes are extensive and provide knowledge about the variety of Indian spices and its use. Most of these classes specialise in authentic vegetarian dishes made with fresh produce sourced from the region. Some classes may also include a visit to a local family to explore their kitchen and get a gist of the traditional methods of cooking.
Distance: 8 kms
Spa & Wellness centres in Rishikesh offer a variety of therapies including rejuvenation and relaxation treatments. The centres offer extensive treatments and massages with the help of traditional Ayurveda and Yoga along with other spiritual stress-relieving activities. Enrolling for one of the treatment packages is one of the best ways to spend a vacation in the holy abode of the Ganges.
Muni ki Reti is a religiously important pilgrim centre near Rishikesh considered as the gateway for the pilgrimage of Char Dham. It, therefore, has a number of ashrams providing basic facilities for the pilgrims to help them on their spiritual journey. Muni ki Reti literally means the 'sand of the sages' and is believed to be the place where King Bharat performed penance.
Distance: 16 kms
Vashishta Gufa is an ancient cave where the human son of Lord Brahma, Sage Vashishta meditated. A legend states that the sage was extremely depressed after losing all his children and decided to commit suicide, but River Ganga didn?t allow him to die. He, therefore, decided to stay and meditate in the cave. The cave houses a Shivalinga and is maintained by the Purishottamanand Society.
Anand Prakash Ashram is a perfect sanctuary for spiritual seekers that functions on holistic, non-sectarian teachings, also known as Akhanda Yoga. The ashram was co-founded in 2007 by Yogrishi Vishvketu and provides necessary facilities, healthy environment and appropriate guidance to nourish the body and soul through Yoga.
Andhra Ashram is a unique ashram managed and run by a bunch of South Indians in Rishikesh. It was established in 1930 and founded by Shree Sachchidananda Saraswathi. The sanctuary houses Sree Chandramouleshwara and Sree Venkateswaravari Temples and a number of south Indian festivals are celebrated at the holy abode on the foothills of the Himalayas with great enthusiasm.
Himalayan Yog Ashram is a centre for Himalayan Yoga Training and holistic healing through Ayurveda in the midst of serene, unpolluted surroundings. Several spiritual seekers have commenced their spiritual journey through their programs and practice the routine under the expert guidance of Yogi Ram who is also the founder of the ashram.
Madhuban Ashram offers budget stay options along with a Yoga centre, a Health Centre and a Restaurant in Muni Ki Reti. The Ashram ensures the pilgrims are comfortable and have a peaceful time while they commence their spiritual journeys in the picturesque location, which is also considered to be the gateway of the pilgrimage of Char Dhaam.
Nirmal Ashram was founded in 1903 by Mahant Buddha Singh Ji Maharaj. It is a charitable institution and a spiritual destination perfect for those seeking a spiritual break. The ashram runs two schools, an Eye Institute and a Hospital. They also conduct regular spiritual tours and programs for the pilgrims visiting Rishikesh in the search of nirvana.
Distance: 11 kms
Phool Chatti Ashram is a century-old ashram located on the banks of the holy Ganges and surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges. It is located on the pilgrimage route and offers pilgrims a safe and spiritual environment to stop by. It was founded by Shree Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj, and today, has all the modern amenities to ensure the guests have a comfortable stay and a highly spiritual experience through their programs.
Distance: 9 kms
The only place to learn Osho Active Meditation in Rishikesh, Osho Ganga Ashram is a spiritual sanctuary for those seeking to nourish and tune their body, mind and soul. The ashram has workshops and extensive programs that teach stress relieving and relaxation techniques through meditation, massages, yoga and spiritual activities.
Sadhaka Grama Ashram is a non-profit ashram founded in 2002 by Swami Veda Bharati and it functions on the teachings of a master from the Himalayas, Swami Rama. It is the headquarters of the International Association of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Societies. The quaint little ashram specialises in the science and art of Yoga Meditation and also conducts extensive research and publications in the domain.
Located in the complex of the Swarg Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram is a quiet little spiritual escape that was founded by Baba Kali Kamli Wale. The ashram provides accommodation with modern amenities for a comfortable stay along with spiritual activities to calm the troubled soul. The ashram has a beautiful little garden with pathways, seats and lush green well-maintained lawns that offer a peaceful atmosphere for meditation and self-contemplation.
Virbhadra Temple is a 1300-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in his fierce avatar which he took when his wife Goddess Sati, jumped into a burning yagya kund, to immolate herself because they were dishonoured by her father Daksha Prajapati, when he didn?t invite them for the yagya. The festival of Mahashivratri, the most important one, is celebrated at the temple with great enthusiasm each year. A fair or a mela is also held at the temple on this occasion.
The opulence of the majestic Himalayas, the clear waters of the Ganges and the mesmerising beauty of the adjoining forests make Rishikesh the ideal spot for adventure sports like camping and rafting. The hill-town brings to you the world class camping experience with umpteen camping and rafting services available in the area.
Omkarananda Ashram is a spiritual centre located at Muni ki Reti on the banks of river Ganges. The ashram helps its devotees attain peace, solace and tranquility through yoga, meditation, spiritual talks and aartis. The most popular exercise here is Iyengar Yoga. It also has branches spread out as schools, temples and religious institutes, all over Uttarakhand.
Perched atop the Kunjapuri hill, Kunjapuri Devi temple is a revered Hindu place of worship dedicated to Goddess Parvathi. Besides being one of the fifty two Shaktipeeth in Uttarakhand, the shrine is popular for its mesmerising locale which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Shivalik range and the majestic peaks of Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch.
Trimbakeshwar Temple or Tera Manzil Temple is the thirteen storey temple situated on the banks of river Ganges in Rishikesh. Located right opposite the Lakshman Jhula, the temple enshrine several deities under one roof. Popular for its striking architecture, the temple also offers panoramic landscape view from the top of its 13th floor.
Located at 30 kms from Rishikesh, Byasi is a tiny village on the banks of river Ganges in Uttarakhand. The quaint little village popular for water sports and adventure tourism owing to the demography of the region, dirty white sands to laze and camp and the favourable flow of the river which facilitate easy rafting and camping activities.
Raghunath Temple is a revered Hindu temple situated near the Triveni Ghat in the heart of Rishikesh city in Uttarakhand. Dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife Mata Sita, the shrine holds significant religious importance. The temple premises also house a tiny pond (kund) which is known as Rishikund.
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