Places to See in Rishikesh
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Following is the list tourist places in Rishikesh. These are some of the popular tourist spots in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat: Evening aarti of Goddess Ganga is performed at Triveni Ghat. Triveni is a bathing Ghat where people wash their sins by taking a dip in the holy water of sacred Ganga River. It is believed that the three streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are flowing together underground at this point. Pinda Shradha is also performed at Triveni Ghat.
Bharat Mandir: The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, situated near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called 'Basant Panchami'.
Rishikund: Rishikund literally suggests the sage's pond. It is believed that the waters of the Yamuna drenched this pond on the request of Kubz saint. Shani mandir is also situated at Rishikund.
Laxman Jhula: Lakshman Jhula is on of the main attraction of Rishikesh. It is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed Ganga River on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze from the river.
Ram Jhula: Ram Jhoola connects Swargashram with Shivananda Ashram. Several ashrams are located near Ram Jhoola. Ram Jhoola is bigger than Laxman Jhula and even more picturesque.
Geeta Bhawan: Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes situated by the side of Laxman Jhula on the banks of sacred Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan is dedicated as a Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common public. Building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.
Neelkanth Mahadev: Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during 'Sagar Manthan' which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva.
Tera Manzil Temple - It is one of the most famous temples in Rishikesh. The temple is visible from Haridwar-Badrinath Highway.
Kaudiyala: is a small village, which is situated a few kilometres away from Rishikesh. Kaudiyala is also known as the white water river rafting capital of India and is well known among the various tourists for its adventure sports.
Lakshman Temple: It is believed that Lakshman performed Tapa at the site of this temple. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman made a twing bridge near this temple on their way to Himalayas. The main attraction in this temple is the Rishi Kund, where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana.
Vashishta Gufa: is a famous attraction for meditation, located at the bank of River Ganga, this gufa is situated at a distance of 16 km from Rishikesh. It takes about an hours drive on the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway to reach Vashishta Gufa. For the adventure seeker, this place provides with camping facility.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple: is located on a hillock around 15 km away from Rishikesh. This temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known among the travellers as it gives a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset from the greater Himalayan peaks.
Ashrams in Rishikesh
- Parmarth Niketan: Across the Ramjhoola Bridge stands the mammoth Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The ashram has hundreds of rooms. It conducts many religious programmes. Foreigners can stay only with special permission.
- Sivanand Ashram: Modestly started by Swami Sivanand as an ashram, it has today grown into the Divine life Society with branches in India and abroad. The activities of the society include studies of Vedanta and Yoga, a hospital and the production of herbal medicines.
- Omkaranand Ashram: Located above the Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram is also known as the Durga Mandir. The organisation runs a school, maintains several temples and conducts classes in Sanskrit, Hindi, music, classical dance and English at the Omkaranand Vishvakul at Muni-ki-Reti.
- Swargashram: One of the oldest ashrams in Rishikesh, its founder Swami Vishudhanand was also known as the 'Kali Kamli Wala' (One with The Black Blanket). Today the Kali Kamliwala Kshetra is a mammoth organization embracing many activities.
- Other important ashrams includes: Vanprastha Ashram, Ved Niketan, Dayanand Vedanta Ashram, Vanmali Gita Yogashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.
Activities in Rishikesh
- White Water Rafting: Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May are ideal for rafting.
- Camping, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Trekking
- Bungee Jumping: You can try bungee jump at Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh. It is located 15 km ahead of Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Neelkanth road. It is a unique experience in India, a jump from 83 mtrs just above a natural river and have the time of your life.
Some of popular yoga centres in Rishikesh are:
- Himalayan Yoga Gurukul: (Bhuwan Chandra Yoga & Music School), Next door Swargashram Police Post, Ram Jhula
- Rishikesh Yog Peeth: (Registered Yoga School & Ayurveda Center), Krishna Cottage, Swargashram, Ram Jhula (near Chotiwala Restaurant)
- Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh: Rishikesh Swargashram Ramjhula (on tha way to Parmarthniketan near boat stand)
- Ved Niketan Ashram:
located near Swatgashram, Ram Jhula. It has Yoga Iyengar general class
and 15 days intensive Master One courses by Iyengar yoga certified
teacher Yogi Prakash Dabhekar.
- Instituion for Higher Meditative Consciousness: Certified Yoga and Meditation classes and Vedic teaching by IHMC.
- Braham Yoga Rishikesh: Managed by Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust ( Central Govt. Of India) Aham Brahamasmi Yog Mandir Trust (ABYMT) is a trust in Rishikesh dedicated to promote Yoga & health awareness for General Public.