Located at a distance of 24 KM from the Haridwar, Rishikesh is another popular holy destination in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Rishikesh is located into the southernmost foothills of the Shivalik hills and in the laps of the lower Himalayas. Lined along the holy River Ganga is wonderful and breathtaking here which improves the beauty of the place. Rishikesh is very beautiful as the surroundings are pleasant and made it all the more attractive by incredible greenery and amazing atmosphere. The beauty of the major attractions of the city is quite unlike from other tourist destinations. Being dotted with a number of temples, Rishikesh is flock by Hindu pilgrims and foreigners who set out to the Ganges to purify them from their sins. This place gas many divinity and ashrams soaking in the holistic environs, Rishikesh is a major attraction for those seeking spirituality.
Rishikesh is rightly titled as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ Rishikesh has many ashrams organizing yoga camps across the year. Apart from being famous for Yoga camps, this place is popular amongst adventure enthusiasts and offers a number of adventure activities in Rishikesh. White water rafting is a major attraction of this amazing city and allures many adventure lovers from all across the globe. The experience of white water rafting is just amazing here that appeals the tourists to visit the Rishikesh again and again. Last but not the least, people come to Rishikesh to learn and practice Yoga at the different ashrams and Dharamshala here. Rishikesh is a sacred city and thus, the denizens of this place believe in religiously following a vegetarian diet, and you won’t find alcohol anywhere. Thus, you would find a large number of vegetarian restaurants in Rishikesh.
Visit in Rishikesh
If you are planning holiday in Rishikesh and wondering which places to visit, then read on to get Rishikesh sightseeing details. Here is the list of tourist places in Rishikesh that you must pay a visit:
One of the most famous hanging bridges built over River Ganges, Lakshman Jhula is a popular attraction for tourists and devotees come here in Rishikesh. As per the folklores, erstwhile this bridge used to be a rickety and jute one, which was used by Lakshman (younger brother of Lord Rama) to cross the river. But, the present iron version of the bridge was constructed in the year 1939. While going across or standing on bridge, you can capture spectacular views of the Ganges.
The next bridge is the Ram Jhula in Rishikesh. This bridge built across Ganges River is made of iron and looks very similar to the Lakshman Jhula. It is also called Shivanand Jhula as it was built to pave way from Swarg Ashram to Shivananda Ashram.
Bharat Mandir to its name suggests, this temple is not dedicated to Lord Rama’s brother Bharat. It houses an idol of Lord Vishnu, which is said to be carved out of a single 'Salagram' or sacred round stone. As per legends, this temple was built by Adiguru Shankracharya during 12th century. Bharat Mandir is situated on the banks of the holy River Ganga and known as one of the ancient temples in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat is a kilometer-long bathing ghat where numerous devotees come to take holy dip in River Ganges. This ghat is located at the convergence of three holy rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. One thing that you shouldn’t miss while being here is the evening aarti, when the convergence turns into a spectacular view of diyas floating on the river.
Swarg Ashram is basically a small temple complex, which is situated 5 km upstream from Rishikesh. In the premises of the ashram, one can see a number of temples and several shrines. Each of them depicts a various Hindu deities. Each temple has a priest who takes care of the shrine and the temple.
Situated at an elevation of 1675 meters on a hill above Swarg Ashram Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple in Rishikesh. It is surrounded by dense forests, charming valleys and stunning rivers, making the location picturesque and amazing. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who kept poison in his throat emerged from churning of ocean.
Beatles visited Rishikesh In February 1968 to attend a meditation session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was this visit that changed the world’s prospective for spirituality of India. They wrote various songs during their visit and most of which became very popular and commercial success. This is an off-the-beaten-track sightseeing place that offers absolute fun to the guests.
Located about 19 km away from Rishikesh, Shivpuri brings the chance to enjoy the adventurous sports for the visitors. There is a temple built in this area dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Rajaji National Park, Jumping Heights, Rishi Kund, and Kunjapuri Devi Temple are some of the popular places to visit near Rishikesh.
March-June, Warm, but pleasant, due to the snow from the Himalayas
July-September, Moderate rainfall
Annual rainfall -162 cm
Sights of Rishikesh