Rishikesh is one of the holiest cities in the Himalayas, it is known for its Aashram and Meditation centres. Located places worth visiting are Ramjhula, Laxamana Jhula, Paramrth Aashram, Swarg Aashram, Geeta Bhawan, Shiva Nanda Aahsram, etc.
Rishikesh is commonly known as the Yoga Capital of the world. The area covered by Rishikesh is 11.20 sq km. Basically Rishikesh is the holy city banks of river Gangesh. This holy city, part of Dehradun district is called Devbhoomi and is considered as the doorway to the Himalayas.
Ancient history suggest the existence of Rishikesh in the legendary “Kedarkhand” regions. In mythological sciptures Lord Rama meditated and accomplished penance at this place after he executed Ravana. Lord Rama’s younger brother, Laxmana cross the ‘Ganga’ from here due to which the well-liked ‘Laxmana Jhula’ was constructed. Initially, Laxmana Jhula was build from jute rope. This rope bridge was quite unsafe and was replaced with the strong iron-rope bridge in 1889. Due to floods in 1984 the bridge was damaged and finally replaced with the stronger delay bridge.
Best places in Rishikesh
- Triven Ghat
- Bharat Mandir
- Laxmana Jhula
- Ram Jhula
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
- Swarga Aashram
- Rafting in Rishikesh
- Rajaji National Park :
It is the most well-known bathing ghat, where the majority pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done commonly in the early mornings, with the pilgrims offering prayer and milk at the Ghat and feeding the fish in the water.
Bharat Mandir `
Near the Ghat, is the temple known as Bharat Mandir said to be the oldest temple in Rishikesh Uttarakhand here built by the Adi Shankaracharya. This 9th century temple has the deity of Lord Vishnu carved out of a single back stone popular as Saligram, and is placed in the inner chambers of the temple.
2 kilometers from “Swarg Ashram”, is the well known Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge ‘450 feet’ long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram’s younger brother Lakshman, it has temple dotting its each side, including the famous Lakshman Temple at “Tapovan”.
Ramjhula is situated 3Km north of “Rishikesh”. It’s a very well-liked place amongst public coming for religious purpose because it has very known Ashrams. Most known is “Geeta Bhavan & Swarg Ashram” and these temples are important in Hindu society, and you will see much additional commotion here then in Lakshman jhula.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is to be originate at a distance of 12 km from Rishikesh, this temple stands at a height of 926m on top of a hill across theriver Ganga. It derives its name from Lord Shiva.
There is a cluster of ashrams on the eastern bank of the Ganges, and the place is popularly known as ‘Swarga Ashram’. Most of these ‘Ashrams’ provide courses on yoga and spiritual studies and are well-known among the tourists. Some ancient temple with beautifull carved statues are also located in the place.
Rafting in Rishikesh Uttarakhand
The most popular thing to do in Rishikesh is river rafting. Only a small number of rivers in the world have the mystique of the ‘Ganges’, the living mother divinity of the India. Rafting on its water of insight is absolutely an unusual practice. Enjoy and explore the life time experience on the date with mother ‘Ganges’. Your first meet will be the starting of the addiction. The ideal time for river rafting in Rishikesh Uttarakhand is starts in October and end in June except Januray. Rishikesh is becoming a well-liked spot for white water rafting enthusiast, both from India and abroad.
Rajaji National Park
‘Rajaji National’ Park is an Indian national park and tiger keep that encompass the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the ‘Himalayas’. The park is broaden over 820 km and three districts of Uttarakhand which names are Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely Rajaji, Chilla and Motichur sanctuaries were merged into one.Rajaji National Park has been named after ‘C. Rajagopalachari’, a well-known leader of the Freedom Struggle, the second and last Governor-General of independent India and one of the first recipients of India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (in 1954).
List of Adventure Sports Activities in Rishikesh
- River Rafting
- Camping on Bonfire
- Beach Volleyball
- Flying Fox Activities
- Loop Bridge
- Air Flying Safari
- Cliff Jumping
Due to height and geographical location of Rishikesh weather, the climate of Rishikesh escapes the extremes of nature. The summer temperature of Rishikesh is minimum 29 degree C and maximum 40 degree C. The winter temperature of rishikesh is minimum is minimum 5 degree C to maximum 20 degree C. After the summer, the monsoons are very welcoming in Rishikesh. The best time to visit the Rishikesh is March to November.
How to reach Rishikesh
By Air : “Jolly Grant airport” at Dehradun is the closest airport to Rishikesh which is around 35 kms away. The second closest global airport for Rishikesh is in “New Delhi” which is well linked with various cities and countries.
By Train : : The closest railhead to Rishikesh is in “Haridwar” which is around 25 kms away. Haridwar, in turn, is well connected to major Indian cities such as Varanasi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Delhi.
By Bus : Being a famous tourists destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses linking it with important places such as Dehradun, Haridwar, and New Delhi.