Rishikesh is serene and quite station situated in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is located around 25 km from another holy place Haridwar. The Himalayan destination is bliss in itself. There are no plastic bags, non-vegetarians, or alcohol users to be admitted legally. The hub of saints, yogis and scholars, it witnesses rush of magnificent tourists every year mesmerized by its aura. The numerous religious centre’s and ashrams provide enlightenment discussions and ‘Yoga’ lessons. It is great opportunity to get insight into the depths of Hinduism and existence.
Places to Visit
Triveni Ghat – This is one of the sacred ghats, where pilgrims come take dip in the water. Thousands of people arrive here in order to do so. It is a great affair to sit and relax on the banks or enjoy the ‘Maha Arti’ that takes place here.
Lakshman Jhula– The Jhula Bridge has a legend behind its existence. It is believed that ‘Lakshman’ of ‘Ramayana’ crossed river ‘Ganga’ on jute ropes. Later iron suspension bridge was built in1939. This is a most popular destination of Rishikesh.
Gita Bhavan– It was lived by Guru’ Shri Ram Sukh Das Ji’, a great philanthropist. The Hindu Brahmin Community places great respect in him. It is a tradition to accumulate in his ashram twice a year to read ‘Ramayana’ together.
Swarg Ashram – ‘Swarg Ashram’ means ‘Heavenly Abode’. The Ashram finds itself in the intriguing settings of the Himalayas on the bank of river ‘Ganga’ between Rishikesh and Lakhsman Jhula. This place hosts ancient inheritance of ‘Yogis’ and ‘Rishis’ and their peaceful teachings and knowledge. The stream of ashrams and temples make this place unique and stimulating in its own terms.
Parmarth Niketan – This ashram is well reputed for letting kids to acquire pure understanding of Veda’s education. The evening Pooja and Aarti is the highlight here.
River Rafting – : Rishikesh is world famous as pilgrimage and yoga centers from ancient but now it’s also very famous for white water river rafting on Ganga river. Shivpuri, Marine Drive, Byasi, Kaudiyala are famous river rafting starting points at Rishikesh. There are various level of rafting stretches option to choose amongst them like 8 Km, 16 Km, 24 Km and 32 Km.
Camping – Camp/Tent stay is a part of river rafting adventure. Staying at the beautiful river view tents surrounded by forest amazes everybody and make curious to stay there. Camping spots are near by the rafting locations.
Bungee Jumping -In Rishikesh, Jumping heights at Neel Kanth road is the only spot for the extreme adventure bungee jumping and flying fox. Its jumping height is 83 meters from the cliff of the rock into the small river creek adjoining of the Ganga River.
Cliff Jumping -: Cliff Jumping activity is possible during river rafting session with the safety instructions of your rafting guide. It’s 30 feet height cliff of the rock to do the free fall into the Ganga River.
Rock Climbing / Rappelling – Rock climbing and rappelling is also demanding activity at Rishikesh. Various activity points with the natural rock near at Rishikesh surrounding where you can enjoy that fun.
How to Reach
The only nearby airport is Jolly Grant which is 13 km away from Rishikesh. This airport is regularly connected by flights from Delhi.
Rishikesh has a branch line which is connected to Haridwar. It is suggested to reach Haridwar by train and opt for hired cabs or auto-rickshaws to reach Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is well connected by roads from nearby important places. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Rishikesh from Delhi.