This place has been the hub of saints and ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation. Even the famous British band “The Beatles” visited Rishikesh in the late 60s and associated themselves with Maharishi Yogi. It attracted a lot of foreign tourists from all across the globe. With Foreigner visitors, Rishikesh had a surge in the number of Restaurants serving various cuisines like English and American food.
In the recent years, there has been a huge growth in the adventure sports sector. Tourists could enjoy the thrill of various activities such as White-Water Rafting, Flying Fox, Bungee Jumping, Rock Climbing, Mountain biking, trekking etc. Rishikesh is a must visit destination for those who truly want to experience the deep roots of India. This city is an awesome blend of spiritualism, beauty, and adventure. For navigating the city, one could hire autos, taxis or ride a bus, you also got the option to walk on foot.
For food lovers: Being a Hindu religious place makes it a complete vegetarian place by law. But one could relish on the taste of South Indian, Nepali, Thai and Chinese cuisine offered by various restaurants and stalls. Due to foreign tourists, one could even enjoy the best continental food. Ayurvedic food has captured the attention of people in the recent years. Other than these, street food offers complete value for money. Jalebi, Imarti, Samosas, popcorn are some examples of street food. Rishikesh also offers a huge variety of fresh seasonal fruits.
Here are some top places to visit in Rishikesh:
Constructed in 1929 as a hanging bridge with steel frame. Laxman Jhula acts as a bridge between Tapovan and Jonk point of river Ganga. The bridge is hanging at height of 70 feet above the river and has a long span of about 450 feet. There are numerous temples around the Jhula which make it the most visited place in Rishikesh.
Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple:
Located 7km from the Swarg Ashram. The temple is huge and filled with devotees all around the year. Neelkantha is another name of Lord Shiva. Therefore Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple was built to dedicate Lord Shiva. Pilgrims often offer the holy water of the river Ganga to this temple. Through Lakshman Jhula you can reach the temple. On the other hand you can also hire a taxi.
Adventure sports in Rishikesh:
In the recent years Rishikesh has become a brilliant place for exciting river rafting, rafting on the violent Ganga is quite an experience. Bungee Jumping, Mountain Biking has become hugely popular. Tough the prices and availability may change from the season to season. During the peak season, some activities become exorbitantly overpriced.
Located near the banks of River Ganga. Gita Bhawan is a huge community guest house having over 1000 rooms for visitor. This place is also famous for various Indian food offered at low prices. There’s an ancient Banyan tree in the Bhawan complex.
It is one of the major pilgrimage places for the devotees. Devotees believe that a holy bath in the sacred of waters of river Ganga will wash away all their sins. This ghat is a great confluence of the three holy rivers Yamuna, Ganga, and Saraswati. Accordingly, to the Hindu mythology this Ghat holds a crucial place, it is believed that Lord Krishna once visited this Ghat when he got injured by an arrow shot by jara (A hunter). People consider this Ghat as Lord Krishna’s cremation ground.
Adiguru Shankaracharya established this temple in 12th The shrine houses Lord Vishnu carved out of one piece of Saligram. The current structure of Bharat Mandir was recreated on the original temple which was destroyed by Tamur. The excavation of the old temple discovered various statues, ancient coins, and pots.
It is a popular rock climbing destination which surrounded by thick forests. Located at 380m high, it also offers White Water River Rafting organized by the camping facilities. A must visit site for the adventurers.
Piran Kaliyar Sharif:
Located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. Famously known as the resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir. This village is just 20 km away from Haridwar. With its great spiritual and religious significance, it unites both Hindu and Muslims. Many people believe that this place can fulfill one’s wishes. Finally the culture enthusiasts can explore the small village located near it
Jadh Ganga Trek:
This region is famous for its raw beauty and for the tranquility of the place. The river Ganga flows through pristine glaciers and magnificent landscape. As a result trekkers consider it as one of the most difficult treks of North Uttarakhand, only agile trekkers could manage to complete this thrilling trek. In 1944 this Trek was taken by Heinrich Harrer along with his companions while they were trying to escape the prison located in Dehradun. This trek might be tiring and dangerous but it is an ultimate experience that you will remember throughout your life.
Located at an altitude An absolutely exotic location. Kuari pass is quite famous among the tourists for its natural beauty. It is the most important region of Garhwal. consequently, famous for its unique wild grandeur. The pass is located at an altitude of 12,200 feet, famous for its camping grounds. Food is not available in abundance, you may pack your food for the climb. Though there are plenty of guest houses on the way towards the pass. But camping would be a better option for an improved experience. Warm clothing is a must have in this pass, no matter what season it is, the winds will blow you away.
It is one of the best places to visit for proper meditation. You can get lost in nature and the divine spirituality. As a result, the Ashram holds a proper meditation center and a yoga center. It was found by Swami Sivananda in 1936, the ashram holds books on Vedic Philosophy, Hindu religion etc. The Ashram conducts various Yoga and meditation classes. Spiritual people can discover spirituality, kindness and the teachings of Swami Sivananda.