Rishikesh: paradise in Himalayas

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India is a spellbinding mosaic of culture, tradition, diverse landforms and an extraordinarily mingling civilization. You may be captivated bybewildering Flora and Fauna throughout the stretch of this bewildering country.Rishikesh is the seventh largest town in the northern state of Uttarakhand sobriquet as “land of gods.” Nestled in foothills of Himalayas, the town is also called “Gateway to the Garwal Himalayas.”

Rishikesh: epitome of beauty

Tour to Rishikesh is the perfect blend of spirituality, adventure, peace, religion, music, food and much more. The city boosts of lush green plains and the perennial Ganges flowing through it. One can engage in adventure sports, sight-seeing or religious practices in this divine city. The “yoga capital of the world” gives you an opportunity to attain peace by meditation in its tranquil environment. Located at an altitude of 1,220ft, Rishikesh is a prime religious centre in India. With the glorious Ganga flowing through it and bestowed with innumerable temples, the city is epitome of beauty.

Hindu pilgrims come here in large numbers with a desire to attain ‘moksha’ by taking a holy dip in pious Ganges and further proceeding to Char Dham Yatra. Rishikesh also boosts of amazing ayurvedic treatment which is famous worldwide. How can one forget the evening aarti on the bank of river Ganga…. Ohh..That is one enthralling and soul satisfying moment.


How to reach Rishikesh?

As the place is established spirituality centre in the world, therefore the government has made sure to make the place accessible to tourist. One can reach Rishikesh by air, rail or roadways.

  • By air: The nearest airport is Dehradun’s Jolly airport, about 15km from Rishikesh.
  • By rail: Rishikesh is well linked by railways as the nearest railway station is in Haridwar.
  • By road: The place has well-developed rail roads and one can easily avail taxi services, run by both government and private organisations to reach Rishikesh.

Places for tourists to stay

The city has amazing affordable architecture to assist its travellers. With hundreds of ashrams, guesthouses and hotels, the place is extremely hospitable and friendly to tourists. To name a few: Nirmal ashram, vashisth gest house, Tripti hotel and many government operated lodges like Bharat Bhumi and Sisham Jhari among others. The accommodations are well furnished and equipped with modern facilities. The services in these accommodations make you feel at home and cater to all your needs.

Places to visit

1) Neelkanth Mahadev Temple –

The temple has great significance for Hindu mythology and cultural heritage of Rishikesh.Situated at a height of 1675ft, it is believed that the temple stands at exactly the same position where Lord Shiva drank venom that originated after churning the sea. Sounds interesting!! For adventure junkies: you can participate in Jumping Heights near the temple provinces.

2) Lakshman and Ram Jhula –

These ancient bridges also have great religious significance for Rishikesh pilgrimage tourism.. These suspension bridges are architecture marvel with a length of about 450ft and situated at a height of 70ft from the river. Make it a point of visit the Ram and Lakshman temple and also Trayambakeshwar temple which is situated nearby. The bridge is a great observation site for gazing playful Ganga waves.

3) Rajaji National Park –

Witness the diverse Flora and Fauna of great land of Rishikesh by taking a trip to Rajaji National Park. Sandwiched between Shivalik ranges and Indo-Gangetic plains, houses a plethora of animals and plants ranging from fascinating Royal Bengal Tiger to Sloth Bears among others.

4) Triveni Ghat –

The ghat is the hub of pilgrimage tourism in Rishikesh. Flocked with hundreds of pilgrims, the ghat makes a busy destination. The ghat is the confluence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. One can witness the true devotion of the worshipers of devi Ganga at this mesmerising ghat. Get dazzled by the sight of evening aarti here. Also the sight to behold is thousands of brightly lit lamps floating on pious water of Ganga.

5) The Beatles Ashram –

Ever since The Beatles stepped here, the place got placed on world map as most sought international spiritual destination. This ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was where The Beatles produced the most amazing music of all times while attending transcendental meditation sessions.

6) Neer garh waterfall –

A perfect destination for adventure seeking people. The beauty of Neer Garh Waterfall is enthralling and the aura of the place is refreshing. If you really strive for nature beauty then trek to the top of waterfall and witness the panoramic view.

7) Swarg Asram –

This is the oldest asram in India. Nestled between Ram and Lakshman jhula, was built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanad. If peace and tranquillity is what you seek then this is the perfect place for you to have eternal happiness. Sit in padmasana position and meditate while witnessing the beauty of sunrise and sunset of this enthralling asram in Rishikesh.

One matter what sort of traveller you are, Rishikesh has all the perfect destinations for you to enjoy. Whether you seek the thrill of adventure sports, peace of asram atmosphere, beauty of nature or your only desire is moksha; Rishikesh fulfils every demand of its tourists.

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