Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Attractions in Rishikesh

Ashrams - There are a number of ashrams to be seen in and around Rishikesh. Some are very well known and are regarded as tourist spots. There are some which are still been regarded as proper ashrams where rishis (saints) stay. The entire group of ashrams, which are situated on the eastern bank of the river, Ganges is known as Swargashram. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram is famous the world over for which the credit goes to the rock band Beatles. Several ashrams offer yoga courses and many pilgrims from in and around the country come here to learn yoga.

Lakshman Jhoola - Lakshman Jhoola is a hanging bridge on the river Ganges that flows here. According to legends, Lakshman the brother of Lord Ram crossed this river with the help of a hanging bridge made of jute. The present suspended bridge was built in the year 1939 AD. The place of the present bridge is supposedly on the same spot where the original jute suspended bridge used to be. The view from the bridge, especially the view of the high current of the river is incomparable. During monsoon season, the water level of the river increases considerably  along with the  speed of the  current. Near the Lakshman
Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh
Jhula is the Ram Jhoola also known as Shivanand Jhoola.

Triveni Ghat - Around 1½ km from the Rishikesh is a bathing spot known as Triveni. It is believed that three mountain streams flow together on this spot making the ghat (bank) more sacred. Pilgrims from various places come here to take a dip in the holy water, which is supposed to wash off all their sins. The aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat, on the south end of Rishikesh, takes place at the sundown.

Neelkanth Mahadev - It is a place of interest especially for the religious minded tourists. It is said to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom that had emerged during the cosmic churning of the ocean by the gods and demons. The spot is at a distance of 12 km from the centre of Rishikesh town and is surrounded by lush, sylvan forests.

Temples - Rishikesh is full of innumerable small and big temples. A walk along the road towards the Muni-ki-Reti takes one to a place along the Chandrabhaga River that has a cluster of temples. The famous Char Dham pilgrimage starts from this place. The Rishikund Tank and Raghunath Temple near the tank are two other temple that deserve a visit. The tank is supposed to have been used by Lord Ram for bathing while he was in exile. There is also the Bharat temple, named after one of the brothers of Lord Ram. Situated in the heart of the town, this temple is surrounded by massive walls and is very old.

Quick Getaways near Rishikesh

Chilla - Chilla, situated just 16 km away from the main Rishikesh town, is renowned for the Rajaji National Park. The park (820 sq km) has wildlife galore and is especially known for its wild elephants.

Narendra Nagar - Just 15 kilometres on the Rishikesh-Chamba road is the historical town of Narendra Nagar. This is a town of archaeological importance, built by the King of Tehri, Narendra Singh. The royal palace here is worth seeing as is the magnificent statue of Lord Shiva's attendant, the Nandi Bull, that stands here.

Kunjapuri - Kunjapuri is an ideal getaway for a one-day visit. The view of the snow-capped mountains and the mighty Himalayas along the valley below is marvellous. The small white Shakti temple of Kunjapuri is 10 km higher at the sharp point of an almost perfectly conical hill with breathtaking views of the Himalayas to the north.

Activities in Rishikesh  


Rishikesh is a good base to start for trekking tours into the Himalayas. The destinations include Uttarakhand, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Mussourie.

Rafting is possible at Brahmpuri, 10 km from Rishikesh, and on the rapids at Shivpuri, 18 km from Rishikesh. Caving expeditions are conducted through the 200-meter-long Vishitha Gufa, 16 km from Rishikesh. Half-day elephant safaris are conducted in the Rajaji National  Park . Boat  rides  on  the  Ganga  are  possible  from  Swarg

Ashram Ghat. Other allied sports like skating, horse riding, and gliding are also available. Paddle boating and ropeway-rides are also possible in Rishikesh.

Events in Rishikesh

Every February, a week-long event, termed International Yoga Week, to promote Yoga is held in Rishikesh, a picturesque town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Detailed lectures and demonstration of various asanas by prominent exponents of Yoga are the major highlights of the Yoga Week.

Getting There & Away to Rishikesh

Flights to Rishikesh The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 km from Haridwar.
Trains to Rishikesh
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 km) to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.
Car and Bus Service to Rishikesh
Rishikesh is connected by road via Haridwar with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla.

Getting Around in Rishikesh

Private Bus Services, Auto Rickshaw, Tonga, Cycle-Rickshaw & Taxi are the most commonly used modes of transport.
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