Rishikesh, also spelled as Hrishikesh. Located in the foothills of Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It lies 21km north of the city Haridwar and 51.9 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun.
The town of Rishikesh, famous as the ‘place of Sagas’. It is the starting point for the Char Dham (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath), and it is an ideal destination not for the pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in adventure, meditation and yoga.
Major Attractions in Rishikesh
- Ram Jhula – Ram Jhula is one of the famous places in Rishikesh. The bridge is located over the holy Ganga river. The bridge can be found in the state of Uttarakhand, it is 3km away from the main town of Rishikesh. If you walking at the bridge, you can see the stunning scenery everywhere. People can travel the bridge from cycles and bikes. Bridge is made of very strong jute ropes so it gives strength and help to bar the weight of passengers. Legends said that in the era of Ram’s region, Lakshman had crossed the Ganga with the help of two ropes. Firstly, Lakshman Jhula was built than a gesture of sibling love between two brothers – Ram and Lakshman, the second bridge was named Ram, indicate the divine bond between the two brothers. It was 33 years old. Ram Jhula is connected near the market one can get a variety of stones and other items in the market.
- Laxman Jhula – Laxman Jhula is one of the famous hanging bridges across the holy river Ganga. The bridge is made up of iron. As per Ramayana, it is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Laxman had crossed the Ganga river at the same place, where the bridge has been built. As per legends, the two brothers crossed the river Ganga with two ropes, these ropes made of jute. After the floods, it was replaced by much stronger and sturdier iron bridge. In order to praise this act of fearlessness, Laxman Jhula was built. Tourists love to spend their quality time in Rishikesh Trip. The bridge stands above river Ganga and happens to be one of the major tourist attractions of Rishikesh. However, the Laxman Jhula is no more used for communication from 12 July 2019 for safety concerns. The bridge is almost 96 years old and it is not capable of handling the load of the current traffic.
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – Rishikesh is famous for many things, but this Lord Shiva Temple is one of the famous temples of Rishikesh also called Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. It is 32km from Rishikesh. The temple is surrounded by dense forests and strong mountain ranges. During the months of Shrawan and Shivratri, huge number of devotees come to take the blessings of Neelkanth Mahadev. Outside the temple, you will find several stalls of pooja ingredients. People offers coconut, milk, honey, flowers and fruits to Lord Shiva. As per Legends said, Lord Shiva drank the poison which appeared as a result of ‘Sagar Manthan’. The premises of the temple are the same place where this incident occurred. When the Lord Shiva drank poison, his throat became blue. This is the reason why the temple is also known as ‘Neelkanth’ which means; Blue Throat’. Devotees also get prasad offerings from the temple along with Vibhuti and Chandan. The temple community organize two fairs annually, one on the occasion of Shivratri and the other in the month of Shrawan (between July and August). During this time large number of pilgrims come and take the blessings of Lord Shiva.
- Devprayag – Devprayag is a town in Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttrakhand. Were, Alaknanda river meets Bhagirathi river and both rivers thereafter flow on as the Ganga. It is one of the five pure Sangam in the hills and it is important place of pilgrimage. Devprayag is a pure event of merging two visible heavenly rivers to form Ganga. People of the village telling a story that Alaknanda is daughter-in-law and Bhagirathi is mother-in-law because Alaknanda river flow is cool and calm but Bhagirathi river flow is fast and angry. Alaknanda is brown in color while Bhagirathi is green in color.
- Karanaprayag – Karanprag is a city in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Karanaprayag is one of five sites where the Sangam of rivers occurs. The five prayags are Vishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karanaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. According to the people of Karanaprayag, it is the place where Karana of Mahabharata, was worshipped the Sun God. Karanaprayag is a place where Karana lost his Kundal (earings) . It is the way to Badrinath, on the Sangam of two holy rivers Alaknanda and Pindar and also the way to kausani. It is said that Karana also meditate here for many years to gain the strongest shield, which made him a powerful warrior in the battlefield.
- Kaudiyala – Kaudiyala is a small village at 40 kms from Rishikesh on Badrinath road. Located on the banks of river Ganga, Kaudiyala is famous for white river rafting and a beautiful camping site with lush greenery view. Adventure lovers from far away places visit Kaudiyala to enjoy the rafting. Kaudiyala has beautiful landscapes and it is best location for beach camping. River rafting, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, beach volleyball and many more sports can be enjoying at Kaudiyala. It is also good for couples because it has romantic campfire with silent sound of river gives the amazing experience. Best season to visit Kaudiyala is from March to June and from September to November.
- Rajaji National Park Safari – It is an Indian national park and tiger reserve that covered the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over three districts of Uttarakhand – Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. Rajaji National Park is famous for dense Jungles, and residence for a number of animals. Park has tigers, leopards, jungle cat, sloth bears, elephant, deer, goats, mammals like the jackal and the Bengal fox. Also, other wild animals are spotted in the Jungle. Visitors have facility of safari to enjoy the jungle.
- Rudraprayag – Rudraprayag is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is one of five sites of Alaknanda river, the point of Sangam of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath town is located 86km from Rudraprayag. An ancient holy place is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of ‘Rudra’. Rudraprayag is important for the pilgrims of Char Dham Yatra, as it is the intersection for visiting Badrinath and Kedarnath. Rudraprayag experiences chilling winters along with snowfall also it faces moderate rainfall in monsoon. According to legends, Narad Muni worshipped god Shiva here to learn music from him. The Lord Shiva then taught music to Narad Muni in the form of Rudra.
- Triveni Ghat – Triveni Ghat is a holy ghat in Rishikesh and it is famous for Ganga Aarti. It is one of the biggest ghat of Rishikesh known for its auspicious and spiritual aroma. It is situated in Mayakund, Rishikesh. In Triveni Ghat pilgrims take a holy dip in Ganges. Everyday 6 pm to 7 pm Aarti is performed on Triveni Ghat manage by Ganga Seva Samiti. If someone wants to participate on the Aarti it can pay a normal fee to Samiti people. Ganga Seva Samiti used this money for Triveni Ghat facilities, cleanliness, festivals etc. Visitors can also take a boat ride from Triveni ghat on nominal cost per person.
Popular Food in Rishikesh
|FOOD||WHERE TO TRY|
|1||Samosa||The Rajasthani restaurant near Triveni Ghat|
|2||Sweets||Geeta Bhawan Swargashram|
|3||Aloo Puri||60’s The Eat Story, Tapovan Sarai Badrinath Highway|
|5||Dosa||Madras café, near Ram Jhula|
|6||Pani Puri||Lane next to Ram Jhula is full of pani puri vendors|
|7||Ice Cream||Freedom Cafe|
|8||Coffee||Devraj Coffee corner, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Shivanand Nagar|
|9||Masala Chai||The Prem Namaste Café, near Laxman Jhula|
|10||Lassi||Pappu Lassi, Mayakund|
Things to do in Rishikesh
- Bungee Jumping – Bungee Jumping also spelt bungy umping, in Rishikesh proud of having country’s highest bungee, operated by experts with significant experience. Besides being a holy city, Rishikesh is also known as the adventure capital of India.
- Ganga Aarti – every evening around 6pm till 7pm, Ganga Aarti in Triveni Ghat is worth seeing. The Ganga Aarti is an unforgettably spiritual experience. Fire, Water, Earth, Air combines in perfect combination during their ritual and leave you with a feeling of having witnessed perfection. Tourists and devotees, who sit at the Aarti with folded hands, the prayers fill the atmosphere with happiness and positivity.
- Trekking – Chandrashila trek with chopta Tunganath, kauri pass trek, pangarchulla peak trek, Roopkund trek and Kunja Puri temple sunrise trek. These are famous for beauty of the surrounding hills. Lush-greenery and snowcapped mountains make it a spellbinding experience.
- Rafting – There are around 16 Rapids from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh during the rafting of 36kms in river Ganga. The best time for Rishikesh rafting starts in September after monsoon. Spring and summer are a peak season for rafting. High quality equipment, expert guide and instructors ensure your complete safety. People can also enjoy the excellent view of Shivalik Hills and the Ganges during rafting.
- Yoga & Meditation – As everyone knows Rishikesh is widely famous for Yoga & Meditation all over the World, this place just connects you and attracts you towards it. It really freshens your body, the beautiful hills of Himalayas besides river Ganga, full of greenery, it just energizes you from inside. The yogis who lived there are doing yoga from many decades and you will find many yoga ashrams there. The great ‘Yog Divas’ is celebrated every year from February 2 to 7 on the banks of river Ganga.
Destinations near Rishikesh
Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Lansdowne.
How to reach Rishikesh
By Air – The nearest Airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant and it is 31.4km via NH 7.
By Train – Rishikesh is connected by train via Haridwar (24km) with several important cities and towns in India.
By Bus – Rishikesh is connected with major cities in India with excellent state run as well as private bus service.