Rishikesh Travel

Measured as one of the major blessed pilgrimage destinations since old times, Rishikesh is a place which is beyond superiority. Apart from its spiritual attractions the destination also offers adventurous opportunities, particularly river rafting. The serene place, which is also popular among tourists as a yoga and adventure sports destination, came into global limelight when the Beatles stayed here with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, their spiritual guru.

Surrounded by the picturesque beauty of majestic hills, and with the holy Ganges River flowing through it, Rishikesh is the ideal destination for all kinds of travelers. Whether you are seeking spiritual purification or adventure vacations, Rishikesh is the right choice for you.

Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh is the starting point of the sacred journey for the pilgrims. Before starting their spiritual tour, devotees take a holy dip in this bathing ghat. The evening aarti here must not be missed, as the entire ghat gets illuminated with the glow of earthen lamps. The chants of devotional hymns, and the drum sound will make you feel like being in another world.

Another popular tourist spot here is the Bharat Mandir, built in the 9th century. It is believed to be the oldest temple built by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple is situated near Triveni Ghat. Lord Vishnu is the main deity of the temple who rests in the inner chambers of the temple. Basant Panchami, the famous colourful spring festival, is celebrated here with full zeal drawing tourists in huge number from far and wide.

Another extremely popular site among tourists, especially foreigners, is the Swarga Ashram situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges. The ashram complex houses ancient temples adorned with beautiful statues. Tourists can buy various things such as religious tapes, books, beads, beaded garlands, shells from the shops here.

Another popular attraction here is the Lakshman Jhula, which is a 450 feet long suspended iron bridge. Built in the year 1939, the bridge is 2 kms away from Swarga Ashram, and has temples at both the sides. The most famous temple here is the Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. Ram Jhula is another suspended iron bridge constructed over the Ganges River. Among its many ashrams, Geeta Bhavan and Swarga Ashram are most popular.

Rishikesh is considered among the major adventure hubs of India. Adventure buffs can explore the waters of the Ganges through water rafting. Apart from this, thrilling activities like trekking, bungee jumping, fox flying and giant swing are also available here.

Other major attractions in Rishikesh are:

How to Reach Rishikesh
By Air: At 21 kms, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. From there, regular bus services are available. The option of hiring a taxi is also there.
By Rail: Haridwar is the nearest railway station. One can take a bus or hire taxis to reach Rishikesh. 
By Road: There are good roads and national highways connecting Rishikesh to major parts of Uttarakhand and north Indian states. Regular, deluxe and luxurious coaches are available from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate.


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