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Places to Visit in Rishikesh
1- Kunjapuri Devi Temple
is one of the most revered Shakti Peeths of Goddess Shakti in Garhwal Himalayas. This is an ancient temple located at about 1600 meters height. Beauty of this place is, you can see snow-clad white Himalayas and river Ganga (Ganges) from the same peak. The place popular for beautiful sunrise view with the Sun rising from behind the Himalayan peaks. Yogi Arwind Ashram and Kunjapuri Guest house are the places of accommodation. This place is perfect location for yoga, meditation, quiet retreats etc.
2- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
One of the not to be missed places to visit near Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is around 32km from the city limits and is located at a height of 1,330m above the sea level in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Among all the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple holds a major prominence among the devotees.
Tucked between the pictorial valleys of Manikot, Brahmakot and Vishnukot, the heart-warming surrounding of this sacred temple owes to its popularity among all the Rishikesh tourist places. With Lord Shiva, who is also known as 'Neelkanth' or the 'Blue Throated One' as the main deity, the peak of the temple is adorned with sculptures of both the Gods and the Asuras.
It is said that during 'Samudra Manthan'; or while both the Gods and Asuras were churning out the ocean bed to obtain the holy 'Amrita' or the 'nectar of immortality, Lord Shiva drank the poison that evolved from the sea.
This turned his throat blue, and thus he was named as Neelkanth and is worshipped in this temple in the form of a 'Shivalinga'. Devotees visit this sacred temple throughout the day and takes a bath in the natural spring in the main complex before offering puja to the main deity.
3 - The Beatles Ashram
Most of your teenage or college days might have passes admiring the songs of the favourite band called 'Beatles', but do you know your favourite band once visited a quaint ashram in Rishikesh to attend a special meditation programme?
Yes, it was in the year 1968, the entire group of Beatle flew down to India to meet a saint called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and practice some advanced meditation programme under his flagship.
Following this phenomenal visit, the ashram gained instant popularity and was named as the 'Beatles Ashram'; the visit also made it one of the renowned places to visit in Rishikesh. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, though the ashram was abandoned in 1997, the complex buildings and the stone-huts can still be found standing strong in their place. It is one of the very few places in Rishikesh that are pretty tough to find.
According to the recent plans of the regional government, the ashram will soon reopen as a museum that will showcase its delightful history and contribution to the society. To add more, one should know that the span of time Beatles group stayed in this ashram, is considered as one of the most productive periods for the band!
4- Lakshman Jhula
Rishikesh is not only about religious beliefs, ghats or temples; within this ancient city, you can also witness some of the architectural marvels and structures as well . One such structure, the Lakshman Jhula, which is also one of the not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.
The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.
However, the bridge got washed away during the epidemic flood of 1924, and later, a pillar-less suspension bridge was erected at the same spot. The architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula and its proximity to several sacred places make it one of the most visited tourist places in Rishikesh.
5- Bhootnath Temple
Bhootnaath temple is a powerful Shiva temple dedicated to bhootnaath Mahadev . Located in Rishikesh near Beatles ashram . Event Planning Companies in rishikesh Rishkesh often plan visit to bhootnaath temple in Rishikesh .
Bhootnath temple is hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Bhootnath Temple is located in Swargashram area behind Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Bhootnath Temple has multiple floors. The main temple is small temple on top floor. From the top floor you will get amazing panoramic view of Rishikesh.
According to legends Lord Shiva took rest here while he was going to marry his first wife Sati. . The temple is surrounded by Rajaji National Park on 3 sides.
How to reach bhootnaath : You can take a walk 800 meters behind Parmarth Niketan Ashram from Swargashram Parking is 600 meters. From Ram Jhula Parking it will be 1.9 kms by walk. In swargashram areas you can easily locate the temple as it has multiple floors and visible from most of the areas. To reach directly here by car you can come here by bridge on the River Ganga near Virbhadra Barrage and take road through forest.
8- Neer Garh Waterfall
Situated around 6km from Tapovan, Neer Gaddu Waterfall in Rishikesh is a true delight for the visitors! Shallow pool, cascading waters and the bountiful beauty around the waterfall makes it one of the picturesque places that cannot be missed at any cost.
Located within 5km from Lakshman Jhula, this gorgeous cascade can be easily reached from Rishikesh Market and the climb to it is also very easy; only 2km uphill walk and you can have a tryst with its immaculate beauty and charm!
Hidden away from most of the crowd, the cascade offers an extremely salubrious and calm ambience around. For the peace and tranquillity seekers, it proves to be an ideal destination. The nature lovers can also spend some of the most wonderful times while adoring and embracing its gorgeousness.
For those, who like to capture every moment with their lenses, Neer Gaddu Waterfall proves to be a heaven and offers ample of opportunities to click a masterpiece!
Vashistha Cave or Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where Sage Vashistha and his wife meditated for hundreds of years. According to Hindu mythology, Sage Vashista was a Manas Putra (human son) of Lord Brahma and one of the Saptarishi (great seven sages). The Vashishta Gufa situated in the middle of Gular trees and the sacred River Ganga is a perfect place for peace of mind and positive spiritual energy.
Over the years a small ashram was built near the cave known as Swami Purushottamanand ashram as well as some rooms outside the cave, where many sadhus live there permanently.
Located 25 km from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, all buses going towards Devprayag pass through this place. A flight of around 200 steps and you reach the entrance of the cave which only gets pitch dark as you go deeper.
The cave is properly maintained and the floor is strewn with white mats for about 12 people. The interior of the cave is filled with some aroma of burning oil and sticks making it a peaceful and spiritual meditational sanctuary.
At the end of the cave, there is a Shiv Linga where you normally find priests and other tourists engaged in worship and veneration. There is also another small cave outside the ashram called “Arundhati Cave” and an iron bridge across the river to the small yet beautiful Gular village.
The beach outside the cave is a perfect setting to relax and reflect with nature after a deep meditation and silent introspection.
10- Triveni Ghat
Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Triveni Ghat is among the most magnetic places to visit in Rishikesh. The confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi, this ghat is considered as the most pious among all the other ghats within the vicinity.
11- Sivananda Ashram
12- Patna Waterfalls
11- Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib
12- Tera Manzil Temple
13-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
14 -Laxman Jhula Bridge
Adventure Camping in Rishikesh
About the Activity
One of the most adventurous and yet spiritual towns in northern India, Rishikesh is located on the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. This full day sightseeing tour of the city of Rishikesh will showcase some of the greatest attractions to you in all their glory.
Experiencing the most perfect weather in all of the seasons, Rishikesh is a favorite place of spirituality as it is blessed with the holy River Ganges, alongside many other great establishments all around.
-Starting with a pickup from your hotel, the tour will take you to the Beatles ashram, local market, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Jula, Geeta Bhawan, Ram Jula, Shivanand ashram, and Neelkanth Mahadev.
The package also includes a driver/guide, vehicle for pick-up and sightseeing, and parking charges.
Timings: Pick-up 9 AM | Drop-off 6 PM
Discounted offers for rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also known as the 'Yoganagari' or the 'Yoga Capital of the World' and the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', this quaint city is known for its bountiful beauty, sanctity, adventure optionsand the magnificent places. The city offers a myriad and engrossing list to its visitors. Jotted with sacred temples, pious ghats, tranquil ashrams and evergreen forests, this serene city has something for everyone.While most of the crowd to this yoga capital consists of the pious travelers seeking blessings of the Gods, the rest constitutes adventure, leisureand culture lovers. Here we bring you the list of some of the places which will make your vacation an enticing one.