Rishikesh, a very ancient city on the banks of the ganga river. It is the home of yoga and meditation in India. A spiritual town made very famous by the popular English Rock Band ‘The Beatles’ back in the 60’s and 70’s.
Rishikesh has a lot to offer to you. Take at least 3to5days to experience the sunshine, the cafes, the river, the yoga classes and meeting like minded travelers. Best time to visit the city is from February to October. Rishikesh is well connected by, Train and Road. Where to stay and where to eat in Rishikesh? There are a number of cafes, food joints where mostly vegan and vegetarian food is available. Hotels are in abundance in Rishikesh. Also there are a lot of hostels, guest houses, dormitories etc. Here are the best tourist spots in Rishikesh.
- Phoolchatti – It is a little further from the main town which provides a total disconnect from the hustle of daily life. It is a wonderful experience of yoga, meditation, eating well and disconnecting from the outside world.
- To start your day with river rafting at Shivpuri followed by a simple breakfast at one of the river side cafes would be a great idea.
- Triveni Ghats – It is a must visit in the evening to submerge yourself in the magnificent and stunning tranquil ganga aarti.
- Laxman jhula – One of the most prominent places in Rishikesh is Laxman jhula at a height of about 70 feet from the river. It is believed that it is the same place where lord Laxman crossed the ganga river on a jute rope.
- Ram Jhula – It is a few miles downstream from Laxman Jhula. Similar in its structure and construction. This suspension bridge was built in 1980.As you cross this bridge, you are sure to witness the gushing water of Ganga.
- Tera Manzil Mandir – Also known as Trimbakeshwar temple is one of the most renowned temples in Rishikesh. As the name suggests it has 13 storeys and a strikingly beautiful architecture. It is easily visible from a far thanks to its colorful facade.
- Shri Bharat mandir – One of the oldest and the most revered temples in the entire city. The temple is dedicated to lord Hrishikesh Narayan. It is believed that the Pandavas on their way to heaven stayed at this temple and worshipped lord Hrishikesh. It is also believed that at one point when lord Buddha visited the temple, it was converted into a monastery for a few years.
- The Beatles Ashram – It is located at a distance of about 18km from the city. In Fact it is one of the most famous places in Rishikesh. The time the Beatles spent at this Ashram is considered to be one of their most productive periods where they wrote plenty of songs.
- Neelkanth Mahadev temple – Located around 30km from Rishikesh, this holy temple is considered as one of the most important sacred Shiva shrines in India and also one of the best religious places to see in Rishikesh.
- Neer Garh waterfall – A perfect trekking getaway. Just two kilometres from the Laxman jhula, a visit to this mesmerising waterfall that happens to be one of the best Rishikesh sightseeing places.
- Parmarth Niketan – Parmarth Niketan is among the top places to visit in Rishikesh if you are an ardent yoga follower. Established in the year 1942, this Ashram has grown into one of the biggest spiritual places in the country.
- Byasi – It is a small village about 30km from Rishikesh. If you are an adventure lover, this is the place for you. camping, river rafting and boating are some activities that happen here all through the year. The village has lots of restaurants and homestays.
- Muni ki Reti Rishikesh – This tourist attraction is about 6 km from the main Rishikesh city. The Ganges is less crowded here and you can enjoy a stroll through its banks.
- Kaudiyala – For adventure seekers, Kaudiyala is one of the best tourist places in Rishikesh. Located 40km away from the Centre of the holy city, this is located on the banks of Ganga and has turned into a camping and adventure activity zone. The white sands add beauty to the town.
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