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Rishikesh Rishikesh Rishikesh

Located on the banks of the river Ganges, Rishikesh is a sacred city. Lies in the foothills of the Himalays, this destination in Northern India appeals a large number of tourists from all across the world. Rishikesh has been a magnet destination for spiritual seekers. Today it justifies itself as the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ with its many ashrams where all types of yoga and meditation classes are available. Enveloped by forested hills where the exquisite sights on the fast-flowing Ganges is accessory to meditation. The land where Yoga provides you the perfect panacea and relaxes your exhausted mind. For adventure lovers, the place offers exciting opportunities to enjoy river-rafting etc.


History

Rishikesh finds its mention in many legends. In mythological legends, Lord Rama practiced penance here after he executed Ravana. Laxmana, Lord Rama's young brother crossed the Ganga here for which the famous Laxman Jhula was built here.


Major Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh


Lakshman Jhula

This is a hanging bridge, which has been a popular attraction amongst the tourists visiting Rishikesh. Build in 1929, the suspension iron bridge Lakshman Jhula is believed to be the place where Rama's brother Lakshman crossed the river on a jute rope. Tourists can enjoy the breathtaking surroundings while standing on the bridge.


Rishikund

Lying near to Triveni Ghat, Rishikund is an ancient place. Legends relate this to Kubz Saint. He was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by infusing this pond by its water. It reflects the temple of Ragunath, which is dedicated to lord Rama and his wife.


Tera Manzil Temple

It is a multistory temple whose complex houses the idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Visitors can have a beautiful view of the whole area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view can also be enjoyed from the place.


Bharat Mandir

Located in the heart of the old town and on the banks of the Ganges, Bharat Mandi was built in 12th century by Adiguru ShankraChrya. The inner sanctum of the temple houses the idol of lord Vishnu that has been carved out of single Saligram.


Triveni Ghat

It is the main ghat in the town region. Many pilgrims come here to take the holy dip. In the evening, you can attend the spectacular Ganga Aarti at the ghat.


Geeta Bhawan

It is amongst the oldest temple complexes in the area. The holy Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharata are illustrated on the walls.


Ram Jhula

This suspended bridge is close to Lakshman Jhula. It was recently constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram. Also known as Shivanand Jhula, it is similar to the Lakshman Jhula.


Accommodation

Rishikesh has a plenty of accommodation options, ranging from five star hotels to budget as well as other options like Dharamshala etc.


Best Time to Visit

Rishikesh is a destination that can be travelled throughout the year, but it is better to visit here between September and November.


How to Reach

By Air: Dehradun is the nearest airport, 35 km from Haridwar. From here, you can take a bus or taxi to reach the city.

By Rail: A slow shuttle train between Haridwar and Rishikesh connects it with major cities of India. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and many others. You can get to Haridwar by Dehradun Shatabdi and then, hire a taxi or bus to Rishikesh.

By Road: You can go by bus or hire private vehicles like cars and coaches to reach Rishikesh.



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