Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is famous for a lot of attractions but the divinity and spirituality like "Ganga Aarti" cannot be found anywhere else! Experience of Ganga Aarti at Shatrughan Ghat is too divine that one can be lost in the spiritual environment of the place and for a second, forget every sorrow, every tension. Starting from the chanting of Mantras, and followed by "Dhoop Aarti" & "Prayers"; the awesomeness of "Ganga Aarti" is really amazing.
One of the famous landmark in Rishikesh with having iron suspension bridge running over the River Ganga which gives a panoramic view of the majestic river, Ganges and the almighty Himalayas. This bridge connects Shivanda to Swargashram. Apart from this bridge, Parmarth Niketan, Gita Bhawan, Swargashram, Yog Ashrams, temples and much more is the point of interests in Ramjhula.
Situated approximately 70 feet above from the River Ganga, Laxman Jhula Bridge is 450 feet long hanging bridge here in Laxmanjhula, Rishikesh. It connects two villages namely, Tapovan and Jonk from west to east. Trayambakeshwar Temple, Videshwar Mandir is some of the attractions in Laxmanjhula. Also, Rafting and other adventure activities are now attracting tourists from all around the world in Laxmanjhula.
Triveni Ghat is one of the renowned places in Rishikesh. It is well-known bathing ghat of Rishikesh with the accreditation that taking a dip in the holy water of this ghat washes away all the sins & purifies the soul. The Evening Aarti organizes by the Shri Ganga Sabha is the major attraction of this place. The Bharat Temple & the Laxmi- Narayan Temple are also some of the main attractions near Triveni Ghat.
On the top of the hills of Rishikesh, there located Kunjapuri Temple dedicated to goddess Sati (wife of Lord Shiva). Lying in the divine Himalayas of Tehri Garhwal, Kunjapuri Temple is one of the Shakti Peeth where the chest of burnt Sati was fallen. From here, you can also witness amazing sunrise or sunset on the Greater Himalayan Peaks. The view from the temple is surely very much captivating.
Vashishta Gufa (Cave):
Away from the crowd of Rishikesh, there located a very tranquil place, Vashishta Gufa on the banks of the pious river, Ganga. This cave on the pristine and peaceful location has an accreditation that Sage Vashishta along with his wife Arundhati penanced here for hundreds of years. There is also a small village near the ashram, Gular Village. It is at about a distance of 22 km from Rishikesh..
The Beatles Ashram:
One of the most famous or limelight places in Rishikesh is, The Beatles Ashram. It is to be said that, Beatles came here to learn transcendental meditation. Earlier, people from all over the world come here to obtain peace and learning of yoga & meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This is the best place for Nature Walks, Photography, Meditation and much more.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:
One of the most revered sacred shrines of Hindus; Neelkanth Temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters which is about 32 km from Rishikesh. This temple is dedicated to Devo Ke Dev (God of Gods), Lord Shiva. There is also a natural spring where devotees take a holy bath. During the Shravan Mela (or the Kawad Mela), there are lots of crowds seen here.
A famous natural waterfall for a small trek, Neergaddu Waterfall is situated at a distance of 9 km from Rishikesh. It will be quite adventurous in walking through the route of this waterfall on narrow traits. There are two bathing pools in this waterfall. It will make you feel extremely refreshing to stand near the waterfall. In peak seasons, many tourists come here to relish the beauty of this waterfall.
Named after the small village where this waterfall is located, Patna Waterfall is certainly a beautiful place. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Rishikesh. There is not much water in this waterfall but the little shower falling from the stones looks undoubtedly amazing. There is also a limestone cave located next to the waterfall. This 1.5 km trek will definitely amaze you with its everlasting beauty.
Rajaji National Park:
The second tiger reserve in Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park has a total area of 820 sq. kms. By the amalgamation of Rajaji sanctuary, Motichur sanctuary and Chilla sanctuary, this park was created in 1983. This park is home to many endangered flora or fauna like Asian elephant, Bengal tiger and so on. You can explore the beauty of this national park in open jeep services provided there.