The holy city of Rishikesh, also known as “Gateway to Garwhal Himalayas” lies in the northern state of Uttrakhand in India. Nestled at the base of the majestic Himalayas with holy River Ganges, Rishikesh which is famous for its shrines, ancient temples, and yoga ashrams. Tourists come to this scenic hill town for a spiritual sojourn soaking the spiritual aura and for a thrilling adventurous expedition. The picturesque environs of Rishikesh with sacred rivers and grand mountains help you to unwind and relax. At the same time, you can partake in thrilling adventure activities. Soak in divine spirituality or rummage through the pristine waters of Rishikesh.
Things to do in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is proudly proclaimed as The Adventure Capital of India. There are a number of outdoor adventure activities that can be undertaken here. Let’s have a look:
- River Rafting: Enjoy exhilarating “White water rafting” on the crystal clear waters of the gurgling river Ganges. Riding the rapids is a wonderful, stimulating and challenging experience.
- Bungee Jumping: Adventure enthusiasts get the opportunity to enjoy the exciting Bungee Jumping from the famous jumping heights center. Indulge in fox flying and the Giant swing right over the gurgling river.
- Camping: Enjoy tenting under the vast starlit blue sky besides the pristine waters of Ganga in the camp river zone. This is a rejuvenating experience altogether, listening to the sound of the chirping birds. Indulge in the kayaking experience or just swim in the fresh and icy cold Ganga waters. Enjoy Hiking and strolling in the quaint forest trails of this pictorial region
Admire Lakshamana Jhula
This architectural marvel is an important pilgrim attraction. Lakshamana jhula is a suspension bridge in Rishikesh having a length of 450 feet and at a height of around 70 feet from the river. As per Hindu mythology, this bridge is built in the same place, where Lord Lakshamana crossed the river Ganges on a simple jute rope.
Temples and Shrines
Visit Neelkantha Mahadev Temple which is one of the most important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Watch the Ganga aarti in the evening from parmarth ashram as the sun sets over the pristine waters of Ganga. This is not only a visual delight but a divine spiritual experience. Visit Kailash Niketan Temple, a 13 storeyed building and enjoy the amazing view from the top of this temple.
Center for Studying Yoga and Meditation
Just sit and watch the orange glow enveloping the environs as the sun rises from behind the pictorial Shivaliks, spreading warmth and setting fire to the cold, shimmering waters of Ganga. There are numerous yoga ashrams including The Swarg ashram which is one of the oldest Yoga ashrams in India. Here you can learn correct yoga techniques from the masters and also acquire the art of to mediation. A visit to Beatles ashram is a must.
How to reach: To reach Rishikesh, you can board an overnight train or bus from Delhi or reach Dehradun by Air directly and proceed towards Rishikesh, located at a distance of 35 KMs, via road. Rishikesh is not connected directly to Delhi by train.
Best Time to visit: Rishikesh is a picturesque tourist destination affording spectacular views throughout the year. Choose time according to the intended activity you want to do.