In Rishikesh there is something for everyone.You literally have a lot of options in tourist places to see. Whether you are a religious soul or an adventure freak or a nature lover, you cannot get disappointed here. Rishikesh is dotted with so many temples that a Hindu religion enthusiast has got so much to see here. It has so many beautiful natural sites where you can just admire the beauty of the Earth. I am listing below the tourist spots which i think are a must see in Rishikesh.
It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus in Rishikesh for taking a holy dip in the River Ganga. Triveni Ghat is famous for the evening aarti where devotees offer their prayers. As a part of aarti, illuminated earthen lamps are floated in the ganga river water. Those chantings and music will definitely mesmerize you.There are many temples also along the Triveni ghat. Here you will people from all walks of life offering prayers and taking holy dip in the river.
The timing of the aarti is from 6pm to 7pm daily and during this time this place is very crowded. If you come to Rishikesh then this place should definitely be on your must-visit list .
Neer Gaddu or Neergarh falls
This is a natural waterfall situated at a distance of about 2km from the ticketing counter. First 1 km can be covered either on foot or wheels and the rest 1 km has to be covered on foot by trekking. The path to the falls is strenuous as the metalled road is not built here and also the path is narrow so very difficult for two way traffic of four wheelers. It's better to walk or to take a two wheeler to reach this spot. Also don't forget to take your trekking shoes because to reach to the actual waterfall site you have to trek uphill the narrow stairways in the last 2km.
On way to the falls you will come across many beautiful scenic views of the Himalayas and river Ganga. Cliff jumping point also lies on way to the falls and offers a panoramic view.
Lakshman jhula is an iron hanging bridge built over River ganga in Rishi Kesh. According to Hindu mythology at this place a rope bridge was there which was used by Lakshman, younger brother of Lord Rama to cross the River Ganga. In 1929 an iron bridge was constructed at this place over River Ganga which is called the Lakshman jhula. This place is also famous for a number of temples built along the River Ganga, most notable being given the Trayambakeshvar temple which is a 13 storey temple.
Rama jhula is also an iron suspension bridge over the River Ganga. It was built in 1980 and replaced the old rope bridge. It is located in a place called Muni ki reti in Rishikesh and it connects the Shivananda ashram and Swargaashram. It is also a site of numerous temples and it is a very congested area with narrow road and is usually alot crowded.
Rajaji National park is another must see if you go to Rishikesh. This park was formed by the amalgamation of the Chilla sanctuary, motichur sanctuary and Rajaji sanctuary and is spread over the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal of Uttarakhand. The Chilla gate of the Rajaji National Park is just at a distance of 19kms from Rishikesh. Here you can see the migratory birds along the River Ganga that is flowing through this park. It is the habitat of the Asiatic elephant which are found in large numbers here. Many other wild animals like tigers, leopards, bears, deer, antelopes, cobra etc can be seen in this park.
On way to Rajaji National park you can also see the Pashulok barrage or the Chilla dam in south of Rishikesh. It is built over the River Ganga whose water is used for the Chilla power plant.
Neelkanth mahadev temple
It is an ancient temple dedicated to Hindu god, Lord Shiva. It is located on a hill top at a height of about 1400metres. It is at a distance of about 30 km from Rishikesh and it lies on way to Rajaji National park. It's a very sacred temple because according to Hindu mythology it is the place where Lord Shiva consumed venom produced during 'Samudra manthan'.
Rishikesh is a small town located in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and the sacred river Ganga passes through this town. It is a holy place of Hindus and many temples are located here. It is also famous for yoga and is called the Yoga capital of the world.
How to reach Rishikesh
Nearest international airport is the New Delhi airport which is at a distance of 250 km from Rishikesh. From there you can take a domestic flights to the Jolly grant airport in Dehradun which is at a distance of 15 km from Rishikesh. You can also travel by road from Delhi to Rishikesh or you can also take a train from Delhi to Rishikesh.
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