places to visit in rishikesh

Places to Visit in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a small city situated on the bank of river Ganga and is very popular among the Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Travelers, especially who belongs to Hindu religions. Rishikesh is full of Hindu Temples, Ashrams, Yoga & meditation centers, Traditional Shops, Indian restaurants and above all Rishikesh is adventure white water rafting provider's hub. Throughout the year's thousands of Travelers come to Rishikesh for gaining the cultural knowledge and Yoga practicing and Enjoying river rafting. In this particular article, we are highlighting someone of the best places that one have visited, see and experience the rich cultural and adventurous heritage of Rishikesh

1. Maa Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan(Evening)

Parmarth Niketan is one of the biggest ashrams in Rishikesh with more than one thousand rooms with huge lawn spread in the premises having a beautiful garden of flowers and trees which refreshes the environment and mind of pilgrims visiting the ashram. Pramarth Niketan's daily routine includes Prayers, Meditations, Yoga Class, and the best one is evening Divine Maa Ganga Aarti full of enthusiasm, sacrifice, and faith. Beautifully organized aarti daily starts at sunset with lights, bells, Diya's and prayers echoing in the environment. Attending this divine mother Ganga aarti will remove all your stress, pain and problems that you can sense from the very beginning.

Location: Post Office Swargashram, on Neelkhanth Chilla Road, Pauri, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Timing: At Sunset Daily – Timing differs as per season.
Price: Free
Booking : Not Required.

2. Maa Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat(Evening)

Triveni Ghat is biggest and busiest one on the bank river Ganga in Rishikesh. Very sacred ghat in terms of religious belief and faith by Hindu's. Evening Aarti at Triveni Ghat is called Maha Aarti – Attending Maha Aarti has believed one the purest work done in human life. The sound of Prayers, Bhajans, Bells, Drums and Sankoh's purify the environment and devotees float Diya's on a leaf in Maa Ganga which looks like thousand of floating Stars. If you came to Rishikesh then it's a piece of advice not to miss Maha Aarti at Triveni Ghat.

Locations: Maya Kund, Near Chandrabhaga bridge, Rishikesh , Uttarakhand.
Timing: 06pm to 07pm Daily
Price: Free
Booking: Not Required

3. Lakshman Jhulla & Ram Jhula and Nearby Temples

Lakshman Jhula Bridge is named on the younger brother of Lord Rama. 450 Feet Long, 06 Feet Wide and approx 75 Feet above Ganga river Lakshman Jhulla bridge is a center of attraction for thousands of tourist in Rishikesh. One of its own kind reconstructed in 1930 with metal wires without any base support. Just 01 Km before Lakshman Jhulla there is Ram Jhulla Bridge also which 02KM Long. One can feel fresh cold breeze flowing through Ganga river on these bridges and enjoying the little swing by heavy wind. Click images of complete Rishikesh, astonishing hills and awesome Ganga view from these bridges. It is one of the most preferred sightseeing visiting Lakshman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Thirteen Storey Temple, Lakshman Temple, Shopping in Local Markets and taking bath in river Ganga's n number of ghats.

Locations: 02Km from Tapovan Main Market on right side is Lakshman Jhulla and Ram Jhulla and local markets.

4. Neer Garh Waterfall | Neer Gaddu Waterfall

Neer Garh Waterfall is approx 12 km from Rishikesh bus Stand and 05 km from Tapovan Rishikesh on a Badrinath Highway. There is a steep trek of 01 Km to reach to the first phase of the Neer Gaddu waterfall and from there again half km trek for the second phase of the waterfall. After the steep trek, you will see a handsome waterfall and a nice small pond waiting for you to spend a good time there. Preferred time to visit is afternoon and must not miss the second phase which is half a km ahead. Small tea Maggie shop is also there to refresh your body and mind after a hectic trek.

Must Visit Waterfall.
Timing – Till 06 PM
Entry Fees: Rs.5-10 Only

5. Neelkhanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkhanth Mahadev Temple is Hindu sacred temple of Lord Shiva situated at a height of 4500 Feet in Pauri Garhwal District, 32 KM from main Rishikesh. As per Hindu mythology and belief, Lord Shiva consumed all the poison which emerged through the process of Samudra Manthan by Gods and Demons. After consuming the poison lord Shiva entire throat (Khanth in Hindi) color became Blue (Neel in Hindi) that why the temple was named as "Neelkhanth " Temple. One can reach temple easily through road, there is an approx 20km narrow hilly drive from Garudchatti Bridge to Neelkhath Parking. It is always recommended to hire local Taxi (Mahindra 4 x 4 Jeep) for Neelkanth Temple for Lakshman Jhulla Taxi Stand, as they are trained and know all the bends and cuts off the road.

Opens Throughout the year but best time is to come is Monsoon (Saawan) Month of Lord Shiva.

6. Patna Waterfall Trek | Neelkhanth Road.

A quiet place surrounded by dense forest and caves with steep and narrow terrain through Jungle of approx 1.5 KM from Neelkhanth Road, there is a waterfall by the name Patna, named after a small village. How to Reach – 06km from Lakshman Jhulla towards Neelkhanth temple there will small Tea / Maggie Stall on your left and a way to waterfall on your right. Although the trek is just 1.5 km it takes approx 02 Hours to Complete because of the steep and narrow path. Enjoy the flora and fauna of Raja Ji national park while trekking and spend quality time enjoying in waterfall once reached. Come down before sunset or otherwise you might encounter some the wildest animal of Raja Ji national park as the Patna waterfall is also their picnic spot after sunset.

7. Shivpuri | Rishikesh

Shivpuri is 17 km away from Rishikesh City on main Badrinath Highway. Shivpuri is famous for the river rafting as it is the starting point of the famous 16 KM Shivpuri Rafting. Every year 100 thousand adventure seeker comes to Shivpuri for doing river rafting. If you don't want to do rafting you can sit on the beaches and spend your leisure time watching the beauty of Shivpuri. Other than river rafting you can also enjoy Zipline, reverse bungee Jumping, Nature Walk and Camping in Shivpuri. Shivpuri is well connected to the national highway, therefore, you can come any time but avoid monsoon season as landslides are common on those days.

8. Jumpin Heights | Mohanchatti Village

Mohanchatti Village is 20km from Rishikesh City on the main Shillogi road. Here Jumpin Heights offers some of India's extreme adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing. All these activities are full of fun, thrill, and fear, and are conducted under the expert supervision of trained New Zealand jumpmasters. Prices of Activities are fixed and non-negotiable in any conditions. Prices are as follows:

a. Entry Fees @100/- Per Head - Mandatory
b. Bungee Jump @3550/- Per Person
c. Flying Fox @3000/- Per Person
d. Giant Swing @3550/- Per Person

Different combos are also available with discounts. If someone don't want to do activity you can pay Rs.100/- Entry Fees and watch others doing it on live LCD in their Cafeteria.

9. Kunjapuri Temple | Tehri Garhwal – 26KM

Kunjapuri Temple of Mata Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) is one of the famous 52 Shaktipeeth in Uttarakhand. Temple is situated at a height of 5600 feet in Narender Nager, Tehri Garhwal district and is approx 26 Km from Rishikesh City. As per Hindu mythology, father of Mata Sati was against the marriage of Mata Sati and Lord Shiva as the reason for his hatred he didn't invite them to a Yagna which he was conducting. Although Mata Sati was not invited she went there and saw his father insulting Lord Shiva among his disciples and in her anger she jumped into the fire of Yagna. Lord Shiva destroyed the entire Yagna and took Mata Sati body on his shoulders towards Kailash parvat. The body parts of Mata Sati fell in different Parts of Uttarakhand and Nepal which are now known as Shaktipeeth. In Kunjapuri temple, Chest of Mata Sati was fallen and worshiped there since Jagatguru found the temple.

To reach the temple from Rishikesh One can hire Taxi or can go on their own conveyance through Gangotri highway, 03 Km away from Narender Nagar toward Hindola Khal villages and from there 05 Km to reach the base of Kunja Puri Temple.

One can also choose the trek option while returning from the Kunjapuri Temple to Rishikesh.

Temple is located on the Top, you need to walk approx 80 Steep steps to reach and from there you can have an astonishing view of some of the famous peaks like Chaukhamba range, Gangotri Peak and Swarga Rohini on North Side and on another side Doon Valley, Rishikesh City, and Haridwar. Must visit the divine holy temple with an awesome view and to spend some quality time.

10. DEVPRAYAG - 75KM

There are five Prayag (confluence of rivers) in Uttrakhand, out of which the last one is at Devprayag where river Alaknanda and river Bhagirathi confluences with each other. From the junction of these two rivers, the Ganga river is formed then is called Ganga after Devprayag. This place has great significance in Hindu religions, people from different part of the country come here for rituals and to take a dip in the Sangam (confluence).

Devprayag is 75 Km from Rishikesh city on main Badrinath Highway, NH-58 towards Mana Village/Badrinath Temple. Easily connected to highway, ancient temple of Ragunath Ji also a center of attractions in Devprayag. The other four Prayag in Uttarakhand is Vishnu Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Karan Prayag & Nanda Prayag.

One can visit Devprayag from Rishikesh in same day tour also with spending quality time.

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