Rishikesh is located in Uttarakhand in the foothills of Himalayas and is known as the Yoga capital of the world. There are a lot of places to visit in Rishikesh. It is a very popular destination for the foreigner tourists. Rishikesh is also a pilgrimage center of the Hindus as it has a large number of ashrams, temples and yoga centers. Here we are providing the list of top places to visit in Rishikesh.
1. Laxman Jhula
Laxman Jhula was built in 1939 in Rishikesh. Its an iron suspension bridge at a height of 70 feet and is 450 feet long. The bridge is made in the same place from where Laxmana once crossed the Ganges on a rope. In Hinduism, Laxman Jhula is an important pilgrimage destination and is definitely among top places to visit in Rishikesh. The main attraction at this spot is Ram Temple, Laxman Temple, and Trayambakeshwar Temple.
2. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located above the Swarg Ashram at a height of 1675 meters and is one of the most important and famous shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is at the exact spot where Lord Shiva drank the venom ‘halahala’ which was originated due to sea churning by the Devas and the Asuras. Main attractions here are the annual festivals during February, March, July & August and the adventure sports at Jumpin Heights.
3. The Beatles Ashram
The Beatles attended a meditation session at the Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Feb 1968 which changed the world’s outlook on Indian spirituality. During this time they wrote several songs which become very popular and gained huge media attention. Meditate here and enjoy the calmness of the place. The entry charges for Indians is INR 150 and INR 600 for foreigners.
Shivpuri is named after a temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of river Ganges. It is around 19 km from Rishikesh and is famous for its water adventure sports. Here you can see the river Ganges in its most beautiful form while doing white water river rafting. Its another main attraction is camping on Ganges banks. You can also try other adventure sports like Trekking, Camping, Kayaking, Rappelling and forest camping or can visit Karera Bird Sanctuary and Sakhya Sagar Lake.
5. Jumpin Heights
Rishikesh is considered as a pilgrimage place in India but it also quenches the thirst of adrenaline of adventure junkies as it provides you a lot of adventure sports. Jumpin Heights is the best example of adventure sports in Rishikesh due to its safety precautions, location, and experienced instructors. The ticket charges include 100 INR entry fee plus charges of adventure sport. Jumpin Heights remains open all days from 9:30 am to 4 pm. It offers various adventure sports like Flying Fox, Bungee Jumping, and Giant Swing.
Kaudiyala is one of the top places to visit in Rishikesh. It is located at a height of 380 meters from sea level and is around 36 km from Rishikesh. It is one of the prime locations in India due to its adventure sports and white water river rafting in the Ganges. River Rafting in Rishikesh is the main attraction here, however, you can also enjoy other activities like camping, hiking, and zip lining.
7. Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is located between the Indo-Gangetic Plains and the Shivalik Ranges. It is one of India’s oldest ecosystem. It is famous for its rich wildlife and adventure and is Uttarakhand’s second tiger reserve. The ticket charges for Indians is 150 INR and for foreigners, the charge is 600 INR for 3 hours. The opening timings are 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm daily. The vehicle charges are 250 INR for Indians and 500 INR for foreigners. You can also visit Sureshwari Devi Temple.
8. Swarg Ashram
Swarg Ashram is located between Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula on the left bank of river Ganges. It is the oldest ashram in India and is one of the top places to visit in Rishikesh. Swarg Ashram is a perfect place for meditation where you can look into yourself while meditating on the river bank. The charges for yoga and meditation is INR 300 per course. Other activities which can be performed near Swarg Ashram are Hiking, Attending Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
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