Rishikesh, known as the yoga capital of the world definitely conjures up images of Sadhus, Temples, Yoga And Mantras - basically all things mystical and we're here to tell you what all should be on your bucket list when in Rishikesh!
The saga of Lakshman Ji building a jute bridge to cross the Ganga here is still believed to be true and is one of the most popular landmarks of Rishikesh. Giving Rishikesh the identity which it has today worldwide, the iron bridge was built in the 1930's. Being the focal point of temples, shops, cafes, ashrams, the long bridge offers serene views of the whole city which makes it a must visit!
River Rafting on the Ganges is just the perfect sport to take on when in Rishikesh as you get to experience some thrilling rapids! There are a whole lot of operators to organise this activity for you. Do bear in mind that the best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September-October to mid November.
If you're in Rishikesh then you MUST attend the Ganga Aarti at any one of its ghats. With the chanting of bhajans and the ringing bells, the holy Ganges feels like an abode outside the worldly pleasures. This unmissable event in Rishikesh can be seen from the famous Triveni Ghat or Parmarth Niketan Ashram Ghat.
Location | Triveni Ghat In Mayakund or Parmarth Niketan Ashram Ghat, Main Market Road, Near Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram
Primitively just a hanging ropeway, the Ram Jhula was modified and made into an iron suspension in the 1980's. There are markets on both side of Ganges, along with some major attractions such as Sivananda Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Parmarth Niketan, Beatles Ashram among others. Dedicated to “Lord Rama”, it remains open on all days. Do carry your camera along!
Location | Ganga Vatika
Rishikesh & its special bonding with mother nature makes it a perfect place to camp. Situated at an awe inspiring altitude, home to several kinds of forests and roaring rivers, Rishikesh is a natural beauty. Everything here falls into just the right place and you're sure to make some memories that will last a lifetime.
The alluring ashram and its pristine temple is an unmissable place in Rishikesh. The ashram with its comfortable accommodation facilities will make your stay worthwhile. Attend the regular yoga and meditation classes for enlightenment and while you are here, visit the temple for some divine blessings and for an overall tranquil experience.
Location | Main Market Road, Near Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram
Always been a diehard fan of the iconic band The Beatles? Well then head to the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh! Earlier known as ‘Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram’, the ashram changed its name to The Beatles Ashram after members of the glorious band The Beatles visited it!
Location | Swarg Ashram
The 2-tier fall situated 8 kms from the Lakshman Jhula is a cascading beauty to visit in Rishikesh. The waterfall has a two-faced stream gushing down from the mighty hillock proving advantageous for rappelling and trekking. You can take a dip in its cold water or simply relax by the pool.
Location | Neergarh Waterfall Rd
Claimed to be once inhabited by Sage Vashishta and his wife, this place has a mystique element attached to it. It is believed that the sage meditated here and found nirvana. The silence and stillness here makes it a devotional and perfect place for deep meditation. With no mobile network, it's a perfect place to connect with yourself.
Location | Haridwar Rishikesh Badrinath Rd, Shivpuri Range
The temple is dedicated to the Neel Kanth Bhagwan, ShivJi. The high rise temple is devoted to the lord with its outside walls depicting the famous scenes of the narration and inner walls crafted with rituals and sculptures. The colourful exteriors and the soulful interiors will bring vibrancy to your mundane life and you'll witness the preoccupations slipping away and peace sweeping in.
Location | Kotdwar Pauri Road, Kotdwara
So get ticking these amazing things off your list!