Endowed with alluring natural beauty, soaring hills and holy dips in gushing river Ganges, and ringing bells, Rishikesh a famous tourist as well as a pilgrimage destination. Rishikesh is located on along the banks of the holy Ganges (River Ganga). This place is referred to as the Gateway to the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand (the four main Hindu pilgrimages namely, Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri. According to some ancient scriptures, Rishikesh is believed to be the place where if one meditates, then can attain Moksha (salvation). for Rishkesh travel guide and tour attraction information visit here.
Besides being a prime pilgrimage center, this charming town offers a wide range of opportunities for adventure activities’ lovers and nature lovers. Here, they can enjoy a fun filled holiday, while doing white water rafting, camping and capturing the appealing beauty of the landscape. In brief, Rishikesh is a place where nature and divinity combines with each other and form a spiritual realm which can hardly be experienced anywhere else. In the following write-up, we have mentioned some popular places to visit, which you must pay a visit to when in Rishikesh.
Amongst the most popular hanging bridges built across River Ganges, Lakshman Jhula is a famous attraction for tourists in Rishikesh. As per the folklores, earlier this bridge used to be a shaky and jute one, which was used by Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama to cross the river and that is why, it is named as “Lakshman Jhula”. The existing iron version of the same bridge was constructed in the year 1939. While going across of this jhula (bridge) or standing on the Lakshman Jhula, one can get some stunning glimpses of the gushing River Ganges.
Another point of interest in Rishikesh, the same league is the “Ram Jhula”. It is also built over Ganges River and made of iron. This Ram Jhula looks quite similar to the Lakshman Jhula. Apart from being named as Ram Jhula, Rishikesh is also renowned as Shivanand Jhula because, the bridge was constructed to pave the way from Swarg Ashram and Shivanand Ashram.
Situated in the vicinity of Rishikesh, around 12 km away, Nilkanth Mahadeo is one of the most venerated temples for Hindus. Built on top of a hill, about at a height of 1675 m above the sea level, this beautiful temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. As per the legends, the venom that oozed out during the ‘Samudra Manthan’ was ingested by Lord Shiva at this place, and therefore this temple is named as “Nilkanth Mahadeo”. This temple is amongst the most visited pilgrimage centers for Hindus in the surrounding area of Rishikesh.
On the contrary, Bharat Mandir as to its name suggests, is not dedicated to Lord Rama’s brother Bharat. Bharat Mandir has an idol of Lord Vishnu, which is assumed to be carved out of a single ‘Salagram’ or sacred round stone. This temple was constructed by Adiguru Shankracharya in 12th century. Therefore, Bharat Mandir can be counted as one of the oldest temples in Rishikesh.
Besides, Triveni Ghat, Swarga Ashram, Rishi Kund and most importantly, the White Water Rafting are some of the popular tourist attractions of Rishikesh. So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Rishikesh now and get ready to explore the divinity.