Most of Rishikesh’s tourist attractions have religious overtones because the city is a revered holy site. There are numerous temples and ashrams to visit in and around Rishikesh, including Parmarth Niketan and Gita Ashram. Here’s a list of some of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.
1. Laxman Jhula
Rishikesh’s Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge that crosses the revered Ganga. Lakshman Jhula, a well-known monument in Rishikesh, is 450 feet long and connects the Pauri and Tehri districts. Lakshman Jhula also provides a panoramic view of the Ganges River and the temple-filled city of Rishikesh.
Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, is said to have used a jute rope to cross the Ganges here. Later, a jute rope bridge was erected here in Lakshman’s honor. A 284-foot-long hanging jute rope bridge that had existed until 1889 was destroyed by the floods of October 1924. A new bridge was subsequently constructed in 1930.
2. Triveni Ghat
In Rishikesh, the holy Ganges is revered at many ghats, the most well-known of which are the Ganga Aartis at Parmarth Niketan and Triveni Ghat.
An enjoyable way to worship the Ganga is through the Ganga aarti. Every day from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a large number of people attend the Ganga aarti (Daily). Seeing so many diyas floating in the Ganges is amazing.
It is planned and carried out by Vedic priests, especially the young students of the Vedas. The beginning of an aarti consists of the recitation of a few mantras, the singing of bhajans, prayers, and a sacred rite in which Agni, the god of fire, is honored. The positive energy from the fire spreads across the area. You can either join them in singing Bhajans while you sit quietly and with your hands folded. Numerous pilgrims attend the Ganga aarti every day.
3. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
A revered and well-known temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, is situated 32 kilometers from Rishikesh. One of the most well-known temples of Lord Shiva is Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, which is picturesquely located on a hill at a height of 1330 meters. The temple, a well-known pilgrimage site close to Rishikesh, is located above Swargashram and close to the Nar Narayan mountain range.
The temple is located at the meeting point of the Pankaja and Madhumati perennial rivers and is bordered by the Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot valleys.
According to folklore, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred location where Lord Shiva ate the poison that was injected into his throat and came from the ocean (Samudra Manthan). As a result, Lord Shiva’s throat is given the name Neelkanth and turns blue. People from far-off regions travel to this holy site all year long, making it the finest place for Lord Shiva’s followers.
4. Ram Jhula
A well-known landmark in the city of Rishikesh is Ram Jhula. An iron suspension bridge crosses the revered Ganges. Ram Jhula, which connects Shivananda Ashram with Swargashram, is 450 feet long. Additionally, Ram Jhula provides a sweeping vista of the Ganges River and the temple-filled city of Rishikesh.
In 1980, PWD constructed Ram Jhula with the aid of Shivananda Ashram. It used to be a pillarless hanging jute ropeway bridge. Shivananda Ashram, Swargashram, Beatles Ashram, Yog Niketan, Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan, and numerous other religious sites are among the attractions of Ram Jhula. Both sides of the Ram Jhula have markets.
5. Geeta Bhawan
In Swargashram, Rishikesh, a sizable structure known as Geeta Bhawan may be seen by the banks of the revered Ganga River. Numerous discourse halls and more than 1000 rooms are available for devotees to stay comfortably and at no charge inside the enormous Geeta Bhawan complex. In addition to receiving free lodging while taking a holy bath in the Ganga, Geeta Bhawan is a popular destination for devotees from far locations.
Thousands of devotees from around the world travel to Geeta Bhawan during the summer to participate in Satsang and other meditational events. Geeta Bhawan offers a variety of services to its patrons, including inexpensive food and eatables with free ferry service, clothing, books, and Ayurvedic stores. Additionally, Geeta Bhawan offers all saints free meals and clothing. For a sacred plunge in the Ganges, bathing Ghats 1 and 3 are located in the Geeta Bhawan complex.
6. Parmarth Niketan
On the banks of the revered Ganges River, it is one of the foremost yoga centers in India and the largest ashram in the region. It has grown over the course of its 70-year existence to become Rishikesh’s biggest ashram. Swami Shukdevanand Saraswati started it in 1942. No one is excluded from this ashram based on their race, gender, nationality, religion, caste, or creed.
The Ashram is well-known for its daily morning and evening Ganga Aarti ceremonies as well as its Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat. The ashram also offers a school that adheres to Indian culture and tradition. At the time of the International Yoga Festival, a large number of people visit the ashram.
Many visitors come for Ayurvedic treatments, which include yoga, meditation, music therapy, and exercise, among other things. Additionally, the ashram offers lodging options for visitors. Parmarth Niketan is situated in Rishikesh’s Swargashram.
There are many other best places to visit in Rishikesh which we’ll try to cover in the next part. Share this article with your friends or family if they’re planning a trip to Rishikesh.