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Top Tourist Places To Visit In Rishikesh
The starting point for the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh, is a small town in the state of Uttarakhand. It is not only a popular pilgrimage centre but also an ideal tourist destination for those interested in adventure sports like trekking and white river rafting. People often visit Rishikesh for spiritual awakening, yoga and meditation. The place is known as the yoga capital of world and becomes a hub of Indian as well as foreign tourists coming in to find peace. From Triveni Ghat to Trimbakeshwar, Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and Gita Bhavan, there are so many tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.
This is the place of confluence of three holy rivers of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is the most sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh. Hundreds of pilgrims flock here to take a dip in the holy water with the belief that it will wash away all their sins. Every morning and evening a Maha Aarti is performed here.
Situated on the east bank of River Ganges is a 13 storey high temple with different deities placed throughout the building. The temple is essentially dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples and goes by the name of Trimbakeshwar Temple. Many kathakaars and sadhus have read and propagated holy scriptures here. A truly mediative and holy feeling emanates from the land of Trimbakeshwar and it is palpable when you step foot in the premises.
Ram Jhula is an iron suspension bridge constructed across River Ganga at Muni Ki Reti for crossing between Shivananda Ashram and Sawargashram. It is named after Lord Ram and makes for a great walk across the city. What is also special when on this bridge is that the suspension bridge is not still but swings and sways very lightly with pedestrians. A must-have experience when in Rishikesh.
This 450 feet long iron suspension bridge is one of the most prominent and popular landmarks of Rishikesh. Built in 1939 it is believed that Lakshman, brother of Lord Ram crossed River Ganges on jute ropes where this bridge now stands. The bridge offers some spectacular views of the region.
Swargashram or the Heavenly abode is a beautiful ashram built at the foothills of the Himalayas on the left bank of River Ganges between Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula. Several temples and ashrams lie scattered across this place. Peaceful and picturesque, it is a place where Yogis and Rishis have meditated over years.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Located on the outskirts of Rishikesh atop a hill at a height of 1675 m is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to legend, during Samudra Manthan - one of the most famous episodes in Hindu Mythology, venom that oozed out was ingested by Lord Shiva at this very place turning his throat blue in color. This is where Lord Shiva got the name Neelkanth Mahadeo. Neelkanth means The Blue Throated One.
A popular ashram among the Hindu Bhramin community, people meet here twice a year to read the Ramayana together. One of the many spritual places in Rishikesh, Gita Bhavan makes for a quiet and peaceful sanctum to relax, meditate and just be. If you do come here on one of the occasions of communal reading of Rmayana then all the better.
Camping in Rishikesh is very popular. Given that Rishikesh is situated in the hills of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan influence makes it an even better spot for hiking and camping. Spending time in the midst of nature, waking up to the chirping of birds and the soft gushing of River Ganga is soothing and rejuvenating to frayed nerves. You will find many camping tours arranged by tour agents as well as special camping agencies. If you are experienced in this arena, then you can pick up your own camping paraphernalia and start hiking.