awesome sight. It is believed that several yogis and
sages lived and practised penance here. Today, there are
various ashrams in Rishikesh. The Maharishi Yogi also
had his ashram here and was fortunate to capture the
imagination and attention of the Beatles in the early
sixties. Rishikesh is also the base for travel to the
hill regions of Garhwal and the four holy shrines of
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and also
the Sikh Shrine at Hemkund Sahib.
Activities in Rishikesh
Yoga & Meditation, river rafting, yatching, kayaking,
canoeing are the various activities which can be done in
Accommodation in Rishikesh
Being a very popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has
ample accommodations for the tourists coming from all
over. It has numerous accommodations located in and
around the town. The accommodations available here
ranges between luxury and budget. The hotels offers good
length of facilities and services which are ideal for
both short and long journeys.
Ashrams in Rishikesh
There are many important ashrams in Rishikesh. Most
ashrams are centres for spiritual studies which also
calls for Physical disciplines. Some ashrams, however,
are monasteries. Among the better known ashrams are
Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan,
Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Ved Niketan,
Dayanand Vedanta Ashram, Vanmali Gita Yogashram,
Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditatation Centre,
Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.
Tourist Attractions in
Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh.
The Lakshman Temple and Lakshman Jhula are the main
tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Bharat Temple, Sri
Venkateshwara Temple and Muni-ki-Reti are the other
places of tourist interest in Rishikesh.
suspended bridge close to Lakshman Juhla is the Ram
Jhula. This suspended bridge was recently build between
Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram. It is similar to the
Lakshman Jhula. Ram Juhla is also known as Shivanand
Raghunath Mandir and Triveni Ghat
It is the most important places for religious ceremonies
in Rishikesh. It is believed that the Ganga is joined
here by the Yamuna and the Saraswati Rivers. The dusk
Aarti on the Triveni Ghat is most impressive.
This newly constructed building is famous for its
attractive paintings and statues from the Hindu
mythology. Situated just across the Lakshman Jhula.
The Bharat Temple is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. The
image installed here has a distinctly Himalayan cast of
features. Though the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
but it holds a number of images normalley associated
with the worship of Lord Shiva.
How to reach Rishikesh
The nearest railhead is at Haridwar, about 21 km from
Rishikesh is well connected to all major cities of India
by road like Badrinath, Delhi, Dehradun, Kedarnath,
Gangotri, Yamunotri and Uttarkashi.