Famous For: Rishikesh is primarily famous for its spiritual importance. Rishikesh is the beginning of the famous Char Dham Yatra (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath). The Swargashram houses a number of temples and ashramas. Also there are some attractive visiting place. Such as –
Lakshman Jhula, The Beatles Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Ram Jhula, Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple, Shivpuri, Bungee Jumping (Flying Fox), Kaudiyala, Neer Garh Waterfall, Kuari Pass, Jadh Ganga Trek, Bungee Jumping, Jumpin Heights, Swarg Ashram, Rishi Kund, Bharat Mandir (Temple), Muni Ki Reti, Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Tera Manzil Temple, Byasi, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Yoga Centres, Himalayan Yog Ashram etc.
Major Attractions: Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Rafting In Rishikesh, Shivpuri, Kaudiyala, Bungee Jumping (Flying Fox), Neer Garh Waterfall, Byasi, Rishi Kund.
Ideal Visit Time: May – June is quite hot at Rishikesh temperature touching 35°C(+). The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September – October to mid November and then the best time to visit Rishikesh is from early March – April to first week of May.
Rishikesh is a small town in Dehradun district near Haridwar in Uttarakhand, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas at the confluence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga rivers. It is also known as Hrishikesh. It is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular cafes and “Yoga Capital”. The gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh is a popular pilgrimage site and one of the holiest places for Hindus. Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Rishikesh has developed into a center of many ashrams, cultivating spirituality, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. Since it is a religious city, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly forbidden here. In the first week of March, an international yoga festival is organized here which invites yoga people from all over the world.
Rishikesh is divided into two main areas – the downtown area known as Rishikesh town which is where the popular Triveni Ghat is situated. 2 km upstream from the popular Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula is the other side of Rishikesh where most of the popular ashrams, cafes, accommodation and tourists can be found. Haridwar and Rishikesh are the first Indian cities to be given the title of “Twin National Heritage Cities”.
Now, let’s talk about some attractive places of Rishikesh below:
An iconic hanging bridge, Ram Jhula is built in 1986. It is a suspension bridge that runs across the sacred River Ganga connecting Shivananda Nagar to Swargashram. The bridge is 750 feet wide and is a great work of engineering, connecting the religious monasteries on both sides of the river. It is a bird’s eye view of the mighty Ganges Pacific in the foothills of the Himalayas. The hanging bridge really gives you a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the shelf. If you are a nature lover, you should definitely enjoy this natural adventure.
Lakshman Jhula is a famous suspension bridge over the river Ganga which connects two villages named Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district. Located 5 km northeast of the city of Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the entire bridge is made of iron, 450 feet long and 70 feet above the river. Lakshman Jhula is a well-known place among tourists. Because it is believed that Lord Rama’s younger brother Lakshman crossed the Ganges at this same place, where the bridge now stands beautifully for all to see.
Construction of the bridge was completed in 1929 and is currently working on the old road to the holy temples of Badrinath and Kedarnath, along with the bridge over the river. At present, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. This hanging bridge has popularized various religious places, shrines and markets in the vicinity. Important places in the vicinity of Lakshman Jhula include Terah Manzil Mandir, Lakshman Mandir, Ram Jhula and the whole region resonates with the enchanting mantras and verses of the temple.
Rafting In Rishikesh
Rafting in Rishikesh particularly is hands down the best; one could endeavour in India. From the gifted natural circumstances to the top professional assistance, the place has just the best to offer. There are some certified operators, whose safety arrangements are well in this place and there are customised packages for camping and rafting at Rishikesh. If you want to be tension free with your food, water and resting place, leave the matter to the rafting operators. They come with very good service at low cost. Or if you want to find out for yourself, you can do so while you’re at it. Rishikesh is quite crowded in the peak season. So when you plan a trip to Rishikesh, take a look at that.
Shivpuri is a picturesque town located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an exciting rafting spot amidst the natural environment and so it is famous for river rafting. The city often serves as a river rafting destination in India. It has many camps that often attract tourists from nearby cities for weekly vacations. This is a special destination for rafting lovers. Or it is a better place to spend your vacation.
About 380 meters above sea level, Kaudiyala is a popular rock climbing destination surrounded by dense forests. It also provides White River rafting tracks. To enjoy the adventurous activities, this White River is a pure destination that provides ample beauty of nature. Surely your precious time will not be wasted, if you come to visit this place.
Bungee Jumping (Flying Fox)
Rishikesh offers a variety of adventurous activities. This is why it is also known as the “Adventure Capital” of India. Bungee Jumping is one of the top exciting adventure sports in the region. For the activity, the volunteer jumps off from a very tall structure (usually a building), flying freely in the air before he is restrained and pulled up. The participant is tied up with a long elastic cord that is attached to the building or any other fixed structure.
However, if you want to get even more adventurous, this activity can also be carried out from hot air balloons or helicopters. Basically anything that has the ability to hover over the ground in mid air. The USP of the activity is the thrill of free falling and recoil. The cord first unwinds and let the person fall freely and then it recoils, bringing the person back upwards again. After that, it oscillates and stops, and the person is lowered gently into water.
Neer Garh Waterfall
The nesting average waterfall is located in the middle of a dense green forest. It is a beautiful stream of cool water over rocky terrain. It is about a kilometer through the water and requires a trekking downhill to reach the waterfall. This trail is a perfect activity before entering the water for exciting and cool tranquility. The cool water and the surrounding green nature are bound to cheer you up. There is no comparison to this waterfall to give your holiday some beautiful souvenir gift.
Jumpin Heights is a famous extreme adventure zone in Rishikesh perfect attraction for adventure freaks seeking to get their adrenalin pumping. Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing are some of the extreme activities at the foothills of the Himalayas to unite with the clear water and fresh air. These adventures will easily attract all those people who love adventure. There are a few adventure activities in the midst of the clear green, all of which are very dazzling and attractive to tourists.
Located at 30 km from Rishikesh, Byasi is a tiny village on the banks of river Ganges in Uttarakhand. The quaint little village popular for water sports and adventure tourism owing to the demography of the region, dirty white sands to laze and camp and the favourable flow of the river which facilitate easy rafting and camping activities.
Rishi Kund is a natural hot spring pond which is considered as a sacred water body in the town. The pond is believed to be filled with water only after a sage was blessed by River Yamuna. Locals also believe that, Lord Rama had bathed in the kund during his exile and that the rivers, Ganges and Yamuna meet each other at this point. No matter what the legend is, the pond has a serene vibe that cannot be missed while here. If you want to spend a quality time with your family then make a plan to visit this place.
How To Reach
By Road: Rishikesh is one of the most popular tourist destination for the Hindu community. So, it is well-connected with many other major cities of India. Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi are really well-connected with Rishikesh. Buses depart in the morning and late evening from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day. You can choose from a regular, deluxe or a luxurious coach.
By Train: Rishikesh has no any railway station of its own. The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 km away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi. Some of the popular trains are Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express and Mussoorie Express. For those making the journey to Rishikesh, it is advisable to take the train till Haridwar and then either take a bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh. While the bus would take about 45 minutes, the taxi will take you to Rishikesh in about half an hour.
By Air: Rishikesh has no any airport of its own. The nearest airport from Rishikesh is Jolly Grant airport, which is approximately 35 km away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi. Apart from Delhi, there is a flight from Lucknow to Dehradun as well. After reaching at the airport, you can opt for regular taxi or bus service which is easily available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. The second nearest international airport for Rishikesh is in New Delhi which is well-connected with different cities across all over the world.