Located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, the town of Rishikesh abounds in temples and ashrams. The world famous pilgrimage town is perched at an altitude of 1,360 ft above sea level. According to the Hindu mythology, Rishikesh is the place where Lord Vishnu crushed demon Madhu. This is also the place from where begins the holy Chardham Yatra (covering Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri). Abounding in natural beauty, the town of Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) proves to be an ideal destination for tourists interested in pilgrimage travel and adventure sports. The ashrams of Rishikesh are renowned the world over for the study of spiritualism, yoga and meditation.

General Information ::
Location - 24 Kms from Haridwar, Near by Attractions - Haridwar, Dehradun and Mussoorie,Best Season - Throughout the Year

Prime Attractions of Rishikesh

River Rafting
For all tourists heading to northern India, River Rafting in Rishikesh or White Water Rafting in Rishikesh is a major attraction. Since,      rafting is a sport which can be enjoyed by the whole family, tourists arrive in Rishikesh in huge number.It doesn't matter whether you are      a fresher in the field or a skilled rafter, Rishikesh offers rafting opportunities for all. With the assistance of professional guides and      trainers, rafting in Rishikesh can be a lot of fun. While rafting along the Gangaa River, you can also feast your eyes upon the scenic      sights that welcome you on either side of the river.

Ram Jhula

Yet another suspended bridge in Rishikesh is the Ram Jhula. The bridge serves as the connection between the Shivanand Ashram
and Swarg Ashram. It is dedicated to Ram, Lakshmana's elder brother.

Lakshman Jhula

It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Built back in the year 1929, the Lakshman Jhula is actually a suspended bridge.      As per the Hindu traditions, it is believed that Lakshmana (Rama's brother; Rama is the hero of epic Ramayana) crossed the river here      with the help of a jute rope. Apart from for its mythological significance, the bridge is also visited to soak up the panoramic views of the      surroundings.

Ashrams in Rishikesh
The prime tourist attractions in Rishikesh are the ashrams. The town is dispersed over with a number of ashrams, world renowned    centres for spiritual studies and lessons on meditation. Some of the most popular and much visited ashrams in Rishikesh include    Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental    Meditation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.

Bharat Mandir
The temple was laid down by Adiguru Shankaracharya around 8th century AD. One of the most ancient in Rishikesh, the temple occupies a position on the banks of the Holy Ganges. An idol of Lord Vishnu stands in the inner sanctum of the temple.

Triveni Ghat
It is the place where tourists can witness Hindu pilgrims in hordes. Pilgrims from all across the country arrive here to observe a holy dip      in the Gangaa. The scene however becomes surreal as hundreds of pilgrims flock to the ghat in the evening to attend the Ganga Aarti,      an important ritual worship Gangaa, the holy river. Hundreds of diyas afloat the River Gangaa, add much delight to the sight of the flowing      Gangaa.

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