Rishikesh is one of the best tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, and among the top pilgrimage sites in India. Also known as Devbhoomi, the place is one of the important religious centres for Hindus.
There are several places in Rishikesh that are worth a visit. From the places associated to Hindu mythology to the historically relevant places, Rishikesh gives each traveller a different reason to visit the place. Let us find out about some of the best places that are a must visit when in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat is one of the best tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Being a famous bathing ghat of the place, the Triveni Ghat is also known for the ceremonial Ganga Aarti, which is a soulful sight to be experienced. The three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati unite here, making it a holy place to take a dip to wash off your sins, is what the Hindus believe.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev temple is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati. As per the Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva drank the Kalakoot poison at the place where the temple is erected, hence the name Neelkanth Mahadev temple. Shivratri is a major festival that is celebrated in this temple, which also sees devotees flocking in year after year.
Camping & River Rafting at Shivpuri
Shivpuri is a small village located just 15 km away from Rishikesh. Apart from the number of temples here devoted to Lord Shiva, the place is also known for camping and river rafting. Shivpuri is a perfect destination for both adventure lovers and pilgrims.
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two long suspension bridges located in Rishikesh, which are used to cross the river Ganga. These bridges have to be crossed to reach some of the other attractions in Rishikesh.
PC: ramesh Iyanswamy
The Beatles Ashram
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram later came to be known as the Beatles Ashram after the famous music band "Beatles" visited this Ashram to practise Transcendental Meditation. Though the Ashram closed after the demise of the Yogi, the tourists kept visiting the place, and even do now, to know more about the place where the Beatles stayed for a while and wrote more than 40 songs!
Apart from these tourist attractions, Rishikesh also has a number of meditation centres and other sites that you may find interesting to visit. Click to know more about Rishikesh.