In recent years, Rishikesh is not just a holy place, it is also a hub of various activities. Located on the banks of river Ganga and at the foot hills of Garhwal Himalayas, it is known for tourism and as a pilgrimage site.
There are various things to do in Rishikesh which gives an opportunity to try different activites. A yoga hub and a popular place for adventure sports like river rafting, bungee jumping and so on; Rishikesh tourism is more diverse and fun.
One gets to relax through yoga, have a thrilling experience in adventure sports and a spiritual feeling with all the religious sites.
Hence, Rishikesh is a blend of spirituality, tourism and adventure. Let's have a look at various things to do in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a holy place for Hindus and it is the starting point for Char Dham Yatra.
Nilkanth Mahadev temple, Kunjapuri temple, Bharat Mandir, Parmarth Niketan temple, Tera Manzil temple, Raghunath temple are some of the temples you can visit.
One can also see Ganga Arti (Prayers for Ganga river) in the evening which is most wonderful to watch.
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Rishikesh is a perfect place for trying some thrilling adventure sports.
River rafting, hiking, bungee jumping, kayaking, backpacking, camping, rappelling, cliff jumping, flying fox, the gaint swing are the adventure sports you can try.
The amazing landscapes of Rishikesh offers a best experience while on your adventure travel.
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Rishikesh is a yoga hub of India; also called 'Yoga Capital of the World'.
It gets tourists from all over the world who love to experience and practise yoga.
There are many ashrams, hotels and institutions which offer yoga classes.
In fact, there are many types of Yoga and one should find a suitable form of yoga as per their requirements.
So, don't miss an opportunity to learn this ancient practice and have refreshing experience.
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Rishikesh in the foot hills of Garhwal Himalayas, is also known for tourism.
One gets to see many places in and around Rishikesh which have their own specialities.
Laxman Jhula is an iron bridge built across the Ganga river. It is an important landmark in Rishikesh.
The Beatles Ashram, was built to mark the visit of the Beatles in 1968. They came to Rishikesh to learn meditation in Maharshi Mahesh Yogi's ashram.
Haridwar, Shivpuri, Swarg Ashram, Narendra Nagar, Kaudiyala , Rishikund, Triveni Ghat ( Evening aarti), Ram Jhula, Vasistha Guha, Geeta Bhavan , etc. are some of the main tourist places in Rishikesh.
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Tourists can also do lots of shopping in Rishikesh.
One can find stalls to buy artificial jewellery, ethnic clothing, Rudraksh (Hindu Prayer beads), local crafts, paintings, etc.
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Rishikesh is popular for vegetarian than non vegetarian food. There are some nice cafes which serve multi-cuisine food.
Ayurvedic Restaurant and Cafe, The Office, Little Buddha Cafe, Little Italy, etc. are some places which are famous.
One should try local dishes and also the Ayurvedic food in Rishikesh.
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