Rishikesh - Tours and Excursions
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As we all know Rishikesh has been a center for spiritual and religious activities since ancient times. The city is located in the foot hills of Himalayas beside the river Ganges. It is also known as Yoga capital of the world, attracting visitors from all over the world for its shrines and yoga Ashram. The town is also famous for Beatles ashram and places like Laxman Jhula and ram Jhula. Rishikesh is also an interesting place for adventure lovers as they have options for trekking to white water rafting. The location on the foothills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year.
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Rishikesh – Place of Sagas
As we all know Rishikesh has been a center for spiritual and religious activities since ancient times. The city is located in the foot hills of Himalayas beside the river Ganges. It is also known as Yoga capital of the world, attracting visitors from all over the world for its shrines and yoga Ashram. The town is also famous for Beatles ashram and places like Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula. Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas Rishikesh is also a pilgrimage town and one of the holiest places for Hindus. Rishikesh is also an interesting place for adventure lovers as they have options for trekking to white water rafting. The location on the foothills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year.
Highlights of Rishikesh:
- Holy River Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains.
- Rishikesh is known as gateway to Char Dham. (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri)
- Rishikesh is the Yoga Capital of the world.
- Rishikesh is the place where spirituality meets the adventure.
- Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas.
- Unmatched adventure activities like White water rafting, bungee jumping, zip line etc.
- First bunjee jumping destination.
- It is a vegetarian and alcoholic free city.
Tourist places in and around Rishikesh:
Triveni Ghat :
Triveni Ghat is famous among pilgrims to take a holy dip in sacred River Ganga. One can participate at Ganga Aarti by contacting Ganaga Seva Samiti by paying a nominal fee. The same money is used for management of Triveni Ghat such as cleanliness, facilities and festivals etc.
Visitors can also take a boat ride in River Ganga from Triveni Ghat. The boat ride service is offered by Swami Mission Society on nominal cost per person. Triveni is even used by devotees to perform the last rites and rituals of their loved ones. The Ghat is famed for the Ganga Aati performed to the chants of the Vedic hymns. The sight of oil leaves, filled with diys and petals which are released in River Ganga is a sight to behold. On the bank of Triveni Ghat, one can visit the Gita Mandir, Triveni Mata Mandir and Laxminarayn Temple.
Ram Jhula :
There are innumerable shops and markets near the starting and ending point of the bridge. One can buy authentic semi-precious stones and gems at the reasonable prices.
Lakshman Jhula :
As per the Hindu Mythology Ramayan, it is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman had crossed the Ganga River at the same place where the bridge has been built. The bridge was opened to public in the year 1929. In order to boost the tourist many other developments have been carried out around the area. Initially the Lakshman Jhula was made up of the jute, however after the floods it was replaced by a much stronger and studier iron bridge in the year 1939.
One can indulge in various things near the Lakshman bridge like visit Tera manzil Temple, Gems shopping at Arihant Gems, indulge in the Vedic treatments at Prakriti Vedic Spa, Meditate is Geeta Bhawan, Yoga sessions etc.
Parmarth Niketan :
The daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include daily yoga specializing in Vinyasa yoga, general Hatha yoga and yoga nidra. Daily activities include morning universal prayers and meditation classes, daily satsang and mediation programs, Ganga arti at the sunset. Parmath Niketan is also the home to 14 feet Shiva statue on the banks of Ganges. The divine tree of heaven kalpavirksha was planted at the premises of this ashram by Vijay Pal Baghel of Himalaya Vahini.
There are frequent camps in which pilgrims come from all across the world r=to take part in the intensive courses in yoga, meditation, prayanama, stress management, acupressure, reiki and other ancient Indian sciences. Parmarth Niketan is open to all visitors with no discriminations on the basis of race, nationality, religion, caste or creed. The daily events and activities at Parmarth make every minute every moment prayer, connecting us to the Divine.
The Beatles Ashram :
In 1997, however, it got deserted, until recently on 8th December 2015 , Uttrakhand’s Forest Department reopened this Beatles ashram and turned it into a tourist place. One of the main reasons why this ashram is famous is because of its Graffiti artwork. The ashram gained international attention between February and April 1968 when the English rock band the Beatles studied meditation there along with other celebrities such as Donavan, Mia Farrow and Mike Love. It is now known as Beatles Ashram and held an exhibition in February 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in Rishikesh.
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River Rafting :
Shivpuri is an ideal place for rafting camping in Rishikesh. October to February is the best time for rafting as the average temperature is 19 c to 27 c. Some of the well known rapids faced by the rafter are Golf course, Roller coaster, club house etc. There are different types of rafting and is the easiest and the shortest one is of 9 km from Brahmpuri Club house to Rishikesh NIM Beach. It is grade 1 rafting expedition and is meant for beginners. The stretch is best for family and student group.
The Kaudiyala to Rishikesh is 36 km long rafting stretch, full of excitement and awe. This is one of the longest and adventurous route for rafting in Rishikesh.
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Must Know Before You Visit Rishikesh
- Don’t forget to visit Shri Bharat Mandir in Jhanda Chowk, dedicated to the deity from which the city gets its name, Lord Hrishikesh Narayan.
- If you don’t like the crowd, avoid visiting in peak season, from March to June.
- Make sure you pack proper woolen clothes from November to February.
- You should stay near Laxman Jhula or Ram Jhula, as most attractions are around these iconic landmarks.
- If you’re coming for rafting, make sure you check the official site for knowing the status. Rafting is closed in extreme winters and the rainy season.