Located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the concurrence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga river Rishikesh is a small town in the Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Also known as World Capital Of Yoga it is the place where the saints, yogis, and practitioners have come to deepen their Yoga, become instructors, and even attain enlightenment. Rishikesh catapulted to fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh yogi’s ashram.
It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham Yatra (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath). It is an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for the people interested in adventure, fun, river rafting, yoga, and other aspects of Hinduism.
There are various reasons why Rishikesh is known as the World Capital of Yoga. Here are a few of them:
1.Rishikesh is a community of reputed Yoga Gurus and Spiritual Leaders.
2.The city has overwhelming spiritual energy.
3.Rishikesh is the hub for yoga retreats and ashrams.
Rishikesh is a place not only for Yoga and Ashrams but it is also famous for places like Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram, and many other places. Here we present to you our list of best places that one should visit while travelling in Rishikesh.
Ram Jhula is a famous landmark positioned in Muni ki Reti and one of the most popular attractions of Rishikesh. It is an iron suspension bridge over holy river Ganga.
This bridge was once just a hanging jute rope which later constructed as a strong iron bridge by PWD in the year 1986. The jhula/bridge connects/links Swarg Ashram to Sivananda Ashram (western bank of river Ganga to eastern bank). The name of the bridge was derived from the name of Lord Rama. Mainly used by pedestrians, it is also open for motorbikes and popular with local monkeys.
Just like the Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula is also a suspension bridge made of iron situated at a height of 70ft from the river Ganga. It is 450ft long.
The bridge was built in the year 1939. It is one of the most popular and primitive landmarks in Rishikesh. Lord Lakshmana once crossed Ganga on ropes of jute and hence the bridge was named in his honour. The Jhula is a link between two important villages in Rishikesh. This famous suspension bridge connects Tapovan village in Tehri Garhwal to Jonk Village in Pauri Garhwal.
3.THE BEATLES ASHRAM
Also known as Chaurasi Kuttia Beatles ashram is a popular ashram located at Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. The place received a lot of hype and fame after the Beatles band of Liverpool came to stay there in the year 1986. The band practised meditation and composed many good songs in the place. This place is one of the main reasons why the place is known as Rishikesh The world capital of yoga.
Later the Ashram was lest abandoned and reopened in the year 2015. The place mostly attracts nature lovers, photo fanatics, meditation enthusiasts and peace lovers. The major attractions of the Ashram are amazing Graffiti works, beautiful pictures of the members of the Beatles band. The Ashram is believed to have unique energy, that makes people realize the real power and value of spirituality.
Located at Mayakund, Triveni Ghat is a holy ghat(stairs or passage) in Rishikesh. It is one of the most famous places in Rishikesh. Triveni means ‘Confluence of three’.Pilgrims, as well as tourists, visit this Ghat to take a dip in the holy water of river Ganga. It is believed that if someone takes bath in the Sacred Ghat their sins are washed off. The famous Ganga Aarti is performed here every day. The ghat is the meeting point of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. On the bank of Triveni Ghat, one can visit the Gita Mandir and Lakshminarayan temple. Dawn boat ride along the Ganges is also a major source of attraction at the place.
5.RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK
Rajaji National Park is an Indian National Park and Tiger reserve in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located near the foothills of the Himalayas, the park is spread over 820km2 and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Rishikesh and Pauri Garhwal. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the wildlife of the park is blessed with elephants, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals as its best-known life forms.
It is one of the most picturesque and well maintained national park of the country. The park only opens from 15th November to 15th June. The park is a treasure trove of natural assets that would not be able to thrive anywhere else in the country.
6.NEER GARH WATERFALLS
Also known as Neer Gaddu Waterfalls is a series of 2 waterfalls located 5-6 km from Lakshman Jhula on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most popular tourists place in Rishikesh: the world capital of yoga.
The sight of the waterfalls is very beautiful and its extremely refreshing to stand near the waterfall. The waterfalls are also very famous for a small trek. The water flowing from the natural rocks makes the tourists and visitors take a cool dip in the narrow stream. One can see different species of butterflies fluttering around wildflowers near the waterfalls.
Located about 7km away from Shivpuri, on the banks of river Ganga, Vashishta Gufa(cave) is a popular place in Rishikesh. It is a sacred cave in Rishikesh, which is claimed to be the holy residence of Sage Vashishtha, one of the seven great sages of ancient India.
Sage Vashishtha and his wife Arundhati meditated at this place for hundreds of years after their son’s death. Tourists visit this place throughout the year. It is the best place for peace lovers who want to sit quietly inside the cave, doing meditation for some hours.
8.NEELKANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE
As the name suggests, Neelkanth is associated with Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place where Shiva consumed all the poison from the ocean and placed it in his throat. The poison made Shiva’s throat turn blue, hence the place is called Neelkanth.
The temple is surrounded by dense forests and sturdy mountains. The place is filled with devotees throughout the year but during the month of Shrawan and on Shivratri huge number of followers grace this place and express their devotion to the almighty Shiva. There are 2 fairs held annually at the temple, one on the occasion of Shivratri and other between July and August in the month of Shrawan.