Rishikesh is a city,a tehsil in Dehradun district of state, Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and Yoga Capital of the World.Rishikesh is surrounded by three districts: Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar. It is approximately 25 km north of the city Haridwar and 43 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun. It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.
Rishikesh view across Lakshman Jhula bridge
Built in 1939, Laxman or Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge in Rishikesh With a length of 450 feet and at a height of around 70 feet from the river. According to Hinduism, this bridge is built in the same place, where Lakshmana once crossed the river Ganges on a jute rope, thus making this another important pilgrim attraction.
White water rafting
Rishikesh is also a brilliant spot for white water rafting. Other adventure activities include mountain biking, canyoning and even bungee jumping. However, the rates and availability differ from season to season.
Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva as Neelkanth is his another name. This temple is located around 7km from Swarg Ashram and the route is a 3 hour long walk along a forest path.
Another way to reach here is via Lakshman Jhula. A taxi might also take you there for a reasonable price. Pilgrims offer water from Ganga to this temple.
Maha Aarti at Triveni Ghat
The Aarti of Goddess Ganga, Maha Aarti is a daily event at Triveni Ghat. Devotees offer prayers during the Aarti and set several lamps afloat in the river as a part of the ceremony. The ceremony usually takes place only after sunset. The Aarti is performed on behalf of the Ganga Seva Samiti that manages the lightings, cleanliness, celebrations, toilets and ambulance services at Triveni ghat.
If you are an adventure seeking soul, then Rishikesh offers you one of the best professionally managed bungee jumping in India. With an impeccable safety record, their operation and equipments are very safe. The bungee jumping spot is situated about 20 kms from main city and proves to be a most thrilling experience of your life.
How to Reach Rishikesh
Air: Jolly Grant Airport serves as the nearest airport to the city if you want to indulge in this breathtaking activity. The airport is situated 21 kms away from your destination.
Rail: Rishikesh is easily accessible to all the major destinations of India via a good railway network. Trains to Rishikesh railway station are very frequent offering good service to travellers.
Road: Connected via motorable road, one can easily take a road journey to Rishikesh. Buses and taxis are available to the destination from Delhi and other destinations of Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Haridwar, and Srinagar etc.