Dotted with sacred temples, evergreen forests, pious ghats, and tranquil ashrams, this serene city offers visitors a list of intriguing experiences. Be it an over-crowded yet glorious Ganga Arti or an adventure river rafting; there are plenty of places to visit in Rishikesh. The city witnesses two opposite crowds - the pilgrims seeking blessings of the Gods while the rest constitutes leisure travellers looking for an adventurous trip.
Laxman Jhula is one of the most famous hanging bridges over the holy River Ganga at Rishikesh. Built in 1939, this jhula is made up of iron and is a 450 feet long suspension bridge at an elevation of 70 feet above the river.
The jhula is a link between two important villages, Jonk Village in Pauri Garhwal and Tapovan Village in Tehri Garhwal. It is believed that this bridge was built in the same place where Lord Laxman crossed River Ganga on a jute rope, thus making this one of the must-visit pilgrimage sites. The jhula offers a panoramic view of Rishikesh with plenty of temples and the river.
Close to Laxman Jhula, travellers can also visit Tera Manzil Mandir, an enticing place situated close by while visiting Laxman Jhula.
Triveni Ghat is one of the must-visit places in Rishikesh. This ghat is considered the most sacred among all the other ghats because of the confluence point of the three most sacred rivers in Hindu Mythology - Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. It is a crowded ghat with pilgrims bathing around. It makes for a riveting place to watch the evening Ganga Aarti. It is believed that a dip in the holy water of Ganga can purge all your sins.
Sit by the ghat in the evening to witness the spiritual aura of this place and soak in the splendour of the Aarti. You can also visit the nearby markets to buy precious stones and get fascinated by the sight of the floating candles in the river.
The Beatles Ashram
Located on a cliff in the Swargashram area of Rishikesh and 1 km from Ram Jhula, Beatles Ashram is one of the most important places to explore in Rishikesh. Also known as Chaurasi Kuti, this is the ashram where The Beatles lived and wrote dozens of songs and meditated. The ashram got acclaimed all over the world after the Beatles visited this serene place.
The ashram complex houses the home of Maharishi Yogi, a kitchen, a library, a small gallery, a cafe, a former temple, and meditation huts. The tranquillity and calmness of this ashram will leave you spell-bound. Most of the buildings are in decay, but the ruins remind of rustic brilliance beautified by colourful graffiti on the walls.
Just find a spot inside the ashram for a quiet session of meditation and fall in love with the spiritual beauty of this place.
Shivpuri is the best place in Rishikesh to indulge in one of the most exciting water adventure activities - river rafting! Situated at a distance of 19 km from Rishikesh, this town is located on the banks of River Ganga. A hub of river rafting, this town is crowded with adventure enthusiasts. One can also enjoy other activities such as boating, camping, trekking, and kayaking. The main attractions are the camps by the river where you can spend your evenings around a bonfire.
Rishikesh is one such place that offers a taste of exhilarating sports along with a dose of spirituality. It is an adventure paradise that offers endless options to enjoy thrilling activities while visiting Rishikesh. Jumpin Heights centre is a must-visit place for adventure enthusiasts. The team here offers a varied range of options such as giant swings, flying fox and bungee jumping with utmost safety precautions. It is a sought-after landmark that allures travellers of all age groups.
So explore the serene city in the Himalayan foothills as you take a trip to each of these enticing places of interest. On your visit, you can pamper yourself to a restful stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in Rishikesh - Neemrana's Glasshouse on The Ganges - 21st Century, Rishikesh.