Rishikesh - The Gateway to the Char Dham
A magnet for spirituality seekers, Rishikesh is a place to unwind. Known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh is home to uncountable ashrams which run various yoga and meditation classes. Most of the ashrams are located on the edge of fast-flowing Ganges which adds to the rejuvenation therapies. Apart from being a famous Hindu pilgrimage spot, the town has become popular among adventure seekers who wish to challenge the daredevil inside them by rafting over the furious waters of River Ganga.
Spirituality in Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula, a bridge hanging around 70 feet high over the Ganga River, remains a popular attraction in Rishikesh. As per the Hindu mythology, Lakshamana, younger brother of Lord Rama, once crossed the river Ganges on a jute rope. Thus, this bridge was built in the same place. Rishikund is another popular location of the town lying near to Triveni Ghat. It is said Kubz Saint was once blessed by the Goddess Yamuna who infused this pond by its water.
The multi-storey Tera Manzil Temple is another treasure trove of Rishikesh known for offering bird’s eye views of Rishikesh. The temple remains crowded with devotees seeking peace all day long. Apart from this, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhawan and Ram Jhula are some other must visit attractions crowning the skies of Rishikesh.
Yoga in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is perhaps the best destination to attain nirvana. Visit here and stay at one of the beautiful ashrams that let you forget worldly sorrows. Ashrams like Parmarth Niketan, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Swamidayananda ashram and Anand Prakash Ashram are great to learn some key yoga techniques that can help you in leading a simple and healthy life.
Adventure in Rishikesh
Rishikesh promises great adventure for veteran adventurers. The excitement of rafting over the gushing waters of River Ganga is distinctive and thrilling. Travellers can also partake in Cliff Jumping that involves diving from a height of 35 ft. Rappelling is another soul stirring sports that is available in certain parts of Rishikesh. Those seeking some serious adventure can experience the thrill of Kayaking. The River Ganges offers a number of breathtaking rapids to commence on a Kayaking tour. If you believe in pushing your limits by experiencing the extraordinary, Bungee Jumping is an ideal pick. Diving from an altitude of about 120 to 160ft is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.