Rishikesh is a town in northern India at Uttarakhand, it is one of the most visited cities in India, situated in the Himalayan foothills along the Ganges River. The river is considered sacred, and the city is known as a centre for yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (spiritual centres) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, alcohol-free area with holy and divine nature of everything that is in the city. It is very nearby to Haridwar, another holy land considered to be very sacred for the Hindu community. Rishikesh is the busiest central hub for people of Uttrakhand, major cities of Delhi, Dehradun, Chandigarh is connected with National Highways. Besides divine Rishikesh beauty, it is also famous for its Gadwali food. If you want to try traditional Gadwali dishes the list goes on and on. We will try to give an idea about where to visit Rishikesh famous places.
Built-in 1939, Laxman or Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge in Rishikesh 450 meters high from the river. According to Hindu mythology, the bridge was built on the same site, where Lakshmana once crossed the Ganges River with jute rope, thus making it one of the most important tourist attractions. The beauty of seining also attracts many visitors, taking pictures and starting their journey by visiting this attraction.
Located at an altitude of 1675 meters, on the hill above Swarg Ashram the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple is one of the most important sacred sites dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Hindu community. In Hindu mythology, the temple stands in the exact spot where Lord Shiva drank the Venom which originated after the Samudra Manthan by the Devas and Asuras to obtain the Amrita.
Beatles Ashram & Swarg Ashram
In February 1968 the Beatles travelled to the Indian city of Rishikesh to attend a meditation rally for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram. It was this visit that changed the spiritual condition of India. This was considered the most productive time for the Beatles, they wrote various songs during the tour most of which received much media attention and commercial success. This ashram is now part of Rajaji National Park.
On the left bank of the river Ganges, one of the oldest Yoga temples in India is found. Swarg ashram covers the whole area between the ram and Laxman Jhula and was built in memory of Santa Swami Vishudhanand. It is the perfect place for people who want to be alone in this holy city. You can sit and meditate for hours on the banks of private rivers with no rituals found in all the banks or just sit and watch the sunrise over the Shivaliks, setting fire to the cold, glistening waters of Ganga.
Rajaji National Park
Located between the Shivalik range and the Indo-Gangetic plains, Raja National Park represents one of India's oldest natural ecosystems. It is the second tiger reserve of Uttarakhand and its unique location makes it an ideal destination for some fascinating flowers as well. Dense forests make up countless species of animals ranging from Bengal Tigers to Sloth bears and a trip here will satisfy all wildlife lovers.
The town of Shivpuri is located 19 kilometres from Rishikesh, and is located on the banks of the Ganges River and is named after a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In recent years, the area has been famous for its sporting adventure — especially white water rafting. It is recommended to visit here to experience the mighty Ganga River.
Located about 20 kilometres from Rishikesh, Narendra Nagar lies in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttrakhand and is located at an altitude of 1,326 meters above sea level. The city came into existence in 1919, when Governor Tehri Garhwal Maharaja Narendra Shah moved his capital to the beautiful Odathali or Narendra Nagar.