Rishikesh is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas. Rishikesh is welcomes the river ganga to the plain areas. Innumerable temples, groups of monks in saffron clothes, enchanting sounds of vedic hymns and the divine holiness.
Holy Dip at Ganges : According to Hindu tradition if you take a bath in the river Ganges your all sins will be removed. Average one billion people take holy dip in year. During Kumbh Mela year the number is increased to 10 billions. River Ganges is very clear and has sacred surroundings in Rishikesh compare to other towns such as Varanasi or Allahabad. So this is best place to take holy dip at Ganges.
Mussoorie : Is a hill station which needs no introduction as it is one of the most frequently visited hill station of India. Mussoorie is set in the foothills of Himalayas in the Dehradun district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. Mussoorie is situated 77kms from Rishikesh and is set at an elevation of 2005mts above sea level.
New Tehri : New Tehri is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. New Tehri is situated 76kms from Rishikesh.
Devprayag : Devprayag is the sacred confluence of the two holy rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda making its water holier with the formation of Ganga River. Devprayag is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River and the origin of Ganga River. Devprayag is the seat of the pundits of Badrinath Dham. Devprayag is located at an elevation of 472mts above sea level at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River. It is located 71kms from Rishikesh.
Dhanaulti : Dhanaulti is situated 84kms from Rishikesh amidst thick alpine forests of deodar, rhododendron and oak and it offers an atmosphere of perfect peace & tranquility. Dhanolti often brings surprise for the tourists as the beauty of Dhanaulti is yet to be explored and is less popular amongst people. The woods, cool environment, scenic valleys, lovely weather and enchanting view of snow capped peaks of majestic Himalayan range makes it an ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday. Dhanolti is situated on the Mussoorie-Chamba route. The popularity of scenic beauteousness of Dhanaulti is now emerging as a travel destination. If you want to get away from the crowd and busy markets of Mussoorie, then head towards Dhanaulti.
Kanatal : Kanatal is situated 73kms from Rishikesh on Mussoorie-Chamba Road in the Tehri district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and the lake almost died. Kanatal is now emerging as a popular tourist destination.
Chamba : Chamba is one of the best excursion of Rishikesh as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 58kms from Rishikesh at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.
Shivpuri : Located 20kms ahead of Rishikesh, Shivpuri is the paradise for adventure lovers as it is the storehouse of water sports like rafting and kayaking. Shivpuri is also known for its yoga and rock climbing camps. Shivpuri is traveler's delight because one can enjoy the activities like white water rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, camping and trekking. Shivpuri affords scenic vistas of the Ganga River, mountains and verdant forests. The name Shivpuri literally suggests house of Lord Shiva.
Haridwar : Haridwar is the gateway to the Char Dhams of Hindus situated in Uttarakhand, namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri. Haridwar is also written as Hardwar. Haridwar in Hindi means Dwar of Hari or Gateway to God where 'Hari' means god and 'dwar' means gate. Haridwar is visited by lakhs of devotees every month to take a sacred dip in the holy water of Ganga River. Kumbh Mela will be celebrated after a long span of 12 years in Haridwar in the year 2010. Har-ki-Pauri, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are the main attraction of the town. Haridwar is situated 25kms from Rishikesh.
Narendra Nagar : it is located 15 kms from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Chamba road, Narendra Nagar is a historical town. Apart from historical importance, this town also has archaeological importance.
Chila Sanctuary : it is located 20 kms from Rishikesh, is covered with lush dense forest and offers a soothing tranquil environment. Visit the popular reservoir, where you can spot a variety of animals drinking water.
Rajaji National Park : Another famous spot for animal loving adventure tourists.
Byasi : Byasi is a tourist point famous for river rafting and restaurants. Located on road to Badrinath, Byasi is best for relaxing and taking lunch while traveling.
Evening aarti of Goddess Ganga is performed at Triveni Ghat. Triveni is a bathing Ghat where people wash their sins by taking a dip in the holy water of sacred Ganga River. It is believed that the three streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are flowing together underground at this point. Pinda Shradha is also performed at Triveni Ghat.
The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, situated near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called 'Basant Panchami'.
Lakshman Jhula is on of the main attraction of Rishikesh. It is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed Ganga River on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods.
Ram Jhoola connects Swargashram with Shivananda Ashram. Several ashrams are located near Ram Jhoola. Ram Jhoola is bigger than Laxman Jhula and even more picturesque.
Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes situated by the side of Laxman Jhula on the banks of sacred Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan is dedicated as a Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common public. Building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.
Neelkantha Mahadev Temple is one of the most important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is most revered shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva that is located around 32 km away by vehicle and 16 km by trek from Rishikesh through the dense forest. The temple position is on a hill above Swarg Ashram. This ancient temple lies at the confluence of the Pankaja and Madhumati rivers amid three valleys - Brahmakoot, Vishnukoot and Manikoot. It derives its name from Lord Shiva..
According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev shrine Temple currently situated is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that came out after the stirring of the ocean for the nectar by the Devas (Deities) and Asuras (Demons) in order to obtain Amrita (Nectar). As a result, his throat became blue in color, which in Hindi literally considered as a 'Neelkanth' (blue throat). The place is a favorite among the religious tourists.
Near Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is one of the most revered Hindu shrines. It is one of the must visit place not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for beautiful nature views magnificent Sun rise and Sun set views. Kunjapuri temple located around 25 km away from Rishikesh. Kunjapuri Temple is well known among the foreigners as well as Indians those want to do day trekking trip in Rishikesh. The temple is situated on its namesake peak at an elevation of 1676 m above sea level. This place is very famous for its panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri at north side and Rishikesh, Haridwar at south side and Dun Valley at western side. The Trek through green forest will be more adventurous to nature lovers. The distance is 14 km; by reaching at temple, Travelers appreciate the sunrise and sunset view from the Himalayan peaks and one can shoot photographs and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Kunjapuri temple is open from 6am to 8am.
Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga. It is a Shakti Peetha (Power Centers). Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati (incarnation of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and roaming unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges. There are total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal and India. The Durga temple Kunjapuri obtains thousands of pilgrims a well tourist s throughout the year at the occasion of Dusshera Festival; one can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri. Months September to June is considered as a best time for Kunjapuri Temple visit. This is such a place that people may explore the sakhti peetha temple all round the year.
It is one of the most famous temples in Rishikesh. The temple is visible from Haridwar-Badrinath Highway.
It is believed that Lakshman performed Tapa at the site of this temple. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman made a twing bridge near this temple on their way to Himalayas. The main attraction in this temple is the Rishi Kund, where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana.
is a famous attraction for meditation, located at the bank of River Ganga, this gufa is situated at a distance of 16 km from Rishikesh. It takes about an hours drive on the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway to reach Vashishta Gufa. For the adventure seeker, this place provides with camping facility.
Across the Ramjhoola Bridge stands the mammoth Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The ashram has hundreds of rooms. It conducts many religious programmes. Foreigners can stay only with special permission.
Modestly started by Swami Sivanand as an ashram, it has today grown into the Divine life Society with branches in India and abroad. The activities of the society include studies of Vedanta and Yoga, a hospital and the production of herbal medicines.
One of the oldest ashrams in Rishikesh, its founder Swami Vishudhanand was also known as the 'Kali Kamli Wala' (One with The Black Blanket). Today the Kali Kamliwala Kshetra is a mammoth organization embracing many activities.