RISHIKESH - ATTRACTIONS
There are Many tourist spots in Rishikesh where travellers can spent their leisure time. Here you will find list of all the Rishikesh sightseeing options which you must visit and plan your itinerary accordingly. Explore the hidden gems of Rishikesh through this well-researched list, learn about the most happening places, things to do, famous picnic spots for a memorable vacation in Rishikesh.
12 kms / 39 mins
As per legends, here Lord Rama younger brother Lakshman crossed the river Ganga on a jute rope. Later on a jute rope bridge was built here to honour Lakshman. Till 1889, there was a 284 feet long hanging jute rope bridge which was washed away in floods of October 1924. After that a new bridge was built in 1930.
Trayambakeshwar Temple, Sachha Akhileswar Mahadev Temple, Lakshman Temple and Sri Raghunathji's Temple are the major temples located near Lakshman Jhula.
How To Reach Lakshman Jhula
Lakshman Jhula is located in Rishikesh city and one can reach here by sharing auto. Nearest railway station to reach Lakshman Jhula is rishikesh railway station (4 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (22 kms)
is another place in Rishikesh which is famous for its 'Maha Aarti', which takes place at this Ghat. This aarti starts with chanting of bhajan, beating drums, bells and diyas offering to the Ganga. The priest hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. The Ghat is lighted up every evening at the time of Maha Arti.
The devotees take diyas and flowers from the Ghat and floats down the river. Other ceremonies like mundan, Pindha Shraddha, for the ancestors are also done at Triveni Ghat. It is the most revered holy bathing place in Rishikesh where many pilgrims takes bath on the occasions of different festivals like Ganga Dussehera, Ekadashi, Purnima etc.
It is believed that those who take bath at Triveni Ghat, they washes all their sins and purifies their soul and they will attain salvation after death. Daily morning and evening aarti takes place at Triveni Ghat where many people witness their presence. It feels good to sit on the banks of the Ganga and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.
How to reach Triveni Ghat
You can hire auto for this place from Haridwar which is 10 km from this place. If you have your own car then there is parking near at Triveni Ghat where you can park your vehicle. Bigger vehicles can,t come here as the road to Triveni Ghat is often busy street.
21.3 Km / One hour
Jumpin Heights follows international standard operating procedures and safety. Minimum requirement for Bungee jumping is 12 years of age and weight between 35 to 110 kgs. After the jump, jumpers can see photographs and video of the jump at the cafeteria. Tickets for Jumpin Heights can be book online or at their Tapovan office.
Jumpin Heights Location How To Reach
Jumpin Heights is located at Mohan Chatti village at 15 km from Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh. One can reach here by hiring taxi or on Jumpin Heights Bungy coach on payment. Nearest railway station to reach Lakshman Jhula is Rishikesh Railway Station (6 Kms) and airport at jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (23 Kms).
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
25.6 Km / 1 Hour 9 Minut
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh. Scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. A famous pilgrimage near Rishikesh, the temple lies above Swargashram adjacent to Nar Narayan mountain range.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple has a very attractive and colorful architecture. Above the entrance door, scene of mythology story of Samundra Manthan is depicted by sculptures of Gods and Demons. The walls of the temple shows the entire story of Manthan. Inner temple complex is equally divine and beautiful. A sacred Shivlinga is situated in this holy shrine. Devotees tie up sacred thread in a gigantic Peepal tree and makes a wish. A natural spring is situated in the temple where devotees takes a holy bath.
How To Reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at 32 kms from Rishikesh and well connected by road. One can reach at the temple by hiring taxi from Ram Jhula Rishikesh. Nearest railway station to reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is Rishikesh railway station (32 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (43 kms).
3 Km / 25 Minuts
Ram Jhula was built by PWD with the help of Shivananda Ashram in 1980. Previously it was a hanging jute ropeway bridge without any pillars. Ram Jhula has attractions like Shivananda Ashram, Swargashram, Beatles Ashram, Yog Niketan, Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan and many more holy places. There are markets on both sides of the Ram Jhula.
How To Reach Ram Jhula
Ram Jhula is located in Rishikesh city and one can reach here by sharing auto. Nearest railway station to reach Ram Jhula is Rishikesh railway station (3 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (22 kms).
Parmarth Niketan Asharam
3 Km / 45 Minuts
It is one of the top yoga centers in India and the biggest ashram in the area which is situated on the banks of the holy Ganges River. It has now blossomed over 70 years of its existence into the largest ashram in Rishikesh. . It was founded in 1942 by Swami Shukdevanand Saraswati. This ashram is open for all, with no discrimination on the basis of race, gender, nationality, religion, caste or creed.
Ashram is famous for its Hawan on the Ghat of Parmarth and Ganga Aarti that takes place daily in the morning and evening. The ashram also runs a school, which follows the traditional and cultural Indian Patterns. Number of visitors visits the ashram at the time of the
Many travelers visit for Ayurvedic treatments which includes exercises, music therapy, healthy diets and yoga to name a few. The ashram also provides the travelers with accommodation facilities. Parmarth Niketan located at Swargashram in Rishikesh.
Activities at Parmarth Niketan
1. The world renowned Ganga Aarti at sunset is popular among devotees.
2. Morning universal prayers.
3. Daily yoga and meditation classes.
4. Daily satsang and lecture programs.
5. Kirtan at ashram.
6. Nature Cure and Ayurvedic treatment.
How to Reach Parmarth Niketan Ashram
You can go by taxi, by bus & by your private vehicles. The ashram is located at the banks of river Ganga. Its only 500 mts from ram Jhula, 30 Km From Haridwar And 20 km From Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun.
During the summer season, Geeta Bhawan is filled completely with thousands of devotees from all over the world comes to attend Satsang and other meditational programs. Geeta Bhawan provides number of conveniences to the devotes such as food and eatable at a nominal price with free ferry boat service, cloth, book, Ayurvedic shops etc. Geeta Bhawan also serves all saints free food and cloth. Bathing Ghats 1 and 3 are in Geeta Bhawan complexe for holy dip in Ganges.
Geeta Bhawan Book Shop
Several Religious and Spiritual books are available at Geeta Bhawan Book Shop. The most popular "Ramayana", "RamcharitManas" and "Bhagwat Geeta" are available at the shop at very reasonable prices.
Geeta Bhawan Location & How To Reach
Geeta Bhawan is located in Swargashram, Rishikesh and one can reach at Geeta Bhawan by walk or cycle rickshaw from Ram Jhula.. Nearest railway station to reach Ram Jhula is Rishikesh railway station (3 kms) and airport at jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (23 Kms).
Muni ki Reti
1.3 Kms / 10 minuts
Muni ki Reti is a traditional gateway of Char Dham pilgrimages in Rishikesh Uttarakhand. It also considered the same place where famous Indian King Bharat did penance. Earlier there were only some Asharams in Muni ki Reti such as Kailash Ashram, Swargashram, Shivananda Ashram but later on more Ashrams established in Muni ki Reti. Yoga and Meditation practitioners attracts to Ashrams in Muni ki Reti and after Ram Jhula construction, Muni ki Reti has easy accessibility.
How To Reach Muni ki Reti
Muni ki Reti is located in Rishikesh city and one can reach here by sharing auto. Nearest railway station to reach Muni ki Reti is Rishikesh railway station (3 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (22 kms).
1 Kms / 5 minuts
Bharat Mandir is an ancient temple of Lord Hrishikesh Narayan located at heart of the Rishikesh city in Uttarakhand. This temple is believed to be very old and most sacred temple in the city. A great Hindu saint Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya reinstalled the idol of presiding deity on Basant Panchmi in the temple in 789 AD.
Now every year on Basant Panchmi, a symbolic reinstallation is followed in the temple. On this occasion Shaligram is taken to nearby Mayakund for holy bath and then a grand procession is organize to take back the idol to the temple. Bharat Temple also finds its name in many Hindu scripts and epics like Mahabharat, Vishnu puran, Shrimadbhagwat, Vaman Puran and Narsingh Puran. Legends believed that if one takes 108 rounds of Lord Shri Hrishikesh on the day of Akshya Tritiya and seek the blessing at Lord's uncovered feet, then all wishes will be fulfilled. It is also equivalent to holy pilgrimage of Badrinath Dham. This ritual become more considerable as only on Akshya Tritiya lord's feet are uncovered.
Sacred Trees in Bharat Mandir
Bharat Mandir is also known for age old entangled trees having great significance in Hindu mythology. These trees are Vat Vriksh, Pipal and Bail tree and many believes that these trees signifies Tridev -Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. These trees are believed to be more than 250 years old.
Bharat Mandir Museum
A newly built museum attracts many historians and archaelogists to Bharat Mandir. This museum showcase sculptures, pottery and decorated bricks found during excavation.
Location of Bharat Mandir
Bharat Mandir is located in In Rishikesh ( Bharat Mandir is situated in the middle of Rishikesh city. Just 2km far from Railway station and 1 km from Bus station). You can view its location on Google Map below.
1.5 Kms / 10 minuts
Rishikund is a holy pond located near Raghunath temple in Rishikesh. This ancient pond is believed to be built by Kubz saint and blessed by Goddess Yamuna by filling the pond with her sacred water. One more interesting thing about this sacred pond is that it always reflects the image of Raghunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Ram and Sita. Rishikund has around ten steps from all four sides and its pond recieves a fair shadow from large trees nearby. Since it is a calm place, visitors used to relax at Rishikund.
Rishikund Location & How To Reach
Rishikund is located at the heart of Rishikesh city just adjascent to famous Raghunath Temple. One can reach at Rishikund easily by sharing auto or cycle rickshaw. Nearest railway station to reach Rishikund is Rishikesh railway station (1 kms) and airport at jolly Grant Airport (17 kms).
4.4 Kms / 20 minuts
The Sivananda ashram is located 3 kilometers from Rishikesh , on the way to Badrinath Ram Jhula. . It was founded by Swami Sivananda in 1936. This ashram comes under India's top most yoga center which is run by the Divine Life Society. The ashram has a great book shop which you must browse if you are a reader and interested in Vedic philosophy. They offer a wide range of programs like spiritual growth through Karma yoga. This ashram is recognized worldwide for teaching yoga. Ashram has a long list of famous visitors, which includes Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Daily activities at Sivanand Ashram includes
1. It offers daily yoga and meditation classes.
2. Early Morning and Night Satsang is organized at Ashram.
3. Worship of god is a daily activity.
4. The evening yoga classes for women are specially organized for women.
How to Reach Sivanand Ashram
It is situated 3 km from Rishikesh, 6 km from the Rishikesh Railway station and 10 km from Jolly Grant Airport.. You can check-in any time after 12:00 and check out any time before 12:00.
4 Kms / 40 minuts
The ashram was built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand, the saint better known as Kali Kamli Wala (the saint with a black blanket). It is very popular among foreign tourists mainly because of the ethnic touch. It is located at Gangapar, Ram Jhula. There are lots of ashrams, and temples inside the Swarg Ashram. This place is very popular among foreign tourists as well as among locals, because of its ethnic touch. Several religious activities, like chanting, meditation, aarti take place inside the Swarg Ashram. Ashram is maintained by a trust called "Kali Kamliwala Kshetra".
How To Reach Swargashram Rishikesh
Swargashram is located near the Ram Jhula in Rishikesh. One can reach Swargashram by walk from Ram Jhula. Nearest railway station to reach Ram Jhula is Rishikesh railway station (3 kms) and airport at jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (23 Kms)