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11 Top Places To Visit In RISHIKESH

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Are you ambitious for a place where you can have a spiritual trip like pilgrim sites and also have adventures like world-famous locations? If yes! Then join this virtual journey with us to a place that gives you both. It is famous for some of the most visited pilgrim sites along with activities like river rafting, bungee jumping, yoga, camping, trekking, and many more like this. Obviously! It is Rishikesh. We are going to tell you about the top 11 places to visit in Rishikesh.

RISHIKESH – YOGA CAPITAL OF INDIA

Rishikesh is a town of the Northern state Uttarakhand, India. It is located at an average elevation of 372 Mt in the Tehri Garhwal region. The whole town is surrounded by hills and bisected by the holy river Ganga. In the 1960s, the Beatles came to stay with their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They found it an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. That is why this place is often claimed as the ‘Yoga Capital of India’. Below we give detailed information about all the must-visit places in Rishikesh.

places to visit in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula

Rishikesh is also a starting point for treks to Himalayan pilgrim centers such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. For this reason, it is also termed as ‘Gateway of Garhwal Himalayas’. Rishikesh is famous for lush green hills, river banks with white sand, ancient Hindu temples, Ganga river, and never-ending adventure activities. For this reason, Rishikesh is among the most popular tourist destinations in India.

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Best time to visit

As the weather of Rishikesh is pleasant throughout the year, it can be visited at any time of the year. But the best time to visit Rishikesh is the months of February, March, August to October. If you love river rafting then September and October are ideal months for you. Summer is quite hot at Rishikesh. Also in July, there is a festival called ‘Savan’. Due to which thousands of people flock to this place which results in blockage of main roads and crowds at hotels.      


Check below the list which helps you to visit more popular sites in Rishikesh in a short passage of time. 


1. Ram Jhula

Ram Jhula is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.

Ram Jhula is a 450 feet long iron suspended bridge constructed in the year 1980. This bridge links Swarg Ashram on the Western bank of the river Ganga to the Sivananda Ashram on the Eastern bank. As you walk on the bridge, the river Ganga gushes below with full force. On both sides of the bridge, there are various temples and ashrams. There are markets selling religious and spiritual books, idols of Hindu gods and goddesses.

Visiting hours: 24 hours

Entry fee: No entry charges


2. Lakshman Jhula

Laxman Jhula in front of Tera Manzil Temple Rishikesh.

Only 2km from Ram Jhula, there is located Lakshman Jhula. This is also an iron suspended bridge. It was built earlier than Ram Jhula in the year 1929. The bridge got its name from the fact that Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the Ganga river using two jute ropes. This bridge was initially built with hanging ropes and later constructed using an iron. This bridge connects the border of Tehri and the Pauri district. While passing through the bridge, one can see fishes swimming in the water of river Ganga, magnificent views of mountain ranges and hear the sound of bells and chanting of devotees. There are also significant temples Tera Manzil and Lakshman temple located near Lakshman Jhula. Sunset is the best time to visit the bridge.

Visiting hours: 24 hours

Entry fee: No entry charges


3. Beatles Ashram

Beatles Ashram rishikesh

At a distance of 1km from Ram Jhula and 3km from Lakshman Jhula, there is located the Beatles Ashram. This ashram is a part of Rajaji National Park. This Ashram is set by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s. So this ashram is also known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. The calmness of this place will leave you spellbound and its aura explains why this ashram is one of the best tourist places in Rishikesh. A quiet session of meditation will make you fall in love with this place. There you can also see graffiti and the paintings done by the visitors on the walls of the abandoned ashram. You should hire a professional guide instead of getting swindled by the caretakers who ask for a heavy fee. 

 Visiting hours: No fixed timing for ashram but Rajaji National Park opens from 10 Am to 5 Pm

 Entry fee: 100 Rs per head for guided tour


 4. Swarg Ashram

Swarg Ashram is the oldest ashram lies between Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. This ashram is built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand. Inside the ashram, there are a few sanctuaries and various places of worship dedicated to various Hindu gods. One can avail of accommodation facilities in the ashram to get the experience of Saint’s life. It is highly advised to maintain peace and silence inside the ashram. You have to respect and follow local customs and traditions. This place offers a serene sunset with the river Ganga in the base and the town Rishikesh in the background. Swarg Ashram is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh and to do yoga and meditation.

Visiting hours: 6 Am to 8 Pm

Entry fee: 600 Rs per head


5. Tera-Manzil Ashram

Tera manzil temple is must visit places in Rishikesh for all pilgrims.

Near Lakshman Jhula at the bank of the river Ganga, Tera-Manzil temple is located. It is a multi-storey temple and is a major landmark of Rishikesh. As the name suggests Tera-Manzil is a thirteen-storey temple. This temple is also known as Kailash Niketan temple. It is believed that this temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya in 19 century AD. This symmetrical structure attracts tourists and gives a spectacular panoramic view of the sunset from the top floor. Each floor has many small temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses. It receives a huge influx of pilgrims and visitors during Savan month and on the occasion of Mahashivratri. This temple is one of the must-visit places in Rishikesh.

 Visiting hours: 6 Am to 7 Pm

 Entry fee: 150 Rs per head


6. Shivpuri

Shivpuri, a beautiful town located 19 kilometers far from Rishikesh.

Shivpuri is a beautiful town located at a distance of 19km from Rishikesh on the National Highway between Rishikesh-Patisira. As the name suggests, Shivpuri is the abode of Lord Shiva and popular for its temple. This town offers a wide variety of adventures in which the river rafting is most famous. For that reason, this town is also referred to as the River Rafting Destination of India. Except for river rafting, rock climbing, volleyball and rappelling are also popular activities here. The camping here gives a great view of mountains and rivers. You can also visit Sakhya Sagar Lake and Karera Bird Sanctuary nearby. 

 Visiting hours: 24 hours

 Entry fee: No entry charges


 7. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neel Kanth mahadev Temple in Rishikesh.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is 32km away from Rishikesh city and is located on a hill at a height of 1330m. This temple is one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva and one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh for pilgrims. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva consumed the venom which came out during Samudra Manthan. Due to this, his throat became blue in color. So this place is known as Neelkanth. The inside tomb of the temple depicting the saga of Samudra Manthan. This temple lies at the confluence of the Madhumati and Pankaja river. On the occasion of Shivratri and Savan, thousands of devotees flock to this temple. The temple also has a freshwater spring mostly visited by the devotees for a bath. 

 Visiting hours: 5 Am to 6 Pm

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8. Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat, most sacred bathing spot in rishikesh situated on the bank of river Ganga.

Triveni Ghat is the most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh situated on the bank of the river Ganga. This place gets its name due to the confluence of three important rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. It is believed that those who take a dip in the water at Triveni Ghat washes away all the sins. Thousands of devotees who take bath in the ghat witness Maha Arti being performed daily in the morning and evening. There are also many markets where you can purchase gems, precious stones, clothes, puja items, CDs and tapes, etc. Visitors often buy Kullu Topi (cap), Nehru jackets, Kurta, jewelry, bangles, etc. The roadside shops provide a large variety of street foods also. 

 Visiting hours: 5 Am to 6 Pm

 Entry fee: No entry charges


9. Neelkanth Waterfall

The blue Neelkanth Waterfall has situated 9 km from Rishikesh Railway Station on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. It is also known as ‘Neer Gaddu’ or ‘Neer Garh’. The natural waterfalls tempt visitors to take a dip in the narrow stream. This waterfall can also visit by a 2 km trek from Lakshman Jhula. The trekking to the waterfall is an adventurous activity as it involves walking through the jungle on narrow trails. There are two bridges on the waterfalls having few resting spots. Butterflies of different species fluttering on wildflowers add charm to the beauty of this wonderful spot. Water, cold drinks, tea, noodles are available here in the nearby shops. This is a wonderful place for a picnic and outing. Due to its beauty and uniqueness, we added this place in our list of best places to visit in Rishikesh.

Visiting hours: 8 Am to 6 Pm

 Entry fee: 30 Rs per head


10. Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.

Rajaji is both a national park and a Tiger Reserve. It is a very famous tourist destination in Rishikesh. This park has been created in 1983 and named after famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajagopalachari. The park spreads over an area of 820 sq. km. This park is a home of diverse flora and fauna including some endangered species of birds and animals. The park is blessed with all life forms. The famous among them are elephants, crocodiles, migrated birds, pythons, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals. This gives nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers a chance to witness the rich biodiversity. Activities like wildlife safari, bird-watching, watersports are popular here. The activities along with jungle lodges inside it make this national park so special. The jeep safaris and elephant safaris are available here of which prices can be checked on their official website. 

Visiting hours:

Morning 6 Am to 9 Am

Evening 3 Pm to 6 Pm

 Entry fee: 150 Rs for Indians and 600 Rs for foreigners 


11. Jumpin Heights

This place is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh for all adventure lovers. It is an extreme adventure zone located in Mohan Chatti near Rishikesh. Jumpin Heights offers you the opportunities of bungee jumping, giant swing, and flying fox. These rides are designed to give visitors the most amazing adventure experience of all time. Along with all adventure activities, special care is taken for people’s safety. Complimentary water bottles are provided here. Personal cameras are not allowed here due to safety reasons but you purchase the video of your jump from their official website. You can also trek through the beautiful surroundings. 

 Visiting hours: 9:30 Am to 3:30 Pm

Entry fee: 100 Rs per head (excluding activities)


Market

Markets in Rishikesh.

There is a market too, from where you can buy stuff like holy books, DVD’s, spiritual books, etc. Rishikesh Railway station is hardly 3-4 km far away from  Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. The bus stand is also near to the railway station. So, you can prefer to walk to reach Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. In this way, you can enjoy the view of markets coming in the way of Ram Jhula and Laxman hula. There are a number of markets in Rishikesh. Here the market is famous for jewelry and sandalwood. There are a number of food stalls as well. Shopkeepers put all the effort to make their customers feel satisfied. Keep your bargaining power high while purchasing something from there.


Foreigners Attraction

Foreigners in Rishikesh

It is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in India. A number of people from India and from foreign countries like to visit Rishikesh. Here you will found foreigners in a large number. People from the western part of the world like to visit India to see the Architecture of India, traditions followed by the Indians, beauty of the hills and so on. For them Rishikesh is the attraction point due to its beautiful weather, here you will find the foreigners doing yoga, capturing endless beauty of nature.  

The beauty of the Rishikesh directly connects the soul of human beings and animals as well, with nature. Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two glories of Rishikesh. The water of Ganga (the river) between the mountains gives a marvelous view of nature. In Actual, Rishikesh is the place of temples. So, it is the attraction point of uncounted pilgrims.

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How to reach


By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest one to the Rishikesh at a distance of 35 km from it. Regular flights from major cities are available. Once you reach the airport, you can hire a taxi for Rishikesh easily. 

By Rail

Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest to the Rishikesh at a distance of 25 km from it. It is accessible by the regular trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi. After reaching Haridwar, you have options for bus and taxis for the further journey which only takes 45 minutes.

By Road

Because Rishikesh is a popular tourist destination so it has a good network of buses connecting it with major cities. You have all the options of regular, deluxe, and luxurious coaches. You can choose according to your convenience. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is Rishikesh known for?

A: Rishikesh is known for its Ashrams, Yoga and its holiness. It is the Yoga Capital of the world.

Q: What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

A: Best time to visit Rishikesh is February, March and August to Ocotber.

Q: Is there snowfall in Rishikesh?

A: No, there is no snowfall in Rishikesh.

Q: How many days are enough for Rishikesh?

A: 2-3 days are enough to visit Rishikesh properly. But if you want to learn yoga and meditation, then you can stay here in any ashram.

Q: Is Rishikesh worth visiting?

A: Yes, Rishikesh is worth visiting place in Uttarakhand. It is not only famous for its pilgrimage sites or yoga, but it is also famous for many adventurous activities like paragliding, river rafting, bungee jumping, camping, etc.

Q: What are the best places to visit in Rishikesh?

A: There are many best places to visit in Rishikesh and these places are, Triveni Ghat and Neel Kanth Temple for pilgrims. Jumpin Heights, Rajaji National Park and Neelgarh Waterfall for adventures and picnic. Swarg Ashram and Beatles Ashram for yoga and meditation.


So, these are the best places to visit in Rishikesh. The measure of the beauty of Rishikesh cannot be expressed in words truly. The best experience can only felt by visiting it. But we tried a lot to give you ideas about those serene places and must-visit places in Rishikesh. So guys do comment and share to support us. We promise to provide this type of information in the future.


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12 comments

    1. Yes dear, Rishikesh is one of the best place to visit in Uttarakhand. Dear, there are many ashram in rishikesh. Famous ones are Parmarth Ashram, Sivananda Ashram, Vanaprastha Ashram and many more. You can easily find out the ashrams nearby the Ganga.

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