Before knowing the best places in Rishikesh to visit, First let us know about Rishikesh
Rishikesh is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. In ancient times, Sages and Saints came here to meditate in search of higher knowledge. According to mythology, Lord Ram did penance here to kill Ravan, and his younger brother Lakshman, using two jute ropes to crossed the Ganga River, where the ‘Lakshman Jhula’ is today.
The Ganga River is one of the most sacred rivers for Hindus. Rishikesh has many ancient and new temples. Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Temple are the ancient temples established by Shri. Shankaracharya. Shatrughan Temple is located near Ram Jhula and Lakshman Temple is located near Lakshman Jhula.
Since 2000, there have many changes in Rishikesh. At earlier, this city was known for pilgrims and now this place is known for Adventure spot. The city has attracted many tourists due to the International Yoga Festival. Over time the city’s markets have transformed from “local and religious handicrafts” to “Cafes, Hotels, Yoga and Meditation as well as rafting, Bungee jumping and Camping”.In February 1968, the Beatles band visited Rishikesh and came to know about the ashram of Yogi Maharishi Mahesh. They were all impressed by Maharishi ji’s divine meditation, since then the arrival of western people to this city has increased, and has increased to such an extent that today Rishikesh is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. There are many yoga centers here which attract tourists. Students from the country and abroad come here to learn yoga and become qualified as yoga teachers.
The beauty of Rishikesh is unexplainable, there is something in the air of this place. while walking on the banks of the Ganga ji in the morning and evening.The Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and Janki Jhula or Janki Setu with the beauty of all. The Ganga aarti performed every evening at Swarg Ashram, Triveni Ghat and other Ghats captivates all the tourists. Apart from this, there are other very attractive places in the city.
The best places in Rishikesh to visit
Neergarh Waterfall is located about 5 to 7 km from Laxman Jhula on Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The rapid clean water coming from the hill rocks fascinates the mind with its beauty. In summers, many tourists come to the Neergarh Falls to bath.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and most famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh.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. Shivratri and Kanwar Yatra are the main festive of the place
Rishi Vashishth Cave, Beatles Ashram (Chaurasi Kutia) and Rajaji Tiger Reserve are the other top most tourist places that are nearby. Travelers coming here like to visit Haridwar, Dehradun, Chamba, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Tehri Lake and Chota Char Dham Yatra.
The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh and the nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.