Rishikesh is one such place that attracts pilgrims as well as adventure seekers. Situated in the foothills of Himalayas beside Ganga River, Rishikesh is a hub for meditation and yoga and several adventure activities.
It is always busting with visitors seeking some peace and spirituality as Rishikesh is home to several ashrams and temples.
The main attraction of Rishikesh is the Laxman Jhula, a suspension bridge built in 1939. It has a length of 450 feet and is built at a height of around 70 feet from the river.
According to Hindu mythology, this bridge is built in the same place, where Lakshamana once crossed the river Ganges on a jute rope, thus making this another important pilgrim attraction.
Swarg Ashmram in Rishikesh is one of the oldest Yoga ashrams in India. It was built in the memory of Saint Swami Vishudhanand and is a perfect place for those seeking some solitude in this holy city. You can meditate for hours near the private river banks which are totally devoid of any rituals found at the rest of the banks or just sit watching the sun rise from the Shivaliks.
The Neelkantha Mahadev Temple is another important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu mythology, the temple stands at the exact spot where lord Shiva drank the Venom ‘halahala’ that originated after the churning of the ocean by the Devas and Asuras in order to obtain the Amrita or the elixir of life.
How To Reach
The distance between Rishikesh and Delhi is 242 km so driving down to Rishikesh is worth considering as it would take you only about 6 to 7 hours to reach. Several buses and taxis also run to Rishikesh from Delhi. The nearest railway to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away.
Haridwar, in turn, is linked to Delhi, via train including Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special
Express and Mussoorie Express.
Things To Do
Being situated on the banks of Ganga makes Rishikesh a hotspot for adventure sports. The turbulent waves of Ganga are ideal for rafting, which is a popular adventure activity at Rishikesh.
Apart from rafting, there are many adventure activities that appeal to the adventure seekers like bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, fox flying and zip lining.