One of the most popular hill station within the foothill of the Himalayas
Rishikesh is one of the most popular hill station within the foothill of the Himalayas. It is a charming town packed with numerous temples and ashrams, as well as two splendid suspension bridges set across the fast-flowing Ganges. It is the ideal place for meditation, yoga or spiritual reason.
Some of the most important sights in Rishikesh include in alphabetic order:
- Bharat Mandir: one of Rishikesh most ancient temple founded in the 12th century and rebuilt many times since, located in the heart of town.
- Gita Bhavan: well known Ashram especially with the Hindu Brahmin Community and home to the Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, one of the great thinker of his time
- Lakshman Jhula bridge: one of the most iconic landmark of Rishikesh, located on the Northernmost past of town. This iron suspension bridge crosses the river Ganges, was constructed in 1939 and offers amazing views of the surroundings.
- Neelkanth Mahadev Mela: one of Rishikesh most honoured temples sitting on top of a hill at a height of 1675 m near the famous Swarg Ashram.
- Parmarth Niketan: known Ashram where they still teach children the Vedas Education. It is especially worth discovering during the aarti ceremony at 5PM during Winter and 6PM during summer
- Ram Jhula: the second famous pedestrian bridge in Rishikesh, crossing the Ganges river. It is located to the South of the Lakshman Jhula bridge and was built in the 1980s.
- Swarg Ashram : perhaps one of the most popular Ashrams in Rishikesh , famous for its yoga classes. Its name can be translated to Heavenly Abode, and indeed it is set within picturesque surroundings on the left bank of the Ganges river surrounded by mountains. Check out the latest reviews of Swarg Ashram on TripAdvisor.
- Trayambakeshwar Temple: the most iconic temple in Rishikesh dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is set in a beautiful 13 floors high building with unique orange colours and strategically sits on the banks of the river Ganges at the eastern end of the Lakshman Jhula bridge.
- Triveni Ghat: well known bathing ghat within the bank of Ganges, with thousands of believers flocking in each morning and evening for the Maha Aarti ceremony. It is the perfect place to experience a piece of traditional India within Rishikesh.