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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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The most revered and historic pilgrimage site in India is Rishikesh, which is situated in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand. In this serene temple town, the Ganges River flows freely and is brimming with mystical energy. It is the centre of sages, yoga practitioners, and pilgrims who swarm the ghats and temples. It is also known as Tapo Bhumi, which means the place for yoga and meditation of the Gods, as well as the yoga capital of the world. With activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, and others, it has recently also grown to be a hub for adventure sports. Ashrams (centres for spirituality and meditation), yoga institutes, and opulent spa resorts dot the serene, forested slopes outside the city. It is also renowned for having some highly esteemed yoga schools. Treks to a number of Himalayan pilgrimage sites, including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, begin from the city.

Nearby Places to See

Shivapuri
Shivapuri, which is surrounded by the Himalayas and blessed with a forest canopy, is a great location for river rafting because the Ganga River’s natural flow creates good rapids with flow and speed. This village, about 15 kilometres outside of Rishikesh, is famous for its abundance of Shiva temples.
Gumkhal
Gumkhal and Lansdowne, both more than 100 kilometres from Rishikesh, are major tourist destinations. Old churches, lakes, memorials, temples, museums, viewpoints, a tiger reserve, and many other attractions can be found in and around these two locations, providing visitors with plenty to do for a few days.
Ranichauri
This little village, 70 kilometres outside of Rishikesh, makes for a pleasant camping spot. Tehri Dam, the largest dam in India, Tehri Lake, and nearby peaks are just a few of the attractions that guests can enjoy during their stay.
Kaudiyala
Kaudiyala is a picturesque town located halfway between Rishikesh and Badrinath. It is a hub for water sports, particularly whitewater rafting. It is only 40 kilometres from Rishikesh and is located at an altitude of roughly 480 m above sea level. Along with other activities like beach volleyball, rock climbing, and rappelling, the area’s picturesque beaches make for a great camping location.
Lakshman Jhula
The well-known Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula, a 450-foot-long suspension bridge, is located about 2 kilometres from Swarg Ashram. It is named after the younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshmana (Laxman), and has temples on either side, including the well-known Lakshmana Temple. The entire bridge is constructed of iron and is 70 feet above the river. The jhula, one of Rishikesh’s most well-known landmarks, was constructed over the River Ganga in 1939. As the legend goes, Lord Lakshmana (Laxman) crossed the Ganga on ropes of jute, and hence the bridge has been named in his honour. Crossing the leisurely swinging bridge, which provides a visual overview of the surrounding landscape, is a thrilling experience for tourists.
Ram Jhula
Ram Jhula, a suspension bridge that spans the Ganges and was built in 1986, is a well-known landmark in Rishikesh. It is situated a couple of miles downstream of the famous Lakshman Jhula. This 750-foot-long bridge, a marvel of engineering, connects the ashrams located on either side of the river. It provides a magnificent bird’s-eye view of the powerful river winding through enormous mountains and dense forests. The sounds of the River Ganga gushing underneath add to the charm of the environment. The bridge was built after Lakshman Jhula and bears a striking resemblance to it in terms of design and steel construction.