Rishikesh – ‘the Gateway to Land of Lords’, is one of the admired Hindu pilgrimages destinations in India. It is a ideal mixture of pilgrimage, adventure, wildlife, yoga and meditation. The sacred city awaits millions of devotees and adventure enthusiasts every year. Rishikesh is often crowded, specially from April to October.
Heralded amidst snooty hills, the city is situated at an height of 356 m above the sea level. It is also well-known as ‘Tapo Bhumi’ means the place for meditation of Gods. According to mythology, sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh. It is also said that the earth has witnessed the happening in which Lord Vishnu defeated the demon Madhu.
Yoga and Meditation Centres
Rishikesh is also popularly known as world of yoga and meditation. The sacred town is dotted with several yoga resorts where people can do meditation and yoga for their spiritual improvement. The serene and calm ambiance in the ashrams conducts yoga and meditation to attain complete mental peace and satisfaction.
Set an journey to adventure world filled with lot of excitement and enjoyment. Have a awesome experience of white water rafting in Rishikesh. The other option to add more thrill in your Rishikesh trip is trekking. Explore the fascinating trekking routes surrounded by lush greenery on high ranges of great Himalayas.
Rishikesh is primarily a pilgrimage destination. Therefore visitors can rarely find big markets or souvenir shops. But there are few things which can happiness the shopaholics. They can shop for handicrafts made of sea shells, beads, pearls etc. Visitors can also look for saris, handloom fabric, bed covers and cotton fabrics at local shops.
Rishikesh has many well-known institutes as well as ashrams and is the stronghold of the authentic holy experience that Hinduism is so famous for. The 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, for instance, is a prime institution that has been working endlessly for preserving and promoting the traditional Vedantic studies.
Places to see:
The places to see in Rishikesh include:
Although the primary deity of the temple is lord Vishnu, the temple is devoted to Bharat, lord Rama’s youngest brother.
Gita Bhawan: A very spiritual and important place for the Hindu Brahmins, Gita Bhawan is the place where regular reading of the Ramayana takes place.
Lakshman Jhula: The iron suspension bridge, which has replaced the once jute one is linked with the story of Ramayana.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: The extremely revered temple, dedicated to the blue throated lord Shiva, Neelkanth Mahadev is positioned in the deep forests about 20 kilometres away from Rishikesh.
Swargashram: One of the most famed places of Rishikesh, Swargashram is a small township consisting of numerous temples and ashrams at a distance of around 5 kilometres from Rishikesh.