It is really difficult to describe the sights of this Holy city. The very area in the district has an amazing atmosphere, which can not be found anywhere else. And that in itself is a landmark.
Although, of course, the main attraction of Rishikesh is the sacred river Ganges, which here has just descended from the mountains to the plain and Rishikesh. This is just the first city in the heart of which flows this great river. Sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and sun-warmed ghats will not leave anyone indifferent. You don’t have to talk about the holy Ganga, you have to feel it.
Gates to Char Dham Yatra
Another attraction is the location of the Hindu Holy city. Being in Rishikesh is very easy to determine where the South and where the North: in the South of the plains, and in the North of the Himalayas. The city is literally located at the foot of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is located in a truly unique location. It is from here that The Chota Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage begins to the four sacred places in the Himalayas: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedranath and Badrinath.
The Bharat Mandir temple, the oldest Rishikesh temple built in the 7th century, is worth visiting in the city. Nearby is Triveni Ghat, where Ganga Aarti, a special Puja dedicated to mother Ganga, is held every evening.
Another popular Ganga Aarti performed at sunset in Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Ram Jhula. The Ashram itself is also noteworthy: in the picturesque garden there are many statues of Indian deities. On the banks of the Ganges is a huge statue of Hanuman and the famous statue of meditating Shiva.
On the hill behind the Parmarth Niketan ashram, you can see the orange multi-storey Boothnath temple will tell you the story about the wedding of Shiva and Parvati.
The famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, in our time better known as the Beatles Ashram, now belongs to the Rajaji national Park. At the moment, the cost of entering the ashram is 600 rupees for foreigners and 150 rupees for Indians.
While in Rishikesh, be sure to choose a morning to meet the dawn at the Kunjapuri temple. The temple is located on the mountain, which overlooks the snow-capped peaks, and the dawn itself is impressive.
Ideally, if you choose the morning after the full moon, then you will find a doubly beautiful sight: the full moon and the sunrise over the Himalayas.
Another temple popular with tourists is Neelkanth Mahadev – the temple of blue-throated Shiva. To get to the place you can rent a motorbike or taxi. Or you can go hiking in the Rajaji national Park.
Rishikesh for nature lovers
There are many meditation caves around Rishikesh. The most famous of them is Vasishtha cave, located on the banks of the Ganges river about 15 km from Rishikesh. If you plan a trip, keep in mind that the cave is closed during the day, from 11 AM to 3 PM.
Many waterfalls and mountain streams surround Rishikesh, the most popular is Neer Waterfall, it is the highest in the vicinity. It is better to come to the waterfall on weekdays, as the weekend sometimes is more crowded.
Round-the-clock Puja, ringing of bells, chanting of mantras and bhajans, the noise of the great Ganga and much more — all this awaits you in the World’s Capital of Yoga — Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is ancient Indian city in the footprints of Himalayas, now widely knows as Yoga Capital of the World