is the most ancient pilgrimage location in
India. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi;
meaning the place for yoga meditation of the
Gods. Rishikesh is a peaceful, temple town
on the banks of the holy Ganges River, which
is clear and flows full of spiritual energy.
Rishikesh is a holy place that
acts as an entry point leading to the sacred
places deep in the Himalayas. Rishikesh is
the perfect abode for people who have a
spiritual inclination. Spiritual people will
find total peace in Rishikesh and will feel
at home. Rishikesh translated means "the
city of saints."
According to mythology, the sage Rishi
Raibhya sat on the banks of the Ganga and
performed severe penance in the form of
extremely autere yoga practices. He was
rewarded when lord Vishnu appeared in the
form of Rishikesh, thus giving the place its
present name. Over the ages, saints have
meditated at this peaceful spot with the
soaring mountains looking down and the
sacred Ganga flowing beside. One of the most
prominent religious leaders in modern times,
Adi Shankaracharya, traversed this land in
the 9th century AD. Shankaracharya
pilgrimage to Rishikesh was later codified
into the great pilgrim circuit, and gave a
heightened sense of sacredness to this land
of the gods. Ever since, Rishikesh has been
the stepping stone and the first destination
on a list of holy shrines and sites
stretching across the lofty Himalayan Range.
There are innumerable Yoga Centers in
Rishikesh as well, as such Rishikesh is
known as 'The World Capital of Yoga." An
annual International Yoga Festival is held
by the Uttrakhand Tourism Board between
March 1st to March 7th. In 2010, world
renound teachers and hundreds of
practitioners from over 40 different
countries converged to celebrate the
universal spirit of Yoga Rishikesh.
In the 1960s, Rishikesh came in to the
Western world's limelight as the place where
the pop group Beatles met their guru.
The blessed city of Rishikesh attracts
millions of tourists, people every year come
here to practice YOGA, MEDITATE, REJUVENATE
and gain peace of mind. The place is also
very famous with foreigners who come to
India as part of a spiritual journey.
Whether its washing away karma in the Ganga,
offering pujas, or watching the aarti
ceremonies on the ghats of Rishikesh, people
find that Rishikesh can touch their hearts
and change their souls for the better
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN RISHIKESH
TRIVENI GHAT :
A confluence of three holy important Rivers
the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy,
is a most revered sacred bathing spot in
Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of
Ganges River. It is of belief that those who
take a dip in water at this ghat washes away
all the sins and purifies the soul and will
BHARAT MANDIR :
Bharat Mandir is situated in the heart of
the old town on the banks of the Ganges. The
Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of
Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram.
In the inner canopy above the idol is Shree
Yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya.
RAM JHULA :
Ram Jhula is situated 3 Km north of
Rishikesh, Is an iron suspension bridge. It
is made over river Ganges to cross the river
and is a landmark of Rishikesh. Ram Jhula
has been added recently constructed between
Shivananda Ashram and Sawargashram.
LAXMAN JHULA :
is a 450 feet long an iron suspension bridge
situated in Rishikesh in Indian state of
Uttarakhand. Lakshman Jhula is one of the
most prominent landmarks at Rishikesh. It is
made over river Ganges to cross the river
and is a landmark of Rishikesh. It is said
that Lakshman crossed Ganges on jute ropes
between the place where this bridge is
built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939.
There are spectacular views from the bridge.
GITA BHAVAN :
Gita Bhavan. Place of Guru Shri Ram Sukh
Daasji, (the great thinker of his time)
Popular among the Hindu Brahmin Community.
Twice a year people gather at this ashram to
read the Ramayana together.
Swarg Ashram, Shri 108 Baba Sali Kamli Wale
Swami Atam Prakash Ji. Sawargashram (
Heavenly Adobe) as the name connotes is a
beautiful place situated in picturesque
surroundings at the foot of Himalayas on the
left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh