Rishikesh is a major tourist attraction for people belonging to all age groups. Located in the lap of Himalayas it surely is a beautiful location in the North. Not only for it’s aesthetic beauty, rishikesh attracts lots of tourist owing to it’s religious significance in the Hindu tradition. The holy river Gang flows through the city further increasing it’s religious values. Also it is the yoga capital of the world.
So, if you are in Rishikesh these are few things you should not miss out on!
1. Camping at Shivpuri.
Shivpuri is a beautiful locality 9 km ahead of rishikesh. Surrounded by hills on all sides and located close to the river, this is perhaps the most beautiful location in Rishikesh for camping. It’s just so serene.
2. River rafting, paragliding, flying fox and numerous activities
Owing to the geography of the town it’s highly suitable for activities and various adventure. River rafting in river ganga is one of the most popular activity. So if you have that adventurous bone in you, rishikesh is waiting!
3. Walking on the lakshman jhula
Lakshman jhula is first of it’s kind bridge in India on the river ganga. It is very popular due to the age old folklore that lakshman, brother of Shri Ram in Ramayana had once crossed river ganga with a jute rope and that is where the bridge stands. The jute rope bridge was replaced by a suspension bridge during the British age and it’s beauty has attracted tourists ever since.
4. Witnessing Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti is a religious performance done by the pandits on the ghats (banks) of ganga. The whole thing is a bliss to watch and everyday almost hundreds or maybe thousands of people witness this ceremony.
5. Wandering through the narrow lanes of the city
Since it’s an old city, it has some really old buildings or ashrams and temples and the best way to explore them is through walking. Walking past the road you may also come across the local vendors and can collect souvenir for your folks and yourself.
Visit to Ashrams
Rishikesh is probably the only town in India to have almost hundreds of Ashrams with several saints and sages practicing meditation and yoga. A visit to rishikesh obviously should include a visit to these Ashrams.
6. Chilling in the cafes
Okay so after so much wandering around you would probably be exhausted and so there are these beautiful cafes in the main town where you can sit for hours and relax. One of them The hogger’s café is my favorite from the visit. The staff there is so welcoming, and the view from the café , it’s awesome!
7. Neeraguddi waterfall
There area few waterfalls in Rishikesh of which this one is the most popular. You can also trek on it along with your friends.
Travel freaks why wait! Visit the place and enjoy varied things and collect a huge load of memories!!