Rishikesh situated at the bank of holly Ganga river, in the lap of Himalayan mountains the North India state Uttrakhanda. It is holy town and a famous centre for national and international pilgrimage. Rishikesh is just 24 Km. from Haridwar. Haridwar located at the point where the Ganga emerges from the Himalaya. Haridwar is one of the most sacred cities in India. Pilgrims flock here all year to ceremonially bath in the Ganges. The most interesting part of town is Har-ki-pairi, Pareshwar (Murcury Shiva Lingam) Mahadev Temple, Rudraksha tree in Harihar ashram, Daksha Mahadeva Temple in Kankhal area. Lal Mata Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Bhuma Niketan Temple and Shanti Kunja loketed at the north of Haridwar.
Rishikesh located in the foothills of Himalayas, this place is considered to be the access point of four other pilgrim places of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri the four great places which combine to make Chardham. Rishikesh is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it.
"Hrsīkeśa" is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'. Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. Historically, Rishikesh was a part of the legendary 'Kedarkhand' the abode of Shiva. Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganga, at a point, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today, using a jute rope bridge. The jute-rope bridge was replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889, and after it was washed away in the 1924 floods, it was replaced by a stronger present bridge. Even today, the western bank of the bridge has a Lakshmana temple, and across it lays a temple dedicated to Lord Rama. PIYF is one of best Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is famous for its yoga sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. Besides the sadhus and saints, a mass of Indian tourists and foreign tourist also visits this place every year to have a look at this much heard about place. Rishikesh also makes some of the most popular adventure sport destinations of India. River rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking etc are some of the activities one can easily opt for here.
PLACES TO VISIT AROUND RISHIKESH
Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya at around 12th century, Bharat Mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Detailed accounts of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in ancient record of Kearkhand. 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. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D. Lot of old statues , coins, pots and other things of historical importance were found in recent excavations in the premises of the temple.
The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat.
One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.
Transcendental Centre of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Situated on the extreme end of Geeta Bhawan area, Marishi's TM centre is situated in the peaceful forest area. Once the most active branch has nothing much to offer to the visitors today.
One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substaintial work on hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organises excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.
Kunjapuri Temple - Sun Rise or Sun Set
Drive to Kunja Puri, one of the thirteen most important Goddesses of Shivalik range , the lower Himalayas. One can witness excellent sunrise or sun set on the Greater Himalayan Peaks and the vast Indo Gangatic plains. One can see almost all the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from here e.g Banderpunch (6,316 Metres), Swarga Rohini (6,252 Metres) Gangotri (6,672 Metres) Chaukhamba (7,138 Metres) etc.
Tera Manzil Temple: A multi-storey temple complex of idols of Hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.
One hour drive up river from Rishikesh situated Vasishtha Goofa, where famous saint Vasishtha mediated on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is a perfect place for meditation.