Rishikesh is a place located in Dehradun district in Uttarakhand state of North India. Rishikesh is maintained by the municipal council and it is situated at the foothills of Himalayas. It is very famous for Yoga and it is known to be the Capital of Yoga in the world. It is famous by another name, ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’. The central government has declared Rishikesh and Haridwar as the ‘Twin National Heritage cities’ in 2015. Rishikesh is one of the most accepted or celebrated city by Hindu followers. This is one of the religious pilgrims for Hindu believers. Non-vegetarian food and Alcohol are restricted in this region because of religious aspects. Once you reach this tranquil place, you will experience the eternal peace.
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The two rivers Chandrabhaga and Ganga enrich Rishikesh. The holy river Ganga keeps everybody busy with religious activities. Most of the residents come to Rishikesh to live their life peacefully. No one seems interested in modern facilities. Rishikesh’s air itself has a power to keep your mind and body away from evil thoughts. Since it is close to the Himalayas, the climate and surroundings of Rishikesh are refreshed. A person who is coming from a city will know the difference in a minute and will enjoy the peace of this city.
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Everyday evening you can witness the Ganga Aarti along with thousands of believers. It will be crowded but you can still enjoy the Arthi with slokas chanted by the devotees. This will be a rejuvenating experience. The Temples, beauty of nature and marble works attract a lot of tourists to Rishikesh. This city is for all those human beings who believe in peace of mind.
Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula
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There is a myth connected with the Lakshman Jhula suspension bridge that connects Tapovan and Jonk villages. After killing Ravana in the Ramayana war, Ram had forfeited from life and decides to go Rishikesh. Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, once crossed Ganga at the same point where Lakshman Jhula was built. It was made of jute rope first which was washed away in a flood during 1924. It was later built as an Iron suspension bridge and renovated too. You can see another suspension Bridge Ram jhula also at Sivananda Nagar. Once you reach here you could visit the Ram temple, Lakshman temple, and Trayambakesh also.
Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Asharam
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This is one of the best tourist spots of Rishikesh. The Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Ashram became famous when the Beatles pop team visited this place. When you sit in the calm and quiet Ashram and meditate, you will feel very divine and blissful. A visit to this Ashram will let you understand the effect of Yoga on the minds and bodies of people.
Ganga Arthi at Sangam
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Ganga Arthi is a very famous part of Rishikesh and Haridwar. It is a daily ritual for the last 50 years. Attending the Arthi is equal to visiting the heaven for Hindu believers. There’s a Sangam or confluence of Saraswathi, Ganga and Yamuna rivers at Rishikesh. All these rivers are considered holy and attending Arthi here is considered very auspicious. The Arthi done with many lamps as the sun sets to make a great divine ambiance. You can also see floating lamps. The Pooja and Arthi take 15 to 20 minutes to complete during which time, all you will listen to will be the ringing of sacred bells and holy chants.
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Gita Bhavan is a place everyone should visit in Rishikesh. It is big complex with 300 rooms, where the visitors can stay at very low rates. There is a big hall also where you can engage in Bhagavath Gita Parayan and meditation. Gita Bhavan is located inside the area of Swarg Ashram. At Gita Bhavan, you can see Bhagavath Gita written in one small sheet of paper framed on the wall. There you could see many images of Lord Krishna in different styles. You can see many old people and youngsters settled there over years. Many people tend to spend their lifetime in Rishikesh once they reach here. They consider it the right place to attain the God.
White Water Rafting
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Apart from the spiritual and divine intentions, many tourists visit Rishikesh to enjoy adventure sports such as trekking and white water rafting. Rishikesh is a very popular spot for White Water Rafting through the icy chilled water of river Ganga.
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