Rishikesh is situated at a peak of around 1360 feet above ocean level. Rishikesh is spotted with various antiquated Hindu temples, ashrams and acclaimed meditation and yoga centers. Aficionados, as well as explorers from all parts of the world flock this holy destination in search of inner peace. Many spend months together living and volunteering at the several ashrams situated along the banks of the Ganges or spend time in silent self reflection, learning yoga etc.
Rishikesh has been recognized internationally as the centre for yoga and meditation, thanks to the numerous yoga gurus, yoga ashrams that have sprung up in the valley in the recent years in addition to the spiritually serene atmosphere here. People from all over the world visit the place seeking salvation, inner peace or adventure.
The Ganga aarti ceremony is conducted every evening at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram located on the banks of the Ganges which is a quiet ceremony with a few bhajans and few people.
Lakshman Jhula an iron suspension connect that the outskirts of the Tehri and Pauri region of Rishikesh. It's situated 04 kms a long way from Railway Station of Rishikesh. Laxman Jhula is almost four hundred and fifty- Feet long Bridge on the River Ganges. Lord Ram’s sibling Lakshman is said to have crossed the Ganges on a jute rope and later the bridge was built in honour of Lakshman. The bridge appears to be suspended over the flowing river and connects to the triyambakeshwar temple which has numerous idols of various deities depicting legends of the Vedic times.
It's the most old, most holy & most well known temple located at the heart of the city. It's accepted that city's existence started to exist with this temple just. It is additionally accepted that if any traveler upon the arrival of Akshya Tritiya takes 108 parikarmas (rounds) of Lord Shri Hrishikesh Naranyan at this sanctuary and looks for the gift at his feet (it is just day when Lord's feet are revealed), all his wishes are fulfilled and it is proportional to the piligrimage to Badrinath.
The most mainstream bathing ghat in Rishikesh, the Triveni Ghat is the point where River Ganges takes a complete right edge turn. Hindus likewise accept that it's here that the three blessed streams Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Each morning, scores of travelers and lovers can be seen here taking a blessed plunge in the celestial waters of the Ganga. At night, the sight at the ghat is just heart mixing. Vedic serenades, to the backup of drums and ringers, can be heard all around and a profound air encompasses the entire spot. Small oil lights on adorned leaf pontoons skimming on the Ganges add much appeal to the entire air.
The spot (or the extension) is similarly prevalent with aficionados and travelers. It stays suspended 3 km north of Rishikesh town. It pulls in many guests because of the way that it lies simply near to the prevalent ashrams - Geeta Bhawan and Swarg Ashram. Guests can't bear to miss the captivating night petition to God (which goes on for 30 minutes) at the Geeta Bhawan's ghat. Nourishment beaus can make a beeline for the 50-year-old and the exceptionally well known Chotiwala restaurant, situated in Ram Jhula.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Kunjapuri Temple is claimed to be the one of the three Siddha Peeths in Tehri district, other two being Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. According to the mythology, when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt body of Sati, her burned chest fell at the place where the temple is currently located. From the temple, one can see the panoramic view of the neighbouring hills like Swargarohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba. Also, from the other side of the temple, tourist can relish the view of the nearby landmarks like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Doon Valley. The temple sees a massive crowd around Dussehra and Navratri festival.
Situated in the lap of Himalaya, on the bank of holy Ganga, Parmarth Niketan is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, which consists of around 1000 rooms. The spiritual haven, Parmarth Niketan, was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj subsequently managed by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, now the president and spiritual head. Spread over an area of eight acres, the Parmarth Niketan features a lush green manicured garden, 1000 well furnished residential rooms, Parmarth Gurukul, Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital .
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva as Neelkanth is his another name. This temple is located around 7km from Swarg Ashram and the route is a 3 hour long walk along a forest path. Another way to reach here is via Lakshman Jhula. A taxi might also take you there for a reasonable price. Pilgrims offer water from Ganga to this temple.