Rishikesh is a city in the Tehsil district of the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is known as the yoga capital of the world and also the gate to the Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Alcohol and non-veg food are not permitted in Rishikesh since it is religiously significant.
Things To Do In Rishikesh
The best place to visit if you want some spiritual life and great scenic beauty. The river Ganga flows through here and a lot of people bathe and worship the river. At around 6-6:15 in the evening, every day, the Ganga Aarti takes place here, which is very famous. Most importantly, is the meeting point of the three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It gives a really good view of the Himalayan ranges.
Ram Jhula connects the two sides of Rishikesh, one being Muni-ki reti and the other side is called the Swargashram area. It is really busy, all day long. A lot of monkeys can be seen here, never a dull moment here since the monkey keep playing a lot of pranks. A lot of human crowds and Motorcycles keep crossing the bridge, making it really noisy and crowded but the view should not be missed.
The Lakshman Jhula is similar to Ram Jhula but is more famous because of the Terah Manzil temple on end of the cable suspension bridge. Terah Manzil means thirteen floors. There is a temple on every floor. Also, there are a lot of artifacts and jewelry you can buy near the Lakshman Jhula. Don’t miss out on the shopping..!!
Parmarth Niketan Temple
The well-known Parmarth Niketan ashram and temple is just a few minutes walk from Ram Jhula. You can watch the very beautiful Ganga Aarti every evening, just like Triveni Ghat, but only more popular and performed in a more awe-inspiring way. There is a garden with a lot of statues of many Hindu Gods and accommodation is provided for travelers and there are a lot of good restaurants around.
This is India’s number one Bungee jumping location..!! It sounds and looks really crazy and insane but it is totally safe and worth it. It is run by some organizers from New Zealand and has namely 3 activities; flying fox, giant swing and bungee jumping which is the most popular one. The staff is very friendly and you literally lose your fear of heights from the adrenaline rush. Got guts? Go to jumpin heights for a totally awesome and unforgettable experience.
Things To Buy In Rishikesh
This is my favorite part. Rishikesh is very famous for its wooden handicrafts and artifacts and also jewelry. People also buy small statues of many Hindu Gods but these are the few things you need to buy in Rishikesh.
- Ornamental jewelry- earrings, rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, and a lot more.
- Tapestries and woven handicrafts- Woven handicrafts as in mats in different floral shapes made out of the husk of a coconut which is lovely for home decor.
- Wooden artifacts- Wooden keychains especially and many other beautiful pieces of art mad out of wood is really popular.
- Shivalinga- The shiva linga which is the representation of the Hindu god Shiva, which is worshiped by many is very auspicious and something everyone buys when they go to Rishikesh. It is available in a variety of sizes and colors.
There You Go, Almost everything you need to know about Rishikesh. The perfect amount of positivity, spirituality, adventure. Its the full package…!!