Rishikesh, another holy and serene town of Uttarakhand set along the banks of the Ganges is a major attraction for all spiritual seekers from the different corners of the nation and globe. The two is dotted with many ashrams, yoga therapy centers, temples and sacred Ghats. Rishikesh has many metaphors in its honor such as ‘Gateway to Himalayas’, ‘Yoga capital of India’. The ambiance of Rishikesh is simply ideal for meditation, yoga and spiritual learning and thus many aspiring scholars come here to study about the Hindu theology, philosophy, religion and practices. Our one day Rishikesh sightseeing tour would help us to explore the spirituality and serene beauty of this holy town.
Day 01 – Arrive in Rishikesh
Upon your arrival at Rishikesh railway station you’ll be greeted by our tour representative who then escorts you to hotel for luggage keeping and freshening. After that we proceed to visit the various sightseeing places of Rishikesh. The places included in our sightseeing agenda of Rishikesh are Triveni Sangam Ghat, Raghunath Temple, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Laxman mandir, Rishikund, Tera Manzil temple, Bharat Mandir, Neel Kanth Mahadev.
First of all, we visit the famous Triveni Sangam Ghat of Rishikesh. This is the place where the three sacred rivers; Ganga-Yamuna—Saraswati meet each other. After visiting Triveni Sangam Ghat you could take a holy dip into the river and then go for a short boat ride.
After this we pay a Darshan at the Geeta temple and Laxmi Narayan temple located near to the Ghat and then move towards Raghunath temple, another temple located close to the Ghat. This temple belongs to lord Rama and is quite well known for the many Hindu rituals that are performed there.
In vicinity to Raghunath temple lies Rishikund, a water reservoir with great mythical significance. This Kund is said to have been created by Saint Kubz and then got blessed by Yamuna who poured her water into it to make it to a pond.
Next we visit the Laxman temple followed by the Tera Manzil temple along the river banks of Ganges. Laxman temple is an abode of lord Laxman; brother of Lord Rama. The splendid carvings on the temple captivate all attention. After laxman temple, we visit the 13-storied Tera manzil temple. This is a huge structure belonging to various gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.
Next we visit two most significant landmark attractions of Rishikesh; the Ram jhula and Laxman jhula. These are two suspension bridges made of iron. These bridges come with great mythological significance. There are many small shrines and ashrams around these two jhulas which we could consider visiting only if time permits. Some of those ashrams and temples are Geeta Bhavan, Parmarth Niketan, Yog Niketan, Swargashram, Beatles Ashram, Shiva Nanda Ashram, Sachcha Akhileshwar Mahadev temple.
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