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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand is a famed town as the most popular tourist destination. This city is a treasure trove for all the ardent travellers out there. While its most visited for its religious significance, this holy land holds. Its religious sites, Holy Ganga Ghats, and ashrams are well known out there, but you’ll be amazed to know that Rishikesh has much more to offer you. So, we bring out a short guide of the places that you must add to your itinerary, next time you plan your visit to Rishikesh.

Rishikesh
Rishikesh

RAM JHULA, RISHIKESH

As the evening grows closer, Ram Jhula becomes a major site of attraction and remains flocked with tourists from all around the globe. It is the most prominent landmark in the heart of the city-Rishikesh. This 450 ft tall suspension bridge stands magnificently across the gushing Ganga river. Its been over 40 years since this bridge was constructed by the government with the help of the Divine Society of Sivananda Ashram. This architectural marvel connects the two prominent ashrams of Rishikesh: Sivananda and Swargashram.

Once you step into this bridge, the mesmerizing view of the Gigantic Himalayas, the rippling sound of flowing Ganga, the chanting sounds from the temple, the panoramic view of the whole city, and that feeling of swinging, will all add up to the surreal experience. Walk slowly and soak into a state of tranquillity. It’s just 3 km away from the heart of the main city.

You can also visit cafes and shops on both sides of Ramjhula. This bridge also provides connectivity to the famous Beatles Ashram, Geeta Bhawan, and Parmarth Niketan. You can also go street shopping around Ramjhula, you’ll love to have some memorable pieces from this trip.

LAXMAN JHULA, RISHIKESH

Much similar in appearance to Ram Jhula, this suspension bridge is the much older one but is comparatively smaller than the Ram Jhula. As a medium of connectivity from Tapovan to Tonk, this became the first jeepable suspension bridge built in the year 1927-1929. Although, it was opened for the general public in the year 1930.

This bridge has become an important landmark for the city of Rishikesh and remains popular among tourists. This 450 ft tall suspension bridge over the Ganga, gives a mesmerizing view of the valley.

This bridge finds its mention in the mythological legend as well. As per the belief, Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the Ganga river by a jute bridge at this same spot. To mark this, a jute bridge of 284 feet span was made here, which was the gift of Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala father of Rai Bahadur Shewpershad Tulshan, and was situated about 200 feet downstream. But, it faced a tragic flood in the year 1924 and got washed away.

You can see the names of the people behind this architectural marvel on two plaques, at the foot of the west side of this bridge. 

Visit this bridge which has withstand the longest duration and soak into the vibe of the entire region. There are several temples around this bridge and also a lot of options for street shopping. 

TRIVENI GHAT, RISHIKESH

Your travel in Rishikesh is incomplete without a visit to Triveni Ghat. The most popular and most pious “Triveni Ghat” becomes a major spot of attraction during the evening time. 

TRIVENI GHAT
Triveni Ghat

The term ‘Triveni’ actually means the confluence of three holy rivers. A dip at this ghat is enough to cleanse your body, mind, and soul. This ghat finds its mention in two of the greatest mythological epics-Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The sanctity of the whole region will leave you captivated. The positive vibes that this ghat exhibit is what you need. Near the ghat, you can also visit Gita Mandir and Laxminarayan temple. Around the ghat, you can find several vendors selling flowers, diyas, and all the puja-related items, in a leaf. You should buy one, light the Diya, and let go of that leaf container in the gushing Ganga. The view of numerous sailing lighted diyas on the waves of Ganga during the evening looks so mesmerizing. Don’t miss out on participating in the maha aarti, which takes place during the evening.

Also as you step out of the ghat, you can visit the local market nearby. So, if you are looking for spending your evening amidst the serene surrounding, Triveni Ghat is a perfect place to visit.

TERA MANZIL MANDIR, RISHIKESH

Well, it’s pretty clear with the name, that it is a temple with 13 floors. But wait!! This architectural marvel has more reasons to captivate you and make it worth visiting. Also known as Trayambakeshwar temple, this is one of the most religious temples in the area due to its symmetric construction, lovely setting, and sanctity that pervades the atmosphere.

This historic Hindu temple was built in the 9th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya.

The majestic mountains that surround this temple make a perfect backdrop for this setting. It is just across the Lakshman Jhula, that this colourful temple stands beautifully. The factors that separate this temple from others: Its symmetrical architecture, towering height, and every floor has numerable small temples dedicated to different deities. So you can worship multiple deities under one roof. As a result, many interfaith devotees and visitors from all over the world come to experience spiritual joy here. The temple, which is known for its remarkable architecture, also has a panoramic landscape view from the top of its 13th storey.  

After worship, you can also visit shops inside the temple’s complex, where you can get precious gemstones, Handicraft items, and much more.

SHIVPURI, RISHIKESH

If you happen to be in Rishikesh, how can you miss out on that adrenaline-rushing white water rafting? And if you get ready to experience this thrill, you’ll surely have to pass by the famed town of Shivpuri. River rafting is popular here, and the area is packed with people eager to attempt this adventurous activity. Whether you wish to embark on a small hike, a longer trek, river rafting on the Ganga river, zipline over the Ganges, and camping in the lap of nature, Shivpuri has all the necessary equipment and accommodations. It is also the place to go if you’re looking for tranquillity and rejuvenation, among other things.

The gorgeous backdrop of steep mountains, river rafting in the holy river Ganga, and several fantastic campsites have propelled this little but charming community to popularity. This place is a haven for thrill-seekers. River rafting is not only exciting but also incredibly picturesque, with white rapids below, lush deep forest on either side and a view of the gorgeous mountains in the distance, making Shivpuri one of Rishikesh’s most popular tourist sites.

NEER GARH/ NEER GADDU WATERFALL

As you move toward Rishikesh- Badrinath highway, from Laxman Jhula, you will find this popular minor hike waterfall. Travellers are enticed to take a cold plunge in the tiny stream OF the water pouring from natural granite cliffs. Trekking to the waterfall is a thrilling experience because it entails travelling through the jungle tight pathways. This is a magnificent waterfall, and standing near it is incredibly pleasant.

On your way to this enchanting waterfall, you’ll find a two-tiered waterfall with two pools for swimming. After a 200-meter hike from the road, there is a little waterfall with a small pool where guests can bathe. A 1.2-kilometre hike will lead you to the larger and main waterfall, which features a wide pool. On the waterfall, there are two bridges and a few resting spots. 

Not only do the waterfall and pool make it a perfect picnic spot, but you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty all around. You will even get to see butterflies of many types flying over the wildflowers, adding to the attractiveness of this lovely area. 

As it is a major tourist destination, you can even find little stores, where you can get water, soft drinks, noodles, and tea. 

After the monsoon, from October to November, is the best time to visit Neer Gaddu Waterfall to see it in its most beautiful state. The entry charge to this picturesque spot is just INR 30.

So, dive deep into this natural beauty amidst the serene surrounding.

JUMPIN HEIGHTS, RISHIKESH

Rishikesh is the best place for all the thrill-seekers out there. If you are missing out on that much-needed adrenaline rush, it’s time to pack your bag and visit Rishikesh. Once, you reach Rishikesh, your quench for that adventurous thirst will end at Jumpin Heights.

Located at a tremendous height of 83 meters over the river hull, a tributary of the Ganga, it is India’s first and highest Bungy.  In addition to bungee jumping, this adventure sports centre offers a flying fox and a gigantic swing. Everything you need for bungee jumping, from skilled instructors to the necessary equipment, is available here.

You may also use a camera to record your reaction. And with Jumpin Heights, you need not worry about safety. Their worldwide safety standards have been extensively covered in national and international media. The entry fees to this hub of adventurous sports are just INR 100.

After that power-packed adventurous sport, you might look for refreshments. So head on to their cafeteria, which will provide you options for munching. 

BEATLES ASHRAM

The Beatles Ashram, also known as Chaurasi Kutia ( 84 huts), is situated on the Ganges river’s eastern bank, near Rishikesh’s Muni Ki Reti region, in the Himalayan foothills. It occupies 14 acres of land surrounded by forest on a 150-foot high cliff overlooking the Ganges river on a hill known as Manikoot. It was in the year 1968, that the legendary band “The Beatles” stayed here for a longer time.

The ashram’s main attractions include its gorgeous dome-shaped structure, incredible graffiti works, and a lovely painting of members of the Beatles band painted on one of Ved Bhavan’s interior walls. The place’s peaceful and renewing atmosphere calms the body from inside and restores the mind, infusing you with optimism. Apart from just watching the ashram’s ruins, you get a serene environment for a quiet nature walk along with bird watching.

Also, it’s the best place for all the photographers. The wall art can act as a perfect backdrop. This Ashram is a part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve, now. You need to take an entry ticket to experience the remains of the famed stay that took Rishikesh to the global level.

PATNA WATERFALL

As you move towards Neelkanth Road from Laxman Jhula and pass by the Patna Village, A beautiful trek of about 1.5 km will lead to the enchanting landscape which consists of gigantic peaks at the backdrop and clean gushing waterfall. The steep trek may seem a bit tiring, but surely it’s all worthy. The trek goes through the very famous Rajaji forest. So, be assured to witness diverse flora which will leave you enchanted. Once, you reach the top, you can enjoy diving in the swimming pool. The seeping of natural gushing water into the limestones makes it a picturesque spot. 

Apart from the serene natural surrounding and this waterfall, the place is also famous for its limestone caves. The place remains a popular one, among all those who wish to spend their time in the serene natural surroundings. 

But the best time to enjoy this place of scenic beauty is during the monsoon season. You can witness the real beauty of this region during that time of the year. In summer, Patna waterfalls dry up. 

ASTHA PATH

Everybody is much familiar with the very famous Marine Drive, which is a landmark of the city of Dreams- Mumbai. And your visit to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to this popular long stretch along the sea of Mumbai. But, now you don’t have to plan a trip to Mumbai for witnessing this beautiful view. Rishikesh has come up with its own Marine Drive, also known as Astha Path.

Astha Path is a stretch of 20-25 feet wide pathway running along the gushing Ganga from Barrage to Ram Jhula. The solid rampart for that easy morning or evening walk along with tall lampshades and comfortable benches makes it popular among the visitors. To get into the Astha Path, you need to step down from stairs that start from the main road. This ensures that no vehicle can easily get to the rampart, making it a perfect and safe space for walking.

Just imagine- The walk in the serene surrounding, with the sound of flowing Ganga and that cold breeze following you. How surreal it feels!!!

After a long walk, you can just sit on the benches, facing the Ganga and enjoy your time in solitude. It’s a perfect place for all those seeking tranquillity, who wants to meditate or just enjoy their leisure time.

VASHISTHA GUFA

VASHISTHA GUFA

It’s a known fact that Rishikesh is the holy land, where rishis(saints) resided to meditate. So, we bring out a cave of one of the greatest rishis- Sage Vashishtha, Lord Ram’s guru.

As you head on to Badrinath road, after 25 km, a descent of about 200 steps will lead you to the very peaceful and small cave, which consist a Shivling. According to Hindu mythology, after the death of his children, Sage Vashishta, he decided to commit suicide in River Ganga but was refused by Goddess Ganga. Arundhati, Vashishta’s wife, liked the location and decided to stay here. This place is believed to be the spot where sage Vashishtha meditated for many years.

Away from the main city, the natural beauty of this spiritual place remains untouched. This 60 feet deep cave is a perfect place for meditation. 

Nestled amidst the groves of the Ficus tree, this cave exhibits a positive vibe. You can also visit the shores of the Ganges, nearby this cave. 

KAUDIYALA RISHIKESH

Rishikesh is a treasure trove for all the thrill-seekers out there. If you quench that needed Adrenaline Rushing sport, it’s time to head to this holy city, which is much beyond just temples.

Perched at an elevation of 380 meters above sea level Kaudiyala is one such location that is on the Rishikesh-Srinagar-Badrinath route. It is a buzzing hub for adventure seekers. Kaudiyala offers you everything, from river rafting to simply taking a walk in the woods.

This picturesque spot is a grade 4+ rafting stretch, with views of the highlands and the thundering sound of the Daniels Dip, Three Blind Mice, and The Wall rafting rapids. No matter, when you plan your visit to Kaudiyala, be assured to witness nature’s bounty across its vistas. Kaudiyala is equally fun in both the monsoon and winter. It was once a popular rafting and adventure destination only a few years ago. However, as more people seek peaceful getaways in the beautiful Himalayas, Kaudiyala is becoming more of a year-round destination for pleasure and leisure. 

Kaudiyala is a fantastic vacation or a weekend getaway spot as you can also enjoy camping here. And if you are someone not very fond of camping, you can opt for other options to stay around Kaudiyala.On the banks of the Ganga, the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam has a rest house. Other resorts in Kaudiyala village exist in addition to the GMVN Rest House. The Himalayas and the Ganga can both be seen from these hilltop lodges. It’s an unusual location, to be sure.

GARUDCHATTI WATERFALL

GARUDCHATTI WATERFALL

We got another spot for you where you get to enjoy that natural shower amidst the picturesque backdrop. But, you have to do a little bit of a tedious trek to enjoy this natural treasure. As the saying goes “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”, be assured that this trek will be worth it.

The trailhead for Garud Chatti Falls is located directly across from the Garud Chatti Temple, which is whence the cascade gets its name. The trailhead is not immediately obvious, although there are normally several stalls nearby and a little sign marking the path to the waterfall.

The best part is that it is a multi-tiered waterfall located above the Ganges River in the Rajaji Forest. Garud Chatti Cascade’s main tier is a falling waterfall hidden around a bend in a limestone cliff. A tiny, waist-deep freshwater pool is available here for a brief dip. This is the most popular tier of Garud Chatti Waterfall. After enjoying this shower, you should definitely check out the area of huge limestone caverns just above the first waterfall. 

Moving to Garud Chatti Waterfall’s second level. it is normally solitary and receives more sunshine in the afternoon. And if you enjoy spending leisure time at not so overcrowded place, this tier is for you. Although this tier is smaller than the main waterfall, it still boasts a deep swimming hole at its foot, which is ideal for a brief dip and a soothing break.

So, next time you are in Rishikesh and looking for some time in solitude, do visit Garudchatti waterfall and soak yourself amidst the picturesque view.

BAIRAJ LAKE

Rishikesh has many latest additions to its itinerary of the picnic spots. One of them is “Bairaj Lake”.

When visiting Rishikesh, the Bairaj Lake is a must-see. The lake’s beautiful splendour contributes to nature’s abundance of beauty. It is one of Rishikesh’s greatest spots for relaxing and calming your mind and spirit, as well as a peaceful and meditative environment. Bairaj Lake is the most developed of all the lakes in Uttarakhand. The scenery is tranquil, despite the fact that you cannot get close to the fishing waters. You may unwind in the sun at a nice lake park.

It’s a perfect place for all fitness freaks as well. Be it your morning walk or the evening walk, this is an ideal place. 

The rippling sound of Ganges, the mountain peaks covered with the lush green trees on the side, the cool breeze flowing by and the serene surrounding, together make this place a perfect picnic spot. 

JANKI SETU

This one is the latest addition to the list of suspension bridges in Rishikesh. After the surreal experiences at  Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, you can now visit this another Architectural marvel. This bridge is named after the wife of Lord Rama. Janki Setu (bridge) has been constructed keeping in mind the safety of the travellers on foot as well as vehicles. It is 274 mt long and It is the first three-lane suspension bridge of Rishikesh, which is wide enough to have separate lanes for pedestrians and vehicles. Its proximity with the prominent Ram Jhula makes it a must-visit for travellers.

The bridge connects Muni ki Reti to the Swargashram area. The grand entrance along with a clean spacious platform and benches makes it an ideal spot for spending leisure time. The view of surrounding temples, Ashrams, Flowing Ganges, the sound of the Chantings and bells, adds to the serenity of this bridge.

The view of Janki Setu at night will leave you captivated. The bridge not only eases out the traffic but makes a perfect sightseeing spot.

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