There are numerous places in India that do attract people of all ages, faiths and interest. Uttaranchal state for ages has been termed as the ‘Abode of the Gods & Goddesses’. Located close to the Himalayas, it is considered to be a sacred pilgrimage destination that is frequented by devotees in millions throughout the year. Besides being a sacred place, the whole of Uttaranchal state does boast of having numerous interesting spots and cities to stay and enjoy. Those who are adventure enthusiasts can have a gala time here as there are different types of adventure sports conducted here throughout the year. One challenging and thrilling adventurous opportunities offered here is river rafting. It will be wise to check out the Rishikesh package to ensure that the best one is derived that will suit the moods and specific preferences. The right package selected will also help the person to get the opportunity to experience peace of mind and calmness that this place offers.
This holy place is known to offer tourists of all ages and gender with something or the other. One can get to see the great Sanyasis and sadhus meditating on sacred Ganges River. This trip when properly booked is sure to ensure that the tourist has a memorable and historic visit that can be shared with the others. The ideal and most suitable time for camping in rishikesh is between March & April and September and November. Tourists can also come at other times of the year to enjoy the steep discounts due to off-season. The package will offer a complete insight of the well-known tourist spots that are frequented by visitors from all over the world. Due to its natural and mesmerizing beauty, Rishikesh has rightly been termed to be a paradise on Earth, and hence, should not miss out from the itinerary of must visit places. It also has been referred to as the World’s Yoga Capital.
This region does boast of having numerous ashrams and sacred temples throughout the lengths and breadths of the place. The package also offers an opportunity to visit the sacred ashrams like Sivanand Ashram, Omkaranand Ashram, Paremarth Niketan, Vitthal Ashram and Vanaprastha Ashram. Bharat Mandir is also a famous place to visit drawing tourists from all over the world. There are also present other sacred pilgrimage sites nearby like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri that are worth the mention and visit. The serene and scenic beauty of the place can be termed as mind blowing and breath taking. Rajaji Park located at the Ganges basin is a popular tourist attraction.
Tourists also can get exposure to several daring, thrilling and exciting adventure sports here including river rafting. The river’s strong current and powerful waves are quite enthralling, such that the visitors do not have any other option, but to go with its flow. Those new to this sport can enjoy professionally guided basic river rafting experiences. One can also set up camps and tents on the river banks to enjoy its beauty and to explore the flora and fauna in the surroundings.
Must visit attractions of Rishikesh
This town is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is famous for several yoga centres including ‘Patanjali’. There are also temples that dot the entire town and some of the adventure activities include cliff jumping, bungee jumping, paragliding, river rafting, etc. Tourists are surely spoilt for choice during their trip to Rishikesh.
Top attractions to visit in Rishikesh
- Lakshman Jhula Bridge: This suspension bridge has been constructed over the rapid flowing Ganges River and is over 70 years old. This is a new one as the old bridge had been washed away by floods. Being 450 ft in length, this bridge does offer panoramic view of the mighty Ganges River below. According to Indian mythology, Lakshman, younger brother to Lord Rama had crossed this river with the help of jute ropes, which is claimed to be in the very place, where the bridge has been constructed now. Also are present in the vicinity, numerous cafes and shop to cater to the basic requirements of the travellers. This place is indeed spectacular.
- Ganga Aarti held at Triveni Ghat: Ganga Aarti or Maha Aarti, as it is known, is quite a mesmerizing sight. One can get to see several priests wearing in the traditional puja dress performing the aarti to praise and invoke the great Ganges River synchronously, which is a real treat for all eyes. Visitors and devotees in large numbers chant bhajans which is accompanied by sound of bells and drums, thus creating a wonderful, vibrant atmosphere. Diyas in hundreds are left afloat during this time in this holy river which in itself is a grand sight. The entire experience can be soothing and calming to the mind and bring peace to soul.
- Tera Manzil Temple: Located on River Ganges banks and near to Lakshman Jhula is this temple that is held special due to its 13 floors, all having symmetrical idols of the different Hindu gods and goddesses. For many, climbing all 13 floors can be difficult, but once achieved allows the person to have a beautiful glimpse of the whole town of Rishikesh as well as that of Lakshman Jhula, thus making it worth climbing. Several small shops are found within the temple complex offering artefacts and souvenirs.
- The Beatles Ashram: It is a popular place and is a must visit for those interested in solitude. This Ashram is referred to as the Beatles Ashram, as it got its name from the famous music band. In 1968, the Beatles had stayed here. Several meditation chambers called kutiras are present within the ashram premises allowing the person to read a book or meditate in peace and calmness of mind. One can also have leisurely stroll to check out the paintings and what nature has to offer.
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