Must see points of attractions in Rishikesh Famous for its ayurvedic treatments, it attracts a huge number of tourists into its laps offering a great range of activities that should be experienced by every single soul to relax and rejuvenate our souls and bodies.
Triveni Ghat, as the name suggests, it is the place where the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets together making it the most pious among all the other ghats. Reach here by morning to enjoy the glistening golden rays touch the meditating Shiva. Sit back in a stretched staircase and enjoy the serene scenes in silence where we could witness offerings made into the river, people feeding the fishes and yogis performing Surya Namaskars while the evenings becomes way more beautiful due to the “Maha Aartis”. The sacred chants and hymns of the saints brings in a spiritual feel inside every soul.It is believed that the souls are purified and the sins are washed away when we take a dip into the ghat.
Shivpuri is the go to place for white water rafting in India. This serene and calm little town offers extreme adventurous activities for the tourists with thrills, fun and loads of laughter with friends. Shivpuri does not only offers a heart thumping river rafting, but also provides a picturesque series of landscapes painted with lofty mountains and dense forests on every turn. There are also other adventure sports like body surfing, cliff jumping and abseiling.
Beatles Ashram, does the name strike a bell? Yes, indeed. In the year 1968, the world famous band group “Beatles” visited this quaint little ashram to meet a saint called “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi” to practice meditation under his guidance. It gained immediate popularity among the tourists after the visit and became a huge hit. The ruined stone huts of the ashram stands proudly even after its abandonment in the year 1997. The government has been taking measures to turn this ashram located in the foothills of Himalayas into a museum to showcase its huge contribution and historical significance to the society.
Lakshman Jhula is a marvellous suspension bridge that is very popular among the tourists for its construction connecting the Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand. The bridge marks its date in the epic saga called “Ramayana” quoting that Lakshman, brother of the Lord Rama crossed the river in a jute bridge where a bridge was built with pillars ,but washed off in a flood of 1924. Later a suspension bridge was constructed at the exact same place which is now visited by many tourists due to its relativity in many sacred places.
Vashistha Gufa or Cave is known for the famous mark of the sage Vashishtha and his wife meditating in this very cave for hundreds of years. Vashista is the human son of Lord Brahma and one among the seven sages called “Saptarishi”. This is now turned into an ashram with some rooms outside cave residing and meditating permanently. The cave is becomes pitch darker to each step we take. We can spot aroma oils and incense sticks next to white mats for a peaceful meditation.
Rishikund is a place that revolves with many legends. The first being Rishikund meaning “Pond of the sages” was where a sage got his blessings from Goddess Yamuna for residing here forever and other is the bathing place of Rama and Sita where we can spot Raghunath Temple near it. We can witness a clear reflection of the temple in the water on a fine day. There is also another legend that quotes Sages performed a huge Yagya to please Mother Ganges, but Goddess Yamuna appeared and stayed here forever. Rishikund is a hot spring that receives good shadows from the trees and is surrounded by 10 steps on all four sides.