Weekend getaways are the perfect way to let go of the entire week’s stress and submerge yourself in the comfort and serenity of nature and travel. If you’re also going through an intense week and need a break to make yourself feel like you again, then you need one of these weekend getaways on your schedule. A perfect weekend getaway location for people living in North India is Rishikesh, also known as the Yoga Capital of India. Plus, there are a bunch of places to visit in Rishikesh that offers serenity and chaos, at the same time.
Best Places To Visit in Rishikesh
Rishikesh, located in Uttarakhand, is set on the Himalayan foothills and beside the river Ganga which is a highlight of the city. The city is famous for its history with Yoga, Meditation, and its holy history. It’s a perfect place for all spiritual seekers, adventurous, and yoga enthusiasts since the city has something for everyone. Now, let’s check out some of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.
1. Lakshman Jhula
Connecting two important villages in Rishikesh, Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal and Jonk in Pauri Garhwal, Lakshman Jhula is one of the most famous hanging bridges across the holy river of Ganga.
Its significance comes from the Hindu mythology of Ramayana, and it is believed that Ram and Lakshman crossed the bridge with the help of just two ropes at this place, and that’s why this bridge was made to commemorate this act of fearlessness.
It is a beautiful location to spend time with family or friends. The best time to visit this location is between December and February when its beauty can be harnessed the most. Also, there are no entry fees and it certainly is one of the most Instagrammable places in all of Rishikesh.
2. Ram Jhula
It is also one of the most iconic places to visit in Rishikesh. The bridge act as a connecter between the Sivananda Nagar in Muni ki Reti in Tehri Garhwal and Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal. Because of the large number of tourists visiting the place every year, there are lots of shops and markets near the ends of the bridge on both sides. It is located just 3 km from the center city of Rishikesh which is a comfortable walking distance if you want to experience the beautiful scenery and get the authentic feel of Rishikesh. Being located on the foothills of the Himalayas and the holy river of Ganga, visiting it at any time of the year is amazing. Its beauty stays the same.
3. Rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is the most popular location for rafting all over India and it’s thrilling to ride over the blustery waters of River Ganga. Costing nearly ₹600 per person, you’ll have a heart-pumping and breathtaking experience and you’ll also get to experience the beautiful scenery with that. Apart from rafting, Rishikesh has a variety of other adventure sports to offer and if you’re someone who likes living on the edge, then you certainly need to explore this side of the location. Also, you don’t need to be a professional swimmer to take part in these activities, ample amount of care and consideration is taken on the organizers’ end, along with all the necessary safety equipment.
4. Paramarth Niketan Ashram
If you want to explore what’s inside you following the power of spiritual awakening, then this place is just for you. There is a reason why Rishikesh is known as the Yoga Capital of India, and this place forms the foundation of this reason. It was founded by Pujya Swami Shukdevananda Ji Maharaj, in the year 1942 with an aim for the visitors to meet their inner self and open doors to spiritualism, and he succeeded as this place totally does that for the visitors. There are a bunch of other ashrams located in the city and another popular one is the Beatles Ashram that the band stayed at, during their visit to India in the past. Even though the Beatles Ashram is an abandoned building now, you can certainly explore it if you’re a fan of the band, also, it’s one of the most popular places to visit in Rishikesh.
5. Triveni Ghat
This place is considered to be the holiest in Rishikesh and of course, it will be, as it forms the convergence of the three greatest and holiest rivers of India, the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. It is believed that when a person takes a bath in Triveni Ghat, it washes their sins and turns their souls pure, which is one reason why this place is filled with a heavy crowd all year long. This place will offer you relaxation and peace, even though it has got people all around. It is of utmost religious importance and has been mentioned in both Ramayana and Mahabharata, Hindu Mythology.
6. Camping in Rishikesh
River Ganga is the most important attraction of Rishikesh, and certainly one of the most popular places to visit in Rishikesh, as it offers a breathtaking camping experience. Set up your camp near its blue water, along the foothills of the Himalayas, and enjoy an evening of fun and beautiful experiences. Here, you can capture the most beautiful pictures and memories of yourself and your loved ones. In just about ₹900, you can experience riverside camping, rafting, hiking and so much more. It’ll fill you with immense joy and amazement.
So, these are the topmost places to visit in Rishikesh which will offer you solitude, excitement, joy, happiness, and fulfillment. Also, there are a bunch of hostels, cafes, and restaurants for you to explore and enjoy your stay at. Rishikesh is a great location for group travelers and even for solo wanderers. You’ll feel rejuvenated once you are back from here and would want to go back again as soon as possible. The beauty of this place just makes you fall in love with itself.