The most famous tourist destination of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is a very beautiful city situated on the edge of the Ganges river. There is a plan to have another bridge built in the city, equal to the bridge Laxman Jhule. In fact, Laxman Jhule, identified with Rishikesh, was discontinued in July last year for security reasons. After this, the government has approved the construction of a new bridge as its alternative.
It is associated with Lord Rama. The King of Lanka has many ancient temples and ashrams here that offer spiritual solace to pilgrims, most of them are Bharat Pushkar Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Lakhsaman Temple, Geeta Bhawan and the temple of Punjab region. Rishikesh, also known as “the place of sagas”, is a spiritual city situated at a height of 24 km from Haridwar at the confluence of Chandrabatha and the Ganges. It is believed that Lord Raviya by the name of “Rishikesh” appeared as an answer to the difficult troubles by the sage and henceforth the name of this place is derived. It is the starting point of the Char Dham pilgrimage and is an ideal place not only for pilgrims but also for those who are interested in medicine, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For adventure seekers, Rishikesh has suggested starting its trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and rafting. In addition, the International Yoga Week which attracts worldwide participation is held here in February, every year on the banks of the Ganges.
Best Place to Visit in Rishikesh
Laxman Jhula & Glass Bridge
Laxman Jhula has been the identity of this city for the last 94 years. Now a second bridge will be built here which will be made of glass. Tourists walking above the glass on the surface of the floor will feel that they are walking on the surface of the river. Which will also look very amazing. The width of the new bridge to be built parallel to the Laxman Jhula will be 8 meters and length 132.3 meters. It will have two glass floors. A two and a half meter wide road will be built in the middle. The special thing about this is that light vehicles like two-wheelers will be able to come on it comfortably.
The thickness of the glass will be three and a half inches and it can bear 750 kg per square meter. The iron poles and rods used in the bridge will be stronger than the common material. The bridge will be 132.3 meters in length and will have seven feet high railings on both sides. The iron poles and rods used to make it will be made many times stronger than normal. Also, if it will be properly maintained then it will last more than one hundred and fifty years.
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Bharat Mandir (Temple)
This Temple built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 12th century is one of the ancient temples of India. Sri Yantra kept by Guru Shankaracharya is also in this temple. The Bharat Temple, situated in the heart of the Old Town near Triveni Ghat, was built in honor of this younger brother of Lord Rama. The Bharat Temple of Rishikesh, situated at the foot of the Himalayan mountains, is a major tourist destination.
Devotees come early in the morning to take a dip at the Triveni Ghat, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. People have a deep sense of faith towards this place and it is considered a very holy place. From the Triveni Ghat itself, the Ganges River turns to the right. You get to see the nature of the view at the ghat here, which can hardly be found anywhere.
This temple is located here as evidence of the ancientness of this place. it was Built-in the year 1950. Geeta Bhawan is famous for its scenic walls. Its walls have carved stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Devotional music can be enjoyed here in the evening. There are hundreds of rooms here for pilgrims to stay. Seeing the river Ganges here and the sound of its water gives you mental peace.
Parmarth Niketan is an ashram situated on the banks of the Ganges in the lap of the Himalayas. Where a school has been opened to carry on the Indian cultural tradition. Ganga Aarti and Havan is done every evening at Paramarth Ghat. Parmarth Ashram is the largest ashram in Rishikesh. Natural medicine, Ayurveda medicine, and Ayurveda training, etc. are also given here.
Rafting in Rishikesh
If you are planning to roam and rafting Rishikesh on weekends or summer holidays, then you can do it on a low budget. Many travel companies are offering packages for rafting in Rishikesh. These tour packages of river rafting start from Rs 400-to-800. In the summer season, you can enjoy rafting on a low budget.
Best Yoga Destination
The Uttarakhand tourism effort which was jointly organized with the Paramarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, this annual yoga festival is famous for the special types of yoga practices taught here which include Kundalini, Shakti Configurations, Iyengar and Kriya. Come and learn about the eight organs of Yoga from spiritual leaders and renowned saints across India. This one-week festival is celebrated in March and is the best way to take in the purity and cleanness of the Ganges. While you are here in Rishikesh, do not forget to join the aarti that arouses glee on the banks of the holy river. Come to Rishikesh and start the journey of spiritual upliftment.