Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.
Temples: The holy city of Rishikesh can be nicknamed as a temple town. Some of the popular ones are, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Parmath Niketan Temple, Tera Manzil Temple, Swargniwas Temple, Bhootnath Temple, Sri Chandramouleswara Swamy Temple, Bharat Mandir.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram: Also known as Beatles Ashram, this place tucked away in Rajaji Tiger Sanctuary is now in ruins, and needs to be maintained to draw more tourists. The places offers beautiful paintings and quotes.
Swarg Ashram: It is a group of Dharmashalas and Temples at the banks of the River Ganges near Ram Jhula. It is an interesting and peaceful place with enchanting graffitis on the walls.
Ram Jhula: It’s a beautiful suspension bridge over the River Ganges. Now that Laxman Jhula has been closed down for repair, Ram Jhula is bound to gain more prominence.
Triveni Ghat is where the devotees come to take a holy dip, it’s a confluence of three holy rivers, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati, therefore is both a spiritual place and a place enriched with natural beauty. Neergarh Waterfall, located close to Laxman Jhula, is a beautiful getaway spot. One can also visit Patna waterfall which is equally stunning. Those craving a meditation session must head to Vashishtha Gufa to attain some peace of mind. One can also visit Astha path in early mornings for jogging or morning walk or for simply admiring the scenic beauty of the River Ganges and the breathtaking hills.
Since Non-vegetarian food is banned in the holy city, tourists should relish on the mouth-watering vegetarian and ayurvedic dishes. Vegetarian Thali, Chole bhature, Dosa, Aalu puri are some of the popular dishes. Masala Chai is the most preferred beverage. Some of the famous restaurants are; Chotiwala Restaurant, Bistro Nirvana, German Bakery, Madras Cafe, and Mukti’s Health Food Cafe.
Rishikesh is literally a haven for the adventure enthusiasts. River-Rafting in the swift flowing waters of Ganges is the most popular water sport in Rishikesh. One can also enjoy Bungee Jumping. Infact one of the oldest bungee jumping spots, Mohan chatti is located in Rishikesh. Cliff jumping and Flying for are other adventure sports that can surely give you an adrenaline rush. One can also enjoy activities like Trekking, Waterfall Trekking, Rock climbing, Kayaking, Body surfing, Hot Air Ballooning. Camping on the banks of the
River Ganges is another activity that one can enjoy while visiting the holy city of Rishikesh.
Tourists can visit Laxman Jhula Market and Ram Jhula Market to buy handicrafts, jewellery, religious items like prayer beads and religious books etc. One can also visit Rishikesh Main Market for buying similar stuff for lesser price and also items of daily needs.