Rishikesh is also the known as Gateway to the Himalayas. A sacred town at the convergence of rivers Ganges and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh is a naturally attractive place at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal in India. Rishikesh is the starting point for travelling to the four Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage Destination in Uttarakhand. The importance of this holy city lies in the fact that it serves as a gateway to other religiously important centers like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri. Rishikesh is famous for its temples, yoga and meditation, rafting and other adventure activities among tourists. The Rishikesh City is Surrounded by the three main districts namely Tehri Garhwal , Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar in State of Uttarkhand in North India. Rafting season starts from the month of March and ends in September.
History and Legends
According to History , It is said that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana , the Demon king of Lanka. The Lord Rama and his Brother Laxaman crossed the Ganga river where Present Bridge stands today known as the name Laxaman Jula. Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary ‘Kedarkhand’. According to Etymology , Hrishikesh is the name of lord Vishnu means ‘lord of the senses”. The place gots its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to ‘Raibhya Rishi’ as a result of his tapasya as Lord Hrishikesh. Another legend says that fierce fire broke out here. Lord Shankar was angry with Lord Agni and cursed him. Then Lord Agni prayed here for the expiation of his sins. Hence it is also known as Agni Tirth – The holy place to penance of Lord Agni or Fire God. Several ancient temple , shrines and Ashrams can be found along the banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh.
Place to See in Rishikesh :
Lakshman Jhula : Lakshman Jhula is one of the most sightseeing thing in and around Rishikesh. The Laxman Jhula is Constructed over Ganga River. It is Said that the Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939 after Lord Laxman crossed the Ganga river after killing Ravana. There are spectacular views from the bridge. Small Bridge Ram Jula is located beside the Laxman Jula in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat : Thousands of Devotees take a holy dip bath and and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed daily in the morning and evening time respectively. Triveni Ghat is a well known bathing ghat of Rishikesh, is a confluence of three sacred rivers that are Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. According to the beliefs, a dip in water at this ghat washes away all the sins and purifies the soul.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple : Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most Scared Pilgrimage Destination for Hindu Religious. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Nilkanth. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated about 22 km from Swarg ashram in Haridwar. Neelkanth Mahadev temple is situated at the Converges of the two holy River Madhumati and Pankaja and between three valleys- Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot & Manikoot. According to Hindu Myth , It is believed that this were the Scared place where Lord Shiva Drank the Poison that originated from the sea to save his devotees Life.
How to Reach :
Rishikesh is closed to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun about 15 km away from Rishikesh. Rishikesh is 230 km away from Delhi and is well connected with buses. Rishikesh Railway Station Railhead the nearest to Reach Rishikesh where all trains passes through the Station