Rishikesh a hub of spirituality and holy pilgrimage
Rishikesh is a city located in the Dehradun district in the northern state in India. It is scenically placed just where the holy Ganges river departs from the Himalayan mountain range.
Known to the world as a hub of spirituality where the city is known as a holy pilgrimage and abode. It is also equally famous for its Yoga connects and adventure sport options at the same time!
It is called as the “gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas”. It is one of the most visited tourist locales in the country today by both tourists as well as the sages who get there to find ultimate knowledge and peace.
History of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Rishikesh as a pilgrimage it is today, dates back to the legendary Kedarkhand (currently known as Garhwal). It is believed that the Hindu Lord Rama did penance at this very place and killed Ravana. From here the brother of Rama, Lakshmana crossed the Ganges via the famous “Lakshmana Jhula”. It is also believed that when Raibya Rishi did a lot of penance at this place, God himself appeared and named the place as “Hrishikesh” currently called as Rishikesh. Legends also say that as per Skanda Purana, the religious book of the Hindus, this place is where the Indrakund is also present. It is the starting point of the famous “Char Dham” yatra, a journey taken by most religious Hindu’s to seek a place in heaven. Rishikesh has innumerous temples and religious stories associated with it as well.
How to reach Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
One of the most visited tourist and religious destination in the nation, it is located in the northern state of Uttarakhand. It can be easily reached without much hassle.
- By Flight: the nearest airport in Dehradun city is just 15 kms away from from this place.
- By Train: Trains are available to Rishikesh from Delhi and other major cities.
- By road: Buses and taxis are prevalent to travel to Rishikesh from Delhi and other places.
The major attractions in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Some of the major attractions include the following:
This is the famous bridge where the Lakshmana used to cross the river Ganges. Long back, it used to be a jute rope makeshift bridge which has been later rebuilt with iron and concrete.
This is a locale with extreme visual treat apart from being a spiritual ground zero of this city.Yogis and Rishis can be easily sighted while in their deep meditation phase.
Meant for bathing, this ghat is for watching Ganga Aarati or Puja in the evening or to take a holy dip in the river.
The other nearby places that you would like to visit are Bharat Mandir, Gita Bhavan, Parmarth Niketan among many others.