Rishikesh “Yoga Capital Of The World”: 12 Top Things to Do

The top things in Rishikesh are yoga, meditation, temples, camping, and trekking. There are many ashrams in Rishikesh like Parmarth Niketan, Beatles, and Shivanada which teaches yoga, and meditation. Along with that other things to do are camping, white water rafting, Triveni ghat, Laxman Zhula, and trekking.

There are many ashrams, temples, and yoga centers in Rishikesh. The white water river rafting is a world famous water sport activity. Rishikesh is located on the bank of the holy river Ganges. People from across the world come to Rishikesh.

This article will give information about the ashrams, temples, trekking, camping, Ganga Arti, and Triveni Ghat.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Parmarth Niketan Ashram is the spiritual ashram on the bank of the holy river Ganges. It is the largest Ashram in Rishikesh. The daily activities of the ashram are teaching different types of yogas, morning prayer, meditation, spiritual lecture, and Ganga Arti at sunset. Along with that Ashram has a nature cure center and Ayurvedic treatment for the cure of the disease. Parmarth Niketan Ashram has 1000 rooms and International Yoga Center. The ashram is located in the main market of Rishikesh.

The Ganga River

The River Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus flown through Rishikesh. The Ganga River is worshiped as a goddess Ganga in the Hindu religion. There is a number of temples and ashrams situated along the riverside. Many pilgrimages take a dip or bathe in the water of Ganga to wash away all sins of individuals. Shiva Statue at the Ganga River near Parmarth Niketan ashram is the main attraction for tourists.

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Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat is famous for Ganga Arti and holy bath. Triveni Ghat is the biggest Ghat on the bank of River Ganga in Rishikesh. It is believed that a ritual bath in the water of the holy River Ganga cleans the sin. For ritual baths, the Triveni Ghat is always overcrowded. Triveni word comes from joining the two words Tri (three) and Veni (confluence). The distance of Triveni Ghat from Ram Zhula is 3 km.

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Ram Zhula

Ram Zhula or Ram Bridge is a famous landmark in Rishikesh. Ram Zhula is a suspended bridge over the Ganga river. It connects the Shivananda Ashram with the Swargashram. Ram Zhula offers a panoramic view of the Ganga river, Rishikesh Ashrams, and temples. The distance of Ram Zhula from Laxman Zhula is 2 km. It is located at a distance of 3 km from Rishikesh.

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Lakshman Zhula

Lakshman Zhula is a famous bridge in rishikesh. Lakshman Zhula is a suspended bridge on the river Ganga in Rishikesh. The total length of the Zhula is 450 feet. It is a footbridge, but moto bikers also use this bridge. The bridge was constructed from 1927 to 1929. It is believed that Lord Lakshman crossed the river using two ropes. The bridge was built to honor his act known as “Lakshman Zhula”.

Nilkanth Mahadeo Temple

Nilkanth Mahadeo temple is a popular pilgrimage center among devotees. That is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Lord Shiva. It is located 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwali district. The temple is surrounded by mountain ranges. The road from Rishikesh to the Nilkanth Mahadeo temple is along the Ganga riverside and has beautiful sceneries. The rented taxis are available from the Swargashram area to the Nilkanth Mahadeo temple.

The Beatles Ashram

The Beatles Ashram is also known as “Chaurasia Kutia” means 84 meditation huts. The ashram was founded by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi to teach the practice of yoga and meditation. The ashram became popular after rock bands came here to study yoga and meditation in 1968. The Maharshi Mahesh stopped the ashram in 1970. The ashram now is converted into Rajaji Tiger Reserve. It is 1 km from Ram Zhula, and 3 km from Laxman Zhula.

Shivananda Ashram

Shivananda Ashram is also known as Shivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and Ashram. It is located on the bank of the Ganga river in Rishikesh. The ashram is founded by Swami Shivananda in 1936. The ashram teaches yoga, Vedanta, asanas, and meditation. the distance of the Shivananda Ashram from Rishikesh is 3 km on the way to Badrinath.

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Famous 10 Yoga Training Ashrams in Rishikesh

  1. Patanjali International Yoga Foundation
  2. Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram
  3. Rishikesh School of Yoga
  4. Vishwa Shanti Yoga
  5. Parmarth Niketan Ashram
  6. Sadhana Mandir
  7. Shiva Nanda Ashram
  8. Yoga Niketan
  9. Swami Dayanand Ashram
  10. Phoolchatti

Rishikesh River Rafting

The white water rafting in the Ganga river is a famous activity in Rishikesh. There is four starting point for river rafting. 1 Shivpuri to Rishikesh (35 km). 2. Kaudilya to Rishikesh (16) 3. Marine Drive to Rishikesh(27km). 4 Brahmpuri to Rishikesh (9 km). The best time for clean white water rafting is from November to February. Some of the best river rafting operators in Rishikesh are Rishikesh White Water Rafter, River Rafter in Rishikesh, Adventure Rishikesh, Red Chilli Adventure, and Paddle India.

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Camping In Rishikesh

Camping is a very famous accommodation in Rishikesh. It is an amazing, fun-filled, and exciting experience. Generally, the campsites are located away from the crowded city on the riverside. It offers greenery, a bonfire, and a serene experience. Some of the best campsites are Sompho Forest, Cradle of Life Camp, Riverside Camping, Paddler Zone Camp, Shivasheesh Forest Camp.

Kanjuri Trek

Kanjuri trek is one of the famous treks in Rishikesh. This trek offers a sunrise view, trek through villages, forests, and waterfalls. It is the best sunrise point in Rishikesh. The total distance of the Kanjuri trek is 14 km. The starting point of the Kanjuri trek is from the Kanjuri temple. Kanjuri temple is 29 km from Rishikesh. One can hire taxis from Rishikesh to reach Kanjuri temple.

I hope this information will be useful to you for planning a trip to the Rishikesh trip.

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