Rishikesh is one of the most alluring places in North India which can also be called as cultural and spiritual capital of India. Surrounded in the base of Himalayas, this place is perfect place for the yoga and meditation lovers. The Beatles band arrived here in 1960’s and composed a lot of songs inspired by the eastern spiritualism. Here you can find the mystic peace on the banks of Ganges, appealing sound of the bells ringing in temple, supernatural feeling during aarti in evening and also the adrenaline rush of sports like Bunjee jumping and river rafting at the same time. In the holy city of Rishikesh there is a lot to do for everyone and hereby is the places you should not miss on if you are are in arms of this beautiful place:
1. Lakshman Jhula
Constructed in 1929, located over the Ganges river it is a landmark of Rishikesh. Further downstream to laxman jhula is a similar bridge called Ramjhula.It is a belief that Lakshmana crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the same place.
2. Lakshman temple
It is located at one end of Lakshmana jhula on banks of river Ganga along with Risha kund. According to hindu mythology, Lord Ram and Lakshman took bath in the kund, after killing Ravana, to get rid of their sins. It is also believed to be the same place where lord Lakshmana meditated to attain enlightenment.
3. Swarga Ashram
Far from hustle and bustle of city there is this ashram built in memory of swami vishudhanand. The ashram is quite huge and spread over the bank of Ramjhoola Here you can go,meditate for some time and obseve and absorb that charismatic positive energy.
4. Gita Bhavan
Gita Bhawan located on banks of Ganges, serves as a museum for preserving the Hindu religious literature. You can witness Vedas , Puranas and many more ancient books at this museum.It is quite a famous place in Rishikesh for meditation and attending religious discourses. At the bhawan, guests can enjoy delicious vegetarian food at moderate prices. Also it preserves Indian ayurveda as medicines are prepared using Himalayan herbs in ayurveda department present here. Also the magnetic attraction here is the centuries-old Banyan Tree which is believed to be the site for penance of many renowned saints, such as Swami Ramtirth.
5. Neelkantha Mahadev Temple
Situated at a height of 1330 meters at a distance of about 32 km from Rishikesh there lies this temple where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that originated after churning of the sea by Gods and Demons in order to obtain Amrita. This same poison made his throat blue in color. That is the reason Lord Shiva is also called as Neelkanth which means \The Blue Throated One
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