The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus and is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshiped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism everyday.
The Ganga Aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshiping the Ganga river. Every evening you can watch near Ram Jhula at Parmarth Niketan is organized and performed by ashram residents, particularly the children who are studying the Vedas there. The ceremony commences with the singing of Bhajans, prayers, and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to Agni, the fire god. The lamps are lit and the aarti takes place as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices. A huge statue of Lord Shiva overlooks the proceedings
The Ashram of the famous Maharishi Mahash Yogi who started here the Transcendental Meditation movement. The Beatles came for a few visits putting Rishikesh on the map of western tourists. Nowadays the ashram is abandoned. it just sits there covered by the jungle making it a mysterious and beautiful place to walk around in. The impressive stylish buildings, cute spiral formed meditation huts, big halls and all covered by green and flowers. At the front gate there is a guard which doesn't go away from the house in front gate. either pay him a small token to be allowed in or walk around the wall in the jungle till you find an easy place to jump in for free ;-)
I was on a journey to the holy city of rishikesh in the last two months and stayhovering over with my trip to different parts of India, i spent longest duration of weeks in there. There is a charm in the city and the when you look over the whole valley being carved out with a divinity, you get enchanted with divinity. This was an amazing experience which i had. I have been visiting the city for last couple of years and during these visits yoga has been my part of curriculum. I never missed going out for a sequential yoga course for 1 or 2 weeks. I had a couple of nice courses with several teachers and institutes. But this time it was a tremendous experience with Jeevmoksha institute of yoga. Acharya Vinay chaitnya, was the teacher and his teaching really gave me an insight into what we exactly do with yoga. I was taught to do the soulder stand so many times, but why exactly i was doing it, was not clear. :) In trying to find my connection, with yoga, he helped me at the right time when i needed. I would like to foward my gratitudes. And would like to recomend everyone to visit once and meet the person at Jeevmoksha Institute of yoga studies. Their link is www.jeevmokshayoga.org..
Hello everyone, my name is nomi and im from Delhi india.Im just 21 nd im really not a good writer or a blogger all i'm gonna say now is my personal experience in rishikesh.So lets talk about Rishikesh many people says Rishikesh has always been known for its spiritual activies,for yoga asans,for meditation, for peace etc.I'm not a spiritual kind of person but i would suggest you to go and visit some beautiful temples.
You can do alot of things in Rishikesh, if you want to have fun then go for river rafting i have done this and i felt so good, you will see many beautiful mountains while rafting and the view is so serene, river rafting pacakage includes Rafting+cliff jumping, Cliff jumping is a better way to be stressed out.There are so many beautiful beaches as well you will feel very fresh air, the sand at te beach is pure white and the water color is crystal blue which makes it more attractive.You will meet so many people from all over the world.An the sunset is so damn beautiful.
So lets talk about food and restraunts, well the food in rishikesh is strictly veg because its a spiritual place but if you're pining for meat and alcohol, grab a vikram or autorickshaw to this place 11km south of Rishikesh on the road to Haridwar. In a resort-style garden with artificial pond (paddleboats and all) it serves up tandoori chicken, rogan josh and other nonveg favourites, washed down with a cold beer, veg food is not bad either,theres a german bakery and im sure you will love that place, if you like italian food then you should visit Little Italy trust me you will love the ambience and food as well.
Thats all i had to tell you, i really hope you will find this article intersting and helpfull if you need to know anything then please feel free to ask thank you all for reading this.(NAMASTE) :)
About four kilometers from Rishikesh Town centre is the gateway to Ramjhula, and about one and half kilometers further down is the gateway to Lakshman Jhula.
Jhula , in Hindi, means a bridge; here over the river Ganges which is the most sacred river for the Hindus of Northern India.
Best way to Travel would be an Autorickshaw drive, ( three wheeler covered automobile with a driver and about 4 passengers) and bank on go upto the Lakshman Jhula.
Leave the auto and ask him to return after about 2 hours near Ramjhula.
This is the cheaper version of a Cab in India.
Iskcon temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna Completed in 1998, and were built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult followers. These complexes are elegantly built and are few of the largest temple complexes in India. There are beautiful paintings of Russian artists on the different past times of Radha Krishna, Sita, Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Special programmes like Kirtan, Aarti, Pravachan and Prasadam are held every day.
One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substantial work on Hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organizes excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.
Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
Check into an Ashram to study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
Watch a beautiful evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan
One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.
Geeta Bhawan Place of Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, (the great thinker of his time) Popular among the Hindu Brahmin Community. Twice a year people gather at this ashram to read the Ramayana together.
Everybody coming to the area of Rishikesh should go and see the evening prayer at Geeta Bhawan's ghat (Bank of the river). It’s a special experience to see how Hindus worship the river Ganga. The evening prayer will take about 30 minutes and you can take your camera along with you.
A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.
This is the main bathing ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands pilgrims who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.
Rishi Kund close to Trivenighat is the most anciant place, the rishikund. Anciant records relate this to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water.The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath , deicated to lord rama and his wife.
Bharat Mandir is an ancient and most famous temple build by Adiguru Shankaracharya during the 12th century.
Bharat Mandir situated in the centre of the old town, has an idyllic location on the banks of river Ganga. The main deity installed here is of Lord Vishnu, the idol is being carved out from a single piece of Saligram.
Present temple is the renovated one reconstructed on the ruins of the original temple destroyed by Tamur Lane 1398 A.D. Recent excavations brought out many old statues, ancient pots and coins and other artifacts of historical importance from this site.
It is made over river Ganges to cross the river and is landmark of Rishikesh.There are spectacular views from the bridge.
Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka and Lakshmana, his younger brother crossed the river Ganga, at a point where the present Lakshman Jhula bridge stands today using a jute rope bridge.The jute-rope bridge was replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889, and after it was washed away in the 1924 floods, it was replaced by a stronger present bridge.
The sacred river Ganga (Ganges) flows through Rishikesh. It is here that the river leaves the Shivalik mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient as well as new, can be found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
accommodation is not difficult afterall we showed up here unplanned and could easily find ourselves a nice hotel next to Laxman Jhula. What was amazing was listening to the running river water in the early morning and enjoying the sight of the rising moon in the night while still listening to the running water. An absolute treat to the eyes and your innerself. This is not a place, one comes to party. This is a place where one finds peace with oneself and goes back home with pleasant memories and a promise to return.
Transportation is not steep but be ready to share the VIKRAM (yeah thats what they call rickshaws in Rishikesh) with strangers.
Visit the Ram Jhula, the market area for some gem stones purchase. You will come across many silver shops, a treat for those who love to indulge in shopping, tibetan shops for stoles, caps etc
Make sure that you go river rafting as well. One can see as many yogis around
It is curious that there is no entry on one of the most exciting sports activity of Rishikesh - Rafting!
You can do short trips (2 hours), day trips (4 hours) and multi day trips (3 days, 2 nights).
There are many companies who organise rafting trips on the Ganges. One of the better companies I have been with on my many trips is "Red Chilli Adventure". They have been there for many years, have a highly motivated team and excellent safety arrangements. Last time I went we had the boat full of non-swimmers, and all of them got over their hesitations and, thanks swim vests and safety kayaks provided, enjoyed a dip in the ganges from the boat. Red Chilli also has a great office (internet available) with amazing view.
Rafting difficulty on Ganges is up to 3+, and the views are amazing.
Not to be missed