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    SWARG NIWAS TEMPLE COMPLEX

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    SWARG NIWAS TEMPLE- RISHIKESH

    This giant pink temple sits on one end of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge. Its hard to miss- it is a huge, imposing building. It looks a bit like a 13 storied castle. Inside there are many shrines to Hindu deities, and at the entrance sit flower-sellers.
    Reaching the top floor of this building needs a strong pair of legs, but the view is spectacular.

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    WALKABOUT IN RISHIKESH

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    THE GHATS-RISHIKESH
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    Walking is an interesting way to see Rishikesh- and the area on the banks of the Ganga is not peaceful- it gives a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. The river is clean but very cold. Do not attempt to swim, the current is very strong. On the beach we saw a couple of sadhus, an elderly western lady meditating on a rock, and young kids playing around on the sand. It is a great way to escape from the bustle of the city.
    The lanes around each end of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge have quite a festive air. There are little shops, food stalls and places that sell religious artifacts. The ghats are not large, but always have people around and on them, bathing and praying.
    Every second building that we passed was offering Yoga & Meditation classes- amongst other things.Reflexology,massages, fortune-telling, vedic astrology and cures for ailments that I have never heard of.
    Ashrams & Retreats can be seen dotted around on the mountainsides, some partly hidden by trees.
    If one takes the path north from the Lakshman Jhula bridge, there is a waterfall that can be seen. It is about a 15 minute walk,and there are drink stalls and some shrines along the way.

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    REFLEXOLOGY, MASSAGE & YOGA

    by lynnehamman Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    Do your body a favour- have some reflexology, accupressure or massage.
    We stumbled upon a great little place. Reflexology is my favourite form of relaxation, and I recommend having some done. Ayurvedic Oils are used, which can also be bought here.
    Rishikesh is also the Yoga Capital. There are many Yoga schools situated around Lakshman Jula.

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    THE LAKSHMAN JHULA HANGING BRIDGE

    by lynnehamman Written Jan 21, 2009

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    THE HANGING BRIDGE
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    Walking across this bridge gives one a great perspective of both sides of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
    Being a hanging bridge, it feels a bit precarious, but can obviously handle the amount of people, animals and motor-cycles that cross on it all day long. It is supposed to be for pedestrians only, but then,we are in India here! Rules are "no rules"

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    Rishikesh

    by FruitLover Written Feb 24, 2008

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    On its journey through the Himalayas, the Ganga rushes through the foothills in the gorges of Rishikesh. Surroundded by hills on three sides, Rishikesh is located on the right bank of the Ganga.

    One of the many pilgrimage destinations in the Himalayas, Rishikesh is where Raibhya Rishi is believed to have done penance to please god who appeared as HRISHIKESH.

    Millions of Hindus come here every year hoping to absolve their sins by bathing in the holy Ganga.

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    River rafting

    by bharat_tanwar Updated Mar 12, 2007
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    Its amazing to have a fun in rafting.you should be mentally & physcally fit for this great event. it would be great experience for life time.always negotiate price, if you are in group you can get best deal.

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    I have a confession to make.

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    Rishikesh is firmly on the 'hippy trail', no doubt in part because 'the Beatles' Ringo, George, John and Paul made it out here to pick up a bit of Eastern spiritual insight.

    Following in their footsteps, and needing a place to chill-out for a while, Sourbugger booked into the 'Divine life society' ashram in Rishikesh for a couple of weeks.

    The society only asks for a donation, expects you take part in communal meals and activities. Alchohol in the accommodation is also banned. Didn't mention anything about leg-over.

    Thinking it would be a hotbed of hippy chicks into peace and love, Sourbugger duly signed up.

    So much for that theory, left after 48hrs.

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    Streets of Rishikesh.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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    The entrance of the town Rishikesh.
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    Here is the glimpse of Rishikesh. In India even Animals are worshipped because of their associationwith some God as Vahanas or their carriers. In Rishikesh you will find monkeys, cows and other animals everywhere so dont get surprised if you come across them. The Hindus worship them and feed them. Here I am putting pictures some of temples, throughfare of Rishikesh. I wanted to go to the Ahsrama of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, where the Beatles stayed but never had time. Moreover The Yogi now has base in the United States, which is run by his deciples. As a person I dont' like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi as he too used the name of the famous Beatles for his own benefit. Like other Indian Yogi, Rajnish, Mahesh Yogi too served only the wealthy Western deciples. Then How come he is a Holiman, if he could not serve his own people. His life, travel, food everything was five star!! He had nothig to offer to his motherland!!!

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    Durga Temple by Laxman.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Goddess Durga.
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    There are three major temples in Rishikesh one is the main Laxmana temple, the others are Thirteen storie and eight storie temple. Both the temples belong to Goddess Durga. We did not have the time to climb thirteen stories and see the temple. I took one picture from the temple down below. The caretaker said photography is not allowed but I just smiled away!! It really works.

    Nobody could answerd me why photography is not allowed.

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    LAXMAN JHULA FROM VARIOUS ANGLE.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Laxman Jhula or Bridge from various angle!
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    This bridge was built in 1909 as wooden bridge by a Marwari Businessman as the pilgrims had tough time to cross the Ganges. Then it was built again in 1929 as the wooden bridge broke down due to huge flood and turbulent weather. Then the British came to the rescue of the Pilgrims, and a suspended bridge was built to last for atleast 200/300 years, what we see today.

    According to Mythology brother of Lord Rama, Lord Laxmana, used to meditate here and used to cross the bridge built with Arrows. Hindus over 2500 years believe this and it is now in the life of any Hindu and they at least want to have a walk on it at least once in his life.

    The Beatles stayed here for very long time and used to take daily stroll.

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    120 Minutes' River Rafting on the Ganges

    by FruitLover Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu !!
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    Halleluya!! yuhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu !!
    Great experience, my friends !! Strongly recommended for young/ young in spirit people!

    The natural conditions are suitable for beginners: reasonable slopes, no crocodiles around... LOL

    Still it was not easy to remain inside the boat, and not to be thrown into the cold water.
    The peaceful water seen in the pics are MISLEADING. The real action was not documentaed, unfortunately. so you have to believe me: we (me and my good friend Dov) are CHAMPIONS, and we've lost our virginity!!

    Shouting like (American) Indians while fighting against the wild streams of the Ganges is a great experience, as well
    At the pic you see me S-H-O-U-T-I-N-G. You miss the sound. Sorry.

    Our guide was professional. We used the paddlers when he ordered us: 'kadimah' (Hebrew), and stopped when he ordered 'shanti' (For Nepali it's 'santi')

    Two guys in Canues (watch the pic) escorted us all the way down - just in case, you know - but remained unemployed (we are the CHAMPIONS, remeber?)

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  • With In Ananda

    by explore57 Written Dec 27, 2006

    There is lot to do in the Spa too. They provide you a schedule of activities that are open to all guests.
    • You can play golf and take lessons from a professional
    • There can join the yoga session in the morning and the afternoon
    • There are cooking classes where the chef dishes out healthy items
    • There are meditation sessions( sadhana )
    • Vedanta …discourses based on the ancient Hindu scripts on Vedas
    • Over and above all these you can schedule a personalized yoga or sadhana session.
    • You can also schedule a discussion with an Ayurveda expert

    And of course there are some 70 types of massages or treatments that you can avail at the spa.
    There are plenty of options from the traditional Kerala massages to Aroma, Thai or Swiss massages. You will find Jacuzzis, Steam and Sauna rooms and a heated Swimming pool. One thing striking about this place…is that every corner and every window has an exquisite view.

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  • Around Ananda

    by explore57 Written Dec 27, 2006

    There are a lot of things to do though I decided to give them a pass. They can be arranged by Ananda or you can plan on your own.

    • You can take a trek on the hills around the resort.
    • You can visit the “Ganga aarti “on the banks of the river Ganga which happenes every evening. It will take you about five hours including travel time.
    • You can go water rafting in Rishikesh. One of the best places for rafting in India (grade 5 rapids )
    • You can visit the holy temple of Haridwar.
    • You can visit the twin cities of Deharadun and Mussorie.

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    Rafting

    by marinka_malinka Written May 27, 2006

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    Rishikesh, the Mecca for peace seeker through Yoga & meditation has now many Yoga Centers and ashrams conducting yoga classes.

    But apart from that if you're looking for some extreme you should try rafting on the Holy Ganga.

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    Following the Beatle trail

    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
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    A must for children of the Sixties, like Pauline and I, is a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram. It was such a glamorous destination in 1967, where John Lennon enticed, "Dear Susan (Farrow), to come out to play" and Donovan found his Sunshine Superman. Today, it's almost a ruin, with one remaining disciple who chases off Beatle memorabilia collectors, with his staff. If you squint really hard, over the wall and into the grounds, you can just see the shades of those four young men from Liverpool, who changed the music world. This is probably the subliminal effect of almost every cafe in Rishikesh playing the music of the Fab Four.
    The Ganga does have its beaches, surprisingly, though many stretches have been claimed as the front garden of long stay Sadhus. What passes as the public beach is just north of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, though this is where the Ganga is deepest and strongest. There is however a dry ice like mist on the grey sand, as the holy river is Himalayan ice cap cold. It's much more relaxing to take a walk along the river to the most isolated ashram, about four kilometres out of the town. The road there is pretty isolated, so it's not worth any beggar's while to wander up there, as tourists are thin pickings. You might see the lone Sadhu, singing to himself or practicing a ritual dance with a few acolytes but most are in an otherworld of their own.
    We can't give any advice on yoga or meditation classes, we intended to sign up but there is such a bewildering choice of disciplines and locations, that you'd need more than a week to find a class to suit you. The whole place has a meditative feel; we just got high on the ambience and the tranquillity, rare in modern India. Rishikesh is a far cry from the truly intense noise of Indian's holiest city, Varanasi, where we had been a week earlier. Hopefully we'll get around to doing our review of Benares, a very intense but nowhere near relaxing a destination.

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