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    SWARG NIWAS TEMPLE COMPLEX

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    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.

    SWARG NIWAS TEMPLE- RISHIKESH
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    WALKABOUT IN RISHIKESH

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 7, 2009

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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.

    THE GHATS-RISHIKESH BEACH AT RISHIKESH WALKING IN RISHIKESH
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    THE LAKSHMAN JHULA HANGING BRIDGE

    by lynnehamman Written Jan 21, 2009

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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"

    THE HANGING BRIDGE BRAVE MONKEY!!
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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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    Rishikesh.-*

    by umashanker Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    There is a suspension Bridge over Ganga river built in 1939.It is 450ft long and it connects Rishikesh with Tapovana or popularly known as swrgashram.This bridge is known as Lakshman Jhula.The view of mountains and flowing Ganga is beautifull from this bridge.Since it is a suspension bridge you enjoy a thrill walking on it as it signfy it name Jhula(swing).A new suspension bridge is also added around 15 years before RamJhula.Ramjhula is much used now days.One can go through on foot and scooters and bikes can also go.Ramjhuala is also called ShivaNand Jhula as this bridge connects Shivanand ashram to Swargashram.
    Note:Chances are that you may find a monkey or a group of monkies also going through this bridge,so you need not surprise or pay attention to them,they are native of this holi town and its thier prerogative to use the bridge.

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    Streets of Rishikesh.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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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!!!

    The entrance of the town Rishikesh. One of the temples. The streets of Rishikesh. One of the temples. The temple of Lord Ganesha.
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    LAXMAN JHULA FROM VARIOUS ANGLE.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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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.

    Laxman Jhula or Bridge from various angle! Laxman Jhula or Bridge from various angle Laxman Jhula or Bridge from various angle Laxman Jhula or Bridge from various angle European tourist crossing the bridge on motor bike

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    Durga Temple by Laxman.

    by goutammitra Written Jan 28, 2007

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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.

    Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga. The thirteen storie temple.

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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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  • Rafting on the Ganges

    by iwtgtj Written Sep 28, 2009

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    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.

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    Rafting on Ganges in Rishikesh
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    Walking, hiking, trekking...

    by polardabar Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    If you wanna get out of town a bit, you can always take a walk around, as we have. Nothing's actually far & there's no way you can get lost! You can take any road in any direction & enjoy the views, the nature & the fresh air... :)

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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.

    the bridge the river bank
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    Stopover for the big Pilgirmage!!

    by udtaparindaa Written Jun 3, 2014

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    Rishikesh is the starting point for the arduous task of going further for the pilgrimages of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Hemkunt Sahib.

    This is the Gurudwara where the Sikh devotees offer their homage to Guru Granth Sahib, the night before starting their journey to Hemkunt Sahib located at about 15000 feet above sea level and takes about a day to reach from Rishkesh.

    Pls find more info about the Gurudwara and the pilgrimage in the below link. One may find it really interesting.

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    Following the Beatle trail

    by David&Pauline Updated Apr 16, 2006

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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.

    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram The Ganga with Maharishi's waterfront Walk past Ved Niketan Dham to get to Maharishi's
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  • Awesome yoga training!

    by membertourist Written Jul 31, 2012

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    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..

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