Prime Attractions of Rishikesh
Attractions of Rishikesh are manifold. Tourists who come here have different interests that can vary wildly from trekking, pilgrimage, white water rafting and even treatment. At Rishikesh, you can enjoy the wild fury of nature as well as its serene and scenic beauty. The place is very much associated with the Hindu mythology and thousands come here for pilgrimage. Rishikesh is also famous for the sadhus (saints) and people come here to learn Yoga from them. Today it is universally accepted that Yoga is a great alternative therapy. Thousands of people come here to practice this healing art.
Some primary tourist attractions of Rishikesh are mentioned below:
Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula
Built in the year 1939, Lakshman Jhula has turned out to be the chief attraction of Rishikesh. The bridge is made of iron but it is completely suspended. If you walk in the middle of the bridge you will find the bridge swaying mildly. You can not simply ignore the beauty of the surroundings. There is also another similar suspended bridge called Ram Jhula. These two beautiful suspended bridges are two hot destination in Rishikesh.
On the bank of river Ganga, hundreds of people come here every day to take a dip in the holy river. The gentle murmur of the river is very fascinating. In the evening you will find thousands to people sitting on the bank to watch the religious function called "Arati" conducted during evening every day. The place is peace personified. You will not even notice when it has become dark. Time will seem to fly past you.
The place has quite a few temples. Each of these temples are extremely beautiful and is worth a visit. There are also a few eating restaurants where you will find some good Indian delicacy. Here people are vegetarian and you will not have the opportunity to taste non-vegetarian food. There are also few shops that sell wonderful handicrafts. The beautiful statues that can be found in the area speaks volumes of the skill of the people.
Just one hour drive from Rishikesh uphill is the Vasishtha Goofa where famous saint Vasishtha meditated on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is indeed a perfect place for meditation.
Rishikesh is also famous for its hiking trails and white water rafting. This is one tour that you will remember for a long time.