Rishikesh – Land of Ashrams

The City Rishikesh, which is located in Uttarakhand – “Dev Bhumi” is 238 kms away from Delhi and 24 kms from Haridwar. This place is known as the “Tapo Bhumi” or “The place for meditation of the Gods”.

Rishikesh is one of the popular pilgrimage for the Hindus. At this place the Ganges leaves the mountains and prepares herself to begin a long journey through the plains. Here are some photographs from my Rishikesh trip Some of the places which I visited –

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: The temple of Neelkanth Mahadev, a place associated with Lord Shiva, is situated at a height of 1700 meters. It is a 4-hour walk from Rishikesh and a not-to-be-missed destination away from the madding crowd.

Sapt Rishi Ashram: The Sapt Rishi Ashram is situated along the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. The Ganges flows in seven streams in front of this Ashram, hence this place is also called Sapt Sarovar.

Lakshman Jhula: It is a suspension bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, about 3 kms. from Rishikesh This is where Lord Rama’s brother Lakshman is said to have crossed the river on a jute rope. LakshmanJhula is the bridge where Lakshman crossed. There are two garishly painted temples on the other side of the river, one thirteen stories high with a great view of town. This suspended iron bridge was built in 1939 by Britishers and has been a major attraction among the tourists.

Ram Jhula: The other suspended Iron Bridge was recently constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Swarg Ashram. It is similar to the Lakshman Jhula. Ram Jhula is also known as Shivanand Jhula.

Swarga Ashram: One of the oldest ashrams in in Rishikesh ,Its founder Swami Vishudhanand was also Known as the Kali Kamli Wala(one with The Black Blanket). Today Kali Kamli Walakshetra is a mammoth organisation embrcing many activities.

Shri Trayanbakshwar temple: A garishly painted, one thirteen stories high temple on the other side of the River Ganges after crossing through Lakshman Jhula.

How To Reach:

BY AIR – The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 km from Haridwar.

BY RAIL – Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 km) to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.

BY ROAD – Rishikesh is connected by road via Haridwar with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla. It is also linked to Mussourie (77 km), Badrinath (301 km), Kedarnath (228 km), Gangotri (258 km), Yamunotri (288 km), Srinagar (105 km), and Joshimath (252 km). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.

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