the gateway to Himalayas, is considered as the Mecca for Yoga and Meditation centers. Rishikesh nestled in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal abounds in natural splendor. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here.
The bridge has been a major attraction among the tourists to Rishikesh. The suspension iron bridge Lakshman Jhula was build in 1929. This is where Rama’s brother Lakshaman is said to have crossed the river on a jute ropes. One can enjoy the spectacular surroundings and the cool breeze from the River while standing on the bridge.
Another suspended bridge close to Lakshman Juhla is the Ram Jhula- This suspended bridge was recently build between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram. It is similar to the Lakshman Jhula. Ram Juhla is also known as Shivanand Jhula.
This newly constructed building is famous for its attractive paintings and statues from the Hindu mythology. Situated just across the Lakshman Jhula.
It is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. The image installed here has a distinctly Himalayan cast of features. Though the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu, it holds a number of image normally associated with the worship of Lord Shiva.
There are many important ashrams in Rishkesh. Most ashrams are canters. for spiritual studies which also calls for Physical disciplines. Some ashrams, however, are monasteries. Among the better known ashrams are :- Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Ved Niketan, Dayanand Vedanta Ashram, Vanmali Gita Yogashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditatation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.
How to Get There
The nearest railhead is at Haridwar, about 21 km from Rishikesh. There are morning and evening Buy Trains for Delhi to Haridwar. On can take a bus, car from Railway station to reach Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is well connected to all major cities of India by road. Some important road distances from Rishikesh are – Badrinath 301 kms. Delhi 222 kms. Dehradun 23 kms. Kedarnath 448 kms. Gangotri 258 kms yamunotri 288 kms. And Uttarkashi 154 kms.