Explore Places of Interest in Rishikesh
A few miles downstream from Laxman Jhula is the Ram Jhula. Almost similar in its structure and construction, this suspension bridge was built in 1980, a little later than Laxman Jhula. As you cross this bridge, you will witness the Himalayas peeking out of clouds on clear days and the Ganga River gushing down in full flow. It does make for a scenic vista which you don’t want to miss when in Rishikesh. The bridge is also renowned for linking two popular ashrams of the town – Swarg Ashram on one end and the Sivananda Ashram on the other. About 450 feet long, this bridge offers breath-taking views of valleys and the temples around. Walk slowly if you want to take it all in.
One of the most prominent places in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula is a 450-feet long suspension bridge at the height of 70 feet from the river. Built in the year 1939, the bridge is an important attraction as it is believed that
it is the same place where Lord Laxman crossed the Ganga River on a jute rope. While you will find plenty of cafes on both sides of the bridge, the famous places you should definitely visit are Laxman Temple and Tera Manzil
Mandir situated close by. When crossing the bridge, do stop in the middle and just soak in the view of the hills all around you. Nothing is more surreal than this!
It is one of the most famous ghats in Rishikesh and makes for a beautiful place to watch the evening Ganga Aarti. The sanctity of the Ghat comes from the legend that it sees the confluence of three major rivers – Ganga,
Yamuna and Saraswati. The ghat is considered sacred and if Hindu mythology is to be believed, it is said that a dip in the holy water of Ganga near the ghat can purge all your sins. After all, this ghat has been mentioned
in both our epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sit by the ghat in the evening and soak in the splendour of the Aarti.
No trip to Rishikesh is complete without trying the adrenaline-spiking water sport – river rafting. And the best place to indulge in one of the most exciting adventure activities in Rishikesh is Shivpuri. A hub for river rafting, the place is crowded with people who want to try this adventure sport. Whether you want to go for the short 9-km or the long 21-km expedition, you will find all the equipment and arrangements at Shivpuri. Of course, if you want to do it all, we recommend you book a 1N/2D camp. After river rafting, you can chill out in tents and spend your evenings around a bonfire.
Rishikesh, being the adventurer’s paradise, is also the hub of one of the most daunting yet exhilarating activities of them all – bungee jumping. And the best place to try this adventure sport is Jumpin Heights. Apart from bungee jumping, this adventure sports point has provisions for flying fox and giant swing. Right from expert instructors to the gears needed for bungee jumping, you will find everything here. Plus, you can also record your reaction on camera.
Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over 820 km² and includes three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.