Rishikesh has so much to offer!and the best thing is this city has something for everyone. If you are a peace lover, then certainly this place propitiates you. One can find tranquility, peace at every step in Rishikesh. One such place where you can get peace and love is "Vashishta Gufa" or "Vashishta Cave". Located approx. 17 km from Tapovan and 6 km from Shivpuri; this place is far away from the horde of people. On the banks of the holy river Ganga; this cave is situated and covered by the majestic Himalayas. Going through the Indian Mythology; we came to know that; Sage Vashishta (One of the seven great sages or Saptarishi) with his wife Arundhati, after the death of their children, has visited the place to commit suicide in the Ganges but Goddess Ganga refused them to do so. In order to overcome the sorrow of children's death; Sage Vashishta&Arundhati did penance here for thousands of years.
Blessed with the divinity of "Lord Shiva"; this place is considered best to perform Meditation! The peace, silence and serenity one can get here cannot be found anywhere in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is famous for lots of amazing things and one such thing is "Ganga Aarti". Undoubtedly, the peaceful "Maa Ganga Aarti" is the most wonderful attraction in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The Ganges or Ganga is a Hindu holy river with many accreditations. It is to be said that this sacred river contains a special power that if someone takes a dip in the holy water of the river, then his/her all sins & evil washes away.
Parmarth Niketan, Triveni Ghat and Shatrughan Ghat are famous in Rishikesh for performing an adorable Ganga Aarti. Hundreds of devotees assemble to offer their prayer to Maa Ganga with the medium of Ganga Aarti. The Evening Ganga Aarti Ceremony starts with the melodious chanting of Mantras &Bhajans, after which Hindu Priests or Pandits lit the Diyas or Lamps to circle it around facing the river Ganga. Priests along with Devotees offer prayer to Maa Ganga to complete the Ganga Aarti. At last, flowers are offered to Goddess Ganga followed by pleasant Bhajans and Spiritual Songs.
Not only Indians but people from every part of the world mark their presence in this beautiful Aarti Ceremony.
Rafting in Rishikesh is among the dreamy list of most of the adventure junkies!
Besides having lots of rafting destination; Rishikesh is at the top for experiencing the safe and enthusiastic whitewater sport; Rafting. The gushing river Ganga offers amazing rapids to enjoy the river rafting in Rishikesh. No matter, you are non-swimmer or an experienced swimmer; if you are enthusiastic enough for Rafting; then enjoy River Rating in Rishikesh with all safety measures.
River Ganga in Rishikesh offers 4 stretches to enjoy Whitewater River Rafting! The stretches are classified on the basis of their distance and rapids.
Brahmpuri to Rishikesh is the shortest river rafting stretch with a distance of just 9km while Kaudiyala to Rishikesh is the farthest river rafting stretch of 36 km. Certainly, the thrill and excitement of getting soaked in the water cannot be forgotten! Some of the rapids one can experience during the River Rafting in Rishikesh are; Sweet Sixteen, Body Surfing, Terminator, Hilton, Double Trouble, Roller Coaster, Return to Sender, Golf Course, Black Money, Cross Fire, Three Blind Mice, The Wall, Eddy Whirlpool and Daniel’s Dip.
Kunjapuri is a famous temple and a short trek in Rishikesh, India. This temple is among the "Siddhi Peeths" or "Shakti Peeths" of India. Perched at an altitude of about 1700 meters; Kunjapuri Temple is at a distance of 15 km from the main city of Rishikesh. The three famous peaks of Garhwal Himalayas; SwargaRohini, Banderpunch, Chaukhamba and Gangotri can be witnessed from this temple. More than this, one can get the mesmerising view of sunrise and sunset from here.
Hindu Myths Behind Kunjapuri Temple: According to Hindu Puranas and Vedas; Devi Sati was the first wife of Lord Shiva and reincarnation of Goddess Parvati. The father of Devi Sati was not happy with the marriage of Sati & Shiva and so once he also organised a Yagya in order to affront Shiva. Sati didn't tolerate the insult of her husband and sacrificed herself with the revocation and invocation of her yogic powers. After this incident, Shiva melancholy carried the body of burned Sati and proceeds his journey to Kailash. The place where the chest of burned Sati had fallen is now known as Kunjapuri Temple.
Beatles Ashram, also known as "Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram" is among the top tourist attraction in the city of Rishikesh. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was one of the best yoga gurus that India ever had. He developed the technique of Transcendental Meditation and was the founder of Transcendental Meditation movement as well as Global Country of World Peace. He conducted the first Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh in the year of 1961.This place becomes more famous after the visit of "Beatles" (the famous music band) in 1968. The popular band of Beatles visitsRishikesh with their families, some staff and reporters to learn Meditation under the pilotage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. From then, this place becomes the prominent picnic spot among tourists and local people. Also, if you are crazy about photography; visit this place as it serves as the best destination for photography.
Beatles Ashram is also a plausible hub for yoga & meditation! Yoga aspirants and peace lover visit Beatles Ashram to do the self-practice of yoga & meditation. This peaceful ashram lies within the beautiful range of Rajaji National Park and is located on the banks of the sacred river Ganga.