Rishikesh is an enchanting place surrounded on all sides by low hills and forests. This ancient centre of pilgrimage attracts travellers from all over the world.
You’ll find spiritualists, backpackers, solo travellers, yogis and more when you pay a visit to this land situated in the Himalayan foothills. Rishikesh isn’t just a place; it’s an emotion, a feeling that stays with you even when you have left it behind.
From its bustling bazaars to narrows streets to the alluring banks of the River Ganga, this Himalayan travel destination will leave you satisfied, enthralled and most importantly, happy once you set foot on it.
The popularity of Rishikesh has increased by leaps and bounds over the years among travellers, thanks to its reputation as ‘The Yoga Capital of the World’ as well as plenty of places to see and visit from here.
What Are The Best Places To Visit In Rishikesh And Nearby?
Here’s a list of 6 places to visit in Uttarakhand near Rishikesh, where you can explore the best parts of this spiritual travel destination.
Located only at a distance of around 20 km from Rishikesh is Haridwar which is among the 7 most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus across the world.
The word Haridwar actually comes from two Sanskrit words – Hara meaning ‘Lord Shiva’ and Dwara meaning ‘Gateway’ which combines to form, ‘Haridwar’ or ‘Gateway to Lord Shiva’.
Situated along the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar also holds a reputation as a place where one can attain ‘Moksha’ or ‘Salvation’. Being a holy city, the place is like a refuge for sadhus (holy men) and is full of temples and ashrams.
The amazing sights and sounds of this place are unique to it and so bask in its glory when you’re there. Also, don’t forget to witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti during the evening time and visit the famous, Saptarishi Ashram.
The Beatles Ashram
Almost everyone now knows that The Beatles visited Rishikesh in the year 1968 and stayed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram.
But, if you’ve read about their stay in the ashram and what they gained after their visit then, it must have intrigued you to pay at least one visit to this place. This shouldn’t be about going there since the Beatles visited but, about something else.
The Beatles said that their stay at the ashram was a truly life-changing journey where they connected with their inner selves and found exactly what they wanted despite having everything.
Though the place has changed over the last few decades its essence still remains and that’s the reason you need to go there.
Neer Garh Waterfalls
Though many people talk about a visit to Laxman Jhula while in Rishikesh, they fail to understand that eventually, you end up going there even if you’re not planning it.
However, a more adventurous and exciting place is just located at a distance of 5 km from Laxman Jhula known as Neer Garh Waterfalls.
A short trek will take you to the waterfalls. There are basically two tiers and you can even take a dip in the pools where the water accumulates.
It is refreshing, rejuvenating and most importantly, far away from the hustle and bustle of the main city, which gives you a perfect opportunity to be at one with nature.
In between Patisira and Rishikesh lies Shivpuri, an adventure travel destination famous for all sorts of adventure activities like camping, trekking, rappelling, kayaking and white water rafting.
This place is also famous as Lord Shiva’s abode and has a number of temples with interesting history and architecture.
Shivpuri is only 16 km from Rishikesh and the best part is that all the camping activities are carried out beside the Ganges which makes it even more fascinating.
The enthralling atmosphere of the place, with mountains on all sides and the river flowing by, creates a mystical aura that every adventurous soul can cherish.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
For seekers of spirituality, wellness and complete rejuvenation of the body and the mind, Parmarth Niketan is often the preferred choice.
The ashram was founded in the year 1942 by Swami Shukhdevanand Ji Maharaj and it happens to be the biggest in Rishikesh with more than 1000 rooms.
From yoga and meditation to Reiki to Ayurveda treatments, the ashram promotes various practices related to overall wellness.
The picturesque setting of the ashram offers you the perfect gateway to relax and unwind your tired body and soul. You can also participate in various forms of traditional yoga like Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa Yoga.
Sit under the divine tree ‘Kalpavriksha’ and meditate to connect with your inner-self or treat yourself to an invigorating Ayurvedic therapy or massage – the choices are plenty.
Situated along the banks of the flowing Ganges is the Triveni Ghat. During daytime, the place is mostly filled with pilgrims or sadhus taking a dip in the holy river.
However, during the evening, the scenario is completely different. The resplendent Ganga Aarti is a sight to behold in an atmosphere that is filled with divine chanting of sacred mantras (recitations of Holy Scriptures).
This is also an opportune time for shutterbugs to capture this beautiful moment and make memories that will last forever.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of good places to visit in Rishikesh and around. If you found this article useful, do leave a comment below.
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