Neelkanth Mahadev temple is believed to be the site where
Lord Shiva had drunk the venom that came out during the
churning of the ocean.
In the 1960s, the place came into limelight as the
place where the pop group Beatles met their guru, Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi. Rishikesh is one of the most popular
pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan shrines of
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, & Yamunotri. The Yoga
centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the
place. An International Yoga Week is organized here every year
by U. P. Tourism every year between 2nd and 7th February.
Lakshman Jhula :
This suspended iron bridge was build in 1939 and has been a
major attraction among the tourists. Ram Jhula - the other
suspended Iron bridge was recently constructed between
Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram.
Triveni Ghat :
This is a bathing ghat. Daily in the morning and evening there
are thousands who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti
being performed. It very soothing to sit on the banks of the
river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.
Swarga Ashram :
One can find numerous temples here. This place has the eating
joints and shops where one can do shopping. The beautiful
statues in the area mesmerise the visitors.
Gita Bhavan :
This newly constructed building is famous for its attractive
paintings and statues from the Hindu mythology. Situated just
across the Lakshman Jhula.
Bharat Mandir :
Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th centuray,
Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the
Banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of
Rishikesh are available in ancient record of Kearkhand. The
Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of Lord Vishnu,
carved out of a single ?Saligram?. In the inner canopy above
the idol is Shree Yantra installed by Adi Shankraya Charya.
The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D.
Lot of old statues , coins, pots and other things of
historical importance were found in recent excavatiions in the
premises of the temple.
Close to Trivenighat is the most ancient place, the Rishikund.
Ancient records relate this to Kubz Saint, who was blessed by
the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water. The
pond reflects the temple of Ragunath, dedicated to Lord Rama
and Goddess Sita.
White Water Rafting At Rishikesh
The challenge of violent rivers is no less than that of the
rugged mountains. The icy heights of the Himalayas are the
source of some of India's mighty rivers.