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What to do in Rishikesh

01/08/2014

Here some useful information if you are planning to visit Rishikesh. What to do in and around Rishikesh?

ADVENTURE:

+ Go trekking.
+ Go rafting.
+ Go camping at Ganga beach or in the mountains.
+ See elephants on a Wildlife Safari.
+ Rent a scooter, motorbike – or helicopter.
+ Start the Char Dham yatra here.
+ Take meditation classes.
+ Do Yoga.
+ Study Kathak Dance or Tabla.
+ Learn Hindi.
+ Have an Ayurvedic treatment.
+ Get a reading by an Astrologer.
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TEMPLES & ASHRAMS:

There are amazing and powerful places in and around Rishikesh, which we recommend you visit.
+ Kunjapuri temple (at 1645m) for sunrise or moonrise, enjoy the panoramic views across the Himalaya snow peaks (ca 50 mins drive from Rishikesh) – one can see almost all the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas e.g. Bandarpoonch (6316m), Swarga Rohini (6252m), Chaukhamba (7138m). Kunjapuri is said to be one of the sidddhapeeths established in the region by Jagadguru Shankaracharya.
+ Barath Mandir (it said to be the oldest temple here, built by the Adi Shankaracharya. This 9th century temple has the deity of Lord Vishnu carved out of a single black stone popular as Saligram, in the inner chambers of the temple. The original temple was said to have been destroyed in 1398 AD. Go there during the spring festival, celebrated as Basant Panchami.)
+ Neelkanth temple and Parvati temple, a 45 mins drive from Rishikesh. Neelkanth is the famous temple of Lord Shiva, surrounded by dense forests. According to legends Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is the holy location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison which is originated when Gods and Demons churned the sea in order to obtain the holy nectar of immortality.
+ The thirteen storey Trayambakeshwar temple is the attraction around Laxman Jhula. From the top of the temple visitors always capture superb views of the area.
+ Vanamali ashram
+ Sivananda ashram
+ Kriya Yoga ashram
+ Ganga Aarti at sunset in front of Parmath Niketan ashram
+ Kali temple at Triveni Ghat
+ Lakshman Jhula area
+ Ram Jhula area
+ Visit Haridwar: Kankhal colony, the temples, the ashrams (scroll down + also see destinations > Haridwar)
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RELAX & UNWIND:

+ Just be and go with the flow. Breath and feel the place.
+ Sit by Ganga – Rishikesh’s most significant “temple”.
+ Have a dip in the clear waters of Ganga.
+ Enjoy nature.
+ Have tea in one of the cafes in Lakshman Jhula or Ram Jhula.
+ Peruse the many spiritual book stores.
+ Check music CDs and Bollywood DVDs.
+ Explore the religious paraphernalia shops.
+ Meet other guests and visitors from allover the world.
+ Have a chat with locals.
+ Paint or write.
+ Go shopping in Rishikesh market with its countless spice, sweets and saree shops.
+ Get a shirt or suit tailored.
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PLACES IN HARIDWAR & DEHRADUN:

+ Mahasamadhi temple Shri Anandamayi Ma in Haridwar.
Ganga Aarti Haridwar is performed at Har-ki-Pauri, it is one of the famous rituals in India. It starts in the after sunset, with great crowds gathered on both banks of the Ganges. Aarti starts at around 6.30pm. Aarti is performed daily at the Har ki Pauri Ghat: morning sunrise and evening sunset.
Parad Shivling: This Mercury Shivling is located in Harihar ashram in Kankhal. The weight of shivling is about 150kg. There is also “Rudraksha tree” nearby.
Kankhal is a small colony situated in Haridwar and is famous for its Daksheswara Mahadev temple and Maa Anandamayi ashram and Patanjali Yog Peeth.
+ Mansa Devi temple in Haridwar (located atop the Shivalik Hills. Goddess Mansa Devi, wife of the Nag King Vasuki, is believed to complete the wishes of devotees visiting her temple. To look for the blessings of the Goddess and get their wishes pleased, the devotees tie sacred threads on the sacred tree that stands proud in the temple premises. Once the wishes are fulfilled, the devotees mark value by returning to the tree to untie the threads. A good view of Haridwar awaits those visiting this temple.)

Maya Devi temple in Haridwar (One of the Siddhapeeths of Haridwar and a vertex of the Siddhapeeth triangle formed between Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi and Maya Devi temple, this temple dates back to the 11th century. It is believed that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati, first wife of Lord Shiva, fell in the premises of this very old temple.)
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+ Samadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya at Keshav Ashram

+ World peace stupa in Dehradun (Buddhist centre)
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