- UTTAR PRADESH
by hills on three sides, Rishikesh is located on the right
bank of the Ganga, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga
stream. One of the holiest places on the upward pilgrimages
to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is, where Raibhya Rishi did penance
to please God, who appeared as Hrishikesh, hence the name,
Rishikesh. Millions of Hindus come here every year, to absolve
themselves of their sins by bathing in the holy Ganges. Rishikesh
abounds in stories of renunciation, meditation, penance and
salvation. It has developed into one of the better known centres,
for schools of yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is also significant
as the trekking base, to the Himalayan shrines of Yamunotri,
Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
What to See
Laxman Jhoola: 5 kms north of
Rishikesh, is the spot where Sri Laxman, is said to have performed
Tapa. The Laxman temple was built in his memory. Till 1889,
there was just a hanging jute ropeway without pillars. The
same structure was, later, rebuilt with iron ropes.
Neel Kanth Mahadev: The temple,
situated at a height of 5,500 ft. above sea level, is about
2 kms from Laxman Jhoola. The trek up to the temple, gives
a fantastic wide - angled view of the Himalayan peaks, Babhar
forests and the plain below.
Bharat Mandir: The oldest temple in Rishikesh - the
black statue of Vishnu, here, is supposed to have been consecrated
by Sri Sankaracharya, in the 9th century. The event is commemorated,
during Vasant Panchami, to mark the onset of spring.
How to get there
Rishikesh is 238 km from Delhi by road.