Rishikesh tourismBharat 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 is available in anciant 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 Sankraya 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.
Rishikund: Close to Trivenighat is the most anciant place, the rishikund. Anciant 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 , deicated to lord rama and his wife.
Triveni Ghat :The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat.
Ram Jhula Area
Geeta Bhawan :One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.
Parmarth Niketan:One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substantial work on Hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organizes excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.
"When global orange sun suspended, waits low amid the red/yellow streaked horizon, then all these combine to give this town a very special evening. The temple bells roar, priests enchant mantras. Immersed in sublimation stand the pilgrims . Cupped leaves, with saffron marigold petals and a small candle flame, flickering ride the current of water of wisdom. Suddenly the sky darkens , spreading a blanket of stillness. Everything stops, except the sound of current , which has just sunk the tiny flames of cupped leaves, few minutes back".
Transcendental Centre of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Situated on the extreme end of Geeta Bhawan area , Marishi's TM centre is situated in the pecaeful forest area. Once the most active branch has nothing much to offer to the visitors today. One can see the ruins of the TM centre from a distance.
Laxman Jhula Area
Tera Manzil Temple :A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.
Laxman Temple: On the right bank of the Ganges is situated the ancient temple of Laxman. Lord Rama with Laxman made a twig bridge here on the way to their journey to high Himalayas.
Outskirts of Rishikesh
KUNJAPURI TEMPLE- SUN RISE OR SUN SET Drive to Kunja Puri, one of the thitrteen most important Goddesses of Shivalik range , the lower Himalayas.One can witness excellent sunrise or sun set on the Greater Hiamalayan Peaks and the vast Indo Gangetic plains . One can see almost all the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from here e.g Banderpunch (6316 Mts) , Swarga Rohini (6252 Mts) Gangotri ( 6672 mts) Chaukhamba (7138 mts) etc.
VASISHTHA GOOFA One hour drive from Rishikesh up river is situated Vasishtha Goofa , where famous saint vasishtha meditaed on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is a perfect place for meditation. The entire drive to Vasishtha Goofa is along the river.
Devprayag : One of the panchprayags ( Five confluences), Devprayagais an ancient town situated at the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhgirathi river making the holy Ganges. Visit the ancient temple of lord Rama at the beginning of the holy Ganges.
The entire drive is along the beautiful river Ganga upto Devprayag.
Surkanda Devi ( 10,000 Feet)
Drive ( 2.5 to 3 hrs) to Kadukhal via Narender Nagar, the capital of Tehri Garhwal once. Now the palace is converted in to a world famous Spa. We stop at the palace for come time and continue to Chamba. The entire drive till chamba is gradual ascent through the forest and small villages. We stop at the small hill town of Chamba for a cup of tea and then drive along the ridge till Kadhuhla. One can enjoy the panoramic view of mountains on one side and the big doon valley on the other side. Arrive Kaddu Khal and commence trek (01 ? 1.5 hrs) to Surkanda Devi. The entire trek is gradual ascent till the mountain top. Visit the temple of Surkanda Devi , one of the 13 important Goddesss of Himalayan Foot hills.
Enjoy the 180 degrees panoramic view of snow covered Greater Himalayan Range and the massive doon valley. One can see almost all the Major peaks of Garhwal Himalayas e.g Swarga Rohini 6252 Mts Sudarshan parbat 6507 Mts, Kamet 7756 Mts, Nanda Gunti 6309 Mts. Nanda Devi 7878 Mts. .
Trek down ( 01 hr) to Kaddu Khal. Picnic Lunch and little rest in the mountain tea shops. Later drive back to Rishkesh via Mussorie ( The famous hill station in north India) and Dehradun , the capital of Uttaranchal State.
Instead of driving via Mussoire , one Can also opt for visit to Tehri Dam lake near chamba
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