Rishikesh: Blend of Spirituality and Adventure

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In the foothills of the Himalayas located a famous pilgrimage, holiest and tourist spot of India called Rishikesh. Rishikesh is termed as Gateway to the Himalayas. It is situated in the Uttrakhand state of India and is famous for Yoga ashrams, meditation centers, shrines, etc. The sacred river Ganges flow through the city which makes it a holy place for Hindus.

With Whitewater Rafting industry developing and various outdoors and bistro spots jumping up, Rishikesh is developing as a top choice, taking into account individuals with various needs.

Laxman Jhula, built in 1939, is the major attraction point in Rishikesh for travellers. It is a suspension bridge and is believed to be built in the same place where Laxman cross the river Ganga on a rope. This belief makes it a pilgrimage and it is always open for visitors.

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Another important pilgrimage in Rishikesh is Neelkanth Mahadev temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom when asuras and devas were churning the ocean.

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Rishikesh is a splendid spot for whitewater rafting or river rafting. Shivpuri, located at a distance of 19-20km from Rishikesh, is a famous spot for river rafting and water sports.  Other adventurous experiences that can pump the adrenaline level of a person are mountain biking, Kayaking, camping, trekking, and even bungee jumping.

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There are numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centres of philosophical studies, yoga, and meditation. This place is a hub for sadhus or saints who are indulged in practicing yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Reiki, and etc. Due to this, it is also termed as the Yoga capital of the world.

The place Rishikesh has a pleasant climate throughout the year because of its location. The summer from April to June is slightly warm but it is the best time for river rafting. A month from July to September faces rush of tourists due to Hindu month Saavan and other religious events.

The place is the right blend to see spirituality and picturesque natural beauty.

Seema Jain

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