Also known as the world capital of yoga, Rishikesh is a town located just next to the holy Ganga. The city of Rishikesh is so much more than just being the birthplace of yoga.
Rishikesh is home to revered temples, adventure sports, and fun cafes. It is one of the most loved travel destinations among the youth today, for it is great for a weekend getaway and budget-friendly too.
If you are planning to head to Rishikesh anytime soon then here are some interesting facts you might like to know about the travel destination.
Lord Of The Senses
The name of the city, Rishikesh has been derived from the word 'Hrishika' which means senses and 'isha' means the Lord. The literal meaning of the city translates to 'Lord of the senses' which also hints at Lord Vishnu.
No Alcohol Or Non-Vegetarian Food
Rishikesh is believed to be a holy land and one of the most revered pilgrimages of India and this is the reason why you won't find any eatery serving alcohol or non-vegetarian food in the city. Alcohol and non-vegetarian food is completely banned in Rishikesh.
Story Behind The Lakshman Jhula
Lakshman Jhula is one of the most popular attractions of the city but many people don't know what's the story behind it. Well, after killing Ravan, Lord Rama came to Rishikesh to punish himself. Lord Lakshman followed him and to cross the river Ganga, he made a bridge using jute rope. The bridge was later replaced with an iron rope in the year 1889.
Home To Beatles Ashram
Originally known as Chaurasi Kutia is an ashram that was once a training centre for the students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. People from all across the world came here to study meditation here. In 1968, the English rock band the Beatles came here to study meditation and that's when the place became a big tourist attraction. It is said to be one of the best places to hang out with friends.
India's Highest Bungee Jumping
Rishikesh is not just the yoga capital. The place is a heaven for adventure lovers with activities like river rafting, paragliding, parasailing, and bungee jumping. Bungee jumping is one activity that attracts people from all over because it is the highest in India with a height of 83 metres. The activity can be enjoyed by anyone above the age of 12 years.
Paradise For Food Lovers
If you are a foodie then Rishikesh should be your go-to destination. The place has a wide variety of vegetarian dishes to offer. There is so much to explore here in the terms of food because of the variety of cafes and restaurants here.
The Triveni Ghat
One of the most popular attractions of the city is the Triveni Ghat. The ghat is the meeting point of the 3 holy rivers - Ganga, Saraswati, and the Yamuna. If you get here by morning then you will witness people offering milk to the river and practicing Surya Namaskar just by the river. In the evening, hundreds of people gather here to attend the Maha Aarti. In the evening, the place gives you an incredible experience with tiny diyas floating in the river, priests carrying big fire lamps, and chanting prayers.
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