Delhi to Rishikesh Weekend Holiday Packages
Rishikesh holiday packages from Delhi for your weekend trip
What to See
Geeta Bhawan: This is the oldest temple complex in the area, with walls bearing inscriptions from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The complex consists of discourse and meditation halls, as well as rooms for devotees to stay in. The Ayurvedic department here is involved in preparing medicines using Himalayan herbs and Ganga water.
Nilkanth Mahadeo Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one of the most important sites in town. According to a legend, this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison, which was formed as a result of the churning of the seas. This poison turned Lord Shiva's throat blue, thus rendering him the name Nilkanth. Housed in the main sanctum is a large stone linga, the top of which is only visible above the ground. At 5000 ft, the temple provides panoramic views of the surrounding region.
Lakshman Jhula: A landmark in the town, it is a suspension bridge across the Ganga. According to a legend the bridge was built of jute ropes by Lakshman, hence the name Lakshman Jhula. Enjoy spectacular views of the holy river that flows beneath it as well as the striking mountains which lie in the backdrop. A favorite pastime for tourists visiting Lakshman Jhula is feeding the fish in the river.
Triveni Ghat: This is the main bathing ghat in Rishikesh, forever busy with thousands of devotees taking a dip early morning. The ghat derives its name from the belief that that the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet here. The ghat is especially busy in the evenings when the aarti is conducted. The air turns especially sacred when priests offer their prayers and chant mantras to the river. After the aarti, the river gives out a spectacular view as thousands of earthen lamps are set afloat on the river.
Rishikund: Located near the Triveni Ghat, the place is flocked by devotees all the year round, who come here for a dip. The reservoir here is believed to be fed by Goddess Yamuna.
Bharat Temple: The temple holds the distinction of being the oldest temple in Rishikesh built in the 12th century. The temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu which is believed to be carved out of a single divine stone of Mahavishnu.
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