The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for local Hindus. Sacred rivers and mountains set the scene for yoga and reflective hikes, and rafting here is an absolute must. Rishikesh is a world Yoga Capital and every year thousands of people come to Rishikesh to learn Yoga and Meditation. The Rishikesh is famous for adventure game and holistic yoga center. There are hundreds of temple and ashram in Rishikesh. This is a best place to spend summer to learn Yoga, take advantage of adventure game, camping and Jungle safari. Here are some place which you can explore nearby Rishikesh.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Shiva. The temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters and is located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India.
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over 820 km²., and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.
This place is very peaceful. it is not much crowded, you can spend hours for your inner peace. it is situated on the bank of Ganga. The temple built in a cave, a must visit place in Rishikesh. Trek is a bit tough, but worth the efforts. If someone so highly exalted as Vashista Rishi has been absorbed in their advanced sadhana, spiritual meditation there, be ready to feel this personality in their subtle existence.
Triveni Ghat is a most popular river bank in Rishikesh, every evening around 6 pm you can visit Ganga Arti in Triveni Ghat. People do various activities near this ghat. This ghat is surrounding Holy Ganga river. One can experience wonderful view of Ganga coming out of the mountains.
How to Reach Rishikesh
Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometres away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi. Once you reach at the airport, you can opt for regular taxi or bus service which is easily available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. The second nearest international airport for Rishikesh is in New Delhi which is well-connected with different cities across the globe.
Being a popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun, and New Delhi.
Rishikesh is also connected with Indian railway network, but there is very few train which is direct coming to Rishikesh. The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi.
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Bom Jesus’ (literally, ‘Good (or Holy) Jesus’) is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the countries of Portuguese colonization. The Jesuit church is India’s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.
Calangute Beach GOA
Calangute beach in Goa is also known as the Queen of Beaches. The period from November to February is the most pleasant to visit here. It’s 15km from the capital city Panjim. The beach itself isn’t anything special, with steeply shelving sand, however it’s capacity is large enough to accommodate the huge number of high-season visitors.
Located 10km from Mapusa, the red-laterite bastion, was built by the Portuguese in 1617 on the site of an earlier Muslim structure. Intended as a border watchpost, it fell to various Hindu raiders during the 17th century, before finally being deserted by the Portuguese in 1892.
standing on the crumbling ramparts of what was once the most formidable and impregnable of the Portuguese forts in India, one looks out at a panoramic ocean vista, witnessing the confluence of the Mandovi River and Arabian Sea, over which the fort has kept watch for more than four hundred years.