Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Triveni Ghat is among the most magnetic places to visit in Rishikesh. The confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi, this ghat is considered as the most pious among all the other ghats within the vicinity.
According to the legends, the water of this ghat has the magical power of purifying one's heart and soul, and make it free from all the sins. Devotes from every corner of the country throngs Triveni Ghat and takes a dip with utmost devotion and faith. Come morning, you can witness them offering milk to the river, performing 'Surya Namaskar' and feeding the fishes around the ghat. By evening, this auspicious ghat turns into a riot of colours as it is time of the 'Maha Aarti' or the aarti to Mother Ganga.
This “Abode of Lord Shiva”, so pristine, serene and filled with adventure, is a mecca for river rafting in India. Located 20kms from Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganga, the tranquil town of Shivpuri beams with life, laughter, adventure and nature’s bountiful thrills. River rafting is not only thrilling but also extremely picturesque with the white rapids below, lush dense forest on either side and a view of the spectacular mountains in the distance making Shivpuri one of the favourite tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.While river rafting down the Ganges right up to Ramjhula Rishikesh for around 16 km of toss and turn and skipped heartbeats, you can witness the famous river rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Tea Off, Golf Course, Clubhouse, Cash flow, Initiation, Double Trouble, and Hilton. While you’re here and need more adventure you can also try your hand or rather heart at other adrenaline packed activities like Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping and Rock Climbing.
This small village haven situated 40km away from the Rishikesh Valley between Rishikesh - Badrinath highway with beautiful landscape and foothills is famous for the roaring sounds of the most dangerous rafting rapids. The 36 km stretch of River Ganges from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh offers some of the world's most fun-filled and challenging Grade III and Grade IV river rapids along with Grade V rapids where rafters come across the most daring and toughest zone called “The Wall” and ‘Daniel’s Dip’ Rapids. The total time taken to complete the expedition is around 8 hours and is not recommended to first-time river rafters since they feature some serious obstacles while sailing along.
While having magnificent landscapes and toughest Rapids, Kaudiyala is also known for having the finest and best beach camping locations in Rishikesh, surrounded by greenery, mountains and perfect weather(between mid-September to April). Various sports like volleyball, football, jungle trekking and bird watching can be enjoyed while taking in the warmth of the fiery wood barks by your beach tent along with freshly cooked village food.
Vashistha Cave or Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where Sage Vashistha and his wife meditated for hundreds of years. According to Hindu mythology, Sage Vashista was a Manas Putra (human son) of Lord Brahma and one of the Saptarishi (great seven sages). The Vashishta Gufa situated in the middle of Gular trees and the sacred River Ganga is a perfect place for peace of mind and positive spiritual energy.
Over the years a small ashram was built near the cave known as Swami Purushottamanand ashram as well as some rooms outside the cave, where many sadhus live there permanently.Located 25 kms from Rishikesh on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, all buses going towards Devprayag pass through this place. A flight of around 200 steps and you reach the entrance of the cave which only gets pitch dark as you go deeper. The cave is properly maintained and the floor is strewn with white mats for about 12 people. The interior of the cave is filled with some aroma of burning oil and sticks making it a peaceful and spiritual meditational sanctuary.
The temple is said to be constructed at the place where the chest of the Goddess had fallen while Lord Shiva carried her remains to Kailash to do her final rites. Kunjapuri Temple is a sacred Hindu temple of immense importance dedicated to the goddess Sati (the wife of Lord Shiva, before she took birth as Goddess Parvati).
Placed just 25 km from Rishikesh, the Kunjapuri Temple is one of the most venerated places to visit in Rishikesh especially during Navratri (April & October) and Dusshera when thousands of devotees flock here to witness the grand celebrations.At an altitude of 1645 mts, it lends a panoramic view of Gangotri, Swarga Rohini, Chaukhamba and Banderpunch peaks to the North and the sacred town of Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South.
Most of your teenage or college days might have passes admiring the songs of the favorite band called 'Beatles', but do you know your favorite band once visited a quaint ashram in Rishikesh to attend a special meditation programme? Yes, it was in the year 1968, the entire group of Beatle flew down to India to meet a saint called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and practice some advanced meditation programme under his flagship.Following this phenomenal visit, the ashram gained instant popularity and was named as the 'Beatles Ashram'; the visit also made it one of the renowned places to visit in Rishikesh. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, though the ashram was abandoned in 1997, the complex buildings and the stone-huts can still be found standing strong in their place. It is one of the very few places in Rishikesh that are pretty tough to find.
Located in the centre of the city, this sacred temple is believed to be one of the oldest religious sites in the entire country and one of the sought after tourist places in Rishikesh. According to the common folklores, the existence of Bharat Mandir is as old as that of Rishikesh! Legends has it that the present day deity of this temple was reinstalled by Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya during 789AD on the auspicious day of Basant Panchnami.Even till date, devotees flocks this temple on the same day of the Hindu calendar and attend a grand procession wherein the idol of Lord Hrishikesh is taken out for a dip in the holy water and reinstalled in the temple. Believed to be named after 'Bharat', brother of Lord Ram, the main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, and has an idol carved from a single piece of black stone.
Nestled among Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh on the left bank of the Ganges and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the ambience that exists in Swarga Ashram is truly heavenly! While the picturesque surroundings of the ashram contributes much to its tranquil atmosphere, the devotion and spirituality that exists here makes it a paradise for those who seek mental peace and tranquillity.The epicentre of yoga and meditation within the Garhwal gateway, the abode of the needy and a place to relinquish the mind from all the miseries of the society, it is among the most scenic and pleasant places to visit in Rishikesh. Established by Swami Atma Prakash, it can also be called as the home of the homeless. It offers living spaces to more than 100 people along with offering them free food and other kitchen facilities. A library in Swarga Ashram offers free education on religion and culture to the visitors.
The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.Rishikesh is not only about beliefs religious, temples or ghats; within this ancient city, you can also witness some of the architectural structures and marvels as well! One such structure, the Lakshman Jhula, which is also one of the not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.
Translated in the local language, Rishikund means the 'Pond of the Sage' and is one of the most important places to visit in Rishikesh. A natural hot water spring, it is believed that a pious sage named Kubz was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna who promised to stay in Rishikesh forever.Located within a close proximity to the Triveni Ghat, the most commonly believed story behind this holy pond narrates that it was once a havan kund. To please Mother Ganges, few pious devotees performed yagna at this place and at their request, Goddess Yamuna appeared and stayed here forever. During the ancient times, as the holy Ganges was not flowing nearby, it created a havoc among the people.
Located only 3km from the heart of the city, this 450ft suspension bridge connects the banks of the Ganges with Shivananda and Swarga ashrams at both of its end. Another architectural marvel in the yoga capital of India, Ram Jhula is an important landmark of the city and is also one of the sought after Rishikesh tourist places.Also known as the 'Shivananda Jhula', this magnificent bridge was built during the late 80s by the regional government; the contribution of Shivananda Ashram Divine Life Society is very significant in the construction of Ram Jhula. Like the Lakshman Jhula, it was also once a jute bridge and serves as an important name in the list of places to visit in Rishikesh.
Another not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, Gita Bhawan is also located on the banks of the Ganga River and is adorned by the enchanting charm of the Himalayas. Comprising of a large complex, it serves as an institute where a devotee can learn about Hinduism to a large extent along with participating in many religious and cultural events as well.The institute offers free food, stay and education to the pilgrims. People living within the bhawan participates in daily prayers and sadhana along with mediation and other necessary activities. Visitors to Gita Bhawan can also participate in all the activities and can also enjoy pure-vegetarian meals and other facilities at a minimal price.
Naini lake or Nainital lake is a natural freshwater lake at the heart of Nainital city.
In fact the city gets its name from the lake around which it exists. The lake is a serene and beautiful place to retreat to right in the middle of the city. Surrounded on all sides by the Kumaon hills, you do not want to miss this beauty.This is called the lake district of India, and is one of the four beautiful Lakes of the Kumaon Hills.
Land’s end is literally the point where land ends in Nainital.It has its name because at this point it seems like the hiker has reached the tip of a looming tower.You can walk all the way to the top and feel the thrill of standing at the edge of a pointing tower like hill.The place is covered on all sides by lush forests. The view is breathtakingly scenic. You can reach the top by riding a horse all the way too.The Khurpa Lake is visible from here.This in fact is one of the main reasons tourists flock to this point in Nainital.
Killbury Bird Sanctuary:
Killbury is one of the oldest and most beautiful bird sanctuaries in India. It is located about 12km from Nainital. It towers at a height of 2528 metres above sea level. A perfect place for family picnics and sightseeing. A birdwatchers paradise with numerous kinds of flora and fauna.You can have the most panoramic view of Tarai , Bhabhar and the great Himalayas.It is surrounded by lush and beautiful oak trees, forests and pine trees.Wood owls, White-throated laughing thrushes, Drongos are some of the many 580 varieties of birds here.Placed at the rim of a forest reserve, this is as close as you can get to the wild mountain life.You can visit or even book a forest bungalow and spend your holidays here under the clouds and mountains.Take a taxi or book a tour /travel package to reach Killbury Bird sanctuary.
Naina Devi Temple:
Naina Devi temple is a place of mystery and worship, it is the abode of Shri Naina Devi Ji .It is placed on the top of a hill.The base of this temple hasthe samadhi of bhagatJatt Jeona Morh. The hills of Naina Devi stand atop theGobind Sagar lake. The lake was created by theBhakra-nangal Dam.There are many mythological stories and folklore surrounding this temple. One of the most popular legenda about this temple is about Goddess Sati, who burnt herself alive in Yagna. This action of Sati, angered and depressed Lord Shiva.He picked the corpse of Sati on his shoulders and started his Tandava-aatam. This petrified all the deities in heaven as this could lead to the end of the Universe. They pleaded Lord Vishnu to use his Chakra , and cut Sati’s body into 51 pieces.Shri Naina Devi Temple is the wherethe eyes of Sati fell on to the earth.
This beautiful spot is also known as Cheena Peak or China Peak. The Naina peak is the highest point in town. It stands elevated 2615 metres above sea level. You can reach it within 6 km from the north end of the town Mallital. The peak is famous for its picturesque view of the Himalayas and eagles eyes view of the whole town. You can also see the mountains on the border of Tibet from here.You can reach the peak by hiking or even by pony-back riding.There are no restaurants here, hence it is better if you bring your own food and water resources.
Snow view is elevated at 2270m above sea level.This Point is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Nainital. It is about 3km away from the town and is reachable by a cable car or ropeway. The peak looks over an amazing view of the beautiful town underneath and snow covered mountains. It is a 350 km long mountain range part of the great Himalayas. Naina Devi was India’s highest peak up until Sikkim was included into the country. Now Kanchenjunga is the highest peak of India. This is the perfect place for shutterbugs and photo junkies.
This elevated point is 7520 ft (2290 mt) above sea Level, in the Ayarpatta region. It is also known as Dorothy's seat. The name derived and given in memory of Mrs. Kellet Dorothy, and English woman. She was killed in an air crash. The tiffin top site was built by her husband and her admirers , after she passed away.
Visitors & tourists generally trek to Tiffin top with packed lunchboxes and spend a soulful and quiet picnic. Tiffin top is a short walk of about 4 kms from Nainital. It provides an unmatched view of the Himalayas , and an eagle's eye view of Nainital town. The road to this picnic spot leads into the rugged hill side , swirling and swaying, and then , brings forth the beauty of the himalayas and Nainital in silence before the trekker, at tiffin top.
Eco Cave Gardens:
The Eco cave gardens are famous for their intricately internally connected caves, beautiful hanging gardens and its well known musical fountain, the Eco Gardens are a group of six small caves ,shaped in the form of various animals. You can see the musical fountain during evening times. They have a variety of audio and video effects accompanying this that will enthrall you.The cave offers a close insight into the wildlife of the HImalayas.It is a perfect spot for a family outing or a picnic with friends. Be sure to not miss this out on your trip to Nainital.
Kempty Falls is said to be one of the most prominent waterfalls in Uttarakhand. The falls are encircled by high mountain cliff. Since the water falls from a great height, it is believed that this water further divides in 5 different streams. The Kempty Falls attracts a number of tourists from across the country, Being present on the Mussoorie-Dehradun Highway.
Location: Kempty Falls is located about 15 km from Mussoorie and lies at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level. The sacred River Yamuna is about 12 kms from here.
Highlights: Kempty Falls was initiated as a picnic spot in 1835 by the British officer John Mekinan. It has a perennial waterfall making it an interesting picnic spot for all. You can even take a bath under the fresh waters of the waterfall.
Nag Tibba Trek:
No thrill compares to the joy of completing a trek in the Himalayas. Treks don’t necessarily imply that the route will be tough and back-breaking. There are easy, but nonetheless rewarding, treks that you can undertake as a beginner, and Nag Tibba is one them. Over a period of two days, you climb up the mountain to a height of 9,915 feet. The trek takes you through dense Garhwal forests and ultimately reveals a stunning vista of the Garhwal ranges. The Gangotri group of peaks, Bandarpoonch peak, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon Valley and the snow peaks of Changabang are visible from the highest point of the trek. The Nag Tibba Trek is accessible to all age groups and makes for a great family outing. The trek is simple to complete during the dry months when snow does not block the trails. This makes September to November an ideal time to go trekking there. The snow makes things slightly more complicated and the trek route might require more physical fitness from the climbers during the winter months.
K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum:
Why travel all the way to Madame Tussauds in order to see wax statues of famous personalities when you can do it at a much lesser cost by visiting Mussoorie? K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, which was inaugurated in 2015, takes its inspiration from Madame Tussauds and hosts roughly 25 wax statues of famous people from all over the world. The statutes are well-made and decent in quality as compared to their wax counterparts around the Tussauds museums. The museum is located in the popular Company Garden at Mussoorie and is a small one, so you will be able to visit it within 30 minutes. One drawback of the museum is it's over priced entry fee. But it is worth the cost if you haven’t seen wax statues before and would like to understand what makes them so popular. The museum boasts of wax statues of personalities like Gandhi, Hitler, Mr. Bean, Michael Jackson and several popular Hollywood stars.
It is one of the most pretty places to visit in Mussoorie. Set amidst dense green forests, the falls cascade down from a height of 145 meters, sending up white mists all around. The falls drop from the height of 20 feet, 17 feet, 19 feet, 12 feet, 20 feet and 57 feet respectively, though not all drops are visible from one clear angle. If you wish to see all the drops, you will have to undertake a considerable amount of hiking around the falls. There is no better way to start a day in Mussoorie than by trekking down to Mossy Falls at an early hour. Not only will you get to stroll along a quiet mountain road free from traffic, you will also have the waterfall all to yourself. Since Mossy Falls are only a short 7 kilometers away from Mussoorie, you can start from your hotel at 6 am and be at the waterfall by 7 am. Tourist crowds only begin to arrive later in the day which means that you can go for a quick (but absolutely soap-free) dip in the chilly falls.
Lake Mist is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie that you cannot miss. It is a pristine lake, fed by the waters of River Kempty and is home to a small but pretty waterfall whose gurgling adds music to the scenic beauty of the lake. Set in the midst of the green hills, Lake Mist is a good place to spend a few hours. There is also a boating facility available so people can go and explore the lake in close proximity. The best time to go on the lake would be early on a weekday since the place witnesses a huge rush from the visitors on weekends, which makes it noisier and more chaotic. If you are visiting Mussoorie with children, then you should definitely take them to Lake Mist. They will enjoy floating around the lake in the boat and gazing up at the majestic mountains all around. You can also go on to Kempty Falls which are only 5 kilometers away. There are also many restaurants around Lake Mist where you can enjoy a steaming cup of chai and good food.
In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound.
Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.
Highlights: Lal Tibba is even prominent as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.
A small and laid-back town, Dhanaulti is by no means a ‘popular’ weekend getaway attraction near to Mussoorie. Many people just stop by the town for a quick break and head on towards the fancier destinations. One misses out on a lot by doing so. Dhanaulti is small and simple, but there is an ethereal beauty in its simplicity that moves those who see and feel it. The town is nestled in the green Garhwal Himalayas and has amazing landscapes that you can look upon for hours without any fail while listening to distant bird sounds. Dhanaulti itself has several points of attraction for tourists. These include an ancient fort from the 16th century and two small but elegant temples- Dashavatar Temple, the earliest known Panchayatan temple in North India built in the Gupta period, and Surkanda Devi Temple, which is located at a height of 10,000 feet. Apart from these attractions, tourists can visit the Potato Farm in Dhanaulti, an initiative of the government.
Shedup Choepelling Temple:
Shedup Choepelling Temple is often referred to as the Tibetan Buddhist Temple. It is today one of the most popular shrines in the region. The temple is established by the Tibetan community of Mussoorie and is a true exemplary of the Tibetan architecture. Clay lamps, surrounding blooming flowers, bright interior walls and the prayer flags amplify the beauty of the shrine.
Location: The Shedup Choepelling Temple is nestled in the beautiful Happy Valley. To reach the Shedup Choepelling Temple follow the address, Happy Valley Road, Near IAS Academy, Mussoorie, Dehradun, 248179, Uttarakhand.
It is the second highest peak in Mussoorie. Irrespective of the time of the month, do carry woolen clothes with you. Gun Hill is one of the most prominent tourist attractions for the tourists who visit Mussoorie. Views from the top of the Gun Hill peak are bound to leave you spell bound.
Location: Gun Hill is situated at a small distance from the Mall Road.
Highlights: Cable car ropeway that is one of the key adventure sports here. Other attraction is the balloon shooting which is great for people who wish to test their shooting skills.
Library Bazaar is the focal taxi and the bus terminal points to enter the township of Mussoorie. Popularly known as the KitaabGhar, the Library Bazaar is so called library found in the 1843 that is present on the first floor of the fantastic building. This is also one of the few libraries found in India.
Location: The Library Bazaar is beautifully tucked between the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, the Amania mosque and the Christ church. It stretches up to the Mall road and is popular for its vegetarian and non-vegetarian serving restaurant, luxury and budget hotels, fancy showrooms, gift shops, dhabas, and the small shops to cater to the daily needs of the consumers.
Happy Valley is exceptionally popular for housing the Municipal Garden, IAS Academy and the Tibetan temples. It is very popular for the estates, temples and the gardens. The tourists who visit this place can also take a walk to the Kala School from Happy Valley that leads to the Hathipaon Park Estate.
Location: Happy Valley is located on the western side of the Library Point. From there on it leads to the Cloud’s End which is a place where the geographical borders of Mussoorie cease.