1. Ganga Aarti in Parmarth Niketan Ghat Rishikesh
The aarti is a pleasant ritual of worshipping the Ganga. Roughly 50-100 people visit the aarti on any day. Ganga Aarati in other places like Haridwar and Varanasi too, but they are a crowded noisy ritual with loud screaming speakers, people troubling you to make donations or hawkers trying to sell something very overpriced.
Ganga Aarati in Rishikesh is a contrast to it, held in a small place with a few people and is a comparatively quite affair. You can sit calmly in a corner and witness the ritual or join the crowds singing Bhajans with them.
Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan is organized and performed by ashram residents, particularly the children & young students of the Ashram who are studying the Vedas there. The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans, prayers, and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to Agni, the fire god. The lamps are lit and the aarti takes place as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices.
Everyone present for the aarti was engaged likewise. Thus, innumerable floating lamps adorned the rapid current of the Ganga. The starry night sky seemed to be a reflection of the river below. The river, reverred as mother, looked dazzling, clad in a sari embroidered in flickering flames of gold. Rishikesh was heaven in divinity's lap.
2. Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Kunjapuri is positioned at a height of 1645 meters and lends a panoramic sight of the Himalayan peaks to the North and Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South. Travelling towards Gangotri, about 6 kilometers from Narendra Nagar the road bifurcates at Hindola Khal, leading to the shrine, which is 5 kilometers further.
Being a main religious place, 1000s of visitors come throughout the year especially throughout 'Navratras' (April and October). Grand Celebrations are held during the Dussehra festival.
One can witness excellent sunrise or sun set on the Greater Hiamalayan Peaks and the vast Indo Gangetic plains
Kunjapuri is the temple of Goddess Durga, as it being one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in Shivalik Range and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two peethas form a holy triangle.
3. Neer Garh Waterfalls in Himalaya
My different waterfalls are possible find in Himalaya near Rishikesh. We will organise the trecking approx. 20 min till the top of the Waterfalls that you can enjoy the beauty of pure nature of mountains, hear magic sound of the water and have a possibility to swim in little waterfall lake.
4. Rafting in th Ganges Risver
One of he most exiting activity in Rishikesh is the Rafting in the Ganga. The half day rafting program starts morning and takes some hours before we reach Rishikesh back. Unforgetable experience of freedom, power of water and mountains are provided. All safety requirments are available.
6. Meditative Caves
Vashistha Cave is popular place in Rishikesh for meditation lovers. Vashistha cave is located 28 kms far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. It is located on the bank of the River Ganga. According to legends Sage Vashistha Meditated here.
About Vashistha: Vashistha is one of the Seven Sages (Saptrishi) in Hindu culture. Vashistha is considered as Brahmrishi. Brahmrishi is highest kind of sage who has achieved highest divine knowledge. Vashistha is also considered as one of the contributors to Vedas. Arundhati was his wife. He was priest of prestigious royal families such as Surya Dynasty. Lord Ram was also born is same dynasty. Lord Ram was incarnation of Vishnu.
Legend behind the Vashistha Cave: According to ancient hindu scripts Vashistha has divine cow “Nandini”. Nandini cow has powers that she can fulfill all the wishes of here owner. Once King Kaushik (Later became famous as Vishvamitra) came to know about this cow and tried to capture this cow forcefully. When he failed to do that he killed sons of Vashistha. Sage Vashistha tried to end his life in the River Ganga. River Ganga refused him and send him back. Arundhati (wife of Vashistha) liked the place and decided to stay there. It is believed that this is the same cave which was used by Vashistha in ancient time. No wonder many people feel amazing while meditating in this cave. There is also small Shivlinga inside the cave.