We visited Rishikesh

Boating and rafting at Ganga - People do voting and rafting in Ganga at Rishikesh
@kishusia (1069)
March 23, 2008 12:20am CST
In the first week of March we visited Rishikesh. We had come to Haridwar for four days. One day we came to Rishikesh. It is a holy place for Hindus in Uttrakhand State of India. It is situated on the bank of holy Ganga and is surrounded by the Himalayas mountain range Shivvalik from three sides. Hindus start their Char (Four) Dham Pilgrimage to Gangotri,Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath for spiritual salvation from Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also famous for meditation and Yoga.This place is a heaven for adventurous people for rafting. It is the starting point of trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan mountain range. Lakshman Jhoola is the most visited spot in Rishikesh. It is a suspension bridge across Ganga and is situated at a distance of about 5 Kms from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath. It is said that the brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman crossed the river Ganga here on a jute rope. Originally, there was a hanging jute (rope) bridge till 1889 and the modern bridge was rebuilt with iron ropes. On the side of this famous bridge is the well known Shri Raghunathji temple. Lord Rama is said to have visited this place since than this temple is here.This bridge is the main way for people going up the hills and down to the Gita Bahvan and Swarg Ashram. Just like Lakshman Jhoola, there is another suspension bridge down the stream known as Ram Jhoola. This bridge is between the Swarg Ashram and the Shivanand Ashram . We crossed Ganga via Lakshman Jhoola and visited temples. We also did boating in Ganga. Some people were rafting in Ganga Wwater. Those who have not yet visited Rishikesh are missing a heavenly experience.
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• United States
25 Mar 08
The scene you described is so colorful and full of thriving life! I have no idea where the location is you have spoken of, I would have to look it up, but one of my most favorite dreams is to be able to make the 'chanting pilgrimage' to South India with Russill Paul, one of my most favorite musicians. I don't follow his religion or anything, I don't even know what it is, but I do benefit from chanting every now and then, like if I'm having a hard time quieting my mind in meditation, I do yoga, and I am totally in love with his music. Are any of those places you mentioned around South India? If not I would have to extend my trip to include them. I also have always wanted to visit Goa.