4 offbeat places to explore in Rishikesh
It’s been a long time, and Rishikesh has become a famous place for all kinds of tourists and travelers. It’s a place where religious people make Rishikesh their yearly pilgrimage and take a ritualistic dip into the holy Ganga, some friends and family coming to spread the ashes of their deceased loved ones in the river. From yoga to temples, to cafes, and to adventure sports, Rishikesh is filled with everything you want.
There are many places that are still unexplored.
1. Neer Garh/Neer Gaddu Waterfall
This place is located around 5 km from Lakshman Jhula, This place is truly a sight to see. It’s a short hike from the starting point to get to see this beautiful place. This is quite a popular spot and a few shops have also sprung open nearby but the real thing is hidden about kilometers more into the hike. Once you reach there and see this waterfall you see a much bigger, cleaner waterfall. You can even take a swim in crystal clear water.
2. Jhilmil Ghufa
These Gufas are located at Manikoot Parvat, almost about 21 kilometers from Laksman Jhula in the main Rishikesh city, and it’s just about 4 kilometers from the Neelkanth Temple. This trail is not a difficult one and is also safe for senior citizens. This jungle known as Mnikut Kajri Van is known to be a home for many elephants. It is located on the page. Each of the three caves is of different shapes and sizes, One is dedicated to a king of Uttar Pradesh AlhaUdal, one is dedicated to Gorakshanath and the third one is dedicated to Guru Jhilmil.
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3. Phool Chatti Waterfalls
This place is located just a few kilometers from Garud Chatti Waterfall, This is a small but beautiful place to visit. The trail going towards the falls is a bit slippery with mostly huge rocks filled with algae. If you go during the early hours of the day, you can even witness the sun rising behind the majestic peaks visible from Phool Chatti Waterfall.
4. Rishikund Hot Water Spring
This place is right next to the famous Raghunath Temple is the beautiful and ancient hot water spring called Rishikund. It is believed that Lord Rama used to come here earlier to take a dip in these springs while he was in exile. Translating to Pond of the Sage, the shadow of the neighboring Raghunath Temple can be seen on the surface of the Rishikund pond on a clear day. It is located near Triveni Ghat, and this place is easily accessible via rickshaw ride.
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