Bulls, Bells & Bliss: free tour to explore the spiritual essence of Rishikesh

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Om
Registered on March 14, 2023

Greetings, I'm Om, residing in Rishikesh, and I'm dedicated to being a travel consultant and licensed tourist guide. My aim is to offer travelers an authentic taste of Rishikesh by sharing my personal encounters and insights. Through my guidance, I strive to enable visitors to immerse themselves in the local essence and truly relish all that Rishikesh has to offer.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Come discover the hidden spiritual side of Rishikesh on this free river tour . We will take you to the best places that show the religious and mystical history of this city. You won't believe how many hidden surprises Rishikesh has in store for you!

The world famous Ram Jhula suspension bridge is impressive. You can also enjoy a leisurely walk along the Ganges beach, enjoy the cool breeze and watch the cows and sadhus (holy men) sitting by the river. You can also explore yoga ashrams that preach Hindu philosophy and yoga lessons to their long-stay guests, for example, Geeta Bhawan and Parmarth Ashram. Another highlight is to see the Ganga Aarti night.

Afternoon Ganga Aarti
The Ganga Aarti night is a popular attraction among tourists and locals alike. The grand spectacle of the "Ganga Aarti" ceremony, which is attended by a large number of devotees, is a sight to behold. Your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and stories about the divinity of "Rishikesh" while you enjoy the experience.

Your local guide will meet you at the entrance of the "Ram Jhula" suspension bridge , which is the most accessible point by public transportation. You will receive a briefing on the spiritual importance of the holy city of “Rishikesh” and the trek starts from the suspension bridge. You will be delighted to see the waters of the "Ganges" river flowing below and admire the fascinating architecture of this suspension bridge.

bank of river ganges
The Ganges bank is a beautiful and spiritual place. After a walk along the river bank, you will arrive at the serene Ganges River. Be amazed to see holy saints called “Sadhus” wandering in the river and seeking spiritual bliss overlooking the temples. You will also see many bulls and cows wandering peacefully along the river bank as if they, too, were looking for a guiding light. Enjoy the cool breeze from the river waters.

The priests make preparations to celebrate the great ceremony of "Ganga Aarti". The attendees are mesmerized by the sacred chants and songs while the prayers are performed. The priests worship the Ganges river as a mother goddess.

Ram Jhula Bridge + Ashrams
As we walk back towards Ram Jhula, we will pass several holy Ashramas like Geeta Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Our guide will stop to explain the importance of these buildings and the religious figures that reside in them. They are known for their expertise in yoga and preaching.

After this, the tour will end and you can go your own way, using the public transport available.

how to reach
Ram Jhula is only 3 km drive from the center, so you can reach it in less than 15 minutes. Rishikesh Railway Station is the closest to Ram Jhula which is 5 km away.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Badrinath Rd, near Ram Jhula, P.O, Sh...
    Badrinath Rd, near Ram Jhula, P.O, Shivanandanagar, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192, India
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    Our meeting point is at the main gate of Sivananda Ashram, conveniently located near the Ram Jhula bridge. This gate is situated next to the Badrinath highway, making it easy to access. Please wear modest clothing that covers your arms and legs to visit Sivananda Ashram.

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    Sivananda Ashram

    Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest and sole traditional ashram in the region. Rooted in timeless wisdom and steeped in tradition, it offers a genuine and authentic space for seekers to delve into the profound teachings of yoga, meditation, and spirituality.

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    Ram jhula

    Ram Jhula, an iconic suspension bridge in Rishikesh, spans the Ganges River and is a significant pilgrimage site. Built-in 1986, it's named after Lord Rama and serves as a vital connection between the neighborhoods of Muni Ki Reti and Swarg Ashram. The bridge is around 450 feet long and offers breathtaking views of the Ganges and the surrounding landscape. It has become a spiritual and tourist hub, lined with ashrams, temples, and bustling markets.

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    Geeta Bhavan Ashram Rishikesh

    Geeta Bhavan Ashram, situated in Rishikesh, is a renowned spiritual center dedicated to the study and dissemination of the Bhagavad Gita. Established in 1950, it hosts daily discourses on the scripture and other spiritual texts, open to all seekers. The ashram also provides free accommodation and meals for devotees

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    Parmarth Niketan Ashram

    Parmarth Niketan Ashram, located in Rishikesh, is a renowned spiritual retreat nestled on the banks of the Ganges River. Founded in 1942, it serves as a sanctuary for seekers of inner peace, offering yoga, meditation, and spiritual teachings. The ashram hosts the world-famous Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ritual that takes place at sunset, attracting visitors from around the globe.

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    Shatrughana Temple Ghat

    The Shatrughan Temple is a significant religious site located near Ram Jhula in Rishikesh. Dedicated to Lord Shatrughan, the temple is one of the lesser-known yet culturally rich places in the area. It holds historical and mythological importance within Hinduism.

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    Janki Setu Bridge

    The Janki Setu Bridge boasts a breathtaking architectural design with graceful, sweeping curves that complement the surrounding natural landscape. Its reflective surface shimmers in the sunlight, creating a stunning visual spectacle.

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    Rishikesh Ganga Arti

    Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh is a mesmerizing ritual that takes place on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Against the backdrop of the Himalayan foothills, priests perform intricate fire ceremonies while chanting hymns, creating a spiritual and enchanting ambiance. This daily event draws pilgrims and tourists alike, offering a profound connection to the divine and the natural beauty of the region.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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