The distinguishing aspect about Rishikesh – The Land of the Gods is that it has numerous temples and ashrams located throughout the city. But there are some ashrams that are definitely worth going to:
Sivananda Ashram It is located near Ram Jhula Rishikesh is named in honour of H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati Maharaj, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Swami Sivananda stayed here for more than 03 decades and had started this Ashram. Their organization is also known as Divine Life Society.
Parmarth Niketan It is one of the biggest ashram in the area situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
The very popular Ganga Aarti is performed every evening at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the banks of the Ganga River in Rishikesh. The lightning of the lamps along with the recitation of sacred chants provide an unforgettable spiritual experience for the visitors.
The Beatles Ashram a.k.a Chaurasi Kutia The Beatles, one of the most popular music bands of 1960's, visited Rishikesh in 1968 for meditation. After this visit Rishikesh suddenly came in limelight through out the world. Beatles came here to learn transcendental meditation.
The façade and walls of the ashram are dominated by murals of John Lennon and other band members. There is lot graffiti art and floral designs painted by visitors in this Ashram.
The Beatles ashram is 700 meters far from Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Entry fee of Rs 150 for Indian nationals and Rs 600 for foreigners