Vashishta Gufa, Rishikesh

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#4 of 16 in Nature in Dehradun District
Find your peace in a sacred ancient cave at Vashishta Gufa, on the banks of the Ganges in the midst of a ficus tree grove. Believed to have housed a medidating Lord Brahma’s manasputra, sage Vashishta, the place was dubbed as the yoga capital of the world. Maintained by the late guru Swami Purshottamananda since 1930, the cave houses a Shiva linga considered as sacred. You can reach the cave after climbing some 200 steps. Plan to visit Vashishta Gufa and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rishikesh attractions using our Rishikesh trip builder tool .
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  • During our visit to Rishikesh, went to visit a cave called Vashishtha Güfa, very close to the sacred Ganges River, where reigns the silence, austerity and inside there are some candles that illuminate little place and that you come to meditation in the company or in solitude more absolute very nice outside where you can swim in the river and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings
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  • Went there a couple of weeks ago with my 3 yo son. I didnt find anything outstanding about the place. Pls note, I didn't go their to seek spiritual experience, my review is purely based on accessibili...  more »
  • Quaint cave temple on the banks of the Ganga. Apparently the cave has certain vibes and is a good place for meditation (though I did not feel anything, another member of our party felt the peace!). Th...  more »

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In the downtown area, river houses remain the most popular accommodations, with a few guesthouses and hostels located farther back from the sacred waters of the Ganges. Most visitors choose to stay upriver, in areas filled with pleasant ashrams, hostels, and hotels perched near the water in clusters. Arrange your accommodations in advance to ensure rooms that suit your style, budget, and reasons for being in this spiritual capital.
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