What you need to know when you Ascend the Stairway to Heaven at Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh

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Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh is a magical travel destination. It is up high in the Himalayas. Many people go up there to watch the sunrise. The temple is dedicated to Kunjapuri Devi. A goddess. I don’t want to spoil the story. You can read about the legend at the top of the temple.

It’s a difficult journey to get up to the temple. And it almost feels as if you are climbing the staircase of the heavens. Not to mention, the roads are really bad and dusty. So you want to travel by car for as far as you can. Or until you reach the staircase of the heavens There is a lot of construction and you have to climb a wopping 315 steps. Hevaen is up so high. It’s a long journey,  but totally worth the destination. The view from the top is incredible. You litreally feel like your sitting in the heavens. Watching the earth below you. There are hiking routes that lead up to the temple too, if you’re brave enough. Lastly, don’t forget, tigers also exist in this magical heaven.

Why do people go up Kunjapuri Temple, Rishikesh?

Sunrise, Yoga and monkeys and the utmost feeling of peace on top of the temple. Need I say more?

Sunrise view at Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh

Watching the Sunrise

A yoga class commencing on top of Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh

Yoga on Top of the Temple

The view of the Himalayas on top of Kunjapuri Temple

The Views of the Himalayas

Get Blessed by a ‘Priest’ Inside the Temple

There is a profound feeling of peace all around. Visiting a temple is always an interesting experience. Depending on where you are. There are many customs and traditions that follow. At Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh there is a ‘priest’ that sits inside the temple and recites mantras. You can go inside and he will bless you by chanting the mantras. After that he will put a ‘bindi’ on your forehead. A red dot that symbolizes Shakti. Divine feminine energy or Goddess Shakti.

Many Yoga Schools take their Students up to the Temple

Our magical Yoga Group posing for a Yoga Picture at Kunjapuri Temple Rishikesh

You can take nice pictures, get blessed by a priest or bond with a new group that you are travelling with. It is definitely worth the trip up 315 stairs and a nightmarish road.

Tips for Going up and What you need to know Before you Go

  • Take anti-nausea or eat ginger sweets or something that helps with nausea – I’m not joking it’s nauseatingly bad
  • Keep your bags on you at all times- the monkeys are cheeky
  • Take something to cover your mouth from the dust
  • Mentally prepare yourself for an hour journey up by car
  • Cover up your shoulders and knees or ask your guide what is an appropriate dress for a temple

Watch my IGTV Video on Kunjapuri Temple

Do you want to learn more about yogic travel in Rishikesh? If you are into food, head over to my blog post about Yogic food experiences.

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