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    Vasishta Guha:

    About 22 KMS north of Rishi Kesh, on the road to Badri near Shivapuri there is a cave known as Vasishta Gufa (Guha) on the banks of Holy Ganga. It is the most favorite place for devotees who are interested in the art of meditation. The cave is a natural formation of 60 feet deep which opens up with a space big enough for eight people to sit and meditate. There is an alter with a small Siva Lingam illuminated by oil lamps. It is quite cool and dark. Down outside within a walkable distance the majestic Ganga is flowing with full of water, towards Rishikesh.

    Beautiful place. A cave set on the side of a sheer cliff on the banks of the Ganga, and it has a spectacular view of the river and the surrounding peaks of the Shivalik Himalayas. it has been the home to ascetics for centuries, most recently the renowned Swami Purushottamananda was staying there.There is an Ashram with few rooms, run for the devotees who wish to spend a few days there.

    Nearby just about a five-minute walk down-river from Vasishta Guha there is another cave smaller than Vasishta Gufa.
    It is believed that Jesus had visited this place and meditated . Mention about this is found in the writings of Swami Rama Thirtha and Papa (Swami) Ramdas of Khananghad.

    I have visited this place a couple of times during my pilgrimage in Himalayas.
    It is a wonderful place to visit.