A popular pilgrimage site of cultural and religious significance, Ridi known as Ruru Kshetra is situated in a deep narrow valley in Lumbini Province. Located in the tri- junction of Gulmi, Palpa and Syangja districts in Southwestern Nepal, Ridi lies on the confluence of Ridi Khola and Kaligandaki River. It is one among the four Chardhams of Nepal.
Ridi is famous for Saligrams or ammonite fossils that are found in abundance. These fossils are also considered to be the symbol of Vishnu, an important Hindu deity. For over decades Ridi Mela is a fair is held in this region for 3 days during the festival of Maghe Sankranti in January. Many pilgrims visit Ridi during this time to take holy bath in the Kaligandaki River and pay their respects in Rishikesh Temple to achieve Moksha. Rishikesh complex a well-known cremation site as mentioned in the great Hindu epics, Rishikesh Temple, is also a part of this complex where ancient Vedic rituals are still conducted. Another important site in Ridi is Bhriguteshwar, the place where the Brahmin Devdutta meditated and achieved salvation.
The nearest airport is in Bhairahawa 97.2 km travelers can take a bus from here and reach Ridi in about three hours. Moderate hotels and inns are available for accommodation in Ridi Bazaar.