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Rishikesh - City of Sages OR Yoga City OR Yoganagari OR Yoga capital of the world OR The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas

STATE - UTTARAKHAND

DISTANCE - 247 KM From New Delhi

 
CONNECTION

AIR : The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly Grant), 35 kms from Haridwar. Vayudoot services operates from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant). Jagson Airlines also operates flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
 
RAIL : Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun, Ahmeddabad, Jaipur Chenni & other cities.

ROAD : Haridwar is connected by bus with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu Manali, Shimla, Rishikesh.

ABOUT RISHIKESH

Rishikesh is a city and a municipal board located in Dehradun district of the state of Uttarakhand in India. The city is the starting point for traveling to the "Char Dham" pilgrimage, which comprise Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, and thus of immense importance to pilgrims. Rishikesh means, 'he who has conquered his senses'.

The various spiritual centers, yogic ashrams located here have earned this town the sobriquet “world capital of yoga”. The international tourists also drop in here in large numbers seeking spiritual enlightenment and also to enjoy the natural treasures of this place. The major highlights of this town are Lakshman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund, Geeta Bhawan, Swarga Ashram and Trayambakeshwar Temple. Prior knowledge about Rishikesh will be of immense help to the tourists for a satisfying tour to Rishikesh.
 
PLACES OF INTERESTS IN RISHIKESH

The Lakshman Jhula : This is the old suspension bridge over river The Ganga ( Ganges ) located at the far end of Rishikesh town. This Lakshman Jhoola ( bridge ) attracts more crowd than Ram Jhula which is another new bridge close to Rishikesh town. Approach to Laxman Jhula passes through many shops and restaurants selling trekking bags to T-shirts and rudrakha , spotik malas ( garlands of precious stones ).

Ram Jhoola : This suspension bridge is wider than Laxman Jhula. At the other side of this bridge there is nice restaurants and one of them is famous Chotiwala established in the year 1958 by Late Krishan Swroop Agarwal & Har Swroop Agarwal.

Rishikesh Ganga Arati at Parmarth Niketan : One of the attractions at Rishikesh is the Ganga Arathi along with evening prayer by the side of river Ganga. This is performed at Parmarth Niketan ghat near Ram Jhola. From road side cross the river by Ram Jhola ( bridge ) and move towards your right side along the river bank for about 0.5 KM ( go in the direction of flow of water )
 
RELIGIOUS PLACES IN RISHIKESH
 
Tera Manzil Temple : It is a multistory temple, which comprises idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. It is very popular among pilgrims as one can have an excellent view of the entire zone from the top floor of the temple.

Parmarth Niketan : One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area, which is known for its great work on Hinduism. The ashram organises 'Ganga Arti' and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.

Geeta Bhawan : It is one of the oldest temple complexes in the Rishikesh. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described on the walls of Geeta Bhawan.

Triveni Ghat: It is the main 'ghat' in the town area where pilgrims take a holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat.

Rishikund : Rishikund lies close to Trivenighat, and is the most ancient place of Rishikesh. Legends relate it to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by Goddess Yamuna by saturating the pond through its water. The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath, which is dedicated to lord Sri Rama and his soulmate Sita.

Bharat Mandir: Bharat mandir is the oldest temple of Riishikesh, which lies in the center of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Details of the temple are described in ancient records of 'Kedarkhand'. The Inner sanctum of the temple has an idol of lord Vishnu, which is carved out of a single 'Saligram'.
 
WHEN TO GO
 
The weather is favourable throughout the year.
 
WEATHER

  • Summer- Max.44.4
  • Min.29 Winter- Max.32.2, Min.18.3

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

  • Nanda devi meala
  • Sankranti
  • Tracking

FUN ACTIVITIES IN RISHIKESH
 
Skiing Tour : When you reach the high reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttaranchal, you have an access to a perfect winter resort-Auli. Auli is among the most alluring treks of the world. It also serves as base for treks to Kuari Pass, Joshimath and Rushnanath. You can enjoy many winter sports here including, fishing and cycling.

Trekking : Looking for some adventurous sport? Take a trek to the Gaumukh (Cow's Mouth) Glacier to enjoy an extraordinary journey! Situated in the Gangotri region of Uttarakhand, Gaumukh has religious significance attached to it as it is the source of the holy river Ganga. You can catch the glimpse of the stunning ice walls after trekking 11-miles from Gangotri. Pilgrims bathe in the chilly waters of Gangotri as a mark of respect. You can reach Gangotri by taking a bus from Rishikesh in around 12 hours.

Rafting : Rishikesh is one of the most popular destinations in India for white water rafting. You can become a part of multiple camps that start from Rishikesh and go up to Kaudiyala and Shivpuri. You can even enjoy good accommodation along the white sand beaches of holy river Ganga and indulge in many adventurous activities such as white water rafting.

Camping : As Rishikesh is encircled by majestic hills that offer a breathtaking view and an ideal opportunity for various activities such as trekking and hiking. Rishikesh has many dense forests, mountain slopes, outlandish flora and fauna that attract millions of trekkers worldwide. The camps in Uttarakhand are designed for a vivid tourist.

 

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