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Rishikesh Travel


Rishikesh, a pilgrimage, is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the holy river Ganges.

Rishikesh houses many ashrams where some of the major Indian ashrams are Vivekananda, Sivananda, Osho, Bihar school of yoga. It is considered as an important place to witness classical Indian yoga where the classes conducted are methodical and the spiritual atmosphere created is heavenly. The people in Rishikesh are warm and friendly and people here are generally driven by religion. Hindu devotees come here to take a dip in the holy Ganges as it believed that this purifies them and relieves them from their bad karma.

Besides being a holy place, Rishikesh is a scenic place where sunrise is a heavenly experience when the golden rays of the sun merge with the holy waters of Ganga to present a eye catching view. In the morning, live temple chanting begins around 4 am and fills the air with pure mantras. During pujas offered in the nighttime, hundreds of camphor flame leaf boats are set afloat on the river and offer a view to be carried in the hearts forever.

Facts and figures
Location from major metros
Delhi ( 230 km)
Known forRishikesh is known world wide as the international capital of Yoga & Meditation.

Climate and the best time to visit
Rishikesh experiences a moderate climate for most part of the year. During the summer months the temperatures soar very high and the maximum temperature may touch 40° C. Winters on the other hand are pleasant, and nights can get chilly occasionally.

Attractions in the city

Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula
This is a suspended bridge made up of iron which was build in 1939 and is a major source of attraction for the tourists coming to Rishikesh. As per a popular legend, it is said that Lakshman crossed the sacred river, Ganga on jute ropes between the place where now this bridge is built.

Ram Jhula
This is another suspended Iron bridge which was recently constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram.

Bharat Mandir
This 12th century monument was built by Adiguru Shankra Charaya and is situated in the heart of Rishikesh on the banks of the holy river, Ganga. It must be noted that a detailed account of this ancient temple is available in an ancient record of Kearkhand. An idol of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single 'Saligram' is located in the inner sanctum of the temple and right above the idol a Shree Yantra installed by Adi Shankraya Charya is kept in the inner sanctum.

Nilkanth Mahadeo
This ancient place is surrounded by dense forests which is just 12 kms from Rishikesh. According to Hindu mythology, in the ancient times when the ocean was being churned by the Devatas and the Rakshasas (Gods) for 'amrit' (Potion for immortality), first venom oozed out. Then in order to save the life on Earth, Lord Shiva himself drank the venom at a place which is now referred as Nilkanth Mahadeo.

Rishikesh Tours

Other places to visit

Located just 20 kms from Rishikesh, Chilla is a place covered with forests which bestows a calm and serene environment to the place. Moreover, it is noteworthy that Chilla has been declared as a sanctuary by the government. There is a reservoir here fed by a canal from Ganga and various animals can be spotted here. There are tourist lodges available where one can stay and enjoy the serene and beautiful surroundings.

Narendra nagar
The historical town of Narendra nagar is considered to be of archaeological importance and is located 15 kms on the Rishikesh Chamba road. This beautiful town was built by the King of Tehri Narendra Singh. Narendra nagar has recorded many events which have left their impact on the town. The Royal palace and the magnificent Nandi bull situated here are worth visiting.

This alluring place is at an altitude of 7000 ft and is located in the vicinity of Narendra nagar. Being covered with dense forests, this awesome destination provides eye catching glimpse of the peaks and valleys.

Devprayag :
The rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirath start their journey from the mountains and merge at this place and it here from where they get the name Ganga. This is considered to be a peaceful holy place and houses the ancient Raghunathji Temple.

This is one of the well established Sports Circuit of the state of Uttar Pradesh where the wide open spaces above the snowfields of Garhwal and Kumaon, presents a great chance for ski touring amongst the glaciers.

How to reach

By Train
Haridwar is the nearest railway station from Rishikesh which is approximately 21 km away. Morning and evening trains for Delhi to Haridwar arer available from here. On reaching Haridwar, one can hire a bus or a taxi from Railway station to reach Rishikesh.

By Road
Rishikesh is well connected to all major cities of India by fairly well developed roads. Some important road distances from Rishikesh are - Badrinath (301 kms), Delhi (224 kms), Dehradun (43 kms), Kedarnath (228 kms), Gangotri (258 kms), Yamunotri (288 kms) and Uttarkashi (154 kms).