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A sacred town at the convergence of rivers Ganges and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh is a naturally attractive place at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal in India. The importance of this holy city lies in the fact that it serves as a gateway to other religiously important centers like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri. Rishikesh, literally means Lord of the Senses, stands for Lord Vishnu and the city is blessed with the flowing of Holy Ganges. The city is a hub of many ancient and new temples, attracting thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. The popular belief of Hindu devotees is that performing austerities in this holy town and offering prayers in the holy temples brings the much needed attainment of ‘Mukthi’, the salvation. The main attractions in this exciting tourist and religious spot include Gita Bhavan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Lakshman Jhula, Swarga Ashram and Triveni Ghat, all the places having great religious importance. Rishikesh and other nearby places like Dehradun and Mussoorie makes a good interesting and amazing excursion getaways. Rishkesh is renowned for numerous Yoga centers, and perfectly termed as the World Capital of Yoga, offering training of Yoga and many other spiritual activities. This is a place to attain peace and tranquility. Many water sports activities like white water rafting and adventurous activities like wild forest trekking can be enjoyed in Rishikesh. The tourists who look for spiritual holidays as well as seclusion are welcomed at the lap of Rishikesh, with all its natural beauty and God’s gifts. It offers its visitors with experiences which nobody can forget for a lifetime. The sacred pilgrimage to four holy shrines starts from Rishikesh.
When To Go
Rishikesh climate is continental type, but the weather is pleasant as Rishikesh located at the foothills providing cool breeze. Summers (March to June) have an average temperature of 35°C. Winters during November to February give a pleasant weather with a temperature range of 19°C to 33°C. Monsoons offer average rainfalls during July to September. Basant Panchami, the spring festival, is celebrated here with much gaiety and enjoyment during February-March. Holi is an important religious festival with much colors and illuminations, celebrated during same period. Rafting season is from mid September to April. Rishikesh can be visited all through the year, may avoid the May month when the temperature reaches maximum.
Travel within city
Rishikesh is a small town that is located in Uttarkand. It does not have its own airport and the town is served by the Jolly Grant Airport which is located at Dehradun. This is located around 15 km from the town of Rishikesh and taxis and cabs can be booked in advanced through the hotels. The airport also has some taxi stands outside and they charge around Rs 400 for the trip. Rishikesh has its own railway station and there are taxi services that are available outside the railway station. Prices are negotiable and it is advisable to fix the price before boarding.
Many places in Rishikesh are pedestrian only and this the best way to see some of the areas of Rishikesh. Travelling around the town on foot is an interesting experience. The whole town is small and can be travelled on foot from one end to the other.
Auto rickshaws are available from most of the train and bus stations and are pretty comfortable. However travelers can expect to pay around Rs 15 per km. Since there are no metered autos the prices are generally negotiable. There are no separate night fares.
Local buses also ply along the main arterial roads and the main areas of interest. They are available frequently and are
com . It is situated nearby to Swarga Ashram in Rishikesh. a very long of about 450 ft Iron Bridge suspended over the mighty Ganges River. Many religious and temple related articles like Rudraksha. The place is surrounded by dense forests and very picturesque in appearance. constructed a few years back and known as Ram Jhula (also Shivanand Jhula). There is a Lakshmana temple located at the west bank of Ganges. but due the number of temples and ashrams scattered around the bridge. Attractions Laxman Jhula mustsee Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula. Rafting equipments and proper guidance for the sports activities are provided in these camps. Ganesha idols. Triveni Ghat mustsee Triveni Ghat. is located 380 m high of sea level nearby Rishikesh. A new swinging bridge. The panoramic view of surrounding hills of Brahmakoot. is assumed to be one of the most respected temples in Haridwar District of Uttaranchal. related to the crossing of the Ganges River on the Jute ropes by the epic character Lakshmana and it is believed that the bridge is built at the same place. the Yamuna and the Saraswathy. This enchanting revered shrine is placed at an altitude of 1330 m with its main deity as Lord Shiva.mustseeindia. Devotees make many offerings at Triveni ghat. Evenings are very busy with local people come out for shopping. pearls and beads are other attractions in the shops of Rishikesh. a confluence of three holy important Rivers the Ganges. a relief from all sins carried out. Handicraft items made of shells. the water here has the power to purify them. Kurtaz and Salwar kumeez beautifully knit are specialty of this location. one in Shivratri and another in the month of Shravan (July-August). An impressive view of lamps floated in the river as part of aarti ceremony is pleasing to eyes after the sunset. revealing the deed act of Lakshmana. perfectly placed at the confluence of Pankaja and Madhumati rivers. It is believed that the event occurred here in this place where the temple is located. The name Neelkanth for Lord Shiva has a mythology related to the drinking of poison known as Kalakoot obtained when churning the sea and after drinking the poison thr throat of Lord became blue (neela) and hence the name Neelakanth. Shopping popular Shopping in Rishikesh is a happy and rejoicing activity. White water rafting is a good sport practiced here. The bridge attracts many tourists not only because of its legendary story. Many thousands devotees throng to this temple during two annual festivals. One can get many items which are useful for day to day life from the small shops nearby the temple town of Rishikesh. religious books and mythological sculptures are available here in moderate rates. in the early morning at sunrise they offer milk to the river and happily feed the fish in the Ghat. It is of belief that those who take a dip in Triveni Ghat will have salvation. The story behind this bridge is legendary. Dynamic tourists are steadily attracted towards these neat and calm surroundings. is nearby. Kaudiyala popular Kaudiyala. www. Visitors are enchanted with the rare view of a number of wild animals in their natural habitat. a perfect place for rock climbing. Nilkantha Mahadev Temple popular A nearby attraction of Rishikesh Neelkanth (Nilkanth) Mahadev Temple. is constructed in the year 1939.Local buses also ply along the main arterial roads and the main areas of interest. Nataraja statues. This is a place where all tourists reaching Rishikesh pay visit without missing. Vishnukoot and Manikoot is very attractive. is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River. They are available frequently and are inexpensive. For adventurous tourists camping facilities are available. Winter clothes. A good place for religious visitors also.
This trek is full of life and the trekkers enjoy the nature’s beauty throughout. This is an ideal trek for small groups and corporate teams Roopkund trek is another important trek here. The statues and sculptures are very attractive and give detailed information on the Hindu Gods and Goddesses and the Hindu culture in the ancient period. One of the main attractions of the destination is a trek into Garhwal Himalayas. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Tryambakeshvar. beautiful sceneries. Buwani Neergud' is a very compact trek. Devi National Park Trek. Buddhist monastaries on the way. pine and oaks. The Gita Bhavan encloses many paintings and statues of characters from Hindu Mythology. Travelers from various parts of the country as well as the world come to Rishikesh every year. It is very well placed on the banks of Ganges and the natural beauty around the temple is amazing. is an ideal location for rafting and cannoning and trekking activities in India.e. White Water Rafting popular The main sporting activity in Rishikesh is White Water Rafting. full of wildlife. Trekking popular Situated at the foothills of Himalayas. The main deity installed here is of Lord Vishnu. Shivarathri is celebrated here with much enthusiasm and vigour. ancient pots and coins from this site. is an imposing shrine located in the heart of the city Rishikesh.com . All facilities for white water rafting is available here. September-November and March-May are ideal for rafting. The trek is best for winter months. Rishikesh. The details of this ancient temple are recorded in the very old record of Kearkhand. the idol is being carved out from a single piece of Saligram.mustseeindia. means the abode of the three eyed one i. It has grown to a popular and adventurous spot for white water rafting enthusiasts as the place offers a spectacular experience of medium to very tough and rough rapids in the regions of River Ganges. is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas(self emanated lingas). silver fir. and Kankul Khal Trek. Bharat Mandir Bharat Mandir. forests. Rishikesh provides trekkers some exciting outlooks of dense forests. Recent excavations brought out many old statues. Many poojas are offered here by the devotees. The trek starts from Thalisain via Pauri. The best time for trekking in Rishikesh is between February and October. The trek is easy. The paintings include the renowned Gita Sandesh depicting Lord Krishna and the great Pandava Warrior Arjuna in a Chariot in the Kurukshetra War field. Present temple is the renovated one reconstructed on the ruins of the original temple destroyed by Tamur. It is a well maintained and neatly kept calm religious abode of Lord Shiva. and there are training guides for rafting from whom a tourist can take help in this sport. ancient temples. From Thalisain the trek trail through a very rich forest of deodar. It is also known as the mystery lake because of the human and animal skeletal remains. Surrounded by mountain ranges from all sides.Shri Tryambakeshwar Temple popular Tryambakeshvar temple in Rishikesh is set on the backdrop of beautifumajestic Himalayan ranges. Mountain Biking www. Many adventurous tourists both from India and abroad visit this place to experience the real challenges of white water rafting. serene rivers and wild mountain ranges. which can be done over a weekend. Gita Bhavan Gita Bhavan is dedicated as a Museum for puranic and mythological awareness of the common public. and can be done by people of average fitness levels. One can also witness the amazing scenarios. to enjoy the enormous Himalayan treks. an ancient temple founded by Adiguru Shankaracharya during the 12th century. Some other famous trekking routes of Rishikesh are Kauri Pass Trek. waterfall etc. The key highlights are natural environment. Kalindi Khal Trek. Roopkund is situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishul ridge. Lord Shiva. This is a nice location for tourists who look for ancient religious places and historical facts.
religious and educational. The town is a hub of many ancient ritualistic religious activities. is established long back in 1967. It is owned by an organization led by the guru Kailashanand. Swami Sivananda established this ashram with a sacred idea of promoting spiritualism and of providing the spiritual practice for devotees. Swarg Niwas Temple A spectacular temple constructed in huge 13 storey building. The Ashram is under the dynamic leadership of Shri. Sivananda Ashram Established in 1932 by the great Indian Sage Swami Shivananda. a recipient of many awards and is engaged in many social activities for the accomplishment of spiritual and physical well being of the society. especially that of God Shiva. Nature has abundantly showered this small town with lots of natural comforts. This ashram offers yoga classes for benefit of public. Each floor has separate shrines for various Hindu Gods.mustseeindia. calm and serene. social.The Ashram is hosting a kindergarten and a school. 30m www. is credited with many ancient temples. 10m 3h. Shivpuri. The Pristine beauty of Rishikesh is visible from the top floor of Swarga Niwas Itineraries Distances Haridwar Dehradun Mussoorie Kedarnath Chandigarh Delhi Gangotri Nainital Badrinath 18 km 43 km 69 km 189 km 210 km 225 km 229 km 239 km 283 km 10m 1h. The tourists are attracted towards this calm town due to its pristine beauty. 20m 3h. they include Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy. orange colored construction and tapering into thin turrets at the top of the temple. Sivananda Eye Hospital and Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy. Omkarananda. 20m 3h. Shivpuri A small serene town in the National Highway between Rishikesh and Patisira. Sivananda Ashram is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges. Yoga classes are conducted daily for the public in the Ashram.com . 10m 3h. Many charitable and spiritual activities are comducted under the auspices of the Ashram.Omkarananda Ashram Omkarananda Ashram. literally mean the house of Lord Shiv. 50m 4h. Shivpuri is renowned for its temples and religious glamour. The environment is spiritual. Swarg Niwas is a temple unparallel to any other temple in India. where classic Indian music and dance classes are also conducted. The activities are mainly in the fields of cultural. 20m 4h. It has a beautiful and unique color combination. run by a group of Sanyasis (sages) and located at a place Muni-Ke-Reti the bank of river Ganges.
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