Rishikesh a famous Hindu pilgrim center is located at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the northern part of Uttarakhand state, elevation – 1220 ft. Rishikesh is attached with three districts – Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar. Various myths about this city like “ancient time lord Ram penance here for killing Ravana with his younger brother Lord Laxman. Lord Luxman crosses the Holy Ganga River at that point where today Laxman Jula is a huge hanging bridge that is tied by only rope”.
The fast flowing holy river Ganga flows through the main town. Forest surroundings and natural beaches make it perfect Yoga and meditation center. Many Yoga Centers and Ashrams conduct daily Yoga classes. Rishikesh city is world famous for Hindu pilgrims, yoga, meditation, Ashrams and Adventure sports. It daily attracts thousands of devotees; yoga traveler and adventure enthusiast.
Rishikesh Travel Guide
Now day’s Rishikesh accomplishes the peak point of adventure activities. Rishikesh OFFERS – River Rafting, Camping (beach camping, Luxury camping), Bungee Jumping, flying fox, rock climbing, trekking, rappelling and much more. Shivpuri, Brahmpuri, Marine Drive and Kaudiyala are the famous river rafting spot. Mohanchatti 18kms far from Rishikesh is the place for Bungee Jumping and flying fox.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple (28 km far from Rishikesh), Triveni Ghat (Famous for evening Ganga Aarti and the holy dip by devotees inside the Gaga river to remove all their sins), Trayambakeshwar Temple (13-storey wedding –cake temple), Laxman Jhoola (Suspension Bridge), Ram Jhoola (Suspension Bridge), Bharat Mandir (Built by Adiguru Shankra Charya around 12th century, This is located in the heart of the old town on the banks of the Ganges), Vashista Cave (Peaceful cave best for Meditation).
Rishikesh city has been a center of hermit sages, saints and for time immemorial. They want to stay at the Ashrams to do pray and Yoga for the peace of mind and soul. Famous Ashrams at Rishikesh are Parmarth Niketan, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhavan, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, and Sri Sant Seva Ashram.
Yoga and Meditation Centers
Rishikesh styles itself as the “Yoga Capital” of the world. Famous yoga and meditation places at Rishikesh are Rishikesh Yoga Peeth, Tattvaa Yoga Shala Rishikesh, Ved Niketan Ashram, Braham Yoga Rishikesh, Himalayan Yoga Gurukul and Patanjali Yogapeeth at Bahdarabad – Haridwar.
Rishikesh Best Time to Travel
Pilgrim and Yoga travelers can visit Rishikesh round of the year. The month of May and June are not so pleasant because the temperature arrives at maximum. Adventure travelers have to avoid the monsoon season because the rafting closes into month of July to September.
How to reach Rishikesh
By Road Delhi to Rishikesh 280km, one can reach easy only 6 hours to drive- depending on the traffic. Rishikesh far from – Haridwar 24kms and Dehradun 43kms.
By Train Good option for travels to reach Rishikesh by train. But in return time you should try to take the train from Haridwar.A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are slow trains. It’s better to take the train to Haridwar.
By Air closest proximity of Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. This is 21km far from Rishikesh. One can take taxi and bus from airport to Rishikesh.