Friday, April 5, 2019

Rishikesh India

Rishikesh India

Rishikesh India is a paradise for backpacker. Rishikesh the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, It is located on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh India wonderful place to relax and unwind among nature.

Rishikesh - Fast Fact:

Location: Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Rishikesh Best Time to Visit: Summer 21 to 42° Celcius, Winter 5 to 26° Celcius
Rishikesh Weather: September to April
Nearest Airport to Rishikesh: Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun
Nearest station to Rishikesh: Rishikesh Railway Station and Haridwar Station 21 km.
Haridwar to Rishikesh: 20 km
Attractions: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Sivananda Ashram, The Beatles Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Rajaji National Park, Kaudiyala, Shivpuri, Jumpin heights, Narendra Nagar

                Rishikesh is the7th largest city in India and It is also known as the “Gateway to the Garhawl Himalayas”. The town is a popular tourist destination and also a major pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The River Ganges flows through the town of Rishikesh and it is popular for its various shrines and yoga ashrams. Rishikesh India also is among the few places in India that offers a multitude of adventure sports to its visitors.
                Rishikesh, throughout the years, has turned out to be incredibly well known as the spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus & Saints and there are numerous ashrams teaching Ayurveda, spirituality, yoga and meditation. With the traveller coming in, there has been a surge in the number of cafes and restaurants in the town and there a lot of cafes serving English and American food and beverages. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is a multitude of options including Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site. Rishikesh is an absolute necessity visit for everybody visiting India to really encounter something new.

The Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma declared that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of "Twin National Heritage Cities" In September 2015. Due to the religious significance of the location, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. The city hosts the annual International Yoga Festival.

Rishikesh India

Places to Visit in Rishikesh:

1. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Located at 1670 meter, amidst the sylvan forest, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located 12 km from the town of Rishikesh. It is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India and also one of the best religious places to see in Rishikesh. The inside tomb depicting the saga of Samudramanthan is one of the main attractions here. The temple also has a freshwater spring which attracts many devotees and tourist for a bath.

Thing to do: Try to attend the annual festivals during February, March, July and August.

2. Triveni Ghat: Triveni Ghat is a crowded place alongside the river Ganges, with pilgrims bathing around and is one of the popular points of interest in Rishikesh. It is altogether a different view during the evening aarti. The spirituality and aura around this place will take you to a different world and you will amaze. Triveni ghat is among the most famous and sacred ghats in Rishikesh with congruence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. A visit to this place will give you an insight into the spiritual beauty of Rishikesh and witness a wonderful experience.

Thing to do: Attend the famous Ganga aarti and get dazzled by the sight of floating lamps in the river and visit the nearby market.

3. Neer Garh Waterfall: 2 km from the Laxman Jhula, a visit to this wonderful waterfall will leave you awestruck. It will hold you captive in its magnificence beauty. Overall, the place is ideal for a much-needed timeout from the hustle of the hectic travelling. One of the popular tourist places in Rishikesh, Neer Garh waterfall also attracts many photographers.

Thing to do: Trek to the top of the waterfall and experience the tranquil beauty of this nature.

4. Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: The 450 feet long iron suspended bridges – Laxman and Ram Jhula – are the glory of this wonderful tourist hub. The bridges are 4 km distance from the Rishikesh railway station. Apart from offering picturesque beauty, these architectural marvels are important pilgrimage spots and are definitely top places to visit in Rishikesh. One can also visit popular Trayambakeshwar temple, Ram temple, and Laxman temple, located in the vicinity.

Thing to do: Witness the mesmerising waves of Ganges river and temples nearby, visit the 13 storeyed Trayambakeshwar temple and attend aarti.

5. The Beatles Ashram: The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram got all around acclaimed after Beatles visited this quiet spot. The serenity and quietness of this spot will abandon you entranced and clarify why this ashram is a standout amongst the best traveller puts in Rishikesh. A peaceful session of reflection here will make you become hopelessly enamoured with its profound excellence.

Thing to do: Sit back, enjoy the calmness of this place.

Entry charges: INR 150 for Indians Traveller and INR 600 for foreigners traveller.

6. Shivpuri: 19 km from Rishikesh, this town of Shivpuri which is pure heaven. Located on the banks of Ganges, this town offers a wide variety of adventure sports options and is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh. The primary attraction of Shivpuri is the camps by the river bank. you can choose from various adventures such as boating, rafting and trekking

7. Kaudiyala: White water rafting in Rishikesh is to a great extent thought around Kaudiyala and its banks. It is a major Rishikesh tourist spot in the holy town. This 16 km stretch of Kaudiyala is one of the best white water rafting zones in India also the world.

Thing to do: Boating, White-water rafting, camping by the river.

8. Jumpin Heights: Rishikesh is an adventurer’s paradise. There are endless options for adventure sports activities and bungee jumping happens to be one of the most famous ones. The team at Jumpin Heights offers a varied range of options like bungee jumping, flying fox, and giant swings.

Thing to do: The giant swing, Bungee jumping, flying fox are three things you try ought.

9. Swarg Ashram: Situated between Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, lies this oldest ashram of India called as Swarg Ashram which is one of the points of attraction in Rishikesh. Built in the remembrance of Swami Vishudhanand, this place is the main sojourn. Located at an isolated river bank, it is a perfect mediation point as well. You can simply watch the sunset and enjoy the beauty of nature in this place.

Thing to do: Just sitting by the aesthetic beauty of this place is a lifetime experience, attend yoga and meditation sessions.

10. Rishi Kund: Rishikund, is a place you would not want to miss. The hot water spring with various mythological references attracts many pilgrims and traveller every year. Being part of Raghunath temple and close to Shani and Triveni Sangam, this place is easily accessible. Rishikund is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.

Thing to do: Bathe in the hot water spring, try your hands at photography to capture the reflection of Raghunath temple in the pond.

How to Reach Rishikesh:

 How to Reach Rishikesh by Air: 

The nearest airport to reach Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradhun, which is around 35 km from the city. All the major airlines regulate services to major cities and connect them to Dehradhun.

How to Reach Rishikesh by Road: 
Rishikesh is well connected to all the major city by road and can be easily reached from all the parts of the country.

 How to Reach Rishikesh by Rail: 
Though there is a station in Rishikesh, but not many trains are operated from there, so it is advised to take trains to Haridwar and then travel further to Rishikesh. Haridwar is connected to major cities and can be reached easily from Rishikesh. There are buses, cabs and private taxis available outside of the station.

Howrah To Haridwar Train:
Train No
Train Name
Upasana Express
01.00 pm
15.50 pm
(26.50 hr.)
Doon Express
20.25 pm
04.55 am
(32.30 hr.)


Rishikesh Hotels:

1. EllBee Ganga View
Address: 355, Haridwar Road, Palika Nagar, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 088826 61577

2. Hotel Neeraj Bhavan
Address: 102, railway road near Triveni Ganga ghat chowk, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:075791 95007

3. Soank Paradise
Address: Beside Sai Ghat, Lane No.1, Ganga Vihar Colony, Asthapath, Kolghatti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 095575 09543

4. Rishikesh Inn marketed by Petals Hotels & Resorts
Address: Badrinath Rd, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137
Phone: 098998 61816

5. Vasundhara Palace
Address: Kailash Gate Muni Ki Ret, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:0135 244 2345

6. Divine Ganga Cottage
Address: Laxman Jhoola, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302
Phone:0135 244 2175

7. Ganga Beach Resort
Address: Shesdhara, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 098217 03600

Address: Virpur Khurd Pashulok, AIIMS Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:098732 30477

9. Green by One Hotels
Address: Near Ram Jhula, Behind Parmarth Nikethan, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304 Phone:0135 243 1242

10. The Forest View Hotel
Address: Dehradun Road, Near BSNL Office, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:0135 243 6759

Rishikesh India, a most peaceful spot in northern Uttarakhand, India, surrounded by hills and separated by the wide and languid Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. An international yoga week is organized every year by Uttarakhand Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February and for the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate here is the continental type but its location in the foothills gives it pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh at any time of the year.

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