Rishikesh is referred to as the birth place of yoga and a common place where people do come to meditate along with learning things about Hinduism. It is situated on the banks of river Ganges which is surrounded via three sides with mountains which is not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The overall town is considered to be sacred and it is focused that meditation would lead to salvation. It is situated on the foothills of Himalayans in the Northern India and is also referred to as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayans. It is surrounded with three other districts mentioned as –Pauri, Tehri and Haridwar. It is having an elevation of around 372 meters. The dam of Tehri is just 80Km uphill on the way to Gangotri and Rishikesh is the starting point for the travelling to the four pilgrimage locations mentioned as Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri.
How to reach Rishikesh?
Rishikesh has been sometimes referred to or nicknamed as “the world capital of Yoga” which is having ample of yoga centres which do also attract the visitors. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh is going to bring closer to attainment of the moksha. The rafting season does starts from March and ends in the month of September.
- Via Air
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport which is handling flights from Delhi and the runway is being extended and then would be able to handle flight from other metro places as well.
- Via Train
It is having quite less direct trains and the best options suggested is that you reach Haridwar which is just 35Km from Rishikesh. As Haridwar is well connected with all the cities, so travelling would be easy and simple without any worry. From Haridwar you could either move via bus or cab whichever is convenient for you.
- Via Road /Car
If you are in Delhi then driving from Delhi by your own car would be a wonderful experience and as it would be hassle free experience. It’s just 6 to 7 hours drive and its recommended that you should try to leave around 4 to 5 am as driving time does increases beyond 6 hours due to morning congestions in towns such as Roorkee and Modinagar.
Top 10 places to visit in Rishikesh
- Triveni Ghat
- Trayambakeshwar Temple
- Bharat Mandir
- Ram Jhula
- Lakshman Jhula
- Gita Bhavan
- Swarg Ashram
- Parmarth Niketan
- Neelkanth mahadev Temple
- Vashista Goofa
Where to Eat and Stay?
Rishikesh is offering you with spicy food of high range and that too of veggie experience for tickling your taste buds and have the wonderful experience. They are offering you with wholesome healthy meal. Some of the healthy joints for enjoying your taste buds are-Hotel Neelam, Mukti’s Health food cafe, Hotel Suresh, Chotiwala restaurants- it does offer both South and North Indian food, German backery, Elaichi restaurants, Madras cafe, Buddha cafe etc.
Being the holiest in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is able to pull out large number of tourists over the year. It doesn’t matter that for what purpose you are visiting, either it’s for absorbing the natural charm or for the pilgrimage. You would be able to find variety of top class hotels for your comfortable stay. You will not only find the Deluxe or super deluxe options but also multiple beach and spa resorts. Some of the known hotels in Rishikesh are-AMRAAI, Anandam Resort, Aranyam River retreat, Atali Ganga etc.