Rishikesh is located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state of India, situated at the height of 409 meters above sea level in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalaya Mountains.
Rishikesh is also called the entrance gate of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga center and ashram. The distance from Haridwar to Rishikesh is 24 km.
Rishikesh is called the capital of yoga because Rishikesh has training for yoga and meditation. Hindu sages and foreigners reside in Rishikesh and enjoy yoga and meditation so that they can attain salvation.
How to Reach Rishikesh
To visit Rishikesh, you can come by bus, train or airplane anyway.
To get to Rishikesh by bus, you have direct buses from Delhi and many other cities to Rishikesh.
The distance from Delhi to Rishikesh is 240 km, which you will complete in five to six hours.
By train, you will get a direct train from Delhi to Rishikesh and you can also take trains from other cities to Rishikesh.
To Rishikesh, the Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is 18 km from Rishikesh. From the airport you will easily get taxis to Rishikesh.
Places to visit in Rishikesh
Triveni Ghat is the intersection of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.There are also idols of Shiva Parvati ji here and there is also a picture of Ganga appearing from Shiva’s pots.
It is very beautiful to see the flow of the Ganges river coming from the mountains here.
This is a major ghat to bathe here, where devotees take a dip in the Ganges since morning. The Ganges water here is very clean and pollution free.
Here the view of the evening Aarti is very attractive and which mesmerises the mind. Ganga Aarti is between 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening.
There is a Bharata temple near Triveni Ghat, it is one of the oldest temples of Rishikesh which was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 12th century.
There is a lot of puja material store in front of Triveni Ghat, from where you can get the material for Pooja Aarti.
A large number of foreign tourists will also be seen in Rishikesh.
Lakshman Jhula is a major tourist spot of Rishikesh. This swing connecting one side of the Ganges to the other is a special identity of Rishikesh.
This swing bridge connecting one side of the Ganges to the other is a special identity of Rishikesh. It is said that Lakshman ji made a special kind of Swing of jute to cross the river Ganges.
On the way to the Lakshman Jhula, you will find many puja materials and stone shops where you will see amazing stones, here you will also find a single Rudraksha, which is said that they grow in the tree only once in 11 years.
The distance from Laxman Jhula to Ram Jhula is about 2 kilometers, which will take you half an hour to complete
It was rebuilt in 1939 and is a suspension bridge.
Kailash Niketan Temple
Among the famous temples in Rishikesh is a Kailash Niketan temple which is a 13 storey temple
The idols of all the Gods and Goddesses are installed on this temple.
To go to the thirteenth floor of this temple, you have to go round the temple and see all the Gods and Goddesses,after reaching thirteenth floor you will see a very unique view of Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh.
There is aarti of Ganga ji on the ghat at the bottom of this temple, the river Ganga flowing from this religious place makes it incredible.
Rishikesh is also called the gateway of Kedarnath Badrinath Gangotri and Yamanotri.
It is said that the poison emitted at the time of churning of the sea was taken by Lord Shiva in rishikesh. It is also said that the sage Raibhya performed austerities here for the darshan of God.
Pleased with his penance, Lord appeared here in the form of Rishikesh, since then the name here is called Rishikesh. Rama Jhula is also famous in Rishikesh. Similar to Laxman Jhula, Rama Jhula is also made. It is used to cross the Ganges river.
Neelkanth Mahadev is at a distance of 32 km from Rishikesh. On the route from Rishikesh to Neelkanth Mahadev, you will see the high peaks of Garhwal on one side and the Ganga flowing on the other side.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is said that during the churning of the ocean, the poison of Kalakot, which was taken by Shivji, turned his throat blue and this incident took place at this place, hence it is known as Neelkanth Temple .
River Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also famous for river rafting and if you come to visit Rishikesh, then enjoy river rafting. For river rafting, you will find many agents near Rishikesh bus stand or Triveni ghat.
Agents will offer you all the small print for rafting. The way of rafting is 9 and 15 kilometers, in which the fare is as follows.
9 km fare is about 500 to ₹ 600
15 km fare is about 1000 to 1100
For rafting, these people will take you to the rafting place Shivpuri and from there rafting is done to Rishikesh Laxman Jhula or Ram Jhula.
Rafting is an adventure sport.
In rafting, you come from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula with the strong waves of Ganga, which has its own separate enjoyment.
You can also go camping here, for camping:
Charges are ₹ 1000 to ₹ 1500 per person per day in which your breakfast,lunch and dinner are included.
For camping, you will find camps in Shivpuri itself.
Stay in Rishikesh
To stay in Rishikesh you will find many hotels, guest houses, and Dharamshalas where you will get rooms available on a nominal budget.
You can get good hotels in Rishikesh in just ₹ 500 to ₹ 1500.
There are many big Dharamshalas in Rishikesh that you will get at the nominal rate.
The rate here starts from ₹ 300 for normal non AC
AC Dharamshala rooms start from around ₹ 700 and get up to ₹ 1200.
Best timings to visit Rishikesh
The summer season is the best for visiting Rishikesh, the temperature remains normal and one can visit in various places in Rishikesh.
The best time for rafting or for adventure sports is summer or say the best time is March-April-May.
The monsoon time is not suitable for visiting Rishikesh by any means.
One, there are road blocks due to rain at this time, and in the rainy season, because of the excess of Ganga water, you cannot do adventure sports like river rafting in it.