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Rishikesh
(Uttaranchal, India)

 

DISTANCES / LOCATION

Haridwar to Rishikesh : 24 kms
New Delhi to Rishikesh : 238 kms
Haridwar to Delhi : 250 kms
Rishikesh to Dehradun : 42 kms

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Uttaranchal region of North India is speckled with some of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimage sites and Rishikesh is one such major attractions. Rishikesh, the birth place of yoga is now the Hatha Yoga Capital of the World, and a totally vegetarian town. Besides the sadhus and saints, a mass of tourists too visits this place every year to have a look at this much heard about place. Besides the Indian travelers, one can see here a number of foreign tourists roaming about while curiously clicking the cameras to catch the wonderful scenic spots all around. As if the wonderful scenery and the numerous pilgrimage sites were not enough, Rishikesh also makes some of the most popular adventure sport destinations of India. River rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking etc are some of the activities one can easily opt for here.

Located in the laps of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. Easily accessible from almost all the nearby towns and cities of India.

PLACES TO VISIT

Bharat Mandir : Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th centuray, Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in anciant record of Kearkhand. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. In the inner canopy above the idol is shree yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D. Lot of old statues , coins, pots and other things of historical importance were found in recent excavatiions in the premises of the temple.

Rishikund: Close to Trivenighat is the most anciant place, the rishikund. Anciant records relate this to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water.The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath , deicated to lord rama and his wife.

Triveni Ghat : The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat.

Geeta Bhawan : One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.

Parmarth Niketan : One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substaintial work on hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organises excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.

Tera Manzil Temple : A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.

Kunjapuri Temple - Sun Rise or Sun Set : Drive to Kunja Puri, one of the thitrteen most important Goddesses of Shivalik range , the lower Himalayas.One can witness excellent sunrise or sun set on the Greater Hiamalayan Peaks and the vast Indo Gangetic plains . One can see almost all the peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from here e.g Banderpunch (6316 Mts) , Swarga Rohini (6252 Mts) Gangotri ( 6672 mts) Chaukhamba (7138 mts) etc.

Vasishtha Goofa : One hour drive from Rishikesh up river is situated Vasishtha Goofa , where famous saint vasishtha meditaed on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is a perfect place for meditation.

HOW TO REACH RISHIKESH ?

|| BY AIR ||

The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant. This small airport is situated at a distance of about 24 km from the main Rishikesh town. However, air is not the preferred mode of transport for getting into the town.

|| BY RAIL ||

Rishikesh is well connected with all the major towns and cities of India though some of the links could only be accessed from Haridwar.

|| BY ROAD ||

Rishikesh is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS

There is no such season that could be specified as the best time to visit Rishikesh, as being in the hilly region, the climate of this place always remains pleasant. The period between October and April could be termed as best as during this period, the climate of Rishikesh is at its pleasant best. Cotton clothing is apt for summers though woolens are required for the winter months.

HOTEL AND RESORTS IN RISHIKESH

Hotel and Resorts in Rishikesh : The Glass House on the Ganges ( Neemrana Group ) , Hotel Ganga Kinare, Hotel Ganga View

 

 
 
 

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