Rishikesh –also known as the gateway of chardham yatra(which include Kedarnath , Badrinath , Gangotri and Yamunotri) . Rishikesh is a beautiful town of Dehradun district in the northern state of India, Uttrakhand . Rishikesh is situated at foothill of Garhwal Himalyan Range, surrounded by Shivalik range, about 409 meter above sea –level. The holy city Rishikesh is not only famous between tourists for the spiritual reason but also for the people who are nature lovers and who are crazy about adventures sports like river rafting in the glorious river Ganga and trekking to the Himalyan peak.
Rishikesh is 27 km away from Haridwar and 90km from Mussoorie these places are also attractive spots nearby for travel purpose. Since Rishikesh is a holy city, so it has attracted many sages from ancient times for peace of soul and meditation. Also the International yoga week in Rishikesh attract many travelers to this place across the world.
Tourist attraction in Rishikesh:
Lakshman jhula is actually a suspended bridge. As Hindu methodology it is said that Lakshman the brother of lord Rama has crossed the river help of this rope. From the Lakshman jhula a person can see the panoramic view of the glorious river Ganga and the city.
Rama Jhula is also a suspension bridge between two ashrams they are Shivananda Ashram and Swarg Ashram. At one end of the rama jhula there is shivananda Ashram, Yog niketan Ashram and omkarnanda ashram and at the other end there is Swarg Ashram , Gita Bhawan and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir:
It is said that during Samudra Manthan Lord shiva the panoramic view of the glorious river Ganga and the city.
drank all poison from that day he is also known as Neelkanth Mahadev. Thousands of devotees came here to visit during shivaratri and Kanwar Mela. Temple timing is from 5Am to 1PM and from 4PM to 9 PM. The route to this temple is from swarg ashram through road and also through trekking for adventure lovers.
Shivananda Ashram (Divine life society):
It was established by Shivananda Swami who lived here for about 30 years . This ashram is dedicated to the activities like yoga meditation and hospital. This ashram also has guest rooms, meditation hall, yoga hall and music hall. It is situated near Rama jhula.
Bharat Mandir is dedicated to lord Vishnu. Which is situated in center of Rishikesh and near the main market. There is also museum here. The timing to visit here is from 5 AM to 11 AM and 3 PM to 9 PM.
Time to Travel Rishikesh:
A person can travel whole year to rishikesh as the weather of Rishikesh is pleasant whole year. But for people who like adventures like river rafting the monsoon time is not good. But travel purpose it is excellent.
Things special in Rishikesh are :
A person should miss the ganga Aarti ,just take a deep bath in the holy Ganga at the ghat and watch the evening aarti at parmarath Niketan anf triveni ghat.
A person should definitely try the yoga and the meditation in Rishikesh as it is the most useful things required for healthy body, soul and mind in today’s fast life.
Try Adventures in Rishikesh:
From Bramhpuri(11 km rafting), Shivpuri( 18 km rafting) and Kaudiyala(25 km rafting) are small villages in Rishikesh from where a person can start their adventures rafting. Octobar to june are the month suitable for rafting.
Camping is also really fun as weekend activity by enjoying the beauty of nature ,and river. camping can be enjoyed in jungle and near river .there are many camp available many of them also provide interesting activities. There are options for camping according to budget like budget camping, luxury camping and deluxe camps , best time for camping is Octobar to may.
Activities like bungee jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing are available in Rishikesh . Bungee jumping is done about 83 meters above the river Ganga. This place is situated at Rishikesh-Neelkanth road about 15 km away from Rishikesh.
Trekking is most adventures and exciting activities which famous between the sports lovers. Here options for soft, hard and moderate treks. Small treks are between villages and near waterfalls(like Neer garh (Neer Gaddu waterfall trek, Kunjapuri trek, Neelkanth Temple Trek, Jhilmil Gufa Trek and Trek near Rajaji National Park). And others are about one day long in mountains etc like Gomukh (Gaumukh) Trek, Valley of flower Trek, Tungnath Trek, Devoria tal Trek, Hemkund sahib trek, Kuari Pass Trek and Roop kund Trek.
How to get to Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is connected to every city in country by Road. A person can travel by bus and also can hire cab it is 232 km away from Delhi to Rishikesh, takes about 5hrs. 11mins. And ther is also way to head back to Delhi.
There is about daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun on Dahradun jollygant airport, from where Rishikesh is 25km away.
There are many trains available like Shatabadi express and Mussoorie express to Rishikesh. the Haridwar raiway station is the nearest railway station.