About Rishikesh

Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. The town of Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for pilgrim routes to the four dhams of Uttarakhand - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri.

The Ganga flows through the town and is worshipped here. After this it descends to the plains at Haridwar. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation.
 
General Information
Area : 11.20 sq.km.
Altitude : 356 meters.
Temperature (deg C): Summer -Max.44.4,Min.29
                                   Winter - Max.32.2, Min.18.3.
Clothing : Summer- Cotton & tropical
                 Winter- Heavy woollen.
Languages Spoken : Garwali, Hindi, Punjabi, English.
Best Season : Throughout the Year.

How to reach >>
Air : The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly Grant), 16 kms from Rishikesh. Indian Airlines operates from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant).

Rail: Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.

Road: By road Rishikesh to Haridwar 24 kms, Dehradun 47 kms, Mussoorie 77 kms, Badrinath 301 kms (Son Prayag), Kedarnath 228 kms, Gangotri 258 kms, Yamunotri 288 kms (Hanuman Chatti), Srinagar 105 kms, Joshimath 252 kms.

Bus Services: Rishikesh is connected by bus with Agra, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Jaipur,Pushkar,Dehradun,Haridwar, etc.

SHORT SITESEEING TRIPS IN & AROUND RISHIKESH >>

DAY TRIP OF THE TOWN OF TEMPLES & GANGES, RISHIKESH
Morning after breakfast leave for sightseeing of temples & ashrams.

Visit : Laxmanjhula, Geeta Ashram, Parmarth Niketan & Swargashram. Lunch at Chotiwala. Afterwords we cross river on ferry boat, then drive towards Rishikesh town and come to Triveni Ghat to witness evening prayer dedicated to mother Ganges. When global orange sun suspended, waits low amid the red/yellow streaked horizon, then all these combine to give this town, a very special evening.

The temple bells roar, priests enchant mantras. Immersed in sublimation stands the piligrims. Cupped leaves, with saffron marigold petals and a small candle flame, Hickering ride the current of water of wisdom. Suddenly the sky darkens, spreading the blanket of stillness.

Everything stops except the sound of the currents, which has sunk the tiny flames of cupped leaves, few minutes back. After encountering memorable sight drive back to hotel.

 
 
 
 

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