Rishikesh is known world wide as International capital of Yoga & Meditation. This is a holy town located beautifully in the foothills of the Himalayas on the bank of River Ganges.
the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of
Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three
sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God
appeared by the name of " Rishikesh " and this area
henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is an
ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for those who want
to delve deeper into meditation, Yoga and other aspects of Hinduism.
The spiritual haven of the various ashrams is on the eastern side of
the Ganga , at Swargashram (on the other bank is the noisy business
centre). The ashrams provide lectures and courses to suit everyone's
need and quench their thirst for knowledge for fooding and lodging
at a reasonable cost .
Places to visit in
Rishikesh is an exciting destination that is
dotted with a number of temples and ashrams. Rishikesh is surrounded
by the verdant forest and river Ganges flow through the town.
Rishikesh has a number of tourist places that one can visit. Since
Rishikesh is known as a pilgrimage center, religious places form a
major chunk of tourist attractions in Rishikesh.
Ghat is a popular place in Rishikesh. Many people take a dip at the
ghat before visiting temples in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is an
important landmark in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is basically a
hanging bridge on the Ganges and the most popular spot in Rishikesh.
Legend has it that Lakshman, the younger brother of lord Rama
crossed the river using a hanging bridge made of jute. Ram Jhula is
another famous place in Rishikesh where you can visit.
Aarti on the banks of the Ganges is what you should not miss on your
tour to Rishikesh. The floating diyas (earthen lamps) present a
wonderful view in the evening. The hymns and sound of bells creates
a symphony of sorts during Aarti.
is the gateway to Chardhams of Uttaranchal. You can take a tour of
the Chardham of Uttaranchal from Rishikesh. Rajaji National Park at
Chila is another place that you can visit from Rishikesh.
Adventure sports are what you can enjoy in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is popular for rock climbing, river rafting and trekking.
There are a number of popular spots around Rishikesh, where you can
enjoy these sports. Shivpuri is an excellent point from where you
can raft down on the river Ganges.
For those who are
interested in yoga and meditation, Rishikesh is the best place to
take some lessons on these two ancient Indian disciplines. As there
are a number of ashrams and yoga centers that provides lessons on
yoga and meditation in Rishikesh.
there and accommodation
Rishikesh is well connected with
other parts of the country by rail and road transport. Rishikesh is
about 230 kilometres from Delhi. Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the
nearest airport and Haridwar is the nearest railhead.
has a number of hotels and tourist lodges that are well equipped
with all the modern facilities. The hotels in Rishikesh vary from
excellent hotels to budget and economy hotels.