Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Rishikesh Information

Rishikesh is a very famous and known town of northern India. It is located in the Uttarakhand district at a distance of 25 km from Haridwar. The town is based in a height of 352 m above sea level in the Himalayan embrace. Rishikesh is also termed as the Yoga Capital Of the world. Rishikesh is blessed with the holy waters of river Ganga. Rishikesh finds mentioned in the ancient mythological books and stories. The three regions that comprise Rishikesh are namely Rishikesh, Shwargashram and Mun-ki-Rethi. You can take part in various yoga and meditation classes offered by different ashrams. It also works as the gateway to nearby revered places like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh has also another featured added to it portfolio. The different adventure sports of Rishikesh make it a great holiday destination. The stretch of river Ganga provides superb opportunity for river rafting. You can also indulge in wide array of adventure activities like camping, rock climbing, rappelling, cliff jumping, trekking, paint ball etc. Proper guidance and instruction is easily available in Rishikesh. You can spend a holiday of a lifetime in Rishikesh by taking a religious tour along with pushing yourself further by taking part in fun filled adventure activities. The majestic beauty of Himalayan ranges is unbelievable and one has to experience it first hand to find out the true relevance.

Rishikesh History

Rishikesh has a very unique and rich history. It has inherited its mythological importance from the ancient age. A saint named Raibhya Rishi went through a deep penance on the bank of river Ganga. After being impressed by his dedicated penance Lord Vishnu made an appearance donning the ‘Avatar’ of ‘Hrishikesh’ and hence the place gradually came to be known as Rishikesh. It is also mentioned in holy books that Bharat, sibling of lord Rama also performed his penance in this place. A famous temple named Bharat temple stands there to tell the story. People became more aware of this place after the visit of Adi Shankaracharya in the time of 9th century AD. Rishikesh used to be the resting place of saints and sages since ancient times.

Visiting Places

Laxman Jhoola

It is very majestic spot at a distance of 5 km from Rishikesh. It is one of the main attractions of Rishikesh. There used to be a jute rope bridge hanging till the year 1889. The bridge was rebuilt by using steel ropes in 1939. It is said that Laxman, the mythological character from Ramayana crossed this bridge and performed his penance for killing a Brahmin. The bridge connects Rishikesh with Tapovan. You will find a temple dedicated to Laxman here.

Triveni Ghat

It is very majestic spot at a distance of 5 km from Rishikesh. It is one of the main attractions of Rishikesh. There used to be a jute rope bridge hanging till the year 1889. The bridge was rebuilt by using steel ropes in 1939. It is said that Laxman, the mythological character from Ramayana crossed this bridge and performed his penance for killing a Brahmin. The bridge connects Rishikesh with Tapovan. You will find a temple dedicated to Laxman here.

Trayambakeshwar Temple

Trayambakeshwar temple is a very ancient temple in Rishikesh. The temple is very popular among pilgrims. The thirteen deities that adorn this temple reside in different floors.

Shwarga Ashram

This holy ashram is located on the left side of Ganges. The distance of this place from Trayambakeshwar Temple is around 1 km. The place is quite calm and peaceful. Shwarga ashram is basically an individual township containing restaurants, temples, parks, libraries, Ayurveda centers, meditation place etc. There are many ashrams around this region.

Gita Bhawan

The interesting temple and its surrounding buildings have the ancient books Gita and Ramayan inscribed on the walls. This temple is located on the bank of river Ganga.

Kunjpuri

The hub of pilgrimage is placed at an altitude of 7,000 f above sea level. This place is very nearby to Narendra Nagar. The jungle of Banj Burans encircles this region.

Deo Prayag

The hub of pilgrimage is placed at an altitude of 7,000 f above sea level. This place is very nearby to Narendra Nagar. The jungle of Banj Burans encircles this region.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

This ancient temple of lord Shiva is located at a distance of 14 km on the Tehri-Chamba road. The height of this temple is 1,550 m above sea level. The temple has a very calm and serene atmosphere.

Rishikund and Raghunath Temple

This place has its own mythological story. It is believed by the pilgrims that Lord Rama himself took a plunge in the tank. So the place still attracts a huge crowd of pilgrims who come to bathe in the tank.

Best Time to Visit

The climate of Rishikesh usually remains pleasant through the year. You can come and visit this majestic place all around the year. You should bring warm clothes with you while visiting Rishikesh

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport to reach Rishikesh is Jolly Grant. It is situated at a distance of 17 km and the Shimla airport is 175 km away.

By Train

The rail station of Rishikesh has regular trains to all towns of India. It has train connectivity from Delhi, Mumbai, Dehradun etc.

By Road

You can reach Rishikesh by well built roads from nearby towns. It has regular government bus service which runs from places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla etc.

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