A SAGE'S ABODE-RISHIKESH

Rishikesh Highlights

  • River rafting: If you are visiting Rishikesh you can’t miss river rafting in the river Ganga which is famous all over the world. With little supervision, rafting can turn out to be a thrilling experience for tourists in the mighty waves of Ganga.
  • Various adventures Sports: Various tourists flock to the city for adventure sports like bungee jumping, mountain biking, Rock climbing, ziplining bodysurfing, flying fox and Cliff jumping.
  • Yoga: As Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world, yoga and meditation enthusiasts can also visit Rishikesh in March to participate in the International yoga festival. 
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Rishikesh Overview​

LOCATION

Located in the Northern part of the state of Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Shivalik range on the banks of river Ganga, Rishikesh suggests ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’. Situated just at a distance of 25 km from Haridwar it stands at an elevation of 360 m. The name Rishikesh translates to ‘locks or hairs of a sage’. It spreads across the area of ‘sands of the sages’ or also known as ‘Muni-ki-reti’.

WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?

Rishikesh is known as the ‘yoga capital of the world’. It’s a city of divine energy and spiritual peace seekers. Foreigners and tourists who are in search of tranquillity must visit Rishikesh. It is a hub of ashrams such as Anand Prakash Ashram, Andhra ashram, Himalayan yoga ashram and Madhuban ashram. It is not only famous for being a pilgrimage centre but it is equally famous for other activities such as adventure sports and yoga. It is the hub for hiking, Rock climbing, camping, bungee jumping, kayaking etc.

WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT RISHIKESH?

Rishikesh serves as a dual City for people of all kinds. It offers holiness as well as adventuresome properties to its travellers.

There are many attractions to visit in Rishikesh such as the shrines of Shri Neelkanth Mahadev, Vashishta Gufa and other ashrams around Swargashram. There are also some ancient temples to visit which were enshrined by Adi Shankaracharya. These are Lakshman Mandir, Bharat Mandir and Shatrughna Mandir. Rishikesh is also known for its Ram jhula and Lakshman jhula which is a kind of suspension bridge being one of a kind. Swami Vivekananda established T

he divine Life society in Rishikesh which talks about the great Hindu philosophies. Not only that, but you can also visit Sivananda ashram at Sivananda Nagar. Also, you can’t miss the Kailash Niketan temple which has 13 storeys offering a spectacular view. The Ganga aarti is performed at Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh which is a sight to behold if you are visiting this place. 

HISTORY

There are two major mythological tales related to Rishikesh. The first one states that Lord Rama was indulged in a deep meditative state for the destruction of Ravan and Ram’s younger brother Lakshman using a jute rope bridge crossed the ferocious river that’s how it got the name Ram jhula.

The second one includes a sage named Raibhya Rishi who performed self-mortification that is penance with utmost devotion which impressed Lord Vishnu. Hence Lord Vishnu appeared in front of him in the form of ‘Hrishikesh’ Which means ‘Lord the Senses’ and that’s how Rishikesh got its name. 

ACTIVITIES TO DO IN RISHIKESH

 

River rafting: If you are visiting Rishikesh you can’t miss river rafting in the river Ganga which is famous all over the world. With little supervision, rafting can turn out to be a thrilling experience for tourists in the mighty waves of Ganga.

Various adventures Sports: Various tourists flock to the city for adventure sports like bungee jumping, mountain biking, Rock climbing, ziplining bodysurfing, flying fox and Cliff jumping.

Yoga: As Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world, yoga and meditation enthusiasts can also visit Rishikesh in March to participate in the International yoga festival. 

ITINERARY

Reaching Rishikesh by train can be difficult as it is not connected by train directly. 

You can either take an overnight train or bus from Delhi to reach Dehradun. And from Dehradun, you can drive 35 km via Road to reach Rishikesh.

If you’re driving by road then it will take you around 5 hours from Delhi to reach Rishikesh.

Once you reach Rishikesh you can visit various temples and ashrams on the same day 

You can go for adventure sports and river rafting the next day and attend Ganga Aarti at Niketan ashram in the evening. 

Stay overnight at Rishikesh and leave for Delhi via the same route.

WHAT IS IT FAMOUS FOR?

As the study of Ayurveda and yoga flourished here Rishikesh soon became a hub for spiritual practices and spa therapies. It is a world-famous city to attain one step closer to moksha by taking a holy dip in the river Ganga. It is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimages for starting the journey towards Char Dham. Its topography offers easy access to the entire Himalayan region to begin your Himalayan expedition. It is also famous for the Beatles ashram also known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram to the locals. The Beatles stayed here at this ashram in the 1960s to gain direction in life. If you are a Beatles fan then this ashram has some beautiful Beatles lyrics on its WalI. It’s a Serene city meant for getaways from noisy life to attain an experience of a lifetime. It is a recommended destination for all types of people including couples, kids, foreigners, tourists, solo and groups. 

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