Location – Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Yoga capital of the world

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centres for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram. Rishikesh is associated with Lord Rama and Laxman. The town of Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) and an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in adventure, meditation, yoga and other aspects of spirituality & yogic lifestyle.

The climate of Rishikesh is always pleasant throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees. Affordable international and domestic flights are easy to find.
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Arrival & Places

The centre is far from distractions and noise, but close enough so you can enjoy beautiful & holy Ganges river. You can walk to the ghat (river bed) in 5 minutes. You can also hire a moto to enjoy the freedom to easily visit further afield.

How to arrive

  • By air: Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometres away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi.
  • By train: The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi. Some of the popular trains are Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express and Mussoorie Express. For those making the journey to Rishikesh, it is advisable to take the train till Haridwar and then either take a bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh. While the bus would take about 45 minutes, the taxi will take you to Rishikesh in about half an hour.
  • By bus: Being a popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi. Buses depart in the morning and late evening from the Kashmiri Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day. You can choose from a regular, deluxe or a luxurious coach.

Places of interest

  • Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: The swinging Rishikesh
  • The Beatles Ashram: For the love of Beatles
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: A Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva
  • Triveni Ghat: For framing the aarti
  • Neer Garh Waterfall: A perfect trekking gateway
  • Kaudiyala: For a rafting spree
  • Jumpin Heights: Bungee Jumping
  • Rishi Kund: Hot water springs for sages
  • Kunjapuri Temple: For a mesmerizing sunset!

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