About the Rishikesh

Surrounded by the Rajaji National Park, outer Himalayas & bisected by the beautiful Ganges, Rishikesh is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. Rishikesh is one of the most tranquil places in Uttarakhand which gained instant fame internationally when The Beatles came to stay with their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1960s. Rishikesh has long been the favorite spiritual centre for many national & international visitors and thus an excellent place to meditate & study yoga. Rishikesh is also known as the ‘Gateway to the Char Dham of Uttarakhand’. Additionally, Rishikesh is known to be one of the world’s best place to enjoy Rafting as the Ganges provides naturalrapids for adventure enthusiasts.

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Places to Visit
Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat is famed for the Ganga Aartithat is performed to the chants of Vedic hymns whereby the ghat is beautifully lit with diyas (Earthen Lamps). The view of the floating diyas in the pristine Ganga as well as on the ghat is a sight to behold.Being the most venerated ghat in Rishikesh,Triveni Ghat is alsoused by devotees to perform the last rites & rituals of their loved ones. The holy Ganga river holds a special place in Hindu mythology & It is believed that a holy dip in the Ganga river gets rid off the sins all at once.

Usual Time Spent Here:2 to 3 hours
Ganga Arti Timings:Sunrise & Sunset
How to Reach: Heart of City

Bharat Mandir

Believed to be the oldest temple in Rishikesh, Bharat Mandir a famous temple devoted to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan who’s main Murti (Idol) was reinstalled on Basant Panchmiin 789 ADby Renowned Indian Philosopher Adi Shankaracharya.A newly built museum adjacent to this scared temple attracts many historians & archaeologists and showcases sculptures, pottery & decorated bricks found during its excavation.

Usual Time Spent Here: 1 to 2 hours
How to Reach: Near Triveni Ghat

Ram Jhula & Lakshman Jhula

Located on the outskirts of Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula is a suspension bridge across the river Ganges&one of the iconic landmarks of Rishikesh. It is believed that Lord Lakshmana crossed the Ganges on jute ropes at the same placewhere the bridge is built. On the other hand, 2 kms. downstream from Lakshman Jhula, another iconic landmarkbridge named Ram Jhulais located. Constructed in 1986& situated in the heart of the city, Ram Jhula seems to be the lifeline of Rishikesh. With the backdrop of the Ganges& the Himalayan foothills, the views from these bridges specially during Sunrise & Sunsets are truly breathtaking.

Usual Time Spent Here: 2 to 3 hours
How to Reach: Heart of City

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Nestled in dense forests in the Himalayas, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nilkanth, an aspect of Lord Shiva. The shikhara of the temple is adorned with sculptures of various Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the form of Shivalinga is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple complex also has a natural spring where devotees usually take a holy bath before entering the premises. Situated at a height of 1330 meters,one can also enjoy the views of the city of Rishikesh from the temple.

Usual Time Spent Here: 2 to 3 hours
How to Reach: 32 Kms. Drive by Road or 14 kms. Trek from Rishikesh

Experiences
Rafting

Stated to be one of the best places for Rafting in the world, Rishikesh has been the favorite destination for adventure enthusiasts from world over. The Himalayan foothills, the adjoining Rajaji National Park& the roaring Ganga River provide theperfect setting for nature lovers. The flow of the Ganga throughout the year coupled with the natural rapids of upto grade IV+ make it a great place to test one’s rafting skills. There are many authorized & certified river rafting operators, experts and instructors available in Rishikesh to make visitors rafting experience safe yet full of adventure. Rafting in the turbulent waters of the Ganga River is an experience that you will cherish for life. Here are the brief details about all the four main rafting zones from which rafting is organized in Rishikesh:

Kaudiyala to Marine Drive
Having some of the popular rapids namely Sweet Sixteen, Denial Dip & The Great, the Kaudiyala to Marine Drive stretch is approximately 9-10 kilometers and takes about 3 hours of deadly row through grade III to IV+ rapids.

Marine Drive to Shivpuri
Having some of the popular rapids namely Black Money, Cross Fire & Three Blind Mice, the Marine Drive to Shivpuri stretch is approximately 11 kilometers and takes about 2 to 3 hours through grade II to III+ rapids.

Shivpuri to Brahmpuri: Easy, Low Cost, Most Selling Rafting Stretch
Having some of the popular rapids namely Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course & Club House, the Shivpuri to Brahmpuristretch is approximately 10-11 kilometers and takes about 2 to 3 hours through grade II to III+ rapids.

Brahmpuri to Rishikesh: Shortest and Easiest Rafting
Having some of the popular rapids namely Double Trouble, Hilton & Terminator, the Brahmpuri to Rishikesh stretch is approximately 8 kilometers and takes about 1 to 2 hours through grade I to II+ rapids.

Yoga

Rishikesh is one of the most popular destination for yoga in India. Rishikesh has numerous renowned ashrams along with internationally recognized centers of philosophical studies, yoga & meditation. Some of the Renewed Ashrams are enlisted below for reference:

  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Sivananda
  • Omkarananda Ganga Sadan
  • Yoga Niketan
  • Swami Dayananda Ashram
  • Gita Bhavan
  • PhoolChatti Ashram
  • Swarg Ashram
  • GangaDham Ashram

How to Reach Ramnagar
By Flight

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun; Code: DED
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rishikesh situated at a distance of 21kms. After you de-board your flight, you can takea Taxi from the Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh. The Airport is well connected to major metro cities within Indiavia daily flights.

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi; Code: DEL
Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhiis accessible from all around the world. Once you reach New Delhi, you can travel to Rishikesh via Taxi as well as Comfortable Trains of the Indian Railways.

By Train

Nearest Railways Station: Rishikesh Railway Station; Station Code: RKSH
Rishikesh has a prominent Railway Stationw hich is well connected with some major destinations inIndia. The frequency as well as availability of Trains destined to Rishikeshcan easily fit in any traveler’s schedule.

By Road

Rishikesh is well connected by various National & State Highways with all major destinations ofIndia. One can either self-drive or hire a taxi as per one’s convenience & schedule. For instance, one can fly down to the Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi& reach Rishikeshby travelling 230 kms by road via taxi.

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