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Rishikesh

 

 

 

General Information

Rishikesh is located at 30.103368 °N 78.294754 °E.
Rishikesh has an average elevation of 372 metres (1,745 feet).
The Tehri Dam is just 80 km uphill on the way to Gangotri.

In Sanskrit Rishikesh is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'. The place gets its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to 'Raibhya Rishi', as a result of his tapasya (austerities), as Lord Hrishikesh.

In Skanda Purana, Rishikesh area is known as 'Kubjamrak' as Lord Vishnu appeared, under a mango tree. The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river Ganges.

These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburb Muni-ki-Reti or the "sands of the sages"; Shivananda Nagar the home of Sivananda Ashram and the Divine Life Society founded by Swami Sivananda, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of Lakshman Jhula, a little further north; and the assorted Ashrams around Swarg Ashram on the east bank. One can reach the famous Neelakanta Maha Deva Temple from here.

The Holy Maa Ganga Aarti performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat is very popular with visitors.

Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham Pilgrimage —

Badrinath
Kedarnath
Gangotri
Yamunotri.

 

 Best Time to Visit Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a picturesque destination affording enchanting views throughout the year. The climate here is continental type but its location in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any  time of the year. However right  time to visit Rishikesh  would  be February, March, August-October. May June is quite hot at Rishikesh temperature touching + 35 °C.

Best Time - Season to Visit Rishikesh for River Rafting. The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September - October to mid November, and then the best time to visit Rishikesh is from early March - April to first week of May.

In July there is a festival in Rishikesh called Savan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.

Rishikesh - How to Reach

By Car: Delhi airport to Rishikesh by car is a good option for a hassle free traveling specially for foreign tourists who are traveling to India for the first time. It's a 6 to 7 hours journey.
Note: Try and leave Delhi between 4-5 a.m as driving time increases beyond 6 hours due to morning congestion in towns like Modinagar and Roorkee.

By Air: AirPort Near By Rishikesh is in close proximity of Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport (about 15 km) - a small, quiet and recently renovated airport handling many flights from Delhi. The runway is being extended and will possibly then handle flights from other metros as of now there are flights only from Delhi.

By Train - Rishikesh railway station A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are only about three slow trains daily. It's best to take the train to Haridwar as Haridwar is serviced by many trains from to Delhi, Varanasi, Rajasthan, Amritsar, etc. and continue by bus (45 min), by taxi (30 mins or by shared auto-rickshaw (40 min). Travelling by train comes recommended because they often run empty and the fares are low & run right-time especially in peak seasons or "Melas" (Fares) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar & share rickshaws try to make a killing. You can take "Vikrams" towards Lakshman Jhula from Rishikesh station.

You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram (On the other side of river Ganges). From Delhi there are many trains to Haridwar, some of the best are :- Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, Mussoorie Express. to buy a ticket.

Trains from Rishikesh

Rishikesh - Delhi 07:00
Rishikesh - Haridwar 08:10
Rishikesh - Bandikui 14:10
Rishikesh - Haridwar 14:20
Rishikesh - Haridwar 18:35

By Bus:  From Delhi the city is about 230 km away and is well connected with buses. A bus journey may take about 5-7 hours - depending on the traffic.

Things To Do in Rishikesh

 

Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers. Watch a beautiful evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan.


White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May are ideal for rafting. The rafting will go on for several kilometres, and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant and dangerous trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time, courses in rafting are also offered. River Rafting.

Camping in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a recreational activity that does not have any age limit. Any individual who likes to explore new places and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature can embark on a camping voyage. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga beach offer an environment to wake up with the birds cher chew and can swim in the fresh water of the river Ganges. Camping in Rishikesh is a very popular activity. Camping In Rishikesh

Rappelling in Rishikesh

Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling. The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with proper equipment who setup the gear first and then, one by one, everyone comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions and then it's a lot of fun.

Rock climbing in Rishikesh

This is something everyone is familiar with, this is also included in some of the camps but not everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group is taken to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given a chance to climb the cliff side.

Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh

You are supposed to jump into freezing water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing which everyone can brag about back home, of course you are wearing a life jacket and a helmet but still to jump from so high into the Ganga which is murky and the bottom can't be seen, it's not like jumping into a swimming pool where one can see the bottom the water is static.

Kayaking in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. They also use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater.

Trekking in Rishikesh

There are a lot of soft treks in this region, this is an optional thing as some people love to walk in nature and do a bit of bird watching and some prefer to be at the camp and relax and they are already tired with the activities they have done.

Bungee Jump in Rishikesh

(15 km ahead of Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Neelkanth road), You can try bungee jump. It is a unique experience in India, a jump from 83 meters just above a natural river.

Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes, Shisham Jhari, Rishikesh (Near Dayanand Ashram), Have a once in a life time experience of making the Australian Didgeridoos, African Djmbes and other musical instruments in the guidance of iconic Mukeshji while he enthralls you with his hilarious stories and takes you along with him in his Himalayan Journeys. A person visiting here finds himself/herself in a selected crowd of music aficionados and extreme adventures from around the world. * Bungee Jumping.

Yoga in Rishikesh:

Study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy. Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "The World Capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centres that also attract tourists. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it.

Yoga & Meditation Tours Package in Rishikesh

Nightlife in Rishikesh:

Rishikesh is not a "Clubbers" destination but has a vibrant Cafe Culture, with a fine choice of places with views of the Ganga, to pass the night away. Rishikesh does not have much of night life except in the form of Hindu festivals. During these festivals people rejoice every moment. The whole town is lit up in nights. This is the only time when the nights are enjoyable and fun.

Rishikesh Shopping:


Rishikesh offers you handicraft items made of shells, beads and pearls. Sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. You can buy these items from the government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc. As with most holy cities cum tourist destinations there's a plethora of religious paraphenalia, cheap clothing aimed at foreigners, incense, bronze shiva statues, etc. Unlike many other similar towns in India prices here are usually reasonable and you won't have to haggle hard for a good price.

Don't walk around alone at night and beware of the motives of sadhus offering one-on-one tutoring.

Carry important documents such as Visa, Passport, licence card, Id card etc,. along with two or three photocopies of each for safe purpose.

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