One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not just known for its religious connection but also for its beautiful landscape. Surrounded by hills (the Lesser Himalayas) on three sides and holy Ganga river flowing through it, Rishikesh is an ethereal experience. Rishikesh is the gateway to famous Chardham which are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. In fact Rishikesh is a favourite of those coming to meditate and seek salvation. It is believed that meditation on the land of this holy place leads to salvation. Every year many people come here in the ashrams to meditate and gain peace of mind. The place is also very famous with foreigners who come to India in search of spiritual quest. Rishikesh is famous for its ashrams on the banks of Ganga, at many such ashrams yoga is practiced and taught regularly. Such is the feeling of Rishikesh that even Beatles could not escape from the magical experience.
|Area||11.20 sq km|
|Altitude||532 metres above sea level|
|Temperature||Summer-24.0 C-39.0 C Winter- 5.0 C-26.0C|
|Language||English, Hindi, Garhwali|
|Rainfall||152.4 cm average yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||winter and spring|
How to get there
1. Air :- The nearest airport from Rishikesh is Jolly Grant airport on route to Dehradun, 18 kilometres from here. Indian airlines connect Dehradun to Delhi, some chartered planes also operate from here.
Places to Visit
|Ram Jhula||Lakshman Jhula||Triveni Ghat|
|Bharat Mandir||Gita Bhawan|
|Nilkanth Mahadev||Chila||Narender Nagar|
Being a pilgrimage place, the glamour of big shop bargains are absent but Rishikesh offers you handicraft items made of shells, beads and pearls. Sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. 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. You can buy these items from the government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc.
|Hotel Ganga Kinare||Hotel Ganga View||Hotel Ananda|