Gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh is abundant in natural splendor. It
falls in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. Rishikesh, a most
tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by hills and bisected
by the wide and holy Ganges, it is often termed the `Yoga Capital of the
Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level.
Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.
Moreover, it is also believed that this was the place frequently visited by
Lakshmana and Bharat.
Rishikesh could serve as a good starting point for Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Gangotri, Yamnotri- the well known and frequently visited treks of the
Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual
centre at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that
the sage Raibhya Rishi did penance here and satisfied with him God appeared
to him in the form of Rishikesh. The name originates from that only.
Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is full of temples, ashrams, and greenery. The mind and the soul
gets refreshed by coming over here.
The ashrams of rishikesh are world famous for
yoga, and these are abun dant in number n and around Rishikesh. Some of
these are very well known and is regarded as tourist spots while some are
still been regarded as proper ashrams where rishis (saints) stay. Ashrams
situated on the eastern bank of the river Ganges are collectively known as
Swargashram. The credit for World famous Maharishi goes to the beauty of
natural rock band Beatles. Yoga, in most of the Ashrams, is another
important aspect for drawing tourists from around the world.
Lakshman Jhula :
hanging bridge, Lakshman Jhula is on the river Ganges that flows through
Rishikesh. According to legends, Lakshman the brother of Lord Ram crossed
this river with the help of a hanging bridge made of jute. The present
bridge was built in the year AD 1939, on the same spot where the original
jute suspended bridge used to be. The current of water, when increases gives
an incomparable scene when viewed from the bridge. There's another bridge
calle dthe Ram Jhula or the Shivanand Jhula.
Gita Bhavan :
Situated by the side of the Lakshman, the
Gita Bhavan is a beautifully constructed building housing some attractive
statues of various gods and goddesses.
Triveni Ghat :
Triveni is a bathing spot at a distance
about 1.5 km from Rishikesh. It is considered sacred for being the
confluence of three mountain streams. Pilgrims from all over the worls come
here to take a dip into the holy waters.
Neelkanth Madhav : Neelkanth Madhav, at a distance of 12
km from the Rishikesh town and surrounded by lush green, it is a place of
interest especially for the religious minded tourists. According to
mythological data Lord Shiva drank the venom that came out of the cosmic
churning of the ocean by the gods and demons.
Temples : Rishikesh is full of innumerable small and big
temples. In the banks of the Chandrabhaga River there is a team of temples.
Char Dham, the famous four temples club starts off this place. The Rishikund
tank and Raghunath temple near the tank also present quite beautiful scenic
views. Lord Ram used the tank for bathing while he was in exile. The Bharat
temple named after Bharat, one of the brothers of Lord Ram.
Rishikesh is known to be a place of importance from very ancient periods
and is bounded by a massive wall supposed to be of thousand years old.
Events and Festivals
Many yoga enthusiasts from around the world do visit the International Yoga
Week, usually celebrated from February 2-7 every year. The festival owes a
lot credit for making Yoga popular around the world. This ancient form of
free hand is the form of exercise that is considered to be most body
friendly and free of side effects. Some of its forms are also helpful in
Besides, there is the other Hindu festivals celebrated with full enthusiasm
and by heart in this small and sacred piece of India.
How to go there
The nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly Grant (25 km). Vayudoot services
operate from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant).
Rail: Haridwar (24 km), Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun
and other cities are well networked with Rishikesh.
Haridwar (24 km), Dehradun (47 km), Mussoorie (77
km), Badrinath (301 km) Kedarnath (228 km), Gangotri (258 km), Yamunotri
(288 km), Srinagar (105 km), Joshimath (252 km) are all approachable by road
Bus Services :
Haridwar is connected by bus with Agra,
Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla, which in turn is connected