Rishikesh, yoga’s birthplace, is a famous place for meditation, yoga, and other aspects of Hinduism to learn. It is located on the banks of the Ganges River not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills on three sides.
Rishikesh town lies in the Garhwal region’s Himalayan foothills. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the point of departure for the pilgrimage of Char Dham (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath) and an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for people interested in adventure, meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism.
Rishikesh receives a great rush of pilgrims throughout the year as it houses for Hindus some famous religious places. Besides that, Hindus worship the Ganga River, which makes the city even more important–religiously.
Best time to visit Rishikesh
During the summer season, Rishikesh is hot with high humidity and a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. A shower of occasional rains comes in the middle of the burning heat, which increases humidity. This season welcomes you to the International Yoga Festival to have great rafting experience. June is the hottest month, the crowds are less, however, making it a good time to enjoy a quiet holiday in this small town. While rafting is closed, many hoteliers offer great discounts from June onwards during this time.
Rishikesh experiences a heavy blast of rains during monsoons (July – August) due to which most activities are suspended. Visiting this town in monsoons is not recommended as the water level increases.
Rishikesh winters are not very cold and are ideal for rafting, this time around many visitors gather into the valley. January is the coldest month, still suitable for exploring the region and some outdoor activities. It offers a great view of the snow-covered mountain ranges.
Best Places to visit in Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula – The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the Ganga River connecting two villages, Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal and Jonk in Pauri Garhwal District. Located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, 5 kilometers north-east of the town of Rishikesh, the entire bridge is made of iron, 450 feet long and 70 feet high from the river. The Lakshman Jhula is extremely well known among tourists due to the bridge’s rich mythological associations. Lord Lakshman, Lord Rama’s younger brother, is widely believed to have crossed the Ganga River at the same site where the bridge now stands majestically for all to see.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – Located just 32 km from Rishikesh’s holy city, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of Lord Shiva’s most popular temples in India. The temple is situated at an altitude of 1330 meters above sea level and is surrounded by amazing lush surroundings. Religion states that Neelkanth Mahadev Temple was built on that holy point where Lord Shiva had drunk poison at the time of Samudra Manthan, which was mixing from the ocean by Devtas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons). The poison was placed in his throat, which turned blue, making Lord also known as Neelkanth.
Triveni Ghat – Triveni Ghat is located on the bank of the Ganges holy river. For most pilgrims, this holy ghat used to bathe. The attraction’s main daily event is the Goddess Ganga’s Aarti evening also commonly called “Maha Aarti.” During aarti, you can see the prayer offered by the devotee. Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three major holy rivers of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswathy, is one of the most revered sacred bathing spots in Rishikesh, located on the banks of the Ganges River. It is believed that those taking a dip in Triveni Ghat will be released, a relief from all sins performed; the water here has the power to cleanse them.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, Parmarth Niketan Ashram. It is Rishikesh’s largest yoga center where people thronged because of its piety and serenity from all over the world. Parmarth Niketan is real spiritual heaven in the lap of the lush Himalayas, lying on Mother Ganga’s holy banks. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, providing a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens to its thousands of pilgrims who come from every corner of the Earth. The facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditions with more than 1,000 rooms.
Best hotels in Rishikesh
The best hotels to accommodate in Rishikesh are Rishikesh Valley, Divine Ganga Cottage, Divine Ganga Cottage, Moustache Hostel Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Hotel Shivganga Retreat, and the Forest View Hotel.
How to reach Rishikesh from Delhi?
The nearest railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar, which is about 25 kilometers away. In turn, Haridwar is connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi. Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express and Mussoorie Express are some of the popular trains.
The city is about 230 km away by bus from Delhi and is well connected with buses. Depending on the traffic, a bus journey may take about 5-7 hours.
In India, taxis are widely available. Depending on traffic conditions, the drive from/to Delhi takes about 5 to 6 hours.
Rishikesh is easily accessible from all parts of the country and is well connected to all major roads and national highways.
Rishikesh by car is a good way to travel freely. It’s a journey of six to seven hours.
New Delhi – Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh via NH 334 Rishikesh’s nearest airport is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is 35 km away. There are regular airport flights available. It’s just a domestic airport.