It is the most sacred pilgrimage center in India. Rishikesh is also serves as gateway for other renowned religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is located at the lower foothills of Himalayas. It is a much attractive place peacefully nestled in the middle of abundance nature beauty. The literal meaning of Rishikesh is ‘Lord od Senses’. The temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The sacred land is drained by holy River Ganga. Throughout the year, it is flooded by countless of devotees and pilgrims. Visiting this place and offering prayers in the holy temples of Rishikesh, brings the attainment of ‘Mukti’, the salvation. It is the popular belief among all Hindu devotees. The main highlighting feature is that, one can visit Gita Bhavan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Lakshman Jhula, Swarga Ashram and Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh. All these places hold much religious importance. There are several yoga centers in Rishikesh. It is popularly expressed as World Capital of Yoga. One can remain n peace and tranquility. It is a wonderful place to practice meditation. There are many water sport activities such as rafting. Trekking is another excitingfeature for adventure buffs. Wild forest trekking can be enjoyed maximum in Rishikesh.
Places to visit
It is the place of confluence of three sacred Rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathy. The most revered bathing spot is situated on the banks of River Ganga. One of the must visit place in Rishikesh.
It is a long ancient bridge constructed over River Ganga in the year of 1939. It is 450 feet in length and was believed to be constructed at the same place where the epic character Laxman crossed the River. One can find a Laxman temple at the west bank.
Shri Tryambakeshwar temple, Nilkantha Mahadev temple, Kaudiyala and Gita Bhavan are other famous locations in Rishikesh.
Activities to do
Trekking, White water rafting and Shopping are the famous tourist activities in Rishikesh.
How to reach Rishikesh
Jolygrant airport is around 18 km from Rishikesh is the nearest airport.
Rishikesh has its own railway junction. It is well served by trains and connecting to all Indian cites.
It is well connected by road. There are plenty of government and private buses available to reach Rishikesh from all major parts of Uttarkhand.
In summer 21-30C and in winter 5-22C and best visited throughout the year.