Rishikesh, also known as the ‘Abode of Sages’, is a spiritual town situated 24 kms upstream from Haridwar at the confluence of the River Chandrabhaga and River Ganga. It is the starting point of the Char Dham pilgrimage and an ideal destination for those interested in meditation, Yoga and adventure activities like Rafting, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking etc.
Height: 314 m
Climate: The summer is hot and light cottons are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are chilly and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Rishikesh
Rail: Well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India.
Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport to Rishikesh at a distance of 21 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh
Laxman Jhoola: A suspension bridge across river Ganga is the landmark of Rishikesh.
Ram Jhoola: Ram Jhoola connects Swargashram with Shivananda Ashram. Several ashrams are located near Ram Jhoola.
Some important temples in Rishikesh are Raghunath Temple, Pushkar Temple, Venkateshwar Temple, Chandra Mauleshwaran Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Mandir and Lakshman Temple.
Some of the main Ashrams are Shivanand Ashram, Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Ved Niketan and Parmarth Niketan.
Rishikesh is very popular for rafting on River Ganga. September to June is ideal for rafting. Along with Rafting, other popular adventure activities like Camping, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Trekking and Bungee Jumping facilities are also available.
Chilla (21 kms), a part of Rajaji National Park is heaven for animal watchers, is located on the banks of River Ganga. The fauna include elephants, spotted deer, stag deer, neelgai, wild bear, fox, porcupine, jungle fowls and peacocks. Beside these, migratory birds are also seen on the river.
Neelkanth Mahadev: Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the River Ganga, 29 kms from Rishikesh. According to mythology, this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’.
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