About 24 Kms from Haridwar. Located in the laps of lower Himalayas,
and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with
Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to
be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads
to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient,
some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh is important not only
as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also
as home for many important centres of Hindu religious thought and
spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are a great
many ashrams and Yoga institutes here. Rishikesh is also the gateway
and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places
like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh is also acquiring greater significance as a centre for
white water rafting, other revering sports, a base for treks and
hikes in the beautiful Garhwal Himalayas.
Rishikesh is an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also
for those who want to delve deeper into meditation, Yoga and other
aspects of Hinduism. For the adventurous, Rishikesh is the place
for starting their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the
Himalayan peaks. The International Yoga week, which attracts participation
from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th
Feb on the bank of Ganga river.
A sacred bathing spot on the bank of the river Ganga where devotees
take holy dips and offer prayers. Triveni Ghat is believed to be
the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati
river. The Aarti ceremony at Triveni Ghat, on the south end of Rishikesh,
takes place at the sundown.
A suspension bridge across Ganga situated 5kms.from Rishikesh, on
the way to Badrinath. Originally, there was a hanging jute (rope)
bridge till 1889. This was rebuilt with iron ropes. It is believed
that Ram's brother Lakshman crossed the river here on a jute rope.
On the west bank, there is a Lakshman temple also.
On the side of this famous bridge is the well known Shri Raghunathji
temple. ie. Shri Ram is said to have visited this beautiful place.
This bridge is the main way for people going up the hills and down
to the Gita Bahvan and Swarg Ashram.
A suspension bridge between the Shivanand Ashram and the Swargashram.
It provides an alternative to a boat ride from one bank of Ganga
to another . Its construction is similar to that of the Lakshman
Shivanand Ashram (The Divine Society)
Founded by Swami Shivanand, This well known spiritual centre is
renowned for its lectures on spiritual life. Meditation and Yoga
classes can be attended in the morning and evenings. A person can
stay here for short term study and for longer three - month courses,
one must write at least a month in advance.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is 18km. from Rishikesh
on way to Dehradun. At present chartered planes operate.
Rishikesh is connected by rail with Haridwar, Delhi, Bombay, Howrah,
Lucknow and Agra.
Rishikesh is connected by road with most places of North India.
Summer :- Max 41.0ºC, Min 36.6ºC.
Winter :- Max 32.2ºC, Min 18.3ºC.
Summer :- Cottons.
Winter :- Woolens.
Best Time to visit
Through out the year.
Distances from Major Cities
Hardwar - 24km
Dehradun - 43km
Mussoorie - 77km
Kedarnath - 227km
Yamunotri - 234km
Delhi - 245km
Gangotri - 248km
Nainital - 260km
Simla - 262km
Govindghat - 275km
Badrinath - 300km
Agra - 398km
Lucknow - 555km
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