Rishikesh is a popular town situated in the Uttarakhand district of northern India. The town is perched at an altitude of 352 m above sea level. The town has gained the reputation of a holy town around the world. You will find a religious spot in every corner of this town. Rishikesh is blessed with the holy waters of River Ganga. The three regions that comprise Rishikesh are- Rishikesh, Shwargashram and Mun-Ki-Rethi. There are a number of yoga and meditation ashrams in Rishikesh. It is known as the yoga capital of the country. There are many ashrams that offer courses in yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is also the gateway to religious places like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh has a great mythological history. The name of Rishikesh was mentioned in holy books like “Mahabharata” and “Ramayana’. Long time ago a sage name Raibhya Rishi went into a deep penance here on the bank of River Ganga. Truly impressed by his penance Lord Vishnu made an appearance in front of him in the form “Hrishikesh”. The place inherited its name from this ancient incident. There is a also popular legend that Bharat, brother of Lord Rama also performed his penance in this place. There is a temple named Bharat temple which signifies the sanctity of the legend. But the place gained much exposure after the visit of Adi Shankaracharya in the period of 9th century. Rishikesh was always resting place for saints and sages from long ago.
The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is during the months of July, August and September. The ‘Devotedly with a pure heart, whosoever comes to Rishikesh, the Brahmateertha, and stays there one night, becomes Godly!’
Rishikesh is the supreme pilgrimage spot in India. It is the common gateway to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Holy Ganges leaves her mountainous path at this place and makes entry into the vast plains of northern India. Millions of devotees come here to wash away their sins by bathing in the great Ganges. It has become a Yoga and Meditation centre and is known for the Himalayan Ashrams and religious centers as well.
A few religious places to mention are: Bharat Mandir, Rishikund, Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhawan, Tera Manzil Temple etc.
Rishikesh has a unique identity. This is a great holiday spot for adventure seekers. The stretch of River Ganga gives great experience of river rafting. There are a lot of adventure activities that Rishikesh offers, like- Bungee Jumping, Trekking, Biking, cliff jumping etc. Taking a holiday in Rishikesh is like a spiritual journey among the holy shrines and temples and also exciting and thrilling with all the adventure activities. Words can never justify the beauty of this Himalayan town and one has come down here experience it firsthand.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly grant at a distance of 17 km. The Shimla airport is situated atadistance of 175 km.
By Train: The Indian Railway Station of Rishikesh has well connected to other major places like Delhi, Chandigarhand Shimla etc.
By Road: Rishikesh has good connectivity by well-maintained roads from other nearby cities. There are regular government bus services to Delhi, Chandigarhand Shimla etc.