Rishikesh, a holy and pious pilgrimage place revered by Hindus lies under the Dehradun district of the state of Uttarakhand. Known as “Adobe of Sages”, the holy place is located on the banks of Ganges, and surrounded by the Shivalik mountain ranges from three sides. Rishikesh is truly a spiritual place, where nature can be seen in all its form and glory. The name " Rishikesh " has also got a wider connotation associated with it. According to old mythological tale, Lord Vishnu (Lord of the Senses) was appeased by the hard penances (Ghor Tapasya) of Raibhya Rishi, and as the result appeared before Raibhya Rishi. It is since then that the holy place takes its name after Lord Vishnu. Referring to Skanda Purana, the ancient Vedic scriptures of Hindus, Rishikesh is known as 'Kubjamrak' the place where Lord Vishnu appeared, under the mango tree.
Rishikesh is the foremost pilgrimage point of the Char Dham taken by pilgrims to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath to seek holy deliverance. The holy destination also comes in the way while going to Garhwal Himalayas and Hemkund Sahib, the revered Sikh Shrine. Being as splendid and scenic as spiritual the place is an ideal spot for meditating and becoming one to the divine and the holy one. A International Yoga Week, 2nd to 7th Feb is organized on the banks of Ganges. It attracts tourists and participant from across the world.
Visiting Destinations At Rishikesh:
On the eastern bank of Ganges, Rishikesh has various ashrams that offer holy lectures and courses, besides, food and lodging at completely subsidized rates. While on the other side of bank, lies a busy shopping center. There is a lot stored for adventure seekers in Rishikesh. Trekking expeditions, excursion trips to majestic Himalayan peaks. What’s more, tourists can also go for river rafting at Shivpuri (10 kms upstream), on the boisterous white waters of Ganges in the months starting from October and ending in May.
Triveni Ghat :
Triveni Ghat has the most spiritual importance of Rishikesh. It believed that the streams of three spiritual rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati flowing together underground at the point. Every evening, thousands of devotees perform Aarti at river Ganga.
Lakshman Jhula :
Lakshman Jhula is one of the main landmark of Rishikesh that attracts thousands of tourists every year all over the world. Its height is around of 450 feet, it is a suspension bridge that was built in 1939. The Lakshman Jhula is constructed over river Ganga which offers picturesque views of the river and its surrounding.
Ram Jhula :
Ramjhula is same as Laxman Jhula, This bridge is surround by various Ashrams. It also connects Swrgashram with Shivananda Ashram.
Bharat Temple :
This is the oldest temple of Rishikesh. It is very famous to celebrate the grand festival Basant Panchami.
Geeta Bhavan :
Geeta Bhavan is the temple and complex, more than 100 rooms to stay of devotees. It is situated at the bank of river Ganga. Geeta Bhavan is dedicated as a museum of Puranic and mythological awareness of common public.
Parmarth Niketan :
One of the most renowned temple complex and ashram in the area . Known for its substantial work on Hinduism, three is a school run on tradtional Indian Patterns. The ashram organizes excellent Ganga Arti and Hawan on the Parmarth Ghat every evening.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple :
Neelkanth Mahadev is the very famous temple of Rishikesh, dedicated to the lord Shiva. According to Mythology this is the place, where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during “Sagar Manthan” that turned his trout in blue colour. So this place is called Neel Kanth. Thousands of pilgrim come to visit this place.
Rishikesh General Information:
Best Time to Visit:
Round of the Year for pilgrimage tour and October to June for river rafting tour.
Summer: Max: 35deg.C. Min: 8deg.C.
Languages/Dialects : Hindi, English & Garhwali.
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun 28kms. far.
Rail: The nearest railhead, Rishikesh .
Road: Easy and excellent road connectivity.
Distance from the Nearest Major Cities:
Distance from Delhi: 305 Kms .
Distance from Dehradun: 42 Kms.
Distance from Mussoorie : 82 Kms.
Distance from Nainital : 358 Kms.
Distance from Corbett Park : 310 Kms.