Often called the 'Dev Bhoomi' or the land of the Gods, Rishikesh is cut into two halfs by the Ganges river. Long known as a pilgrimage centre with lots of Temples, Ashrams and abode of worshipping sadhus, rafting in the white water of Ganga near Rishikesh has added another dimension to this holy city. Rishikesh also serves as a gateway to religious places like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath and treatment centre for various stress related ailments with it's Yoga and herbal remedies.
:11.20 sq. km (City area).
:56 m (1190 ft).
Weather : Rishikesh is cool in winter and hot in summer. Nights are much cooler then the day.
Best Season : It's a round the year destination
How to reach
Distance : 240km
Road Take the Merrut bypass via Gaziabad. Carry on to Haridwar passing Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee on the way. The road is single carriageway and quiet crowded. We hope that the Govt. does something about this higway as it has done for other ones around Delhi.
Train Nearest rail head Rishikesh. Shatabadi Exp. goes till Haridwar.
What to see
Temples Bharat Mandir, the oldest in Rishikesh, Nilkanth Mahadev,dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ragunath and Hanuman Mandir are a must see.
Jhulas Ram and Laxman Jhulas named after two legendry brothers of Ramayana are suspension bridges on the Ganga and sway gently as one walks on them to cross the river. The view of the fast moving Ganga is marvelous from the centre of the bridges.
Ashrams These ashrams are centre for spiritual studies and yoga and are frequented even by many foreigners for learning this art. Some of the famous ashrams are Sivanand Ashram, Omkaranand ashram, Yoga Niketan and Swargashram.
What to do
White water Rafting Rishikesh has established itself as one of the places in India for white water rafting. There are many camps which start just after Rishikesh and go up to Kaudiyala and Shivpuri providing both the accommodation along the white sand beaches of Ganges and also white water rafting. Click here for more on rafting and Camps at Rishikesh.
Trekking Rishikesh can be made as a base for treks into the Garhwal Himalayas offering religious, scenic, botanical to adventure ones. There are guides available in the city if needed. Two interesting treks around Rishikesh are to Neelkanth and Kunjapuri temple.
Rock climbing Places around Rishikesh like Kaudiyala, Tapovan and Thekla provide ample opportunities for rock climbing and rappelling.
Wildlife Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park is about 8 km from Rishikesh with a good elephant population. Other animals include wild boar, nilgai, sambhar, spotted deer etc.