Rishikesh exudes a distinct mysticism and spirituality. Known in mythology as the abode of Shiva and the place where Ram observed penance for killing Ravana, the place holds importance for all Hindus. Gateway to the Himalayas, Rishikesh abounds in natural beauty as the mighty Ganga flows majestically past lush green hills. Take a tour around this quiet town and let yourself be soaked in its beauty and tranquility.
Distance from Delhi: 228 Kms(approximately 5 hours drive)
How to reach:
By Air: Jollygrant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. It is located 18 Kms from Rishikesh. Taxis are available from Dehradun airport for Rishikesh. Flights are available from Delhi for Dehradun.
By Train : Rishikesh railway station is well connected to different citiies. There are regular trains from Rishikesh to cities such as Jammu, Delhi and Haridwar.
By Road : Rishikesh is well-connected to Delhi, by road. One can hire a private taxi from Delhi. You can also opt for state-run A/C buses. There is also an option of private A/C buses from Delhi.
Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one of the most important sites in town. According to a legend, this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison, which was formed as a result of the churning of the seas. This poison turned Lord Shiva's throat blue, thus rendering him the name Nilkanth. Housed in the main sanctum is a large stone linga, the top of which is only visible above the ground. At 5000 ft, the temple provides panoramic views of the surrounding region.
Lakshman Jhula: A landmark in the town, it is a suspension bridge across the Ganga. According to a legend the bridge was built of jute ropes by Lakshman, hence the name Lakshman Jhula. Enjoy spectacular views of the holy river that flows beneath it as well as the striking mountains which lie in the backdrop. A favorite pastime for tourists visiting Lakshman Jhula is feeding the fish in the river.
Triveni Ghat: This is the main bathing ghat in Rishikesh, forever busy with thousands of devotees taking a dip early morning. The ghat derives its name from the belief that that the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet here. The ghat is especially busy in the evenings when the aarti is conducted. The air turns especially sacred when priests offer their prayers and chant mantras to the river. After the aarti, the river gives out a spectacular view as thousands of earthen lamps are set afloat on the river.
Bharat Temple: The temple holds the distinction of being the oldest temple in Rishikesh built in the 12th century. The temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu which is believed to be carved out of a single divine stone of Mahavishnu.
River rafting and Canoeing: The most popular aspect of Rishikesh tourism, River Rafting and Canoeing is quite popular with adventure freaks who wish to enjoy thrill, fun and excitement. A large number of tourists enjoy River Rafting and Canoeing during the Rishikesh Trip to enjoy the thrill of river cuts, rocky banks and rocky cuts.
Hotels in Rishikesh: Wide range of budget to luxury and heritage hotels are available in Rishikesh. Few of the options:
-> Ganga Kinare: Nestled snugly on the banks of a tranquil River Ganges, Ganga Kinare - A Riverside Boutique Hotel is a charming retreat in the sanctum of Rishikesh, a land where spirituality and Mother Nature blend into a heady concoction. Ganga Kinare - hotel and resort boasts a waterside esplanade, where guests can stroll alongside the sinuous river, soak in the sight of the mountains and revel in the sheer verdancy of the surroundings.
-> The Great Ganga: This hotel is situated in one of the best areas in and around Rishikesh, at Muni-ki-Reti, the place where the holy Ganges meanders out of the hills and enters the plains. The Hotel is designed in such a manner that one can enjoy the enchanting panoramic view of the Holy Ganges, surrounded by the lush Green serene hills from each room. It takes just 5 minutes casual walk to reach the banks of Holy Ganges from the Hotel.
When to visit: The best months to visit Rishikesh is from February – April and August - November
Ideal Duration: 2 -3 nights and 3 – 4 days
Itinerary: Price On Request
Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh
Arrive Rishikesh and check in at hotel. Evening visit Ganga Aarti. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Rishikesh
Morning River rafting tour. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh - Haridwar – Rishikesh
Morning visit Haridwar. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight at hotel. Day 4: Rishikesh – Delhi
Depart Rishikesh by road for Delhi.
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