Located on the banks of the holy Ganges, Rishikesh is a popular religious destination in India. Rishikesh has a number of ashrams and temples that make it an ideal destination for a religious tourist. But Rishikesh is an equally wonderful destination for an adventure traveler. Rishikesh provides wonderful opportunity for trekking, rock climbing and river rafting. Rishikesh is located in the state of Uttaranchal and is about 230 kilometres from Delhi.
Tourist places in and around Rishikesh
Rishikesh is an exciting destination that is dotted with a number of temples and ashrams. Rishikesh is surrounded by the verdant forest and river Ganges flow through the town. Rishikesh has a number of tourist places that one can visit. Since Rishikesh is known as a pilgrimage center, religious places form a major chunk of tourist attractions in Rishikesh.
Triveni Ghat is a popular place in Rishikesh. Many people take a dip at the ghat before visiting temples in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is an important landmark in Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is basically a hanging bridge on the Ganges and the most popular spot in Rishikesh. Legend has it that Lakshman, the younger brother of lord Rama crossed the river using a hanging bridge made of jute. Ram Jhula is another famous place in Rishikesh where you can visit.
The Aarti on the banks of the Ganges is what you should not miss on your tour to Rishikesh. The floating diyas (earthen lamps) present a wonderful view in the evening. The hymns and sound of bells creates a symphony of sorts during Aarti.
Rishikesh is the gateway to Chardhams of Uttaranchal. You can take a tour of the Chardham of Uttaranchal from Rishikesh. Rajaji National Park at Chila is another place that you can visit from Rishikesh.
Things to do
Adventure sports are what you can enjoy in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is popular for rock climbing, river rafting and trekking. There are a number of popular spots around Rishikesh, where you can enjoy these sports. Shivpuri is an excellent point from where you can raft down on the river Ganges.
For those who are interested in yoga and meditation, Rishikesh is the best place to take some lessons on these two ancient Indian disciplines. As there are a number of ashrams and yoga centers that provides lessons on yoga and meditation in Rishikesh.
Getting there and accommodation
Rishikesh is well connected with other parts of the country by rail and road transport. Rishikesh is about 230 kilometres from Delhi. Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the nearest airport and Haridwar is the nearest railhead.
Rishikesh has a number of hotels and tourist lodges that are well equipped with all the modern facilities. The hotels in Rishikesh vary from excellent hotels to budget and economy hotels.
Things to keep in mind
Woolen cloths are essential if you are traveling to Rishikesh during winter months. It is ideal to book your hotel room during peak season.
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