Rishikesh, known as land of Gods and Yoga, located at foothills of Himalayas is a renowned pilgrim center of India.
Rishikesh is a small town situated in Uttarakhand, a northern state of India. You can see the scenic Ganges River, which originates from Himalayas flowing through this town. From Rishikesh you can visit four sacred shrines that are well connected by roads and trains. Rishikesh also attracts large number of tourists to Northern part of India.
History of Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a part of “Kedarkhand”. This place has a significant reference to the great epic Ramayana as Lord Rama is said to have done a penance to kill the demon king Ravana. Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana is said to have crossed the River Ganga at a point known as “Lakshman Jhula”, where a jute rope bridge stands hanging today. Later on the jute rope bridge was replaced by iron Rope Bridge that again was carried away by floods during 1924. Now a mighty bridge replaces the historic jute rope bridge. Rishikesh has the sacred river Ganga flowing from Shivalik Mountains of Himalayas through it. You can find many temples in Rishikesh along the banks of Ganges.
Tourism in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also known as “World capital of Yoga” and for this reason it attracts many foreign tourists. You can see tourists going for “Rafting” an adventurous sport in the swift Ganges River between March and July. The great scholars like Swami Vivekananda, Swami Shivananda and Swami Rama Thirtha had studied in the 120-year-old institution of Rishikesh called “Kailas Ashram Brahma Vidya Peetham”.
You can enjoy the multi activity trips that include rock climbing, small Treks, rappelling, kayaking with camping and rafting to explore Rishikesh. Bharat Mandir is one of the ancient temples found in Rishikesh and the residing deity is Lord Vishnu carved out of single Saligram (a riverbed divine stone found in Nepal’s Gandaki river).
Rishikesh is located near Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun and right now only two flights are operated from Delhi, the capital city of India to this airport. You can take cars from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh, which takes around 7 hours, and take a food break on the way at restaurants.
Try not to miss the Trimbakeshwar Temple at Lakshman Jhula, which is 13 story high and has many deities throughout. Also do not miss taking a dip in the river at Triveni Ghat. Tourists take bath here and enjoy the cool breeze from the surroundings. Close to Triveni Ghat is the Rishikund (saint pond) where the River Goddess Yamuna blessed the Kubz saint. You can see the reflections of Ragunath temple in this pond.
- Location: Northern India
Altitude: located at the elevation of 372 meters (1,745 feet)
- Latitudes: 30º N; Longitudes : 78º E
- Climate: pleasant throughout the year, no extremes.
- Rainfall: annual rainfall is about 2136.7 mm.
- Winter: November to mid February
- Temperatures: max 27.7º C and min 14.6º C. During summer varies from 35ºC to 45ºC. During winter 35ºC to 45ºC
- Population: 102,138 as per 2011 India’s Census
- Languages: Kumauni Garhwali is the state language. Urdu is also spoken by specific amount of people, Hindi and English also.
- Best Season: mid September and November
- Tourist Attraction: River Ganges, Trimbakeshwar temple, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Rishikund, Rafting, Kayaking and camping and trekking.