Rishikesh is a city located in the Himalayan region in the state of Uttarakhand. This place has religious importance and has been remained very popular among a wide range of tourists due to its views of mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and valleys and also very famous for its offerings of numbers of thrilling activities. It is called the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and is also known as the "Yoga Capital of the World" which clearly states its importance. Rishikesh is quite popular among the tourists due to its religious centres along with the offering of opportunities to engage in fun activities as well.
Lakshman Jhula is a hanging bridge that links two important villages, Tapovan village in Tehri Garhwal and Jonk village in Pauri Garhwal. It is almost 450 meters long made up of iron and is one of the most popular locations in Rishikesh to visit, however, there are some myths related to this bridge that Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman did cross the Ganga River at the same place, where the bridge is standing today. This bridge was opened to the public in the year of 1929. Tourists do enjoy spending time here with their friends or loved ones.
Neer Garh Waterfall is an amalgam of three waterfalls that falls from the height of 25 feet. To reach this waterfall there is a requirement of 15 minutes of the trek from the dense forest and two bridges along with the stream of water running have to pass in the trekking route. This trekking experience would be wonderful due to the beautiful views of nature and the view of a mighty waterfall would be more splendid. It is one of the must-visit locations in Rishikesh.
One of the best places to visit in Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located 32 kilometers from Rishikesh amidst the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot and is considered one of the sacred pilgrim spots in India. This temple is surrounded by lush green forests and mountain ranges. The architecture of this temple is the feature to explore here because of the fine execution of detailing without the use of any technology. During the monsoon season especially in the month of Shravan this temple is visited by a huge crowd of devotees, within the temple, there is a natural spring of water in which devotees take bath. This temple also gives you a beautiful view of the river and mountain.
Triveni Ghat has situated at the banks of the holy river Ganga and it is an amalgam spot of three great Indian rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati and it is recognised as the holiest place of Rishikesh. This ghat gives you the mesmerizing view of mountains and rivers and the positive and religious vibes will make you stay long here and to be a witness of Maha-Arti just completely relaxes your soul. It is an ideal spot to spend some time with yourself and to make yourself calm and peaceful. There is a market as well right across the ghat if you are looking to shop. It has been the centre of attraction not only because of its religious belief but also because of its peaceful and charming views and landscapes.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram has located at the banks of river Ganga and it is one of the most popular ashrams in Rishikesh. This ashram is recognised as practising traditional ayurvedic treatment, yoga, meditation and several other healing techniques. Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj is known to found this ashram in 1942. This ashram gives you a calm and positive atmosphere due to its green, clean and pure ambiance, and this ashram welcome every guest belonging from any religion, caste, gender, class and nationality. Tourists can engage in Yoga practices, meditation session, universal prayers and sermons to relax their body and mind and all these practices help people to connect with their inner self. It is also home to a 14 feet statue of Lord Shiva that has been located at the banks of river Ganga and the holy tree, Kapavriksha is also spotted on the campus.
Gita Bhavan is a large complex which is resided at the banks of the river Ganga, it is one of those ideal locations where devotees can gather more information about Hinduism and simultaneously can also participate in various religious and cultural activities either. This Bhavan offers free food and accommodation to the pilgrims and pure vegetarian meals are also available to travellers at a very nominal cost. You can participate in daily prayer and meditation sessions as well; it also offers free boat rides and also offers ayurvedic treatments and medicines. With many meditation spots and bathing ghats, it offers a spiritual and pleasant atmosphere to engage in religious activities.
The Winter Season in Rishikesh stays from October to February and the Rishikesh temperature ranges between 8 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius. This season is the most ideal season to visit Rishikesh and the weather remains chilled and fresh and suitable for travellers to explore the location. An ideal season not only because you find this location heavenly beautiful with the clear and natural view of mountains, waterfalls, lakes and valleys but also because of the opportunities to engage in many exciting activities such as river rafting, paragliding, parasailing, bungee jumping, trekking and camping. In this season travellers might get difficulty in finding bookings at good deals so it is suggested to make an advance booking on travel and accommodations to have a hassle-free trip.
Summer Season in Rishikesh is marked from March to May and the Rishikesh temperature fluctuates between 14 degrees Celsius to 39 degrees Celsius the weather can be described as hot and humid but still many tourists visit Rishikesh in this season as well. In this season travellers can enjoy the ayurvedic sessions and spa sessions, can visit popular cafes and also can be witnessed to The International Yoga Festival which takes place in this season in the Yoga capital of the World and to present in the evening Aarti at 5 pm every day is one of the best spiritual experiences. It is the season to explore your spiritual side by visiting various temples, jhulas and other auspicious sites. It is not the peak season of Rishikesh which gives you good deals on accommodations and travel.
The monsoon Season in Rishikesh stays from June to September and the temperature ranges from 24 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. It is the season with severe weather conditions which are also the causes of landslides and floods. Rishikesh climate remains pleasant and breezy however, it is described as offseason due to the risk involved. But It is also the time when this location looks fresher and greener and travellers can enjoy the views of the natural landscapes and can enjoy the services of their hotels and resorts. Tourists can find good packages of accommodations in this season.
- Dehradun Airport which is also known as Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport which is approximately 20 kilometres away and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi would be the second closest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 250 kilometres away and both airports are well connected to other major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Numbers of airline carriers such as Air India, Spice Jet, IndiGo and Jet Airways operate daily flights to Dehradun and once you reach the airport you can easily avail yourself of bus or taxi services or also can hire a cab to reach your destination.
- Rishikesh is blessed with its railway station which is unfortunately not connected to other major cities except Haridwar hence, Haridwar Railway Station would be the nearest railway station to Rishikesh which is approximately 20 kilometres away from the main city and well connected to other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Lucknow. Numbers of trains such as Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi and Mussoorie Express run regularly to Haridwar. Taxi and Bus services are easily available to travellers to reach Rishikesh which approximately takes 40 minutes.
- Rishikesh is well versed connected to other major cities like Delhi via road. If you are heading from New Delhi then you can take a bus from Kashmiri Gate ISBT which travel on regular basis. Several luxury and non-deluxe buses are available to tourists as per their comfort and budget. Travellers do visit Rishikesh via road due to the well maintained and smooth conditions of roads and it is also a cost-effective way to travel. Those who are visiting through their vehicle can take NH 58 to reach the destination.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa Rishikesh is located at Rishikesh and it is one of the best options to stay in your travel. It gives you the services of Restaurant, Outside Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre, Bar, Garden, Terrace, Currency Exchange and 24-hour front desk. This resort is known for its friendly staff and mind-blowing location. The Roseate Ganges Rishikesh gives you the services of Restaurant, Free Private Parking, Fitness Centre, Concierge Service, Airport Transfer, Garden and 24-hour helpdesk along with other amenities. Vanantra Resort is located in Rishikesh and provides you with the services of a Fitness Centre, Free Private Parking, a Garden, a Terrace and a 24-hour front desk with some other basic amenities. Modi Yoga Retreat Rishikesh is located in Rishikesh, 2.8 kilometres away from Triveni Ghat and features you the services of Free Private Parking, Restaurant, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre, Concierge Service and 24-hour Helpdesk and some other services are also available to travellers.