In the state of
in the northern part of
Time to Visit :
Any Time of the year. Rishikesh hosts an
International Yoga Festival, which is held every year in the first week of
Known For :
The Pilgrimage Centers and Yoga &
is the Gateway to the Himalayas
Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttranchal India. Rishikesh blossoms in natural
splendour. The charm of the Ganga gushing through the Himalayan foothills is
a spectacular sight. Several temples stands on the banks of the river Ganga
at Rishikesh. This place is considered as the entry point to the three other
pilgrim places of Badrinath - Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri the four
great places which combine to make Chardham .
Located at a height of about 1360 ft from sea level, Rishikesh has been an
abode of several yogis and sages since time immemorial, who lived and
practised penance here. Rishikesh represents the place where Vishnu
vanquished the demon Madhu. Rishikesh is also world famous for ashrams
teaching Yoga & Meditation. Rishikesh is not only attracts pilgrims but
also the foreign nationals, who want to know about Hinduism, who want to
spend some time close to the Lord, people who love rafting come here to
conquer the rapids of Ganga. Rishikesh is also an ideal base camp for
trekking in the nearby Himalayas.
Yoga & Meditation in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is home to many ashrams, and most major Indian ashram, including
Vivekenanda, Sivananda, Osho, Bihar school of yoga, have an office there. If
you want to experience the classical Indian Yoga
& Meditation, then this is the place for you. The slow and spiritual
atmosphere of Rishikesh makes its an idealistic place to begin discovering
what India has to offer. Rishikesh is slow and less intense as compared to
other parts of India, probably because people have religion in their minds.
The pilgrims gather in Rishikesh to bathe in the sanctified waters of the
Ganges, as Hindus believe this can remove layers of sin. This peaceful
ashram centre here is certainly one of the most atmospheric places in India.
Right from the dawn to the dusk, the entire ambience of Rishikesh is filled
with a divine aura. The air of Rishikesh allows the chimes of the temple
bells and religious chants float through out the city, creating a celestial
synergy, where God and Man seems to unify, without any caste or creed
discrimination. The day starts at 4 am in Rishikesh, from then onwards
various religious activities are performed till the night arrives.
Rishikesh is completely vegetarian, you won't even find an egg there.
Whitewater Rafting in Rishikesh
Nearest airport is at New Delhi. Take a bus or
taxi from here to reach Rishikesh.
Nearest railhead is at Haridwar in Uttranchal.
From here you can take a bus or taxi to reach Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is about 250 km from Delhi. Buses
depart regularly throughout the day from near the ISBT. You can also take a
bus from Haridwar.