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Rishikesh


Rishikesh Travel Guide IndiaRishikesh is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India.Surrounded by hills on three sides with the holy Ganges flowing through it, located at a height of about 1360 feet above the sea level, it is also called the 'Yoga Capital of the World'. The whole city is considered to be a sacred place where mediating will lead to attainment of salvation.

Rishikesh, the gateway to the Himalayas and a starting point for journeys to other important religious places like Badrinath, Hemkunt Sahib, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Rishikesh nestled in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh attracts thousands of tourists every year who come in need of some peace of mind and soul. A trip to Rishikesh promises to rejuvenate our mind and body and infuse it with energy and will power. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practised penance here.

Major Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula
The bridge has been a major attraction among the tourists to Rishikesh. The suspension iron bridge Lakshman Jhula was build in 1929. This is where Rama's brother Lakshaman is said to have crossed the river on a jute ropes. One can enjoy the spectacular surroundings and the cool breeze from the River while standing on the bridge.

Ram Jhula
Ram Jhula is similar and close to the Lakshman Jhula. This suspended bridge was recently build between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram. Ram Juhla is also known as Shivanand Jhula.

Raghunath Mandir Rishikesh Travel Guide IndiaRaghunath Mandir and Triveni Ghat
It is the most important places for religious ceremonies in Rishikesh. It is believed that the Ganga is joined here by the Yamuna and the Saraswati Rivers. Geographically, however, the Yamuna joins the Ganga in Allahabad. The dusk Aarti on the Triveni Ghat is most impressive.

Gita Bhavan
Gita Bhavan situated just across the Lakshman Jhula. This newly constructed building is famous for its attractive paintings and statues from the Hindu mythology.

Bharat Mandir
The image installed in Bharat Mandir has a distinctly Himalayan cast of features. It is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. Though the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu, it holds a number of image normalley associated with the worship of Lord Shiva.

Ashrams
Most ashrams in Rishikesh are centres for spiritual studies which also calls for Physical disciplines. Some ashrams, however, are monasteries. Among the better known ashrams are :- Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Ved Niketan, Dayanand Vedanta Ashram, Vanmali Gita Yogashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditatation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.

How to Reach:

Train : The nearest railway station is at Haridwar, about 24 km from Rishikesh. There are morning and evening trains for Delhi to Haridwar. On can take a bus, car from Railway station to reach Rishikesh.

Road : Rishikesh is well connected to all major cities of India by road.

Accommodation :
Being a very popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has ample accommodations for the tourists coming from all over. The hotels offer good length of facilities and services which are ideal for both short and long journeys.


Rishikesh Tour Packages

Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Shivpuri-Delhi
(10 nights/11 days)


Haridwar Travel Guide IndiaDay 01 - Arrive - Delhi
On the 1st day you arrive at Delhi and the tour operator takes you to the hotel where you check in. You stay at the hotel overnight.

Day 02 - Delhi
On the 2nd morning the tour itinerary includes a tour of the city of New Delhi and that would include visits to several tourist destinations such as Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, Birla Temple, Government buildings, the Parliament House, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and the Gandhi Memorial.

Day 03- Delhi- Haridwar - Rishikesh
On the morning of the 3rd day you board the Shatabadi Express train to Haridwar. When you arrive at Haridwar you check in at the hotel. The tour itinerary includes an afternoon tour of the several ashrams in both Haridwar and Rishikesh. Some these ashrams besides being important tourist destinations are recognized internationally as centers of yoga, philosophical studies and meditation.

Day 04 - Rishikesh - Day 07 at Rishikesh (Ashram)
On the 4th day you check in at one of the ashrams in Rishikesh and the tour itinerary for the next 3 days includes attending yoga and meditation classes at the ashram.

Day 08 - Rishikesh - Shivpuri
On the 8th day the tour itinerary includes a drive to Shivpuri. On your arrival here you check in at a nature camp resort. In the late afternoon you go on a jungle walk in the reserve forest. In the late evening you attend a campfire and have your dinner. You stay at the night overnight.

Shivpuri Travel Guide IndiaDay 09 - Shivpuri
Early in the morning on the 9th day you wake up and attend a yoga class. After your breakfast you drive to Byasi - Kaudiyala from where you go on a rafting trip on the river Ganges. In the afternoon you lunch at the nature camp resort. You can spend the evening relaxing and doing your own thing after which you attend a campfire and have your dinner.

Day 10 - Shivpuri
Early in the morning on the 10th day you proceed on a half hour drive to Hindolakhal. Once you arrive at Hindolakhal you begin the one-hour trek to Kunjapuri. After sightseeing and exploring Kunjapuri area you join a meditation and relaxation class. After lunch you go back to the nature camp resort and spend some time relaxing. Then the tour itinerary includes a trip to Chilla for a wild life safari. You spend the night at the nature camp resort.

Day 11 - Shivpuri - Delhi
Early in the morning on the 11th day you attend a yoga class and a question-answer session on yoga. After your breakfast you raft down from Shivpuri to Rishikesh. You have lunch at Brahampuri. You board the train for Delhi in the evening. You check in at the hotel on your arrival and stay there overnight.

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