Rishikesh is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. It’s situated on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar.

Rishikesh lures those seeking knowledge and peace with its numerous temples, ashrams, and yoga institutes. The town’s lanes and alleys retain a old-world charm, and it remains a wonderful place to relax and unwind amongst nature.

What to see

  1. Triveni Ghat: A bathing ghat where every evening an ‘Aarti’ to river Ganga is performed.1. Triveni Ghat: A bathing ghat where every evening an ‘Aarti’ to river Ganga is performed.

  2. Lakshman Jhoola: A suspension bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath.

  3. Shivanand Jhoola: Also known as Ram Jhoola, this is a recently completed suspension bridge which spans the river near Swarg Ashram.

  4. Temples: Other temples include Raghunath Temple, Pushkar Temple, Venkateshwar Temple, Chandra Mauleshwaran Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Mandir and lakshman Temffle.

  5. Ashrams & Yoga Centres: The main Ashrams at Rishikesh are Shivanand Ashram, Muni ki Reti Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar; Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan , Pamarth Niketan; Ved Niketan, Yoga Study Centre, Shanti Kunj, Maa Anand Mai Ashram.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is in Jolly Grant (Dehradun, 18 km).

Rail: Rishikesh is among the last railheads for Garhwal. The other convenient railhead is Haridwar which is connected with other important cities..

Road: Rishikesh is well-connected by road to Delhi 238 km, Haridwar 24 km, Dehradun 42 km, Mussoorie 77 km, Yamunotri 288 km, Gangotri 258 km, Uttarkashi 154 km, Kedarnath 228 km, Badrinath 301 km, Chandigarh 252 km.

General information

Area: 11.20 sq. km. Altitude: 356 mts STD Code: 01364

Excursions

  1. Neelkanth Mahadev (12 km): The Neelkanth Temple is situated on top of a hill across the Canga. According to mythology, after the Sagar Manthan lord Shiva drank all the effluent venom here, which turned his throat blue, hence the name Neelkanth.

  2. Rajaji National Park (15 km): Tthis thickly forested sanctuary spreads all the way to Dehradun. It is known for its Elephants, Barking deer, Leopards, Sambar and Peafowl.

  3. DEHRADUN (42 km): Nestled in a wide and thickly forested valley of the Shivalik ranges, Dehradun is known for its salubrious climate. Once a stronghold of the Garhwal kings and later appropriated by the British as a residential resort, the town has several institutions and public schools. its proximity to Mussoorie is an added attraction. The climate is conclusive to the growth of fruit trees and Dehradun is famous for its fruit orchards.

  4. MUSSOORIE (77 km): In 1827, Capt. Young of the British army chanced upon this extraordinarily beautiful wooded ridge and created the centre around which the hill station grew. just 38 km from Dehradun, Mussoorie offers views of both the Himalayan ranges to the north and the Shivaliks and plains to the south. This erstwhile aristocratic resort is now a popular hill station and promises a variety of entertainment throughout the year. Landour retains much of the old-world charm of the place.

  5. Kunja Puri Temple (25 km).

  6. Vashishatha Cufa Ashrarn (25 km) on way to Badrinath.

  7. Bharat Mata Temple.

  8. Bhoot Nath Temple.

  9. Pushkar Temple.