Rishikesh, the religious town known for its religious and spiritual connections, has some of the world’s exquisite views too. Surrounded by the lesser Himalayas and holy Ganga flowing through it Rishikesh is one of the mesmerizing places in India. On Rishikesh tours tourists can visit the beautiful temples, or mediate at the various ashrams. The adventure enthusiasts can try some thrilling sports like white river rafting, trekking etc. many people visit Rishikesh for practicing yoga at the “yog ashrams”.
The altitude of 1360 meters acts as an advantage for the tourism in Rishikesh. As it is higher than any holy cities of Haridwar and Varanasi, hence the water of river Ganga is cleaner and cooler. This city is not over populated hence tourists will never feel congested in the city limits. Your Rishikesh tours will definitely turn to be calmer and more peaceful. With the pure white water gushing through the Himalayas and the banks of the rivers dotted with ashrams and temples the landscape of Rishikesh is as exceptional as its people.
During your Rishikesh tours you can visit the religious places like the Lakshman jhula, the Triveni ghat, and Nilkanth Mahadeo temple etc. the Lakshman jhula is a one of the landmark places in Rishikesh. It joins the two banks of river Ganga and every pilgrim coming to Rishikesh makes it a point to visit this place. The Triveni ghat is another scared place in Rishikesh. This is the main bathing ghat in the city.
Every devotee visiting this city takes a dip in the holy Ganga water at this ghat. This ghat or bathing site is located on the confluence of India’s three holy rivers, namely the Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati. The best time to visit this place is during the evening to witness the enchanting aarti.
Tourists can also pay a visit to the famous yoga or meditation ashrams during their Rishikesh tours. The Gita bhavan, Swarg ashram, Shivanand ashram are some of the well known ashrams in Rishikesh. The striking thing about these ashrams is the way they live. All these ashrams run on the lines of the ancient guru ashrams that once existed in India. Ayurvedic dispensaries and the yoga classes are worth visiting during your tour. The people at the ashram live a pretty simple life and are mostly engaged in meditation, bhajan, keertans (singing songs dedicated to god) and spiritual preaching. Tourists interested in exploring the surroundings of the city during their Rishikesh tours can go on excursions to the neighboring towns of Chila, Narendra Nagar, etc. Chila is a wildlife sanctuary while Narendra Nagar is a historical town. You can witness the archaeological structures and the notable royal palaces in Narendra Nagar.
As the city of Rishikesh is popularly known as the yoga capital of the world you have to try some yoga positions during your Rishikesh tours. Many tourists from around the world come to Rishikesh to learn the ancient art of yoga. It is said that the person who practices this art is a proper way will live a long healthy life. This ancient Indian art is taught in a conducive environment so that the people can easily follow it. The international yoga festival is arranged in Rishikesh every year. Many people come in the first week of February to attend this festival.
Many adventure tourists undertake Rishikesh tours to enjoy the thrilling sports like white river rafting and trekking. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam organizes river rafting courses at Kaudiya in Rishikesh. Many professionals visit Rishikesh for river rafting. The experience of riding the wild waters of Ganga as it falls from a height of 480 meters is a thrilling one. Tourists can even try some gentle canoeing. The people interested in trekking can undertake treks from Rishikesh to Binsar or Rishikesh to Gopeshwar. Small treks from Rishikesh to the upper ranges of Himalayas are arranged for beginners.
During Rishikesh tours you can shop for local handicrafts, pearls, sea shells etc. handloom shops sell khadi bhandar, garhwal wool of good quality. For your accommodation in Rishikesh you can stay in popular hotels and tourist bungalows.
Tourists can reach Rishikesh by air. The nearest airport is at Dehradun which is 18km from Rishikesh. Major towns like Delhi, Kolkatta, and Haridwar have well connected railway routes to Rishikesh. Government buses and private taxis can be used to reach Rishikesh. Hence it is really easy to reach Rishikesh from any part of India.
Rishikesh is a town where you can mediate to get salvation or experience pure fun through adventure sports like white river rafting and trekking. Hence during your Rishikesh tours you can experience perfect balance between modern ways of enjoyment and ancient ways of introspection.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/13