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Rishikesh Tourism Guide

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Rishikesh Travel Guide

This Rishikesh tourism guide unfurls every texture of the small town, which has secured itself within the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. The city with religious helms is amongst the popular places for adventure seekers, and famous for the captivating snow-capped Shivalik Ranges and some of the most alluring tourist places in Rishikesh. The mesmerizing beauty of this place is further enhanced with an enchanting Rishikesh weather, picturesque surroundings, saintly waters of the Ganges which is also the major source of Haridwar tourism. The fiercely flowing water of the Ganges has given birth to the thrilling activities of camping and rafting in Rishikesh. Apart from Rishikesh rafting, the ‘Adventure capital of India’ is also famous for its year-round pleasant weather, and other Rishikesh adventure activities such as bungee jumping, waterfall trekking, rappelling, river crossing, and more.

Rightly called as the ‘Abode of Gods’, Rishikesh is alive with teeming temples, which welcomes thousands to lakhs of tourists every year. Worshippers from all castes and creed, lodge into the ashrams and join hands in the temples here, each hiding numerous mythical stories behind its establishment. And that’s why most of the Rishikesh travel guides advise the visitors to plan their stay accordingly, and also be able to visit the famous Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, Kunjapuri Temple, Parmarth Niketan Temple, Bharat Mandir, and many more. Besides the Rishi Kund and Raghunath Temple, and Triveni Ghat, the multi-story Tera Manzil Temple is also worth visiting, which is mostly sought after for the magnificent view of the sunset from there.

Rishikesh tourism is all about the religious faith intermixed with eventful activities. One of the advises that this Rishikesh travel guide has for travelers is to walk over the ever popular hanging bridges of Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula. Besides these, tourism in Rishikesh also highlights a visit to the mighty Neer Garh Waterfall, primarily known to have mystical healing properties.

With the rowdy waters of Ganga hitting over the knotty nodular rocks, river rafting in Rishikesh demands thorough professional skilled adventurers. Fortunately, Rishikesh tourism acknowledges separate flow-ways for amateurs hence, no one is going to miss the fun. However, the calm water at some places invites numerous kayakers from all over the world to take part in its various championships.

Rishikesh tourism offers the best opportunity to accomplish one’s camping dream with the numerous camping sites available in the town. Owing to the majestic Shivalik Range, rappelling, rock climbing as well as trekking counts among the popular adventure sports here. If any visitor is not scared of heights, then he should definitely buckle up and indulge in adventure sports like bungee jumping, flying fox, cliff jumping, and giant swing. One can also roll off on the rugged mountains with activities like mountain biking and waterfall trekking, and return back with the most flabbergasting experience of all time.


This Rishikesh tourism guide also highlights the best restaurants one can dine at after indulging in the tiring events in the foothills of Shivalik. The posh list of the restaurants would roll far away, but some worth mentioning are ‘The Sitting Elephant’, ‘60’s’, ‘Free Spirit Café’, ‘Holy Water Dining’, ‘Ira’s Kitchen and Tea Room’. These restaurants are known for its gorgeous décor along with scrumptious food. Besides, cafes like ‘Bistro Nirvana’, ‘Ramana’s Organic Café’, Chatsang Café’, ‘Pyramid Café, and many more offer its visitors with antique picturesque views beside some in-town famous delicacies.

 

There is no end when the discussion comes to Rishikesh tourism. The place is also known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, for its age old practices of yoga postures. It is known to heal its guests not only with the breathtaking views, but also with its devotion to yoga. And amidst all the places in the country, Rishikesh has always taken pride as the “alcohol- free city of the country.”

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By Air

For those wondering how to reach Rishikesh by air, Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. Situated at a mere distance of 21 kilometers from the town, this airport enjoys great connectivity from many major destinations, especially from Delhi. It only takes an hour by flight to reach here from Delhi. Once here, one can take a taxi from outside the airport to reach Rishikesh directly. And even though, there are no direct flights to Rishikesh, it is a good mode of transport as air travel still saves a lot of time.

By Train

For travelers who find train journeys convenient and fun, and wish to know how to reach Rishikesh by train, the foremost thing to know is that the nearest railway station, which is Rishikesh Railway Station, situated in Ganga Nagar. It also enjoys great connectivity from several major stations like Delhi, Mumbai, and Lucknow. Some of the major trains that travel on this route are Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, and Mussoorie Express. While a train journey might cost one more time, it is definitely cheaper and convenient.

By Road

Rishikesh is a place where anyone would love to travel by road. But, for those who aren’t aware of how to reach Rishikesh by Road, they would love the fact that there are a lot of private and normal buses that run on a daily basis from Delhi, Meerut, and many other cities. With a distance of some 240 kilometers from Delhi, one can reach Rishikesh in five to six hours. While self-driving is fun, taking a bus saves a lot of money.

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The town is virtually run by auto rickshaws and shared jeeps which are the local modes of transport in Rishikesh.

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Modinagar – Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh, this is undoubtedly the quickest and the best road route from Delhi to Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is one of the top tourist destinations in India. Thus, there are numerous ATMs at various places spread across the city to cater to the financial needs of both tourists as well as the residents.

The International Yoga Festival, Beatles Festival and Science Festival are some of the festivals in Rishikesh that are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm.

Since Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Shivalik range, the weather generally remains pleasant throughout the year. Still, the ideal time to visit the place is February-March and August-October as May and June are quite hot.

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