Rishikesh “The Land of Sages” is situated in the lap of Himalayas of Northern India hence known as “Gateway of Indian Himalayas”. It is said that the great Sage “Raibhya Rishi” had served prayer with penance in a faith to see God “God’s darshan” and in result h has been rewarded as a God appeared in semblance of Hrishikesh hence the Town is named as Rishikesh.
The town Rishikesh also known as Dharam Nagri and a gateway of Chota Char Dham some called it a town of sagas which has its own spiritual importance for Hindu Religion and in today's time it is a major favoured destination or site of tourists for trekking, rafting and hiking. It is now famous for sports and adventure.
The city resides in District Dehradun of Uttarakhand State which lies in the northern part of India at the shore of river ganga. The river ganga is a sacred and a holy river which is considered as a mother in hindu religion, the town is one of the holiest place of the hindu religion and has long been Spiritual Center and a World Yoga Capital hence it is also known as a holy expedition town Due to such religious significance the alcohol and non-vegetarian is strictly banned hence town is a declared a a dry town.
The place is best for meditation and study yoga a lot of foreigners visits his palace in pursuit of finding peace and mandate at the shore of Ganga, and at a ashrams, The town has many internationally recognised ashrams where visitors studies yoga, meditation and, philosophically. Along with to start trekking to Himalayas Chota Char Dham “Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and, Yamunotri.
The Town Rishikesh is surrounded with 3 different district and a State Capital Dehradun and the districts are, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and another Spiritual City Haridwar. Haridwar and Rishikesh will be given the title of Twin National Heritage Cities announced by the Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma in Year 2015 which will be the first to own this title.
There are several spots to visit in rishikesh and most famous are Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Goa Beach, and a 7 Story Temple which is sited on the sangam of Chandrabhaga and Ganga River 24 km opposite of Haridwar.
The Weather condition is very favourable here around the year we can call a continental type climate but due to himalayan range and surrounding weather condition became more pleasant throughout the year hence can be visited at any time of the year.
For River Rafting and Camping: The best time for river rafting in rishikesh is March and Late September to Mid November, during these months/period the temperature and weather condition is very favourable, but in May and june the temperature is quite hot around 37 to 42 degree and from July to mid September the water level get raised due to rain hence at this time rafting is not allowed and after November mid the temperature starts getting cooler.
For rest other thing like Meditation, Yoga and to visit Ashrams one can visit at any time of the year.
The Nearest Railway Station is Dehradun Railway Station which is around 40 km, The Haridwar Railway Station which is around 46 KM and The Raiwala Junction Station of Dehradun District which is just 12 Km from Rishikesh.
Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport and it’s just 33 km away from Rishikesh.
You can take a private cab/taxi, public shared taxi or tracker/taxi from any of these stations.
From Dehradun or Haridwar you can take Uttarakhand Transport Busses from ISBT Dehradun and Haridwar Bus Stand.
There are several direct busses available up to rishikesh from different cities like Delhi etc and it’s never been tough for any visitors to visit rishikesh, in rishikesh you can also hire royal enfield and other bikes on rent for roving.
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