It is the starting point for the Char dham pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, rishikesh is the suggested place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and for rafting. Also, International Yoga Week which attracts participation form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga.
Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place.
From this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and enters the vast plains of Northern India.
Best Season to Visit :No such season that could be specified as the best time to visit Rishikesh, as being in the hilly region, the climate of this place always remains pleasant.
Shopping in Rishikesh :Being a pilgrimage place, the glamour of big shop bargains are absent but Rishikesh offers you handicraft items made of shells, beads and pearls. Sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. You can buy these items from the government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc.
Tourist Attractions :
Bharat Mandir, Rishikesh TravelBharat Mandir : Built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th centuray, Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in anciant record of Kearkhand. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. In the inner canopy above the idol is shree yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D. Lot of old statues , coins, pots and other things of historical importance were found in recent excavatiions in the premises of the temple.
Rishikund : Close to Trivenighat is the most anciant place, the rishikund. Anciant records relate this to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water.The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath , deicated to lord rama and his wife.
Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh TravelTriveni Ghat : The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat.
Geeta Bhawan : One of the oldest temple complex in the area. The famous Indian epic Ramayana and Mahabharta are described here on the walls.
Tera Manzil Temple : A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.
Getting to Rishikesh :
The holy city Rishikesh is easily accessible from all important cities of India by air, rail and road.
By Air - Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest one to Rishikesh and is at a distance of 24 km.
By Rail - Rishikesh railway station is connected to some of the major towns and cities of India. One can also reach Rishikesh via Haridwar.
By Road - An excellent network of roads link the city to all major towns of Uttranchal and surrounding areas. State Transports Corporation has bus services to almost all main cities of North India.
By Local Transport - Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis are easily available in Rishikesh.