On the banks of Holy Ganges (Uttarkhand)
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24 kms upstream on the banks of the Ganga, where it adjoins the
Chandrabhaga, is the holy town of Rishikesh. This small town is the point
where the holy Ganges dashes down in full halo onto huge boulders and
produces a long stretching of white sandy beaches. The banks are dotted with
ashrams, where saints and holy men rested before beginning their strenuous
pilgrimage up into the snow-covered land of the gods. Rishikesh is basically
a blend of five different districts- Rishikesh the commercial centre,
Muni-ki-reti in the calm suburbs, Shivananda Nagar to the north,
Lakshmanjhula with its holy enshrines and Swarg Ashram where most of the
ashrams are dotted.
Rishikesh is also the circuit of Hindu philosophy and learning, with
several ashrams devoted to the understanding and spreading of the faith. It
is a pathway of yoga and meditation with Indian science & culture in a
gradual, systematic & scientific way to eject tension from day to day
life. Rishikesh provides wonderful opportunity for trekking, rock climbing
and river rafting. Rishikesh also represents the site where Vishnu trounced
the demon Madhu.
Places of Attraction
The Triveni Ghat
It is one of the most prominent bathing ghat in Rishikesh. With its modern
images of Hindu deities and white sandy beach, the ghat is ideal for a dip
in the holy waters of the Ganga. The evening, arati (worship) with lamps is
The Bharat Mandir near Triveni Ghat is esteemed to be the oldest temple in
Rishikesh. The temple's presiding deity is a black stone Vishnu, which is
considered to be blessed by Adi Shankaracharya while his visit to Rishikesh
in the 9th century. This occasion is marked with special celebrations on the
day of spring festival, Basant Panchami.
Lakshman Jhula is basically a hanging bridge on the Ganges and the most
popular spot in Rishikesh. About 2 kms upstream is the old footbridge called
Lakshmanjhula, named after the brother of Lord Rama. Temples line both sides
of the river at Lakshmanjhula.
With its numerous ashrams, food stalls and shops, this ashram is a haunt
for those looking for insights into religious themes.Important shrines and
ashrams at Swarg Ashram include Kali Kumbliwale founded by Swami
Vishudhananda, Parmarth Niketan with large statues of gods and goddesses and
the Gita Bhavan with its Ayurvedic dispensary.
Visit some of the most popular hotels in the Himalayan region that are
located in the hilly and adventurous region and well-known for its
hospitality, accommodation facilities that offer both quality and standard
with enchanting surroundings.
» Hotel Ganga Kinare ( 3 Star Hotel )
» Hotel Great Ganga ( 3 Star Hotel )
How to Reach
By Road :
Rishikesh is well connected with other parts of
the country by road transport. There are several luxury buses to common
destinations like Delhi, Pushkar,Varanasi and Jaipur.
By Train :
Haridwar is the nearest railhead and
well-connected to all parts of India.
By Air :
Jolly Grant at Dehradun is the nearest airport.
Rishikesh is about 230 kilometres from Delhi.