Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttaranachal. It is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar and spreads on the right banks of the Ganges.
Yoga & Meditation
Lakshman Jhula, Gita Bhavan, Triveni Ghat
government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc.
The climate here is continental type but its location in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.
Best time to visit
October to April
Rishikesh, an important pilgrimage in the country is located in northern Uttaranchal, surrounded by hills and cut across by the holy Ganges. Today it is considered as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. The town of Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Garhwal region and is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and is the starting point for pilgrim routes to the four dhams of Uttarakhand-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
In the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame because Beatles the famous music band came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Air : The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly Grant), 35 kms from Haridwar. Vayudoot services operates from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant). Jagson Airlines also operates flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
Rail : Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.
Road : By road Rishikesh to Haridwar 24 kms, Dehradun 47 kms, Mussoorie 77 kms, Badrinath 301 kms (Son Prayag), Kedarnath 228 kms, Gangotri 258 kms, Yamunotri 288 kms (Hanuman Chatti), Srinagar 105 kms, Joshimath 252 kms.
Bus Service: Haridwar is connected by bus with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manli, Shimla, Rishikesh etc.
Major Attractions in Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula : This suspended iron bridge was built in 1939 and is a major attraction among the tourists. Ram Jhula is the other suspended Iron bridge was recently constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram.
Gita Bhavan : Built recently, this building is famous for its attractive paintings and statues from the Hindu mythology and is situated just across the Lakshman Jhula.
Triveni Ghat : This is a bathing ghat where daily in the morning and evening thousands of people come to take bath and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed.