Rishikesh

General Information
Altitude : 356 mts.
Season : Round the year.
Language : Garhwali, Hindi and English.
Climate : Cold in winter, Pleasent in summer and heavy rainfall in monsoon.
Accommodation : Govt. Rest Houses and Hotels & Dharamshalas are Availabe.
Rishikesh also known as the 'Place of Sages' is a spiritual town situated 24 kms. upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had apeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name. It is starting point for Char Dham pilgrimage and an ideal destination for not only for 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 from across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the bank of the Ganga.

Accessibility

Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 18 Kms. from Dehradun.
Rail : Rishikesh is connected by railway line.
Road : Rishikesh is well connected by Road from other cities.
Triveni Ghat
Triveni Ghat is believed to be the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati rivers. Devotees take a holy dip and performed 'Aarti' on every evening.
Temples
Some premier temples in Rishikesh are Raghunath Temple, Pushkar Temple, Venkateshwar Temple, Chandra Mauleshwaran Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Temple and Lakshman Templs.
Shivanand Jhoola
Also known as Ram Jhoola, a suspension bridge between the Shivanand Ashram and the Swargashram. It provides an alternative to a boat ride from one bank of the Ganga to another.
Ashrams & Yoga Centers
Some of main Ashrams are Shivanand Asharam, Muni ki Reti, Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Ved Niketan and Yoga Study Center.
Laxman Jhoola
A suspension bridge across river Ganga situated 5 kms. from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath and Kedarnath. It was built in 1929 to replace a rope bridge. It is believed the Rama's brother Lakshman crossed the river here on a jute rope.
Kaudiala
Kaudiala is just 37 km. from Rishikesh. GMVN has provides essential rafting facilities at Kaudiala (389 mts.). Located on the Rishikesh - Badrinath road. Kaudiala is surrounded by dense forests. For river rafting enthusiasts, Kaudiala is Rafters camp. GMVN conducts river rafting courses here. They provide rafts, equipment and river side camping items. Rock climbing can also be organised here.

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