Rishikesh, located in the foot of the Himalayas in Northern India offers relief from the busy schedules of city life. The place is a combination of greenery, water, devotion and health.
To be specific, Rishikesh is full of fresh greenery, the holy river Ganga blesses the place with its pure water, it is a religious place for Hindus as there is a belief that Lord Vishnu appeared here to give Darshan to Raibhya Rishi, and there are many yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic centers which teach a healthy way of living.
How to Reach : Located at 231 Kms. North of Delhi, Rishikesh can be reached by road, Train or air (depending on the season).
Accommodations : Plenty of accommodations are available for stay. There are hotels starting from Rs. 100/- per day, AC, Non-AC rooms are also available. The cost depends on the location and facilities offered.
Best Time to visit rishikesh: The best time to visit Rishikesh is February, March, August and October during which time weather is good.
Religious : The ancient temples have a lot of devotees pouring in, a holy dip in the Ganges is a must, the adjoining places like Devprayag, draw a lot of people. Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula are important places to visit. Char Dham Yatra, the holy trip of visiting the four places starts at Rishikesh.
Adventure : White water rafting, rock climbing, bungee jumping are the most important sports activities to be tried here. Rishikesh gets the privilege of having the first bungee jumping camp. One can also get into activities like Camping, rappelling and trekking.
The place is famous yoga with many yoga and meditation centers established here. There are yoga courses available in various lengths and a wide range of facilities. There are also people who read horoscopes and make predictions and also palm reading.
Important Places to Visit :
Bharat Mandir is a temple built by Sri Shankaracharya, it is a temple of Lord Vishnu and the main deity is made of a single Saligrama.
Rishikund : This is a Pond, which is believed to be sacred and the water has curative properties.
Triveni Ghat : A dip in Triveni ghat is believed to wash all the sins.
This place is associated with peace and health, and there are many yoga and meditation camps available at any time. There are short term courses and also long term courses offered. Foreigners throng this place to learn yoga, meditation, Indian classical music forms, which include both vocal and instrumental. Knowledge about Ayurvedic medicine can also be acquired here.
The best thing to be enjoyed while in Rishikesh is Riverside Camps, traditional food, dip in the Ganga Waters, chat with the locals, river rafting and bungee jumping, last but not the least the serenity and peace of the place.