Rishikesh is the holy city of Devbhoomi, popular among the local and foreign tourists for its yoga heritage. The holy river Ganga flows through the city and lots of tourists visit here to take holy dip in the river. The city also has a lot of yoga teacher training centers, which provide certified and professional training.
Although the city has widely spread across, but the main attractions of the city lie close to river Ganga. For the tourists visiting here by vehicle, it is best to park the vehicle at Ram Jhula parking and then cross the river Ganga either by foot using Ram Jhula bridge or by boat service, available during non monsoon times.
Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula are two popular bridges to cross river Ganga and are located at a distance of three kilmeters (approx 2 miles). These bridges are named after lord Rama and Laxman in Hindu mythology.
Image of Ram Jhula, a suspension bridge in Rishikesh
Location of Rishikesh:
Rishikesh location on the map of India.
Rishikesh is located at around 42 km from DehraDun, the capital of Devbhoomi. Rishikesh is well connected by road and train. Rishikesh has its own railway station, which connects to major cities of India like New Delhi, Haridwar and Mumbai. By road, Rishikesh is connected to places like New Delhi, the capital of India. Rishikesh to Delhi distance is about 220 km (approx 140 miles). Local cabs are available on prepaid and postpaid basis from New Delhi at New Delhi railway station.
Jollygrant Airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh and is just 20 km (14 miles) from Rishikesh. There are prepaid cab services available from Airport to Rishikesh.
The city is flocked with multiple hotels and dharamshalas for staying. But if the tourists are to imbibe the true spiritual essence of the city, they must stay close to Ganga.
Parmarth Niketan and Geeta Bhawan are some of the popular ashrams near Ram Jhula. They offer rooms at low cost for stay of the tourists. However, it is recommended to do a prebooking if the tourists want to stay here. Discourses on Bhagwat Geeta by different realized souls are often heard in these two Ashrams, making it an ideal place to stay for spiritual experience.
Image of Geeta Bhawan, located on the bank of holy river Ganga
Image of Parmarth Niketan, a popular Ashram in Rishikesh.
There is famous Ganga Aarti performed daily in Rishikesh on the banks of river Ganga, where the river is worshipped. The worship is performed in front of Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The timings of the Aarti change from month to month, depending on the sun set timings.
Image of Ganga worship (Aarti) performed during evenings during sunset in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh as a city is also the starting point of famous chardham yatra of Devbhoomi. The cab services are available from Rishikesh to these four Hindu dhams, however the cab services can also be booked from New Delhi or Dehradun.
Rishikesh is also a popular destination for river rafting during summers and a famous International Yoga Festival is held here.