Facts about Rishikesh
It is better not to count the reasons to visit Rishikesh because they are numerous. Its ancient ties with Hindu culture make it one of the most famous pilgrimage centers of India. The omnipresent spiritual essence makes it an ideal place for yoga and meditation. Often serene, often with choppy tides, the Holy River Ganges beckons thousands of spiritual seekers and adventure lovers from around the world to the town of Rishikesh. Offering rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, trekking – the town is a haven for adventure seekers
Rishikesh provides the gateway for people coming to visit several holy shrines, flower-strewn meadows, countless mountain treks, rivers, valleys and mist-covered trails of the Himalayan region.
Situated at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, across the banks of Holy River Ganges, the town of Rishikesh is surrounded by three districts of Uttarakhand State of India; Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal. The town is located at an average elevation of 372 meters from sea level. Rishikesh and the nearby town of Haridwar are well-connected through road and rail with many North Indian cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Amritsar, etc.
The town got its name after Hrishikesh, one of the names of Hindu God Lord Vishnu. There are several other interesting legends associated with the place. According to one legend, brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman crossed the river Ganges through jute-ropes, where the Lakshman-Jhula stands today. There are several temples in the area, most of which were built during the 8th century by the renowned Indian saint Adi Shankaracharya.
Rishikesh is the ‘River Rafting Capital of India’. But, apart from river rafting there are several other adventure activities to do in Rishikesh such as mountain and jungle trekking, camping, rock climbing etc. Rishikesh also is India’s favorite bungee jumping destination, and has the country’s only fixed bungee jumping platform. Whether you are pro-adventurer, or are on your life’s first adventure trip, Rishikesh has much in its reserve to thrill people with its gamut of adventure activities.
Rishikesh’s climate is never too extreme to visit the place. The town is cooler than most of the Indian cities. Throughout the year, temperature remains between 0°C to 40°C. During monsoon season (late July to mid-September) there is heavy rainfall in the region. The best time to visit Rishikesh is during spring season (mid-February to late mid-May) and fall season (mid-September to November). If you are planning to visit Rishikesh after November, make sure you carry heavy winter clothing with you, since it gets quite cold here during winters.
Rishikesh has special place in Hindu culture since ancient times, and the place is associated with many Hindu legends. Due to its religious value, daily life at Rishikesh is full of pious activities, as per law the city only serves vegetarian food. Alcohol is prohibited in the city.
Rishikesh is also the ‘Yoga Capital of the world’ and a renowned center for Ayurvedic studies. Chhota-Char-Dham Yatra, the sacred journey to 4 holy shrines of Himalayan region, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, also starts from here.
Ganga Ghats are spread across all the towns and cities that share the banks of the holy river.
Yoga ashrams are places of yoga sanctity. Almost all ashrams in and around Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a ‘must visit’ place on every rafters map, and rightly so. Plunging from the Himalayan
The Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya, built many temples in Rishikesh.
Spring season is ideal for exploring the locales, and are perfect for adventures activities.
Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 ft.
The best way to reach Rishikesh is to first reach the national capital – New Delhi.
Rishikesh offers a wide range of accommodation options for typical hitchhikers.
Rishikesh is the center from where all excursions – spiritual or adventurous - begin.