Rishikesh

BEST SEASON: April to October
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Hindi, English, Garwali
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Introduction

43-kms from Dehradun & 24-kms from Haridwar, Rishikesh is situated amidst a calm environment, impressive water front, dense forest and hills. Apart from being known as the land of Gods, Rishikesh, is also the mecca for peace seeker through Yoga & meditation.

Town of saints
Rishikesh is virtually a town of saints, sages and scholars. Rishikesh is a rare religious center located on the right bank of river Ganga. There are a number of Ashrams (hermitages) where religious discourses are held. The place is also a renowned center for yoga teachings. Rishikesh is also an attraction for foreign pilgrims who want to know about Hinduism and who want to spend some time close to the Lord.

Places to Visit

Bharat Mandir :
It is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. In the inner canopy above the idol is shree yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya.

Rishikund :
Close to Trivenighat is the most ancient place, the Rishikund. Anciant records relate this to Kubz Saint , who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water. The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath, dedicated to lord Rama and his wife.

Triveni Ghat :
The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat

How To Get There

By Air :The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 kms from Haridwar.

By Rail :There is a slow shuttle train between Haridwar and Rishikesh. Haridwar (24 km) connects Rishikesh to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities of India by trains.

By Road :To get to Rishikesh, the National Highway 58 passing through Modinagar, Khatauli, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar and Raiwala. Rishikesh is served by well defined road networks and is connected by buses to other towns of Garhwal, UP and Delhi, which are further connected to other major cities of India by road.

Distances

* Delhi – 225 km
* Badrinath – 301 km
* Dehradun – 43 km
* Kedarnath – 228 km
* Gangotri – 258 km
* Yamunotri – 288 km
* Uttarkashi – 154 km

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