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Rishikesh City Tour, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, means Lord of Senses or Lord Vishnu (Hrishik - Senses and Ish – Lord), is a holy city for Hindu placed in the district of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. The city is located in the base of the Himalayas by the northern parts of India. It is surrounded by three other districts namely Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar. The city have maintained an average elevation of about 370 meters. Rishikesh serves as the gateway to the Himalayas. Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the Char Dham namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.

Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

(Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)

According to Hindu mythology Ramayana, Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, and his brother Lakshman crossed Ganga River, at a point, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today. Initially Lakshman Jhula was a jute-rope bridge but now it replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889. You will found lots of ancient as well as new temples in Rishikesh along the both banks of holy river Ganga. Rishikesh is renowned for river Rafting and Adventure as the Ganga River flow here from up to down smoothly. Rafting season continue here from March to September.

How to reach Rishikesh City?

Travel by Roadway
Rishikesh is well connected to Delhi by roadways. It takes around 6 hours (234 km) to reach Rishikesh from Delhi. You will get lots of private and government buses from the adjoining cities of Rishikesh like Haridwar (25 km), Dehradun (42 km), Mussoorie (76 km), Kedarnath (225 km), Yamunotri (237 km), Uttrakashi (155 km), Gangotri (248 km), Nainital (262 km), Shimla (261 km), Govindghat (277 km), Badrinath (303 km), etc. You can also hire a private care from above mentioned cities to Rishikesh. 

Travel by Airways
Jolly Grant Domestic Airport of Dehradun city is located about 16 km away from Rishikesh. It is a small airport but recently renovated to operate many flights from Delhi and its runway is being extended. If you are a tourist from abroad then the international airport of Delhi (Indira Gandhi Airport) will be suitable to you. After reaching Delhi you easily can access the city with a bus or a cab. 

Travel by Railways
There have a small railway station in Rishikesh and it has few branches. You will get only three trains from Haridwar, one train from Delhi and a train from Bandikui. Haridwar Railway station is a big station and it receives all the trains from major parts of India. And it situated just 24 km away from Rishikesh. So, best option to reach Rishikesh is to first reach to Haridwar by trains then you can hire a four wheeler to reach here.

Tour spots in and around Rishikesh

Rishikesh is very famous for Ayurvedic and Yoga treatments and sometimes the city also nicknamed as "the world capital of Yoga". This Ayurvedic and Yoga treatments attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists through out the year. Some major tourist spots of Rishikesh are discussed briefly bellow. 

Gita Bhawan is situated on the banks of Ganges by the side of Laxman Jhula on, amidst the Himalayan Mountains at Swargashram, Rishikesh. It is a very large complex comprising discussion halls and over 1000 rooms for devotees. There have no charges for the stay of devotees. Regular discourses are organized here. During the summer, day-long special Satsang programs are arranged. 

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at the base of Himalayan at a height of 1331 meters about 31 km away from Rishikesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot and is located at the meeting point of two rivers Pankaj and Madhumatti. 

Lakshman Jhula: according to the Hindu mythology Ramayana, Lakshman crossed Ganga River through on a ropeway bridge. That is why this bridge is called as Lakshman Jhula. Today, it is an iron suspension bridge situated in Rishikesh in Indian state of Uttarakhand. you also found another a similar bridge near this bridge which called as Ram Jhula. 

Swarg Ashram, literally mean Heavenly Adobe (Swarg – Heaven and Ashram - abode), is a beautiful place situated on the base of Himalayas by the left bank of the Ganga River between Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula. It is a religious place provides all type of facilities to its residents. There have a hospital, library, primary health center, garden, dispensary every necessity in daily life. 

Triveni Ghat is a meeting place of three Rivers namely, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. There have no existence of Saraswati River but Hindus believe it as a invisible river. Triveni Ghat is very sacred for Hindus. They believe that if someone takes a dip in this Ghat then he will have salvation, a relief from all sins. 

some other tourist spots in and around Rishikesh are Bharat Mandir, Ram Jhula, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Trayambakeshwar, Temple, etc.

Hotels in Rishikesh

Garhwál Hotel & Restaurant
Lakshmman Jhula Rd, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2432234
Hotel Amarîs
Natraj-Chowk, Hrishikesh-249201
Phone: 0135-2434001
Hotel Ashok
Hiralal Marg, Rishikes-249409
Phone: 0135-2430715
Hotel Brijwaasi Palace
Swarg Ashram, Hrishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-240091
Hotel Chandreswar
Chandrèswar Nagar, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2434232
Hotel Gangour
Mukherjeè Marg, Rishikes-249409
Phone: 0135-2430464
Hotel Green
Swargashram, Ram Jhula
Phone: 0135-2431242
Hotel Inderlok
Railway Rd, Rishikesh-249201
Phone: 0135-2430555
Hotel Ishan
Shiva Nanda Nagar, Risikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2431534
Hotel Jaipur Inn
Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2440221
Hotel Prasanay Inn
Shisam Jhadi, Rishikesh-249201
Phone: 0135-2430432
Hotel The Great Ganges
Muni Ki Retî, Risikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2442243
Hotel Vasundhara Palace
Kailash Gate, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2442345
Amar DIL Lodge
Shiv Durga Mandir, Hrishikes-249409
Phone: 0135-2438740
Ramkund Resorts
Urbashi Complex, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2436977
Bombay Guest House
Lakshman Jhula, Risikes-249409
Phone: 0135-3250038
Om Karnam Ganga Sadan
Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2431473
Crest Guest House
Tapovan, Rishikesh-249409
Omkarananda Gayatri Sadan
Ram Jhula, Risikes-249409
Phone: 0135-2431006
River View Cottage
Shiva Nand Nagar, Rishikesh-249409
Phone: 0135-2442015

General info of Rishikesh City

Country India
State Uttarakhand
District Dehradun District
STD Code 0135
ISD Code 0091135
Population 102140 (census 2011)
Languages Hindi, Garhwali.
Climate Minimum Temp: 5°C (January) and Maximum Temp: 41°C (June)
Best season to visit October to April
Targeted Railway Station Haridwar Railway Station
Airport Jolly Grant Airport