Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the Hindus. The four most significant holy pilgrimages of the Hindus begin at Rishikesh. This small town of the Uttaranchal is situated on the banks of the river Ganga.
Places in Rishikesh
While staying in Rishikesh one must not miss visiting Laksman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Rishikund, Triveni Ghat. Other important places which are worth visiting include, Geeta Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan, transcendental centre of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the famous thirteen storied temple.
How to reach Rishikesh
Railways – Rishikesh has a small railway station but it is linked with <a href="/node/64531">Haridwar</a>, the main railhead. Haridwar is well connected with all the major cities of India. Trains come from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and many other places.
Airways – The nearest airport is in Jolly Grant Dehradun which is 35 kilometers away from Haridwar. Planes are available from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Road – Rishikesh is just 24 kilometeres away from Haridwar. Rishikesh is also connected with Dehradun which is 47 kilometers. Buses are available from Dehradun, Agra, Chandigarh, Shimla and Delhi to Rishikesh.
Hotels and Resorts in Rishikesh
The most luxurious hotel in Rishikesh is definitely the Ananda in Himalayas which also includes a spa. Other hotels include The Glasshouse on the Ganges, Explore Himalayas Resort, Ganga Beach Resort, Hotel Vasundhara Palace, Camp Hammock Shivpuri and many more. Moderate budget and low budget hotels and lodges are available in plenty.
While in Rishikesh one can have plenty of choices to uplift their spiritual mind. There are many Ashrams where one can unwind with yoga and meditation. Various Ayurvedic treatments are available in Rishikesh. People who are adventurous may try out river rafting on the Ganga. Rishikesh can be visited throughout the year. In summer the maximum temperature remains 44oC and the minimum remains at 29oC. Light weight cotton clothes are ideal for the summer months. Winter is not cold with the maximum temperature remaining at 32.2oC and the minimum at 18oC. Woolens are required during the winter months.