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Rishikesh Travel Guide

Lakshman JhoolaRishikesh, also known as the 'place of sages' is Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name.



It is the starting point for the Char dham pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, rishikesh is the suggested place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and for rafting. Also, International Yoga Week which attracts participation form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga.

Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place.

From this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and enters the vast plains of Northern India.

GENERAL INFORMATION

RishikeshArea : 11.20 sq.km.
Altitude : 356 metres.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.44.4, Min.29; Winter- Max.32.2, Min.18.3.
Clothings : Summer- Cotton & tropical; Winter- Heavy woollen.
Languages Spoken : Garwali, Hindi, Punjabi, English.
Best Season : Throughout the Year.


TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION

Air
The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly Grant), 35 kms from Haridwar. Vayudoot services operates from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grant). Jagson Airlines also operates flights from Delhi to Dehradun.

Rail
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.

Road
By road Rishikesh to Haridwar 24 kms, Dehradun 47 kms, Mussoorie 77 kms, Badrinath 301 kms (Son Prayag), Kedarnath 228 kms, Gangotri 258 kms, Yamunotri 288 kms (Hanuman Chatti), Srinagar 105 kms, Joshimath 252 kms.

Bus Services
Haridwar is connected by bus with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manli, Shimla, Rishikesh etc.

PLACES OF INTEREST:

{short description of image} Bharat Temple (1.6 kms) [ Open from 0500 to 1100 hrs and 1300 to 2100 hrs ],
{short description of image} Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple (1.6 kms),
{short description of image} Laxman Jhoola (6.7 kms),
{short description of image} Pushkar Temple (1.6 kms),
{short description of image} Shatrughan Temple,
{short description of image} Muni-Ki-Reti (4.8 km),
{short description of image} Swarg Ashram,
{short description of image} Gita Bhawan,
{short description of image} Parmath Niketan (8 km),
{short description of image} Lakshman Temple,
{short description of image} Sadanand Jhoola,
{short description of image} Triveni Ghat,
{short description of image} Shivanand Ashram,
{short description of image} Kailash Ashram,
{short description of image} Academy of Meditation.


EXCURSIONS
{short description of image} Haridwar 24 kms,
{short description of image} Dehradhun 45 kms,
{short description of image} Uttarkhand 144 kms,
{short description of image} Kedarnath 228 kms,
{short description of image} Badrinath 203 kms,
{short description of image} Gangotri 253 kms,
{short description of image} Yamunotri 226 kms,
{short description of image} Nilkanth 16 kms,
{short description of image} Mussoorie 77 kms.


YOGA ASHRAMS
{short description of image} Divine Life Society, Shivananda Nagar.
{short description of image} Yoga Niketan, Muni-Ki-Reti.
{short description of image} Academy of Meditation (M. Mahesh Yoga Ashram) Shankaracharya Nagar.
{short description of image} Yoga & Meditation Centre (Yoga Sadhana Ashram), Railway Road.


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