Rishikesh, a most tranquil place
in northern Uttaranchal, surrounded by hills and bisected by
the wide Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of
the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant
fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their
guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to
meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting
point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as
Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri. It is rightly
called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Situated 24 km upstream from
Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga,
Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe
penance here andas a reward, God appeared to him in the form
of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh
has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally
recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and
meditation. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for
white water rafting on the Ganga.
The climate here is continental type but its location
in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the
year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year. The whole
place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that
meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation.
There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river
Ganges. The River side is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and
The road to the north from Rishikesh leads to Narendra
Nagar(named after Maharaja Narendra Shah) and beyond to Tehri.
These roads branch off and reach the upper parts of Garhwal.
At Rishikesh, Ganga leaves the mountains and joins the plains
for her long journey. Rishikesh is not only an attraction for
pilgrims but it also attracts foreigners who want to know
about Hinduism, who want to spend some time close to the
Area : 11.20
Altitude : 356 meters.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.44.4,
Clothing : Summer- Cotton & tropical;
Winter- Heavy woollen.
Languages Spoken : Garwali, Hindi, Punjabi,
Season : Throughout the Year.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
: The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly
Grant), 16 kms from Rishikesh. Indian Airlines operates from
Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly
- Rail: Rishikesh is connected by rail via
Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow,
Varanasi, Dehradun and other
- 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: Rishikesh is connected by bus
with Agra, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Dehradun,