Posted by : Sandeep March 18, 2013

Rishikesh on the bank of river Ganga
View of Rishikesh & holy river Ganga
Image credit:Aleksandr Zykov 

 Rishikesh is a holy town in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It lies in Dehradun district of the state. It is situated at foothills of Himalayan ranges and is often called as gateway to the Himalaya.  The town is visited by both pilgrims and tourists. The place is significant in the view that it is through the place that most of the devotees visit other important pilgrimage center like Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.  Rishikesh literally means Lord of the Senses and it is referred to Lord Vishnu. The holy river of Ganga also flows through the town. Rishikesh is also famous for its many Yoga centers. It is even sometimes called as the world capital of Yoga.

Triveni Ghat :

Triveni Ghat is the place in Rishikesh where three rivers namely the Ganga, the Sarswati and the Yamuna meet. This place is regarded as one of the most sacred place for Hindus and many devotees are seen taking bath here. The place is visited by devotees and tourists as well. 

Lakshman Jhula :

You can also visit Lakshman Jhula which is situated near Swarga Ashram in Rishikesh. This 450-feet long iron bridge is built on the river of Ganga in 1939 AD.  Rishikesh also offers its adventurous tourists fascinating experience of trekking as it houses many trekking sites. It also offers the tourists water sport like river rafting. White river rafting is the popular activity in Rishikesh. Many adventurous tourists both domestic and foreign take the joy of river rafting. There are facilities regarding this and training and guidance are also given to those who want to have the thrilling experience of the rafting.

How to reach :

Rail and road connect the town of Rishikesh to other parts of the country.

By Train:  

Rishikesh railway station is well linked by many trains to Delhi, Dehradun, Kotdwar, Mumbai and many other cities and towns of the country.

 By Road:  

Many state run buses and other private vehicles, car rental services are available to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun, Haridwar and other places of the state and the country. It is just 21 km from Haridwar and 43 km from Dehradun.
By Air:  

 Jollygrant Airport at Dehradun serves as the nearest airbase to Rishikesh and is well linked by regular flights to Delhi. You can hire a airport transfer taxi prior to your arrival at the airport through online portal or smart phone application.

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