Gateway to Ganges
One of the most beautiful and spiritual places in the country, Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of Himalayan ranges in North India. Known to be the Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas, with mesmerizing views to the Himalayan ranges, Rishikesh is situated in the convergence of the holy Ganga and Chandrabhaga rivers. A journey to the Himalayas is one of the most refreshing and rejuvenating experiences and a visit to Rishikesh is sought out to be a soul seeking one. Famous for a number of ancient temples, many cultural activities, adventure sports and cafes, Rishikesh attracts a lot of tourist folks throughout the year.
Rishikesh holds a deep cultural and spiritual significance for Hindu. With ashrams and temples set amidst the majestic mountains along the sacred rivers, Rishikesh is every traveller’s paradise. Major places to visit in Rishikesh include the sacred Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Geetha Bhawan, Lakshmi Jhula and Neelkanth Mahadev temple. Apart from these, Rishikesh has a lot of spots for adventure activities.
Top things do in Rishikesh
How to reach
Rishikesh is easily accessible via rail and road.
How to Reach by Flight
Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometres away.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi.
How to Reach by Bus
Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi. Buses depart in the morning and late evening from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day.
How to Reach by Road
Driving up to Rishikesh is worth considering, as it is connected to other cities via the National Highway 58, which is in a good condition for most of the year.
How to travel within
The best way to travel within Rishikesh is by foot as most of the major attractions are located in close proximity with each other. You can also hire cabs, jeeps or rickshaws to get around the place.
Rishikesh offers a rich, wide variety of cuisines. it is particularly famous for delicious street foods.
- Samosa: best when paired with a hot cup of tea or coffee. //Where to try: The Rajasthani restaurant near Triveni Ghat.
- Sweets // Geeta Bhawan Swargashram.
- Aloo puri // 60’s The Eat Story, Tapovan Sarai Badrinath Highway, Green Hills.
- Chole Bhature // Chotiwala, Swargashram.
- Dosa // Madras cafe, near Ram Jhula.
- Pani Puri // pani puri vendors in Ram Jhula.
- Coffee // Devraj Coffee corner, Laxman Jhula Bridge.
- Masala Chai // The Prem Namaste Cafe, near the Laxman Jhula.
Day1: Arrive at Rishikesh from Dehradun. Post breakfast, head toward the Bungee Jumping site. if you are in for more of a laid-back and relaxed visit, you could head towards Laxman Jhula and the surrounding temples. if you have plans to visit the camping sites, you can leave for camps post lunch. Enjoy Kayaking and spent the night camping or head back to your hotel to spend the night.
Day2: After breakfast head towards Pramarth Niketan Ashram, Swami Dayanand Aashram or Omkarananda Ganga Sadan. Post lunch you can head out to visit Triveni Ghat and Neelkanth Mahadev temple to witness the evening aarthi. After the evening refreshments, head back from Rishikesh.