Offbeat getaways in India: Rishikesh

Rishikesh, located at a distance of 210km from Chandigarh is a perfect getaway destination for anyone who seeks relaxation and positivity. Rishikesh being one of the holiest cities in India attracts tourists from around the world.

This beautiful pilgrimage town is a place with many cafes, yoga centres, temples, adventure sports, and has something to offer to everyone. The tall mountains, rivers, and fresh air make Rishikesh a promising destination for many travellers.

This holy city where many arrive to seek spiritual guidance and relaxation is a land of sadhus and adventure enthusiasts. Rishikesh houses some of the most famous ashrams, meditation centres, and yoga centres. Tourists can sit serenely on either side of river Ganga and witness the ritual or join the crowds in chanting hymns and singing bhajans. Experiencing the evening Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh is something that will leave you amazed. 

Locals are used to seeing tourists in town, hence are very friendly and helpful. Notably, the local language is Hindi and Garhwali. If a spiritual journey and yoga are not for you, there are several other activities and places to visit which can make your stay worthwhile.  

If you love adventure sports, then you can indulge in bungee jumping, parasailing, kayaking, rafting, and rock climbing activities. Apart from this, you can also pamper yourself with the various Ayurvedic massage and therapies. Rishikesh is an ideal place to buy some souvenirs. The Lakshman Jhula Market, Ram Jhula Market, Rishikesh Main Market are a perfect place to shop for handicrafts, clothes and bags.

Laxman Jhula, a suspension bridge above river Ganga offers some stunning visuals of the boats and rafts passing underneath. A similar structure, the iconic Ram Jhula connects the Sivananda Ashram and Swarg Ashram. As both the ashrams are widely acclaimed, you will find huge crowds at Ram Jhula. Barely 5 km from the Ram Jhula are the Phool Chatti and Garud Chatti waterfalls.  If you’ve booked a cab from Delhi to Rishikesh, you’ll find it very easy to get around and visit nearby spots.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an amazing temple that can be reached either by walking (3 hrs) or via Lakshman Jhula. Triveni Ghat, the most famous ghat of Rishikesh is the confluence of three holy rivers, the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. You will come across several pilgrims who come here with the belief that a dip at Triveni Ghat has the power to wash away your sins and purify your soul. The famous Rajaji National Park which is home to several rare species of flora and fauna should also be visited.

The weather in Rishikesh is pleasant during the months of October to March, but to enjoy water rafting summers are the best option. If you wish to travel by air, then the nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun situated at a distance of 20 km from Rishikesh. Travelling by bus is a good alternative since regular government buses are available from Delhi, Haridwar, and Dehradun. Since only a few direct trains are available up to Rishikesh, it is advisable to reach Haridwar barely 25 Km and well-connected to all major cities. You can hire a private taxi from Haridwar to Rishikesh. Happy Vacationing!

 

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