Located on the right bank of the Ganga and surrounded by hills on
three sides is Rishikesh.
It is situated at the confluence of Ganga
and the Chandrabhaga stream. Considered one of the holiest places on the
upward pilgrimages to Himalayas, Rishikesh is where Raibhya Rishi did
penance to please God, who appeared as Hrishikesh, hence the name Rishikesh.
Millions of Hindus come here every year to absolve themselves of their sins
in the holy Ganga. Rishikesh has become famous as one of
the main centres for learning Yoga and Meditation.
It abounds in
stories of renunciation, meditation, penance and salvation. Rishikesh is
also significant as the trekking base, to the Himalayan shrines of
Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.History of
Legend has it that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe
penance and, as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh.
Rishikesh also represents the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon
Madhu. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or the place for meditation of
the Gods. Tapovan, on the other bank of the Ganges, houses a temple to
Lakshmana. It is believed that Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama,
carried out penances here.
The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is
believed to be the site where Lord Shiva had drunk the venom that came out
during the churning of the ocean. In the 1960s, the place came into
limelight as the place where the pop group Beatles met their guru, Maharishi
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Prime Attractions of
Rishikesh » Neel Kanth Mahadev
The temple, situated at a
height of 5,500 ft. above sea level, is about 2 kms from Laxman Jhoola. The
trek up to the temple, gives a fantastic wide - angled view of the Himalayan
peaks, Babhar forests and the plains below. » Swarga
One can find numerous temples here. This place has the eating
joints and shops where one can do shopping. The beautiful statues in the
area mesmerise the visitors. » Lakshman
5 kms to the north of Rishikesh, is the spot where Sri Laxman, is said to
have performed Tapa. The Laxman temple was built in his memory. Till 1889,
there was just a hanging jute ropeway without pillars. The same structure
was, later, rebuilt with iron ropes. » Bharat Mandir
oldest temple in Rishikesh - the black statue of Vishnu, here, is supposed
to have been consecrated by Sri Sankaracharya, in the 9th century. The event
is commemorated, during Vasant Panchami, to mark the onset of spring.
Places to Stay in
Rishikesh does not have any big hotels in the five star
category but there are other hotels which offer comfortable stay. The
Ashrams also provide accommodation facility. There are also dharamsalas and
guest houses which offer good, inexpensive stay. The Garhwal Vikas Manda
Nigam's guest has dormitory as well as single and double rooms for the
How to get there » Air
In the region Air Services
are available only upto Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.
Rishikesh is connected by rail via
Haridwar (24 km) to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and
other cities. » Road
connected by road via Haridwar with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu,
Manali, and Shimla. It is also linked to Mussourie (77 km), Badrinath (301
km), Kedarnath (228 km), Gangotri (258 km), Yamunotri (288 km), Srinagar
(105 km), and Joshimath (252 km). We would provide you all India tourist
permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity
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