Rishikesh, also known as Dev Bhoomi, is a major pilgrimage place in Dehradun District. This place, situated on
the bank of holy river Ganges, has very religious significance in the Hindu community. Every year, a large number
of tourists from all over the country come to visit religious places of this place, to see the great Himalayas and
dive in the river Ganga. Situated in the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh is home to many Hindu deities.
The fame of ancient temples and ashrams of this place extends far and wide. There is also the center of yoga and meditation in this field where training of yoga and meditation is given regularly by experienced trainers. Unlike the Hindu epic, according to a Hindu belief, Lord Rama had practiced penance right here after killing Ravana. This is the place where Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganga with the help of a bridge made from jute. Therefore, the bridge is called the Laxman Jhula. It was built in 1889 with the help of ropes, which was later rebuilt as an iron swing bridge in 1924.
Summer season in Rishikesh lasts from March to June. During this time the temperature of this place is around 35 degrees Celsius. Travelers are advised not to come here in the month of May because the weather here is very unpleasant during this time.
Monsoon season in Rishikesh continues from July to September. Since the area has average rainfall during this period, so tourists can also come here during monsoon.
Rishikesh winters continue in November and continue till February. During this, minimum and maximum temperatures are recorded at 19 degree Celsius and 33 degree Celsius, respectively.
Located at a distance of 18 km, the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. This airport is connected to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, from where it can be used for the major cities of India. You can hire taxis to reach Rishikesh from the passenger airport.
Rishikesh is well connected by regular bus services from nearby cities like Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar. Passengers can take advantage of private and state-owned buses from these cities.
Rishikesh railway station is connected to important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kotdwar and Dehradun. It is located 4 km from the center of the city.
Rafting is another adventure activity of Rishikesh which is popular among tourists visiting this city. Due to both medium and tough streams in the river Ganges, it is suited for both trained and untrained tourists. Tourists can take the services of rafting stuff and professional trainers to enjoy the white water rafting. Many tourists from the national and international levels come to this place to enjoy the fun of this sport. Time for rafting between September to November and March to May is considered ideal.
Lismatra swing is a 450-feet tall swing bridge, with a wonderful view of the river, the temples and the ashrams. Originally it was a bridge made of jute which was rebuilt in 1939 as a bridge swinging iron. It is believed that Laxman, the younger brother of Hindu god Rama, used this bridge to cross the Ganga river. The famous Paradise Ashram is situated at a distance of 2 km from this bridge. Ram Jhula, located nearby, is also a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1980, this bridge is a replica of the Laxman hammock.
Nilkanth Mahadev Temple situated at the confluence point of Pankaja and Madhumati rivers of Rishikesh is a famous religious center. Being situated on the top of a hill at an altitude of 1330 meters above sea level, this pilgrim offers a wonderful view of Vishnukoot, Brahmakut and Manikoot hills. This temple is dedicated to Lord Dev, the Hindu god of destruction, which is also called Neelkanth, because it is believed that due to drinking the artificial poison released during the ocean, his throats got blue. It is also believed that this mythical event took place on this site, hence this temple is called Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.
Triveni Ghat is the place where there is a confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Before going to Rishikesh's temples, devotees should immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ghat. According to the people's belief, dip here gives liberation from sins. During the evening thousands of pilgrims gather for Mahatthi on the ghat. Pilgrims flutter in the river by placing flowers and lamps in reverence in the two. At this place, a ritual named Pind Shraddha is also done for peace of the soul.
If you are adventure seeking soul,then Rishikesh Offers you one of the best professionally managed bungee jumping in India. The bungee jumping spot is situated about 20 Kms from main city.
Shivanand Ashram was established in 1932 by Swami Shivanand, a respected spiritual teacher. The ashram is situated on the banks of river Ganges. Located in the foothills of the great Himalayas, this temple promotes spirituality in the region. Many charitable and spiritual institutions run ashram shivanand ayurvedic dispensary, yoga-vedanta forest academy and shivandan eye hospital.
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