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Ideal duration: 2-3 days
Best time: Throughout the year
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
Upcoming: International Yoga Festival, Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Read More)
Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Rishikesh is the most beautiful blend of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With Whitewater Rafting industry growing and a number of camping and cafe spots springing up, Rishikesh has grown immensely as a favourite, catering to people with different needs.
Rishikesh, over the years, has become extremely popular as the top spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus (saints) and there are numerous ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. With the tourists coming in, there has been a surge in the number of cafes and restaurants in the town and there a lot of cafes serving English and American food and beverages. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is a multitude of options including White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site. Rishikesh is a must visit for everyone visiting India to truly experience something new.
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Recommend GMVN Ganga Resort for your stay. The river facing rooms offer brilliant views of fast-paced waters, mountain ranges and at night, the illuminated river bank, with echos of hare rama, hare krishna. Daytrips to Haridwar and Nilkanth temple are recommended. For latter, the road trip is marked by thrilling curves and fantastic ridge views!
This place is very adventurous but for witnessing natural beauty and a pleasunt weather during summers, you can choose other destinations.
A trip to Rishikesh is a holy visit amongst the majestic Himalayan foothills besides the Ganges river. The tranquilizing beauty, architectural marvels, grand temples as well as by the adventurous Sports provided, one can experience two opposite worlds. Out of all places to visit following are the best ones - Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula, The Beatles Ashram, Shivpuri, Neelkanth Mahadev temple and Triveni Ghat. Apart from these Neer Garh waterfall trek shouldn't be missed. To relive the oldest days, do visit the Swarg Ashram.
Serene, relaxing and beautiful environment.
Strictly vegetarian and alcohol-free.
Rishikesh has things to offer to all generations. The city is a perfect blend of beauty, spiritualism, and adventure and attracts tourists not only from India but from all over the world.