Want to go a pilgrimage? Or relax at a beach? Do it all at Rishikesh.The peaceful Ganga provide a perfect foil to the chaos of vibrant Rishikesh. The river, the Himalayas, the divine mornings, the starry evenings, the faint strains of shastriya sangeet in the air the smell of incense-Rishikesh offers a divine experience. Tourists flock here either to begin their pilgrimage or for a trekking expedition to the Himalayan peaks. A minimum stay of one night on the Ganges will enhance the experience.
Rishikesh is a city where ancient, religious traditions exist happily together with youthful, adventurous sports. While on the one hand it offers a profound spiritual expedition, it also tempts you with heady, bodily diversions –white water rafting and challenging treks. Enjoy white water rafting from Marine drive down to Rishikesh, abseiling at Laksman Jhula and a trek in the jungles.
Rishikesh is also popular centre of learning yoga; Hindu philosophy and ayurveda.There are many ashrams offering yoga courses and lectures on Hindu philosophy. To check the ashrams walk along the east bank from Laxman Jhula to Swargashram.Swargashram itself is home to many yoga ashrams with some them have their own ayurvedic pharmacies. Get here in early February for the annual International Yoga Festival which sees people from around the world.
Rishikesh is located 25 km upstream from Haridwar at the confluence of the Chandrabagha and Ganga Rivers in the lap of the lower Garhwal Hills.
When to go
All year round except during the monsoons. The rafting season stretches from mid September to April.
How to visit:
Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun
Road: Deluxe coaches leave for Rishikesh from ISBT Kashmere Gate.