A sacred town at the convergence of rivers Ganges and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh is a naturally attractive place at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal in India. The importance of this holy city lies in the fact that it serves as a gateway to other religiously important centers like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh, literally means Lord of the Senses, stands for Lord Vishnu and the city is blessed with the flowing of Holy Ganges. The city is a hub of many ancient and new temples, attracting thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. The popular belief of Hindu devotees is that performing austerities in this holy town and offering prayers in the holy temples brings the much needed attainment of ‘Mukthi’, the salvation.
The main attractions in this exciting tourist and religious spot include Gita Bhavan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Lakshman Jhula, Swarga Ashram and Triveni Ghat, all the places having great religious importance. Rishikesh and other nearby places like Dehradun and Mussoorie makes a good interesting and amazing excursion getaways.
Rishkesh is renowned for numerous Yoga centers, and perfectly termed as the World Capital of Yoga, offering training of Yoga and many other spiritual activities. This is a place to attain peace and tranquility. Many water sports activities like white water rafting and adventurous activities like wild forest trekking can be enjoyed in Rishikesh.
The tourists who look for spiritual holidays as well as seclusion are welcomed at the lap of Rishikesh, with all its natural beauty and God’s gifts. It offers its visitors with experiences which nobody can forget for a lifetime. The sacred pilgrimage to four holy shrines starts from Rishikesh. When in Uttaranchal do not miss booking Nainital packages
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Travel within city
Rishikesh is a small town that is located in Uttarkand. It does not have its own airport and the town is served by the Jolly Grant Airport which is located at Dehradun
. This is located around 15 km from the town of Rishikesh and taxis and cabs can be booked in advanced through the hotels. The airport also has some taxi stands outside and they charge around Rs 400 for the trip. Rishikesh has its own railway station and there are taxi services that are available outside the railway station. Prices are negotiable and it is advisable to fix the price before boarding.
Many places in Rishikesh are pedestrian only and this the best way to see some of the areas of Rishikesh. Travelling around the town on foot is an interesting experience. The whole town is small and can be travelled on foot from one end to the other.
Auto rickshaws are available from most of the train and bus stations and are pretty comfortable. However travelers can expect to pay around Rs 15 per km. Since there are no metered autos the prices are generally negotiable. There are no separate night fares.
Local buses also ply along the main arterial roads and the main areas of interest. They are available frequently and are inexpensive.
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