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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Which are the Top Things to Explore in the Rishikesh Uttarakhand?

Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Which are the Top Things to Explore in the Rishikesh Uttarakhand?

As I keep saying India is a country that offers holy places to its visitors. I have written the details on the Holy city of India which is known as Haridwar in the previous blog. There is another divine place just next to the Haridwar, can you guess it? No, let me take you through it. Rishikesh Uttarakhand, yes you heard me right. Some of you might have heard about the Rishikesh for River Rafting. It is said that if you want to live your life then you must go to Rishikesh. The ancient town of Rishikesh is the major tourist attraction and pilgrimages hub in northern India. It is been situated in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it is being named the ‘yoga capital of the world’. It is known as the yoga capital because it has numerous Ashrams and yoga classes for its visitors.

How to reach this spiritual place called Rishikesh?

Rishikesh has very good connectivity across India. It can be reached by Air, Bus, and also Road.

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to reach Rishikesh. The carriers like Air India, Spice Jet, and Jet Airways have daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun. Delhi is the nearest International airport to reach. Rishikesh is further 40 km from the Dehradun airport. Once you reach the airport hire a personal cab or bus to reach the Rishikesh.

By Train

The nearest railheads are Rishikesh and Haridwar. It is further linked with the major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Varanasi. If you are traveling from Haridwar then take a local bus or private cab to reach Rishikesh, It takes 45 min by the bus to reach. You can also catch a direct bus to Rishikesh from the Delhi Kashmiri gate. The journey takes approximately 8 hours to reach.

By Road

Driving to Rishikesh is one of the best experiences of life. It is well connected to the other cities with the national highway and roads are also in good condition. You can also travel here with your own vehicle or local government transportation.

Top Things I explored in the Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula

The Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge built to cross the river Ganges. It offers an amazing panoramic view of the river Ganges and Rishikesh city of its temples. It is said that Lord Lakshman crossed the river Ganga with the help of the rope, later this bridge was constructed with the help of the rope. The ironic bridge is the center of Rishikesh tourism. The one thing you can feel about the Laksham Jhula is when you will stand on the bridge then you will feel some vibration, this is the peculiarity of it. Though it looks scary, trust me you will get the Rishikesh view from this bridge. The beauty of the Rishikesh is picturesque; you cannot even take off your eyes once you start exploring Yoga city.

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
Lakshman Jhula Iron bridge looks so beautiful in the nighttime

Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Rishikesh

A holy place situated on the edge of the river Ganges. It is situated in the lap of the Himalayas. When you cross the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, a right goes towards the Parmarth Ashram. It is the largest Ashram in Rishikesh. Parmarth Niketan provides a clean, pure, and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant. Daily rituals are performed along with the meditation classes on the edge of the river Ganges. A 14 feet Shiva statue is placed on the bank of the river Ganges which ads the flavor in the view of the Ashram. It was my fortune to be a part of the cultural program, which includes cultural and spiritual programs, acclaimed musicians, and spiritual leaders. These 2 hours were the best time of my life. There are no charges to visit this spiritual holy place.

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
A divine place to go in deep meditation with the Lord Shiva statue in the middle of the River

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
Parmarth Ashram aarti timing is at 6 pm in the evening

Shopping Market at Rishikesh

It is one of the best areas for shopping. There are lots of shops for clothes, Jewellery, precious stones, books, spiritual things and lots of other things. There are a few more market which is close to the Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. This is one of the best places to shop for traditional clothes. Many yoga tourists visit the market to buy yoga clothes. The only thing you need to follow here is bargaining, you must have bargaining skills while buying anything in this market.

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Rishikesh shopping market is situated on the way to Lakshman Jhula

Most Awaited Rishikesh River Rafting

Rishikesh means a site for adventure lovers, isn’t it? Whoever visits Rishikesh, it becomes their wish to do rafting in the River Ganges. Rishikesh River Rafting is an enthralling experience to feel. You will find several companies that will take you to the rafting point. The average charges are 300 per person to 500 INR. The instructor at the rafting boat will charge you 1500 to 2000 for videos per boat. I would suggest you bargain with him, contribute to the group, and circulate the videos. If you have your own Gro pro then it is best to click the pictures and videos.

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
One of the thrilling adventures of Uttarakhand is River Rafting at Rishikesh

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
There are so many adventure tours which take you to River Rafting point

I would also suggest you visit Triveni ghat for Ganga aarti. It has totally different vibes compared with others. I couldn’t explore it due to a shortage of time. Rishikesh is one such place which you will feel to visit again and again.

The ideal time to Visit Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Situated on the edge of the Himalayan mountain range, this holy city can be visited throughout the years. When it comes to the best time to visit Rishikesh then October to February is the ideal time to visit. This month is the coldest in Rishikesh and it is advised to carry warm clothes while visiting during this period. March to June is a little dry due to the summertime. The temperature ranges between 35 degrees. This is the time when you witness a little crowd at this place.

Monsoon here receives average to heavy rain making a river full of load with water. River rafting gets closed during this period due to the overflow of the river. For one who is a yoga lover then it is the perfect time to feel the beauty of the surroundings. Rishikesh being a beautiful destination has its own charm in different seasons.

Places to Stay around the Rishikesh

There are so many hotels and resorts around Rishikesh. Being a holy city there are so many options to stay around the corner of Rishikesh. I would recommend staying near Lakshman Jhula. The cafes and Yoga studio make it a great place to interact with other travelers. One who is a bag backer and looking for a budget stay then it is the ideal place, it has so many guest houses and hostels near a bus stop.

One who is here to get relax then recommends staying in the resort in a relaxing and peaceful mood. The price ranges from economic to deluxe rooms.

Eateries around the Rishikesh

Like Haridwar, the Rishikesh doesn’t allow nonveg food to their visitors. It is a holy town and only veg food is served around the corner of Rishikesh. Sometimes having your veg food in a city like Rishikesh taste better than your non-veg food, isn’t it? For those looking to feel the flavor of Rishikesh, there is a growing number of cafes, restaurants, and rooftop hotels for travelers. Rishikesh is a place that serves a variety of food ranging from North India to South India including Italian food.

Things to know before visiting Rishikesh

  • Rishikesh town doesn’t allow serving non-veg food or drink.
  • Ganga aarti is a well-known tradition in this town so try to not miss it.
  • River rafting is a must-experience activity in Rishikesh.
  • The below photo will guide you to the contact details for river rafting.
  • Do not litter the area around.

Rishikesh Uttarakhand
One can contact on the mentioned number to book your River Rafting or other adventurous activity

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