Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges. This holy city a part of Dehradun district is called the Devbhoomi and is considered as the doorway to Himalayas. Located in the magnificent foothills of Himalayas, this place in Northern India attracts huge number of tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the country to offer their prayers at this holy site.
Ancient history suggests the presence of Rishikesh in the legendary “Kedarkhand” region. In mythological scriptures Lord Rama meditated and practiced penance at this place after he executed of Ravana. Lord Rama’s younger brother Lord Laxmana crossed the Ganga from here due to which the popular Laxman Jhula was constructed.
Originally, Laxman Jhula was built from jute rope. This rope bridge was quite unsafe and was replaced with a stronger iron- rope bridge in 1889. Due to floods in 1924 the bridge was damaged and finally replaced with a stronger suspension bridge supported from strong engineering labour.
Rishikesh offers several tourist attractions right from religious locations to thrilling adventure sport activities. Religious places include Gita Bhawan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Triveni Ghat and Swarga Ashram. A walk on Laxman Jhula is visited by many tourists.
Rishikesh can be divided in two areas – Raam Jhoola and Lakshman Jhoola. Jhoola litelrally means a swing in Hindi. Lakshman Jhula, a 450 feet long suspension bridge was built in 1939. Ram Jhula has been added recently. The fresh air and sound of flowing water, the scenic beauty of the region and the distant sound of bells create an unforgettable experience for those that visit this holy town.
Rishikesh is well connected by motorable road with most place of North India. From Delhi – 230 Km. Rishikesh (Railway Station) – 3.5 Km. Rishikesh (Bus Stand) – 3.5 Km. Haridwar (Railway Station) – 25 Km.
There are Different trains in a day between Delhi to Haridwar & Haridwar to Delhi, but the best Train Shatabdi, leaves New Delhi station at 7:00 am and reaches Haridwar at 11:15 am. Another One is the Jan Shatabdi which leaves New Delhi at 3:30 pm in the afternoon and reaches Haridwar at 7:20 pm in the evening. There are other trains, but Shatabdi & Jan Shatabdi Trains are the best and fastest. Pick-up & dropping services are provided on Request.
Wherever in the world you are coming from, the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) in Delhi will be your entry point in India if you are heading to Rishikesh. You will need to catch a connecting flight to the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun from Delhi then catch a taxi to the Rishikesh Sadan.
Built by Adiguru Shankra Charya around 12th century, Bharat Mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in ancient record of Kedarkhand.
Close to Trivenighat is the most ancient place, the Rishikund. Ancient records relate this to Kubz Saint, who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water. The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath, dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife.
The main ghat in the town area where most of the pilgrims take holy dip. Every evening hundreds of pilgrims attend the Ganga Arti at the Ghat. Don’t miss the Aarti ( prayers) in the evening.