General Information About Rishikesh
Rishikesh will enthral you while the cool breeze of the Himalayan foothills will soothe your mind and soul. From the fascinating evening aarti to taking a dip in the river at Triveni Ghat and a visit to the sacred Bharat Temple, this itinerary offers you supreme tranquillity. You will also visit the spiritual Swarg Ashram and Parmarth Ashram, and walk across the iron suspension bridge, Ram Jhula, as you complete your journey.
Arrival in Rishikesh
Start your weekend with an exciting road trip of around 6 hours from Delhi to Rishikesh. Upon reaching your destination, check-in at the hotel and relax. Rishikesh, also known as the Yoga Capital of the World, is located amidst magnificent hills, offering a tranquil landscape, enhanced by the gleaming river Ganga. This holy city is an abode of sages and has numerous ashrams and spiritual centres. Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, this divine place hosts several yoga workshops throughout the year and is also a good spot for adventurous activities, such as rafting, hiking, kayaking and even bungee jumping. Later in the evening, freshen up and head towards a ghat to attend the religious evening aarti. With several drums, lights and earthen lamps, and accompanied by chants, the mesmerising aarti infuses you with a feeling of peace and divinity. After an evening, full of delight and devotion, return to your hotel room and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
One of the holiest cities for Hindus, Rishikesh is located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is around 25 km away from the other holy city of Haridwar. Visitors will notice the Ganga gurgling down the Shivalik ranges of the Garhwal Himalayas here, as it finally makes its way to the plains of north India. Surrounded by hills and bisected by the Ganges, the two banks of the Rishikesh town are linked by the famous Lakshman Jhula, a suspension bridge whose origins according to Hindu belief lie in a rope bridge that was built to enable Lakshmana to cross the river. In fact folklore has it that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana. Three of its most important temples Shatrughna Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Mandir are believed to have been set up by Adi Shankara in 8th century CE. Rishikesh shot into international prominence in February of 1968, when a group of greatest rock musicians in the world at that time led by the Beatles, including the likes of Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Donovan and Paul Horn arrived here to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM) training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In all about 60 people landed here including several newspaper reporters which gave this small town the kind of international prominence whose benefits it is still reaping. Its fame as one of India’ s biggest yoga centers was established at that time. The Beatles were reported to have written most of the songs that appeared on their classic The White Album here, as well as some of the songs on the their next album Abbey Road. Besides being a major pilgrimage centre itself, these days Rishikesh is a starting point for a visit to the four important shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. It is also famous as a centre for the study of yoga and Hindu philosophy. For adventure enthusiast Rishikesh is a place for both river rafting and trekking.