Rishikesh is an amazing holy town, with strategic location. It is approximately 24 kms. upstream, along banks of the pious Hindu river The Ganges.It is truly the bastion of Hindu philosophy and wisdom, as could be clearly understood by presence of ashrams, which are dedicated towards the propagation of the faith.While in Rishikesh, it is common sighting for tourists to find relics associated with religious rituals. Adding essence to religious tone, are numerous temples in the vicinity of The Ganges. Besides being the epicenter of Hindu religion, Rishikesh is also a famous adventure tourist hub, owing much to its tougher trekking trails and landscape ideal for white water rafting. Braving the rapids is the enjoyment that one could relive all through his or her life, and Rishikesh is where it happens.
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 15 kilometers away. Taxis are available round the clock.
Rishikesh has a railway station, on a branch line serviced by only 3 slow trains daily. However, Haridwar is the mainline station with dozens of trains available. Taxis are available from Haridwar station to Rishikesh round the clock.
You can even take a cab from Delhi Airport and reach Rishikesh within 5-6 hours, if you start early in the morning.
Though Rishikesh can be visited the whole year around, the monsoon months see discounts from hotels as occupancy is low and white water rafting is closed. The weather is good throughout the year; however summers (May-June) could be a little warm. However, this is the peak season here as white water rafting is most active during these months. Rains could be a little messy and rafting and other adventure activities should be avoided. October-March has amazing weather; however, it becomes a little chilly in January.
From March to May the summer season sees soaring temperatures between 14 and 45 degrees. While the early summers are perfect for adventure sports and camping, the hot weather in April - May is not much enjoyable for tourists.... read more...
The festival is actively celebrated in the months of January and February to symbolize spring. The festival also marks kite flying. Goddess Saraswati or goddess of knowledge is worshipped during Basant Panchami. On this religious occasion, the local inhabitants wear yellow-colored clothes and make traditional saffron rice in their home.It is the moment of not only celebration, but token of love and excitement happening all around.
The festival of colors is celebrated by local people and everyone in month of March. On the occasion, there are happy Holi chants and the families offer Indian sweet like Gujiya. The festival is celebrated with immense interest among people of all castes, creed and class. All differences between the Rich and the Poor are forgotten and people celebrate unity, love, warmth and enjoy being in harmony. International
Rishikesh is the Yoga capital, hosting The International Yoga Festival each year. The festival attracts thousands of tourists not only from India, but also different regions of world. The yoga festival is organized under aegis of Parmath Niketan Ashram along with Uttaranchal Tourism.
The festival of light is popular and celebrated all across India with excitement and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated continuously over a period of five days. Lighting of oil filled earthen lamps and decorating homes with beautiful lights, candles as well as earthen pots. Diwali is the festival that showcases good on evil.
Shopping in Rishikesh will turn out to be an unforgettable experience for tourists, who have different taste and likings. There are several small sized shops selling wide array of artifacts such as wall paintings, garments, and wooden furniture, besides the beautiful handicraft items from Kashmir, Tibet and Rajasthan. Excellent souvenirs present as handicrafts include pearls, beads and shells, and these can be shopped from state handloom emporiums.Tourists having religious taste can go ahead and buyfigurines made of Ganesha, Nataraja statues, mythological sculptures as well as religious books.
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