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A small town located in the Dehradun district of the Northern state of Uttarakhand in India, Rishikesh is scenically located along the banks of river Ganges coming down the Himalayas. Also known as the "Land of Sages and Sagas," Rishikesh is a spiritual town which is surrounded by scenic mountains on the three sides and located just 24 km upstream from Haridwar, another religious city and 220 km from Delhi. It has also turned into a hub for adventure sports quite recently. It is a place with vibes like no other place in the world and has a charm of its own which captivates almost everyone who visits this holy city. The whole place, because of its religious background, is believed to be the ideal location to practice meditation, as it is believed to lead one to salvation. The old temples along the riverbanks only add to the atmosphere and spiritual vibes of this city. Hindu pilgrims every year who make a journey river the Ganges to cleanse their sins and attain Nirvana visit Rishikesh. With temples and Ashrams defining the main architecture of the city, it is a popular destination for most of the foreign tourists visiting India, either to study Yoga and Meditation or indulge into the Hindu culture, learning and interacting with the Gurus and Saints. It was when the Beatles dropped by that Rishikesh catapulted to International fame, and Ashrams like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram and Parmarth Niketan Ashram started getting frequent visitors from all over the world. Being a sacred city, Rishikesh religiously follows the vegetarian diet and alcohol-free culture as both alcohol and meat are strictly forbidden in Hindu culture. Plastic bags are also banned all across the state of Uttarakhand. So, those who are looking for detoxification, Rishikesh provides a healthy and clean atmosphere for such activities. Famously known as the "Yoga Capital of the World," Rishikesh has numerous Yoga schools organizing classes and workshops all across the year. Thousands of people visit Rishikesh to relax, learn yoga, practice meditation and seek spiritual guidance. Most of the Yoga schools and Ashrams provide meals and accommodation during the course and nowadays most of them have online booking facilities. Best of Visit Near Rishikesh - Main Attractions Around Rishikesh:
  1. Triveni Ghat is a kilometre-long bathing ghat(a set of steps leading down to a river or lake) along the banks of Ganges. Several devotees come to this ghat to take a holy dip, which is believed to wash off all your troubles and sins. It is a merging point of three major rivers in the region namely Gangs, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Witnessing the evening aarti at the ghat is an amazing experience and is highly recommended. During this ceremony, Hundreds of devotees release earthen lamps and flowers carefully placed in leaf boats in the river. The whole atmosphere is filled with chants and temples bells and the smell of incense and flowers. These oil lamps and flowers can be bought from the nearby shops. They are meant to be holy, so try not to do anything disrespectful to them. The sound of beating drums, bells and hymns recited in praise of river Ganges is truly rejuvenating for mind and soul. The timings for the evening aarti is from 6 pm to 7 pm every day. Don't forget to bring your camera with you while attending the Aarti as it is a magical event of one-hour prayer session with people chanting hymns, beating drums and playing bells on the banks of River Ganges which itself is illuminated with the oil lamps and the smell of incense and flowers filling up the whole atmosphere. It is free for everyone to attend this aarti session.
  1. Tryambakeshvar Temple or the Tera Manzil Mandir is a holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva who is a three-eyed god, according to Hindu mythology. It is one of the most famous temples in Rishikesh and because of its height (13 stories), it makes a nice view point to enjoy the view of the whole city and enjoy the view of the Ganges flowing between the Himalayas as you hear chants and mantras filling up the atmosphere with beautiful energy.
  1. Rajaji National Park is where one can explore the rich biodiversity of Uttarakhand. Here, you can explore several rare species of flora and fauna, which aren't found anywhere else in the world. For example, Asian Elephants, Bengal tigers, pythons, leopards, bears and several species of subtropical vegetation.
  1. Parmarth Niketan Ashram: Located near Ram Jhula, Parmarth Ashram is one of the few Ashrams in India where kids can receive the ancient Vedic education. The best time to visit Parmarth Ashram is in the evening for Ganga Aarti Ceremony, which starts at 5 pm in the winters and 6 pm during the summers.
  1. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram: Famously known as The Beatles Ashram, this is the ashram where the members of The Beatles stayed during their many trips to India and learned meditation. They also wrote most of the music from their famous "The White Album." It is located a few kilometers from Laxman Jhula in the forest.
  1. International Yoga Festival is organized every year in the month of March by the famous Parmarth Niketan Ashram. It witnesses the biggest gathering of Yoga practitioners from all over the world. So, if you are a Yoga enthusiast and want to learn from the experienced masters and teachers, this festival is for you.
  1. 7. Bharat Mandir is one of the oldest temples in Rishikesh built in the 12th century. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is the supreme God according to Hindu mythology.
  1. 8. Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula- These are two suspension bridges situated in the heart of the city. Built during the 1980s, these bridges are used to cross the Ganges and are one of the main landmarks of the city. The distance between these two bridges is three km. This small area is the center of all the popular activities, which attract most of the tourists who come to visit Rishikesh. There is a local Indian market, most of the Ashrams, Yoga and Meditation schools, guest houses and hotels, multi cuisine restaurants suitable for all kinds of budget and of course, temples.
  Things To Do - Places To Visit In Rishikesh:
  1. Trekking and Hiking: There are many beautiful hikes around Rishikesh to enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayas which give you ample opportunities to be close to nature, lift your spirits and explore the unexplored terrain away from civilization. You can also indulge in various activities like rock climbing, rappelling, etc. which you can easily book from any tour agency in the area.
  1. Rafting: One the major attractions of Rishikesh which attracts hundreds of adventures enthusiasts from all over the country is white river rafting in the waters of river Ganges. Here, you can experience adrenaline-pumping streams and rapids full of challenges. The popular season is from September to May.
The best way to experience rafting is to contact any of the famous and trusted tour agencies in Rishikesh. You can pick your rafting trip from various difficulty levels and the duration.
  1. Camping: There are various camping spots in and around Rishikesh along the banks of river Ganges. There are beach camps and jungle camps available for tourists, and you can either book along with your rafting tour or separately. Some agencies give you an option of combining camping with various other activities life cliff jumping, Yoga, etc.
  1. Ayurveda and Massage: Many people visit Rishikesh seeking Ayurvedic therapy and treatment at one of the several Ayurveda centers located all over the city. These centers offer consultation and rejuvenation sessions for cleansing and treating the body of adverse effects of unhealthy lifestyle. Complete natural processes are implied to cure such ailments, and the patients are required to follow strict organic and vegetarian diet for the treatment to be effective fully.
It is a great way to pamper you with natural treatments and rejuvenating sessions. A lot of Ashrams and resorts offer spa and massage sessions.
  1. Astrology services: Many people come to visit Astrologers and numerologists. By providing your personal details like time and place of birth, information about your parents, etc, one can have an astrology chart prepared. You can book a personal session over the phone and have a face-to-face meeting with an astrologer or you can send your details via email and receive it at any place in the world.
How To Reach Rishikesh: How To Reacg Rishikesh By Air: The nearest airport is called Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is located approximately 35 km away. There are daily flights from New Delhi operated by popular airlines like Air India, Spice Jet, and Jet Airways. From the airport, you can either take a bus or a taxi directly to Rishikesh.   How To Reacg Rishikesh By Train:  The nearest major railway station with direct connectivity to cities to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, etc., is in Haridwar, located 25 km away. From the train station, it is advisable to take either a bus or a taxi to Rishikesh. Special Tips for Train Journeys Coming To Rishikesh:
  • Indian railway stations have a special counter for foreign tourists where you can book a seat to anywhere in India.
  • As a foreign tourist, you may have to pay a little bit extra, though.
  • Try to avoid people trying to trick you into buying the tickets from travel agents.
  • Just check the availability of train travel dates, fares, and timings at the official website indianrail.gov.in and visit the nearest train station to buy the tickets.
  • Make sure to book them a few days in advance, especially during the high season.
  How To Reach Rishikesh By Road: The drive from Delhi to Rishikesh takes around 6 to 7 hours. One can hire a taxi from the airport or use online apps like Uber, Ola or makemytrip.com. Another option is to take a bus. You can either opt for private bus service or government buses. The main bus station of Delhi is called Kashmere Gate ISBT, which is around 45-minute from the Airport. For private buses, you can visit any travel and our agency. Make sure they give you a proper receipt with seat and bus number properly mentioned on it.   What Is The Best Time To Visit In Rishikesh: Rishikesh is blessed with the pleasant climate throughout the year. But that doesn't mean it doesn't experience all four major kinds of weather over a year. Here is a breakdown of weather condition that might help you with your trip: Winter Season - The period between Late October to Mid of March is the winter season when the average temperature is between 15 to 25-degree Celsius. This weather is ideal for river rafting and other outdoor activities. January is the coldest month with temperature going as low as freezing point. So, it is advisable to bring warm clothes if you are planning to visit Rishikesh at this time of the year. Summer Season - March till June are the warm months. The temperature may rise to 40 degrees. This is the time of the year when the International Yoga Festival is organized. Because of the summer holidays in the month of June, Rishikesh becomes crowded because of local tourists coming to enjoy Rafting and Camping trips. Monsoon Season - Rishikesh receives moderate rains during the period between July and September. The water level in the Ganges increases and hence, rafting and other water-related activities are closed. Because of low season, the places offer massive discounts on accommodations. It also makes it an ideal time of the year for shopping in the local markets.

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Behind Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, 249304 INDIA Centre Location In Goa: Girkar Waddo, Arambol Beach, Pernem – North Goa, 403524 INDIA samavedaindia @gmail.com Working Hours: 10:00 Till 20:00 IST

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