Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is believed that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of "Hrishikesh" and this area henceforth came to be known as Rishikesh.
It is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage of the Hindus in which pilgrims go to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath to seek spiritual salvation. On the way to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Sikh shrine at Hemkund Sahib, one passes Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for those who want to delve deeper into meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. Rishikesh is also called the "Yoga capital of the world". For the adventurous, Rishikesh is the place for starting their trekking expeditions and excursions towards the Himalayan peaks. The International Yoga week, which attracts praticipation from all across the world, is held here every year from 2nd to 7th Feb on the bank of river Ganga.
The Bharat Mandir is the oldest temple in Rishikesh, near the Jhanda Chowk, Rabya Rishi did tapasya at this place. The township of Rishikesh is named after the "Lord Hrishikesh Narayan Bharat".
This is the main temple at Laxman Jhoola and one can see the sculptures of all Gods and Goddesses in this thirteen storey mansion.
9 km to the west of Mussoorie and at an altitude of 2104 m is the Jwalaji temple. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and has an idol of Mata Durga in it. The temple is surrounded by the forests and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon valley and Yamuna valley.
This is an ancient temple dedicated to Shatrughan, Lord Ram's brother and is situated 5 km away from Rishikesh.
The Neelkanth temple is situated on top of a hill across the Ganga river. According to mythology, after the sagar manthan Lord Shiva drank all the effluent venom here, which turned his throat blue, hence the name Neelkanth.
|Area :||11.20 sq km.|
|Altitude :||356 m above sea level.|
|Season:||Throughout the year.|
|Language:||Hindi, Garhwali and English.|
|Clothing|| Summers: Cottons.
|Air :||The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 18 km from Rishikesh, on way to Dehradun. At present chartered planes operate.|
|Rail :||Rishikesh is connected by rail with Haridwar, Delhi, Bombay, Howrah, Lucknow and Agra.|
|Road :||Rishikesh is connected by road with most places of North India.|
|Local : Transport Services||Tongas, taxis and Rickshaws.|
Haridwar (24 km), Kunjapuri (27 km), Dehradun (43 km), Chamba (63 km), Deoprayag (70 km), Mussoorie (77 km), Dhanolti (97 km), Rudraprayag (138 km), Karnaprayag (170 km), Kedarnath (227 km), Yamunotri (234 km), Delhi (245 km), Gangotri (248 km), Nainital (260 km), Shimla (262 km), Govindghat (275 km), Badrinath (300 km), Mathura (368 km), Agra (398 km) and Lucknow (555 km).