About Rishikesh City

Located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, the town of Rishikesh abounds in temples and ashrams. The world famous pilgrimage town is perched at an altitude of 1,360 ft a.s.l. According to the Hindu mythology, Rishikesh is the place where Lord Vishnu crushed demon Madhu. This is also the place from where begins the holyChardham Yatra (covering Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri). Abounding in natural beauty, the town of Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) proves to be an ideal destination for tourists interested in pilgrimage travel and adventure sports. The ashrams of Rishikesh are renowned the world over for the study of spiritualism and meditation.

General Information

  • Location - 27 Kms from Haridwar (Uttarakhand)
  • Near by Attractions - Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie
  • Best Season Visit in Rishikesh - Throughout the Year

How To Reach Rishikesh

Reach By Trains in Day Time:
Dehradun Shatabdi
  • Delhi to Haridwar: Departure Time Delhi: 0650 - Arrival Time Haridwar: 1125
  • Haridwar - Delhi : Departure Time Haridwar: 1813 - Arrival Time Delhi: 2245
Dehradun Jan Shatabdi
  • Delhi to Haridwar: Departure Time Delhi: 1525 - Arrival Time Haridwar: 1925
  • Haridwar - Delhi : Departure Time Haridwar: 0620 - Arrival Time Delhi: 1115
Reach By Trains in Night Time:
Mussoorie Express
  • Delhi to Haridwar: Departure Time Delhi: 2215 - Arrival Time Haridwar: 0535
  • Haridwar - Delhi : Departure Time Haridwar: 2320 - Arrival Time Delhi: 0700 Next Day
Nizamuddin Dehradun Express
  • Delhi to Haridwar: Departure Time Delhi: 2305 - Arrival Time Haridwar: 0400
  • Haridwar - Delhi : Departure Time Haridwar: 1025 - Arrival Time Delhi: 1440

Reach By Flights:
Jolly Grant airport near Dehradun is 18 kms from Rishikesh.
Flights to Dehradun (Delhi to Dehradun)
  • Kingfisher: Departure Time Delhi: 2:50 PM - Arrival Time Dehradun: 3:50 PM
  • Jet Airways : Departure Time Delhi: 10:20 AM - Arrival Time Dehradun: 11:20 AM
  • Indian Airlines: Departure Time Delhi: 10:10 AM - Arrival Time Dehradun: 11:10 AM
Flights to Dehradun (Dehradun to Delhi)
  • Kingfisher: Departure Time Dehradun: 4:20 PM - Arrival Time Delhi: 5:40 PM
  • Jet Airways: Departure Time Dehradun: 11:50 AM - Arrival Time Delhi: 12:50 PM
  • Indian Airlines: Departure Time Dehradun: 11:35 AM - Arrival Time Delhi: 12:35 PM

Prime Attractions of Rishikesh

River Rafting
For all tourists heading to northern India, River Rafting in Rishikesh or White Water Rafting in Rishikesh is a major attraction. Since, rafting is a sport which can be enjoyed by the whole family, tourists arrive in Rishikesh in huge number. It doesn't matter whether you are a newbie in the field or a skilled rafter, Rishikesh offers rafting opportunities for all. With the assistance of professional rafters and trainers, Rafting in Rishikesh can be a lot of fun. While rafting along the Ganges River, you can also feast your eyes upon the scenic sights that welcome you on the either side of the river.

Lakshmanan Jhula
It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh. Built back in the year 1929, the Lakshman Jhula is actually a suspended bridge. As per the Hindu traditions, it is believed that Lakshmana (Rama's brother; Rama is the hero of epic Ramayana) crossed the river here with the help of a jute rope. Apart from for its mythological significance, the bridge is also visited to soak up the panoramic views of the surroundings.

Ashrams in Rishikesh
The prime tourist attractions in Rishikesh are the ashrams. The town is dispersed over with a number of ashrams, world renowned centres for spiritual studies and lessons on meditation. Some of the most popular and much visited ashrams in Rishikesh include Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar Transcendental Meditation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.

Bharat Mandir
The temple was laid down by Adiguru Shankaracharya around 8th century AD. One of the most ancient in Rishikesh, the temple occupies a position on the banks of the Holy Ganges. An idol of Lord Vishnu stands in the inner sanctum of the temple.

Triveni Ghat
It is the place where tourists can witness Hindu pilgrims in hordes. Pilgrims from all across the country arrive here to observe a holy dip in the Ganges. The scene however becomes surreal as hundreds of pilgrims flock to the ghat in the evening to attend the Ganga Aarti, an important ritual to worship the Ganga. Hundreds of diyas afloat the River Ganges add much to the sight.

Ram Jhula
Yet another suspended bridge in Rishikesh is the Ram Jhula. The bridge serves as the connection between the Shivanand Ashram and Swarg Ashram. It is dedicated to Ram, Lakshmana's elder brother.