Rishikesh is a beautiful scenic town in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Located in the laps of the Himalayas, along the banks of River Ganges, Rishikesh is a hub of spirituality and holiness. It renowned as a center for yoga and meditation, and has earned the reputation of being known as the world capital of yoga.
Mythologially, Rishikesh is named after Lord Vishnu. Rishikesh is another name of Lord Vishnu which means ‘lord of the senses’. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared before Raibhya Rishi after he went through severe austerities.
The place where this incident occurred is reserved in Bharat Mandir.
Rishikesh is well connected by air, train and road.
If you want to reach Rishikesh by air, then Jollygrant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport. Dehradun has direct flights from New Delhi only. Rishikesh is about 25 kms from the airport. You can take local taxi or cabs to reach Rishikesh in around half an hour.
Alternatively, you can take a train to Haridwar which is 35 kms far from Rishikesh. From Haridwar you can reach Rishikesh by bus, cab, taxi or or auto within an hour.
Rishikesh is about 230 km from Delhi. If you want to travel by road, you can take a bus from New Delhi. The journey will take about 6-7 hours. The fastest route is via NH 334. This route takes you across some renowned places like Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkie and Haridwar.
Taxi or self-owner car is also a good option to reach Rishikesh from New Delhi. Typically taxi charges are Rs.3500 to Rs.4000. You can look for Ola outstation services for booking a cab.
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Prominent Places to See in Rishikesh are Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, Gita Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Trayambakeshwar Temple and Neelkanth.
You can also enjoy Rafting while in Rishikesh.
Hotels to Stay
The best place to stay in Rishikesh is near Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The place has access to all the spiritual activities that take place in Rishikesh and will make your journey fruitful.
Accommodation can be availed in Parmarth Niketan Ashram itself. However, the place is generally full of devotes and is difficult to get a reservation.
You can visit their site: https://www.parmarth.org/ and try to reserve a room for your stay.
There are many hotels in the vicinity of Parmarth where you may stay and still enjoy the world-famous Ganga Aarti, Satsang, Yoga Programs and other activities. There are a number of hotels which are within 5 – 10 mins walk from Parmarth Niketan.
Following are three hotels in walking distance from Parmarth that you may like to check in.
Geeta Bhawan Puri Mithai Dukan, Rishikesh
Geeta Bhawan Puri Mitha Dukan is few steps from Ram Jhula in Swarg Ashram Ashram Road. The shop opens around 8-9 am and sells tasty poori sabzi and mithais at affordable price. The restaurant is pure vegetarian and items are prepared using pure ghee. If you are looking to buy authentic ‘rishikesh’ sweets, this place is a must for you.
Next time you visit Rishikesh, try tasty breakfast in ‘Geeta Bhawan Puri Mitha Dukan’ before you start your day. Rishikesh in general will truly give you divine pleasure and spiritual satisfaction free from the monotony of your hectic life.