is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. Tapovan on
the other bank of the Ganges houses a temple to Lakshmana and Bharata,
both of whom are believed to have meditated here. 12 km away from
the Nilkanth Mahadeo temple at a height of about 5000 feet, commanding
spectacular views of the region. Located in the laps of lower Himalayas,
this place is considered to be the access point of three other pilgrim
places of Badrinath - Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri the four great
places which combine to make Chardham. The holy city of Haridwar is
located 24kms from here.
Rishikesh is popular with the
foreigners. The various Yoga asanas taught on the banks of the river
Ganges draw them to this place. Many yoga centers are found here. A
person visiting Haridwar invariably visits Rishikesh. Since the distance
is not too much, one can take a bus, train, taxi or even a
The places to visit in Rishikesh include -
Bharat Temple, Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple, Laxman Jhoola, Pushkar
Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Muni-Ki-Reti, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan,
Parmath Niketan, Lakshman Temple, Sadanand Jhoola, Triveni Ghat,
Shivanand Ashram, Kailash Ashram and Academy of Meditation. The nearby
excursions include beautiful places like: Dehradun, Mussoorie, Hardwar,
Chilla, Devprayag, Auli, and NarendraNagar.
How to reach
- Lakshman Jhula
This is a bridge made out of steel
wires made in 1939, over the river Ganges. This bridge swings from
side to side. This bridge is 150 meters above sea level. Once you
cross this bridge, you reach Swarg Ashram.
- Ram Jhula
Near Swarg Ashram this is another swinging
bridge which was made a few years back. This is also called
- Dev Prayag
Situated on the Rishikesh -Badrinath road,
this mountainous spot is the place where the rivers Alaknanda and
Bhagirathi meet. When they flow out of here, they are together
called the Ganga. An old temple of Ram here is well known.
- Swarg Ashram
This place is full of Ashrams and
temples. The spiritual atmosphere here calms many souls. Plenty of
stores and restaurants are found around here.
The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 kms from
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24
kms), to Howrah, Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and
By road Rishikesh to Haridwar 24 kms, Dehradun
47 kms, Mussoorie 77 kms, Badrinath 301 kms (Son Prayag), Kedarnath
228 kms, Gangotri 258 kms, Yamunotri 288 kms (Hanuman Chatti),
Srinagar 105 kms and Joshimath 252 kms.