Rishikesh is a municipal town in the Dehradun district located in the northern part of Uttarkhand. This town, situated on the banks of the river Ganga on the foothills of the Himalayas in the north, serves as an entrance to the Garhwal Himalayas. The other three districts of Rishikesh are Tehri Garhwal (108 km), Haridwar(20 km) and Pauri Garhwal (138 km). From the state capital of Dehradun, the town is located at a distance of 45 km. Known for the famous pilgrimage centres of Badrinath and Kedarnath, this town is a famous religious spot that has been fascinating tourists for years.
Places to Stay
There are many budget-friendly hotels available for staying within Rishikesh. Some of them that are worth mentioning are Tourist Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 300), Shivansh Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), ), Narayana Kunj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), VNA resorts (Tariff – Rs. 700) and many more.
Hindi is the official language of Rishikesh. The other language widely spoken is Garhwali.
Rishikesh being a famous pilgrimage spot celebrates several important festivals and events with great pomp and grandeur. The most popular International Yoga Festival celebrated in March deserves special mention. Other important festivals celebrated are Basant Panchami in January or February, Holi in March, Diwali in November and many more such occasions.
Places of Interest
Rishikesh is known as the hub of places of interest and draws many visitors all year round. The famous Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri, and the temples and ashrams around are the main pilgrimage centres that attract many disciples to the place. Other major tourist attractions are Triveni Ghat, Bharat Temple, Rajaji National Park, Gita Bhuvan, and Swarga Ashram among others.
How to Get There
The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 21 km from the main town.
The Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is located 4 km away from the town.
The major state bus operating in the town is Utarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) buses. Private bus operators such as Crown Travels, AG Holiday and Metro Travel etc. also provide transport services across the major cities, towns and suburbs. Log on to Ticketgoose.com and get bus booking online to over 4,000 destinations across the country.