Widely known as India’s spiritual city; Rishikesh is visited by thousands of peace-seeking & adventure lover tourists. Since ancient times, it is a centre for yogis, sages and spiritual seekers. The city is one of the top holiday destinations due to many reasons. There are so much here that you will surely get confused while choosing to opt for an activity. From eating to shopping, from spirituality to adventures, from the Himalayas to the Ganges; there are many things to do in Rishikesh.
Planning to visit a city, full of happiness? Then no doubt put Rishikesh on the top of your list. You can enjoy your vacations and relax whilst here in the panoramic location of Rishikesh. Over the years, the city has attained good recognization and become the topmost destination for visitors.
Let’s move deeper to the roots of Rishikesh
History of Rishikesh
Uttarakhand, previously known as Kedarkhand has many spiritual places with mythological and historical significance. For killing the demon, “Ravana”; Lord “Ram” did penance here. It is also said that Lord Vishnu appeared here in the form of Hrishikesh, after which the place is known as “Rishikesh”. The younger brother of Lord Rama, “Lakshmana” also did tap (penance) at the same place, which later becomes famous with “Tapovan”. He also crossed the pious river Ganges using the jute-rope bridge, where presently Lakshman Jhula or Lakshman Bridge stands today.
Some Mythological mentioned of the city
- Holy Shrine of Bharat Mandir in Rishikesh was established by Adi guru Shankaracharya in 789 AD, on the pious occasion of Basant Panchmi.
- Chandreshwar Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Rishikesh is mentioned in Skanda Purana.
- Vashishta Cave is known to be the same place where sage vashishta and his wife Arundhati did penance for years.
- Kunjapuri Shrine is the same place where the upper part of burned Devi Sati had fallen
- The Ganges, the most sacred Hindu river also flows in the city of Rishikesh.
Apart from these, there are many places in Rishikesh holding religious and
Let’s know about the charismatic location of Rishikesh
Location – Rishikesh is located in the Northern part of Uttarakhand. It is in
the Garhwal region of the state. The splendid city covered by the Himalayas
and lush green forest from all sides. The pious River Ganga sanctioned the
place after coming down from the Shivalik Range and the Himalayas.
Rishikesh lies in the western district of Dehradun and is a hilly region, offers tourists and travellers, a great sight to explore.
The Climate in Rishikesh
Rishikesh offers delightful climatic condition and so is a place that can be
visited on any month. It is located on hilly terrains, this is the reason that the city does not experience extreme climatic conditions. The region experiences the climatic conditions of the western part of the Himalayas.
- Summer Season – The summer in Rishikesh is moderate. From mid-March to June, the place experiences the summer season. The months of May and June experiences the highest temperature. The temperature in summer, one can expect in Rishikesh is from 20 °C to 35 °C.
- Monsoon Season – As located in a hilly terrain area, Rishikesh observes a good amount of rainfall. From July to September, the place experiences Monsoon Season and some of the activities like Rafting is closed during this time. Although the weather is pleasant during this time yet one should avoid going near the Ganges.
The month of October remains pleasant.
- Winter Season – The winter season starts in November and lasts till mid-March. December last and mid-January records the lowest temperature with pleasant cold weather. The temperature during winter remains 5°C to 20°C.
Geography of Rishikesh
Rishikesh is located on the foothills of the Himalayas at 30.103368°N 78.294754°E. It has an average altitude of 1,745 ft. (372 metres). The city lies 21 km north of pious Haridwar and 51.9 km of charismatic Dehradun. Rishikesh is known as the “Gateway of the Garhwal Himalayas” as one can go through the city in order to reach the beautiful destinations of the Garhwal regions. Even the journey of Chota Char Dham also starts from Rishikesh.
The Ganges, after covering the powerful distance of 249 km through the Himalayas enters Rishikesh, from which it debouches in plain areas.
Yoga in Rishikesh
Among all the compelling activities in Rishikesh, Yoga in Rishikesh is on the top spot. The city is also known as “Yoga Capital in Rishikesh” and is certainly the best destination to perform and practice the divine activity of yoga. Due to its charming location and professional knowledge, people from all over the world are attracting to the city to gain everlasting knowledge of yoga. One can find many yoga schools in Rishikesh with years of experience and knowledge and can choose the yoga school of one’s choice for a perfect yoga practice.
Every year, on the month of March; Rishikesh celebrates the International Yoga Festival, in which yoga aspirants from every corner of the world visit and join the festival and satiate their desire to learn yoga.
Author – Ojaswani Sharma