also known as the 'place of sages' is Haridwar,
at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed
that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an answer to
the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived
It is the starting point for the Chardham pilgrims but also for
the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects
of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, Rishikesh is the suggested
place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks
and for rafting. Also, International Yoga Week which attracts participation
form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on
the banks of the Ganga.
is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan
Shrines of Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Gangotri and
Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres
of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place.
this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home
and enters the vast plains of Northern India.
: 11.20 sq.km.
Altitude : 356 metres.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max.44.4, Min.29; Winter- Max.32.2,
Clothings : Summer- Cotton & tropical; Winter- Heavy
Languages Spoken : Garwali, Hindi, Punjabi, English.
Best Season : Throughout the Year.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
The nearest airport is Dehradun (Jolly Grant), 35 kms from Haridwar.
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 kms), to Howrah,
Bombay, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.
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, Joshimath
Services: Haridwar is connected by bus with Agra, Chandigarh,
Dehradun, Kullu, Manli, Shimla, Rishikesh etc.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Temple (1.6 kms) [ Open from 0500 to 1100 hrs and 1300 to 2100 hrs
Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple (1.6 kms),
Laxman Jhoola (6.7 kms),
Pushkar Temple (1.6 kms),
Muni-Ki-Reti (4.8 km),
Parmath Niketan (8 km),
Academy of Meditation.
Haridwar (24 kms), Dehradun
(45 kms), Kedarnath (228
kms), Badrinath (203
kms), Gangotri (253 kms), Yamunotri
(226 kms), Nilkanth (16 kms), Mussoorie
Divine Life Society, Shivananda Nagar.
Yoga Niketan, Muni-Ki-Reti.
Academy of Meditation (M. Mahesh Yoga Ashram) Shankaracharya Nagar.
Yoga & Meditation Centre (Yoga Sadhana Ashram), Railway Road.