Rishikesh – A Delightful Place

Rishikesh is a small town in the heart of the Himalayan range, on the banks of river Ganges, and in the state of Uttarakhand in India.

Since Rishikesh is religious and adventurous place, visiting Rishikesh can be a thrilling and tranquil experience. Its contrasting characteristics are its beauty and attraction. It is also called the ‘Gateway to the Himalayas’.

For the religious tourists there is a long list of places to see. They must not forget to visit Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula Gita Bhavan, Parmarth Niketan, Trayambakeshwar Temple and Swarg Ashram. In fact people with no religious interests would also love the aura of these places, but usually they find adventurous attractions more appealing.

The adventures include White Water rafting, rappelling, cliff jumping, kayaking, trekking camping, rock climbing etc. but, the most adventurous are undoubtedly, kayaking and rafting. If anybody really wants to feel what a river is, what does it feel like to move along with it, what is the real freshness of water then both of these are the things to do. It’s an amazing feeling to float in blue and transparent water in between giant hills on both sides with fresh air rushing through your cheeks. It makes you feel tiny and unstoppable. To enjoy all the water adventures fully the best time to visit is between October-April.

The not to miss places also include the food outlets. People who love Indian food must pay a visit to Chotiwala near Laxman Jhula, where an overweight man, half-dressed in dhoti with only a small tail of hair on his head, welcomes you. People who love other cuisines like Italian, Mexican American, Tibetan, Nepali and Israeli can go for Little Italy and Moon Dance Café. Other decent restaurants are Ganga Ayurvedic Food Place, Mukti’s health food and Red Night Restaurant. If anyone has a craving for sweets then The Office is the place to find because it offers mouth-watering sweets in shapes of samosa filled with different flavours like mango, chocolate etc. Beware, these are hard to resist and extremely reveling.

Just for some geographical knowledge, Rishikesh is about 230 km away from Delhi. It’s a 6-7 hour-long drive from Delhi to Rishikesh but, it’s worth it. It’s just 15 km away from Dehradun’s airport. Trains are also available. However, the best conveyance would be by car or bus from Delhi. It attracts a lot of tourists, domestic as well as foreign. It’s about 17 km away from Haridwar. Neelkanth Temple is also not too far from Rishikesh, one can easily visit this Lord Shiva temple about 30 km away.

Rishikesh is a divine place for religious as well as spiritual satisfaction. If nothing else the view outside your hotel’s room or your car or bus or any vehicle is so eye-pleasing that one can stare at the high hills for an eternity. The landscape is a visual delight and that too free of cost. It’s a place to give your mind, body, soul and eyes some peace. The ambience of the place is so fresh that whenever you remember Rishikesh, you can feel it, smell it and sometimes relive it. It’s somehow exotic, magical!

Shikha Nehra

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