Rishikesh is located at a distance of 24 km from Haridwar. It is lies in the laps of the lower Himalayas. Situated in the foothills of Himalayas beside the Ganga River, this city is also renowned for being the centre of studies of yoga and meditation. Home to India's popular adventure sports like river rafting, bungee jumping and air safari, the city has been the favourite spot for visitors from the last several years. The holy river Ganga is quite amazing and breath taking here that enhances the beauty of the place. Rishikesh is quite beautiful as the surroundings are cooled and made all the more attractive by lush greenery and lovely atmosphere. The beauty of the major attractions in the city is quite different from other tourist destinations.
White water rafting is a major attraction of this beautiful city and brings in adventure enthusiasts from all over the globe. Apart from this, learning about Hinduism is an important activity here and last but not the least people come to Rishikesh to learn and practice Yoga at the different ashrams and dharamsalas here. "The International Yoga Week Festival" is held during the month of February. This is one of the most amazing festivals in Rishikesh for which visitors from all over the world love to visit and participate. The yoga lovers wait for the festival and enjoy the event to the fullest.
The nearest airport to reach Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradhun, which is around 35 km from the city. All the major airlines regulate services to major cities and connect them to Dehradhun. Rishikesh is well connected to all the major roads and national highways and can be easily reached from all the parts of the country. Though there is a station in Rishikesh, but not many trains are operates from here. Haridwar is the nearest Railhead that is well connected with all major cities and can be reached easily from Rishikesh too.
The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September to May. The temperature during the summer season varies between 40°C and 15°C. During this period the hot climate doesn't allow people to explore and enjoy. The monsoon arrives in the month of June and lasts till September. The monsoon season at the place compels people to enjoy the lovely atmosphere. Heavy rainfall is normal at this place. Humidity is quite high and the temperature at the place drops down from the summer peaks. The winter season at the place starts from the month of October and lasts till the month of February. The lowest temperature at the place is around 6°C. The cool atmosphere compels tourists to visit the place and enjoy the blessed beauty.
The first and foremost attraction in Rishikesh is the serene flowing Ganges River along the foothills of the Himalayas. Sight of surrounding forested hills, sound of temple bells ringing along with the evening Ganga aarti take you to a heavenly world whose feeling can rarely be experience. Added to all these, the chance of trying innumerable adventure sports attracted backpackers and adventure lovers from round the world.The two most stunning bridges over the river Ganges, i.e., Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula are also two most popular Rishikesh attractions. The other major attractions are Rajaji National Park, Triveni Ghat, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, etc. Rishikesh is few of those destinations in India where you can enjoy the mix of everything- water sports, meditation, leisure holiday at the heart of nature and spiritual vacation. Some of the most enjoyed adventure activities in Rishikesh are:
* White water Rafting
* Bunjee Jumping
* Body surfing
* Cliff Jumping in River Ganga and