Rishikesh, also known as Dev Bhoomi, is a major pilgrimage place in Dehradun District. Rishikesh (Rishikesh) is the gateway to places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Ganga is spread in the plains, leaving the hills here. The beautiful mountains and cliffing rivers of the city will surely fascinate you. This place, situated on the bank of the holy river the Ganges, has very religious significance in the Hindu community. Every year, a large number of tourists from all over the country come to visit religious places of this place, to see the great Himalayas and dive in the river Ganga. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is home to many Hindu deities. The fame of ancient temples and ashrams of this place extends far and wide. This is also the hub of yoga and meditation centers where training of yoga and meditation is given regularly by experienced trainers. This is the place where Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganga with the help of a bridge made from jute (Glossy fiber). Therefore, the bridge is called the Laxman Jhula. Tourists should also visit Rishikund near Triveni Ghat. This is a small lake, which was filled by the Goddess Yamuna in the form of a prize for the Kubus Saint by the water of her river. Tourist can see the image of ancient Raghunath Temple in this pond. Vashishta Cave is another prominent attraction of Rishikesh, which is a center of meditation and adventure activities In addition to pilgrims, this place also attracts people interested in adventure activities. Since the city is situated between mountains, it is suitable for trekking. Popular trekking routes of the area include the Garhwal Himalaya area, Buwani Niragud, Roopkund, Nagtibba, Valley of Flowers Trek and Devi National Park. The time of mid-February to October is best for trekking in this region. Apart from this, another adventure activity is also the basis for river rafting. Travelers can enjoy this water sports under the supervision of professionals.
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Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun Located just 35 Km away from Rishikesh is the nearest airport to the city. One can easily hire a taxi or a bus from the airport to reach Rishikesh.
Rishikesh has very well road connectivity with cities such as Delhi (225KM), Dehradun (45KM), Mussoorie (75 KM), Haridwar (15Km), and Mathura (360 KM). The connectivity of the buses is so good that people tourist can easily get the buses for Rishikesh.
Rishikesh has its own railway station but it is not well connected by trains from other parts of the country. The tourists can easily reach Rishikesh by hiring a car from Haridwar railway station. Haridwar is nearest railway station which is well connected to all major cities and towns so people can reach at this place comfortably.