About Rishikesh Holidays - Holiday in Rishikesh is a blissful experience for many and an awakening for others. The holy town has attracted scores of foreigners and domestic tourists over the years and has turned it into one of the holiest and peaceful holiday destinations in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. Rishikesh tour package by Atlas Travel is all about highlighting the crowning glory of this iconic holy temple town where the Ganga River is worshipped every single day. Other than spirituality Rishikesh has awesome options for adventure lovers and thrill-seekers.
Atlas Travel offers some of the Best tour packages for Rishikesh anyone can have the best of both worlds. From going to the temples in the morning to dealing with the crashing waves while rafting, it is a great place for everyone to visit at least once in a lifetime.
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Rishikesh was named after the legendary sage and philosopher, Rishikesh who is believed to have stayed a major part of his life here, meditating and performing yoga. The holy temple town is situated on the bank of the gushing Ganga River.
The river divides the town into two parts namely Swarg Ashram and Muni Ki Reti which are joined by Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Rishikesh package by Atlas Travel will take you across both these sides to all the popular places and experiences.
Dotted with temples, ashrams in every corner, and the delicious fragrance of traditional Pahadi food intermingling with the incense sticks is divine.
Rishikesh tour plan remains incomplete without experiencing the grand and mesmerizing Ganga Aarti that takes place every single day on the Ghats of Rishikesh no matter the weather.
Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh
Ganga Aarti is the ritual of offering respect and praying to the life-giving holy Ganga River that flows through the city holy town of Rishikesh. This Aarti takes place on the Ghats that line the Shore of Ganga River as she makes her way through the town.
Lots of people make sure to attend the Aarti ceremony as a part of a wholesome Rishikesh experience. Every evening by sundown, the Ghats light up with dancing Aarti lights along with devotional music and rhythmic soulful chants that are performed by the priests there.
These Aarti are performed not only by priests who are well versed in Vedic knowledge and along by the kids who are on their way to becoming priests. Other than the Aarti and the chants, mantras and puja are carried out to honor not just the Ganga River but also Agni or the goddess of fire.
Ghats like Parmarth Niketan, Triveni Ghat, and Ram Jhula Ghat have some of the best Ganga Aarti processions.
Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
The best time to visit Rishikesh is from March to mid-June. The monsoon season starts from July to September. Visiting the hills during the monsoon season is not recommended since the region becomes prone to landslides and floods.
During summertime, the sky becomes clearer and it gives the tourists an opportunity to go out and check out as many sightseeing places as possible.
Even though it remains warm and comfortable in the morning by evening, it gets a bit colder and chilled so be sure to carry some good winter clothes to be on the safer side.
How to Reach Rishikesh from Delhi
As compared to other hill stations in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is one of the most easily reachable than any other hill town in India. For Delhiites it is a very loved and famous extended weekend getaway destination.
If you are wondering how to visit Rishikesh from Delhi then here are some ways you can choose:
By Road: Rishikesh tour packages from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, or anywhere else by road is a great idea! First of all, you will have to make your way to Delhi from your home destination.
From Anand Vihar ISBT, Kashmere Gate bus stop, or the red bus app you can book yourself a government or private bus service that will transfer you to Rishikesh at night within 5 to 6 hours. These buses run every day from Delhi to Rishikesh.
People can also take their private cars since Rishikesh is about 250 kms away from Delhi and it takes almost the same time as the bus to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar and is 25 kms away. The railway station caters to trains coming from various nearby and far-off places, including Delhi.
Some of the most regularly chosen trains for Rishikesh are Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi, Mussoorie Express, and more. Check IRCTC's official website for more information on trains to Delhi.
By Flight: The nearest airport is situated in Jolly grant airport in Dehradun and is 35 kms away from the main town of Rishikesh. It is very easy to book a cab or a taxi service from the airport here.
Choosing a flight trip to Rishikesh is the best option for people looking to travel in comfort and complete luxury. Atlas Travel also has a Rishikesh tour package for couples that not only guarantees a luxurious romantic time but it also takes you on some exciting sightseeing expeditions.
Places to Visit in Rishikesh
Tours and travels in Rishikesh are very popular in India since it has numerous places of sightseeing interest for any tourist to stay engaged and interested for many days to come. Here are some of the must visit places in Rishikesh:
The Beatles Ashram - Also known as maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram or Chaurasi (84) Kutia, is an abandoned ashram that gets its name from the fact that the band Beatles had visited here during the 70s. It occupies a huge space and gives sweeping views of the Ganga River flowing below.
Neergarh Waterfall - Located a couple of kms away from the main city center of Rishikesh, Neergarh is underrated yet a must-visit for all nature lovers. It is a 3 leveled waterfall that goes up through a kind of a testing hike through lush green surroundings.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram - Founded in 1942 by Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj, this ashram is the most popular one in Rishikesh and is situated right on the banks of the Ganga River. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and welcomes people from all over the world.
Neelkanth Temple - Neelkanth Mahadev is situated on a hilltop 32 kms away from the main city of Rishikesh in Pauri Garhwal. The temple architecture is mostly inspired by the Dravidian style. Surrounded by dense forest it is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site.
Ram and Laxman Jhula - It is impossible not to visit Ram and Laxman Jhula. They connect the Swarg Ashram part of Rishikesh to the Muni Ki Reti part and are 2 kms apart from each other. The two Jhulas are iron suspension bridges and are used by locals and tourists to commute.
Ghats of Rishikesh
The entire holy temple town of Rishikesh is lined on both sides by ancient and holy Ghats where people go to perform Aarti, offer their prayer to goddess Ganga, take holy dips in the river or just sit back and relax for some time. Here are some must-visit Ghats in Rishikesh:
Triveni Ghat - Triveni Ghat is the biggest and one of the most famous Ghats in Rishikesh. It sits on the place which marks the confluence of three rivers: Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati.
Gita Bhavan - Gita Bhawan is an ashram located in the prime location of Rishikesh very close to Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The Gita Ghats are two Ghats located in front of the ashram and people use them for taking holy dips and Bathing.
Parmarth Niketan Ghat - This is one of the most famous ashrams in Rishikesh and the Ghat hosts some of the grandest Ganga Aarti processions. The workers and volunteers from the ashram take care of the audience at the Ghat and makes it a memorable experience for everyone.
Shatrughan Ghat - Although the Shatrughan Ghat is a little bit lesser known its Ganga Aarti is a must experience. With less crowd and a Mesmerizing Aarti along with being super close to Ganga Mata is a super divine experience.
Ram Jhula Ghat - Located right next to the Ram Jhula is a wide-open space that forms the Ganga beach and it is also developed as a Ghat for Ganga Aarti performances. People gather there to relax, enjoy and witness the beauty.
A. Rishikesh is a budget-friendly destination where on average it could cost 6,000 to 20,000 depending on the place you choose to stay at and eat in.
Q.Does It Snow In Rishikesh?
A. No. it never snows in Rishikesh any time of the year.
Q.How Far Is Auli From Rishikesh?
A. Auli is 270 kms away from Rishikesh by road.
Q.Can We Carry Alcohol To Rishikesh?
A. Yes. You can carry alcohol in Rishikesh as long as you are respectful of the people and the regulations. It is okay to drink in your hotel room. There is also a wine and beer shop available 13 kms from Rishikesh.
Q.Is Rishikesh Colder Than Delhi?
A. Rishikesh does not get chilly cold as compared to other high-altitude places in Uttarakhand. It does get marginally colder than Delhi during the peak winter season and sometime in summer as well.