Rishikesh, called as “Dev Bhoomi (Land of God)” is nestled on the lower part of Himalaya. It is situated exactly 42 km from Dehradun, the capital city of Uttrakand State in Northern India. This place is the beginning point or like a base camp for pilgrims or trekkers to reach four main (Char Dham) Hindu Pilgrimage spots namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Rishikesh is embraced by lovely picturesque hilly regions, through which River Ganga swirls. This land plays vital role in Indian Epics and Indian Heritage. It is spiritually oriented.
It is not only a starting point for important Hindu Pilgrimage, also renowned center for Yoga and Meditation. Every year in the first week of February, “The International Yoga Week” is organized in Rishikesh, where people all over the World indulge in yoga on the banks of River Ganga. India’s well known Ashrams and Yoga Centers are scattered around in and around of Rishikesh. Thus Rishikesh is also place where one can calm the body and soul from city hustles and bustles.
Adventurous Tourists can start trekking and hiking from Rishikesh and move up the Himalayan Slopes. Recently, Rishikesh is acquiring more importance for white water rafting and other River Sports. Ranging from Grade I through Grade VI, a wholesome titillation is assured for adventure lovers. Rafting through white waters of River Ganga and camping in pristine river sides makes the trip unforgettable.
Hotels like Rainforest House, Divine Ganga Cottages, and Ananda in Himalayas etc are few hotels which make the stay in Rishikesh more memorable. Most of the hotels here will help tourists with sightseeing’s, River rafting and also have their own spas, yoga and meditation hall etc. There are many budget hotels here.
Restaurants like 60’s Café, Honey Hut, Oasis, etc are well renowned restaurants where travelers can indulge in Brunch, Late night foods, Cappuccino etc. Jasmine Tea and Himalayan Herbs are renowned restaurants for offering tourists with Ayurvedic foods as per the body type. Indian and Chinese cuisines are available in Chotiwala Restaurant.
Travelers can sack up some high quality spices like cumin, cardamom etc at very low cost in the stalls near Swarg Ashram. Ethnic as well trendy outfits are available here. Brassware, Trinkets, ornaments, Rudraksh nut (used in Hindu Poojas and rituals) etc are available at reasonable rates. Thus come and reincarnate your Body, Mind and Soul in the Rishikesh, the Land Of God.