Located in the newly carved state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), Rishikesh is chiefly a pilgrimage destination for the devout Hindus. A travel to Rishikesh would take you to the holy land where the sages and saints of ancient India would choose to do penance. Since times immemorial Rishikesh has known to be the land of the gods.
Myths and legends still shroud over the land. Travel to Rishikesh to take a dip and wash away your sins. Even if you were a non-believer, Rishikesh offers you the peace of mind and soul. The majestic Himalayas, the mighty Ganges flowing down peacefully, green-carpeted valleys would bring in solace to your weary soul as you travel to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh serves as the gateway to visit the few other holy destinations in the Himalayas, namely: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Do not forget to visit Haridwar in your travel to Rishikesh. Lying close to Rishikesh, Haridwar is also a holy place dotted with temples and ashrams teeming with monks.
Rishikesh has today emerged as a prime center of Yoga. The effectiveness of Yoga as a means to stay well is proved beyond doubt and has gained tremendous popularity across the globe. A lot of people travel to Rishikesh to learn the art of Yoga and rejuvenate the soul.
How to Reach Rishikesh
One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is a famous Hindu pilgrimage destination. Every year a huge number of people travel to Rishikesh in lure of piety.
Rishikesh also serves as the gateway to other holy destinations in the Himalayas - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Apart from the religious attractions, Yoga and adventure tourism has gained popularity in Rishikesh.
The hilly town of Rishikesh is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal). There is no airport in the town. But the nearest airport at Jolly Grant in Dehradun the capital city of the state. The airport is only 35kms away from Rishikesh.
An extensive network of roads connects Rishikesh to the other cities in Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) and India, namely: Haridwar, Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi and Nainital.
The nearest railhead from Rishikesh is Haridwar. Haridwar is a major railway station in the region. Many express, mail and tourist trains link Haridwar to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad and so on.
Shopping in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for Hindus in India; the city is located in the state of Uttarakhand. A gateway for the Himalayas, the best time to visit this holy city is from April to August. Other than sightseeing, shopping forms an integral part of the itinerary of Rishikesh. The array of variety of shops makes shopping in Rishikesh a memorable experience. No matter what the tourists are looking for from wall paintings to garments, accessories and many more, there is something for everyone in the markets of Rishikesh.
Wall paintings and other paintings, which once added glory to the 'havelis' form an integral part of shops of Rishikesh.
Apart from the wall paintings, the wooden furniture is a popular item sold in the bazaars of Rishikesh. Tourists can select from a wide range of carved furniture made of wood that include chairs, tables, cradles, stools, chests from the shops of Rishikesh. Handicrafts of Rajasthan, Kashmir and Tibet are one of the most saleable items of Rishikesh.
For those looking to buy some religious items, the area of Swarg Ashram will be a perfect choice. This area involves in the trading of tapes, beads of Rudraksha, books and clothes of religious importance.
In addition, Ayurvedic medicines are sold in abundance in the Mahesh Yogi Ayurvedic Center of the Laksman Jhula Road.
Junk jewelry forms an important part of shopping in Rishikesh. The shops dotting Lakshman Jhula Bridge are not only famous for selling religious accessories but also famous for selling ornaments, jewelry at a very reasonable rate.