"Rishikesh(Under construction)" Rishikesh by umashanker

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Rishikesh -A gateway to pilgrims of Himalaya

Rishikesh is situated at banks of Ganga in the foothills of Himalaya.It is at the hieght of 1360ft from sea leval and 27km away from Haridwar.This is basicaly a small holi town.Round the year pilgrims and tourists come here but mainly from march to november as winter is to cold here.This is also a gateway to go to Gangotri, Yamnotri, Hemkunt Sahib and Badrinath & kedarnath.There is another important holi place to visit is Neelkanth Mahadev .Neelkanth Mahadev is 12 km away from here but at steep hieght so it enjoyble drive .Many prefer to go on foot to Neelkant wich is also enjoyble tracking and two beautifull walterfalls in the way add plesure to journey.This is a very old twon have mythological story that lord Vishnu killed demon Madhu in Rishikesh.On the other side of Gnaga is Tapovan which is belived to favourite penance place for many sages.There is temple of Lakshmana where he did penance.This Tapovan is my favourite place and since my childhood i am frequently visiting here.In past three decades many guest house,hotels ,Dharamshalas and temples have mushroomed here.It is good as more pilgrims and tourists coming here but what made me sad that the construction here is going on in gross violation of pollution laws.I am so attached to this place as i have spent many childhood school vacation here with my grand father who used to come here in summer days.That time few shops here,no hotels and only place to stay here was either "Swargashram Trust" or "Geeta Bhavan" trust.These two trusts provide accomodation to visitors in thier huge housing complex.But now there are many facilities to stay here and many shops and restuarents.
Rishikesh on world arena
This small twon in the foothill of himalaya is known by world for the following reasons:

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Sound of Gnaga,Bath in Ganga ,Seeing Ganga
  • Cons:Con man selling instant Nirvana
  • In a nutshell:A calm place in foothills of Himalaya
  • Last visit to Rishikesh: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 1, 2006
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  • tremendopunto's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 6:53 AM

    Nice description of an interesting place! Must be an amazing spot!

  • Janani's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 5:17 AM

    It certainly sounds like a fascinating place to visit. It's interesting to read what you have written here

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2006 at 7:39 AM

    the restaurant looks yummy! i like hte photo of Rishikesh on your page. Looks like a town built in the hills.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2006 at 6:46 AM

    I had not heard of this area but sounds very interesting. YOu obviously have very fond memories of times spent here. Sounds like a great place to visit.

  • FRONA's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2006 at 7:23 AM

    Thanks for stopping by! this looks like a nice place!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2006 at 5:19 AM

    Actually, I have heard of this place. My niece and her husband spent time here on their India trek.

  • Eurasian68's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2006 at 10:08 AM

    Wonderful page and interesting informations! Cheers and big hello to India;-)

  • nighthawk's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2005 at 2:25 AM

    interesting intro on a place i know nothing off , and no, am not in third row, am in first row :D

  • Guantanamera's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2005 at 7:53 AM

    Enjoyed your write-up on this place, Uma. Had to laugh at your cons about the cons, haha. Restaurant tip has made me hungry for Indian food...


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