Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting Laxman Jhula point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.It is rightly called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 7 Story Temple Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga,
Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. An international yoga week is organized here every year by U.P. Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February. For the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate here is continental type but its location in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Rafting
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: mid-Sept – Apr
Weather: Summer 21 to 42°C, Winter 5 to 26°C
Altitude: 372 m
STD code: 01364
Chandigarh to Rishikes: 210 kmm
Delhi to Rishikesh: 228 km
Shimla Manali to Rishikesh: 324 km
Bangalore to Rishikesh: 2332 km
Haridwar to Rishikesh: 18 km
Best Season / Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
Rishikesh has continental type of climate. The weather is quite pleasing all through the years and can be visited any time of the year. But the best season to visit is from mid-September to May.
Winters (October to February) are pleasant with a temperature range of 19°C to 27°C and is good for enjoying sightseeing and rafting.
Summers (March to June) have an average temperature of 35°C and the weather is cool and comfortable. Months like May and June are the hottest and are best avoided.
Monsoons offer average rainfalls during July to September. Rishikesh is a beautiful city which has hot summers and cold winters. Rafting season is from mid-September to April.