Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rishikesh - Fun Loving Experience!!!

I am a regular visitor to Rishikesh. I have spent close to a month in Rishikesh. But due to my commitment now I go for three or four days. Known as the Yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh refreshes you like anything. The bus from delhi to Haridwar is frequent, almost every hour. Mussourie express is also an option, but getting tickets is not easy. It takes nearly six hours to go from Delhi to Haridwar.From Haridwar one can take another bus to Rishikesh or a three wheeler. Cheetal is the midway stop.It can be shared also. Another option is to stay at Haridwar. Said to be one of the oldest cities, Haridwar's existence dates back to as early as the days of Buddha. The name of this holy city means 'Gateway to God' in Hindi. It is considered as one of the holiest amongst the seven places of pilgrimage for Hindus, and is a popular gateway to the Char Dhams (the four pilgrimages of Uttrakhand). Lots of Dharamshalas are available here. Har ki Pauri never sleeps. People here are always coming and going. Haridwar, A small town, the main attraction is the Ganga (Har ki Pauri). Believed to be sacred to take bath here. Is an hours journey from Haridwar to Rishikesh. From the Bus Stand one can take an autorickshaw, it charges only five or six rupees. One reaches Ram Jhula. You can opt to stay in hotels without or cross Ram Jhula and live in Ashrams and Dharamshalas.The Major attractions of Rishikesh are Tera Manzil Temple, Chotiwala a restaurant, Geeta Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula.And also 12 km away from Rishikesh is located the Nilkanth Mahadeo temple at a height of about 5000 feet, commanding spectacular views of the region. One of the biggest park in north India situated at the meeting point of Himalayan foothills & Indo Gangetic plains, the venue for migratory birds from world over . The core zone & one of the main gates of the of national park is Chilla. Chilla is 17 kms from Rishikesh on the east western side . Aurvedic Treatment centres & Spa Ayurveda is practiced in Rishikesh since time immemorial. Rishikesh now has countries best Spa and many Ayurvedic treatment centes for every ones requirement. Ananda in the Himalayas : Situated inside the Palace of Garhwal Rulers at Narndra Nager is Ananda Spa Resort. This spa has 20 treatment rooms. Ananda Spa Resort specialises in Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments .High Bank Peasants Cottgae : Best located close to the Ganga HBPC provides quality accommodation, Yoga & Ayurvedic treatments. Budget Treatment centres : Arora Clinic, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Baba Massage Centre, Sheesham Jhari , Rishikesh.Gurukal Kangri Aashram : Gurukal Kangri Aashram situated near Haridwar is another Ayurveda center known for expertise in the fields of education , medicines and treatment. HOW TO REACH By Air : The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 kms from Haridwar, which is connected to Rishikesh by trainBy Rail : There is a slow shuttle train between Haridwar and Rishikesh. Haridwar (24 km) connects Rishikesh to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities of India by trains. It is better to get to Haridwar by Dehradun Shatabdi or Mussourie Express and then hire a bus or auto to Rishikesh.By Road : To get to Rishikesh, take the National Highway 58 passing through Modinagar, Khatauli, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar and Raiwala. Distances of tourist destinations from Haridwar are : Rishikesh - 24 kms, Kedarnanth - 241 kms, Corbett National Park - 180 kms, Gangotri - 250 kms, Deharadun - 55 kms, Nanital - 320 kms, Badrinath - 288 kms, Mussourie - 87 kms, Yamunotri - 250 kms, Roorkee - 29 kms, Ranikhet - 325 kms.

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