Rishikesh lies on the banks of the river Ganges with the Himalayan Mountains as the backdrop, Rishikesh is beautiful and serene. The air is filled with the soothing strains of temple prayers and the smell of incense. Thus it is also called the'Yoga Capital of the World'. The evening 'aarti' (prayer ceremony) offers a glimpse into India's culture and is truly a sight to behold. Hundreds of pilgrims gather on the banks of the holy river with earthen lamps, which they then float gently down the river. The resounding temple bells, the chants and prayers - all draw you deeper into its spiritual atmosphere. Staying at the Glasshouse on the Ganges adds to the charm of the place. Once a garden retreat of a Maharaja and now a hotel, The Glasshouse has rooms that offer splendid views of the river and the picturesque hills. Come and experience a sense of peace and calm in the holy town of Rishikesh on your India tour.

Attractions Lakshaman Jhula, Shivananda Ashram, Nilkanth Mahadeo, Tapovan. The Laxman Jhoola and Ram Jhoola, pedestrian suspension bridges across the river Ganges, lead to temples with idols of Hindu deities.

Shopping: Being a pilgrimage place, the glamour of big shop bargains is absent but Rishikesh offers you handicraft items made of shells, beads and pearls. Sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. Sarees, Kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. You can buy these items from the government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc.

Getting There Air: The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant. This small airport is situated at a distance of about 24 km from the main Rishikesh town. However, air is not the preferred mode of transport for getting into the town. Reach Delhi International airport in India and take a train or bus route to Rishikesh.

Rail: Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar, which is on the main route. Haridwar is connected directly with Mumbai, Lucknow, Howrah, Kalka, Sri Ganganagar, Allahabad and Delhi.

Road: Rishikesh is well connected by road with all major cities in the state.
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