Considered to be the “Yoga Capital of the World” Rishikesh is a city located in the Dehradun district in Uttarakhand. This city is also commonly referred to as the “Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas”. In September 2015 the Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma gave Rishikesh along with Haridwar the title of “twin national heritage cities”. In February 1968 the Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi located in this city. Important travel information regarding this city popular for “yoga culture” is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit:
The perfect time to visit this place is in between September to March as a result of the climate being cool with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 6 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Rishikesh?
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to Rishikesh is located in Haridwar. The Haridwar Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services that connect Rishikesh to major cities in the country like Delhi, Gurgaon, Agra etc.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is located in Dehradun. The Dehradun airport i.e. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance:
There are a number of myths that exist about this sacred city. A popular myth is related to the “Lakshman Jhula” that is found in this city. According to this myth Lakshman the younger brother of Lord Ram is supposed to have crossed the river Ganga via a bridge made from jute. This jute bridge as of today has been replaced by a much stronger bridge. Yet another popular folklore states that it was in this city that Lord Rama performed his penances after killing the “King of Lanka” Ravana.