Rishikesh popularly means "the abode of the saints". Situated in the state of Uttaranchal, this beautiful place is at the foothills of the lofty Himalayas. It is just 24 km away from Haridwar and is an ideal base camp for tours to more remote touring destinations like Kedarnath, Badrinath, glacier of Gangotri and Yamunotri. This four destinations are together called Chardham. These places are high up in the Himalayas and Rishikesh serves as an ideal launching pad for such an expedition. The scenic beauty of Rishikesh is a thing to behold. It is surrounded by lofty mountains while River Ganga flows through it.
If you need rest and complete peace of mind, this is the ideal place for you. The ambience is very calm and peaceful. Both the banks of Ganga are dotted with the ashrams of Sadhus (Priests). People who like to meditate will fall in love with this place instantly. You will also see people from all over India as well as the world coming here to take some basic training in Yoga. There are ashrams here that provide wonderful facilities to visitors so that they can learn and practice yoga.
The climate of Rishikesh is continental as it is located far away from the coast. The summers are pleasant as it is at the foothills of the Himalayas and the winter is generally chilling cold. Nevertheless it is a very fine place to go on a vacation. The best way to travel to Rishikesh is by road. The place does not have an airstrip but it is easily accessible as it is only half an hours journey from Haridwar. The place is 238 km from Delhi, 42 km from Dehradun and only 25 km from Haridwar.
Rishikesh is also famous for its souvenirs. There is hardly any big departmental store in Rishikesh but the place is famous for its indigenous handicraft industry. Here you will find items made of shells and beads. Rishikesh is also famous for garments like sarees, kurtas, rugs, etc. Quality woolen garments too are available here. Rishikesh has some quality hotels where you can put up.