is a tehsil in Dehradun District, within Uttarakhand State in India
. Governed by Rishikesh Municipality, Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas, beside the Ganges River, to the north of Haridwar, a city found in the southeastern region of Dehradun. The city is considered a gateway into the Garhwal Himalayas in Northern India, and it is one of the most populated cities in Uttarakhand.
Home to a strong religious background, Rishikesh has been considered as a pilgrimage spot for a long time now, as it is perceived to be the holiest place by the Hindus. Rishikesh has hosted many Hindu saints and sages over the past years, making the area a national heritage city, albeit being free of alcohol and non-vegetarian food because of the holiness associated with it.
Meditation, yoga, sacred bathing, and spiritual cleansing are common practices in the Triveni Ghat area, where nightly fire rituals are performed with oil lamps being floated downstream on the river. Visitors like to partake of the natural scenic views from atop Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula, the only bridges that serve pedestrians only in Rishikesh.
Outdoor activities in Rishikesh include a visit to the stunning mightiness of the giant Trayambakeshwar Temple, trekking in the woods, hiking in the mountains, as well as kayaking and other water activities.
When to visit Rishikesh
Rishikesh experiences a humid subtropical climate that is classified as Cwa under the Köppen climatic classification. The weather is characterized by fresh and moderately tolerable winters, warm and pleasant springs and autumns, and extremely hot and rainy summers. The climate is influenced by the monsoons that kick in from July
when most of the rainfall in Rishikesh is received.
Winter lasts from December
, and it is mildly cold and tolerable. The temperature ranges from 20°C (68°F) to 22°C (71.6°F) on the warmest days and from 6°C (42.8°F) to 8°C (46.4°F) on the coldest days and nights. It might, however, feel colder than registered, especially at night when cold winds make it chillier, but it gets warmer in the day with up to seven hours of warm sunshine.
During summer, from May
to September, the temperature is quite high. The mercury reads highs of 30°C (86°F) to 39°C (102.2°F) and lows of 18°C (64.4°F) to 25°C (77°F). Early summer is warm and mildly wet, but as soon as the monsoon season kicks in from July to September, the days become damp and remain hot as well. The rainiest months in Rishikesh are July and August
, both registering precipitation amounts as high as 495.3mm (19.5") on average, from approximately sixteen rainfall days each month.
Considering Rishikesh is surrounded by mountains and hills, the monsoon season comes with its fair share of hazards including thunderstorms and flooding, which may cause extensive damage. This period is not safe for traveling to Rishikesh, and visitors are advised accordingly.
Rishikesh can be toured anytime during the year, but the peak of the travel period is between March
, during spring and early summer. This period has fantastic weather and most days are warm and pleasant for all the activities in the region like trekking, biking, camping, among others.
Some of the popular events held in Rishikesh include the International Yoga Festival held in March and the white water rafting season between September and November