Rishikesh

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Rishikesh is one of the most popular tourist hotspots among the young Indian population. Tranquilising beauty, architectural marvels, grand temples and a never ending list of adventure sports — Rishikesh is a platterful of two opposite worlds. Be it a rejuvenating session of meditation and an over-crowded yet glorious Ganga aarti or an adventurous river rafting – this city has got something for everyone.

Rishikesh, also known as Hrishikesh is a city, municipal corporation and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state, Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' and 'Yoga Capital of the World. It lies approximately 25 km (16 mi) north of the city Haridwar and 43 km (27 mi) southeast of the state capital Dehradun. According to Census of India, 2011 Rishikesh had a population of 102,138 making it the seventh most populated city in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge

In September 2015, the Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma announced that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of "twin national heritage cities". Due to the religious significance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. The city hosts the annual International Yoga Festival.

History


Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary 'Kedarkhand' Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the asura king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganges, at a point, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today, using a jute rope bridge. The 'Kedarkhand' of Skanda Purana, also mentions the existence of Indrakund at this very point. The jute-rope bridge was replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889. After it was washed away in the 1924 floods, it was replaced by the present stronger bridge. Another similar suspension bridge Ram Jhula was built in 1986 at nearby Sivananda Nagar.

Rafting camps


According to environmental activists, "These camps are not only in violation of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 but also the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 as well as the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as it is leading to pollution of Ganga by discharging effluent, throwing of solid waste directly and adversely affecting the ecological integrity of the river system."

Environmental activists alleged that these camps, which are established as temporary sites, do not have adequate sewage and sanitation facilities, disturb the habitat of wild animals and "affect the peace, tranquility and serenity of the forest area."

"At the camp sites, the camp owners permit employees and the visitors to have food and alcohol. They leave empty bottles, cans, unconsumed food and waste including bones and filth in and around the camp site."

Effect on spiritual environment


It has been reported that large numbers of tourists visiting Rishikesh from India and the world have been consuming drugs and alcohol and appearing partially naked at beaches, leading to complaints that the spiritual environment of the area has been affected

According to many Hindu yogis and sadhus, the riverside stretch is of spiritual and religious importance, as it is where the Ganges takes its form after the confluence of the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda at Devprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas. Saints and yogis have been meditating on the banks of Ganges since antiquity. However, these banks have been polluted with liquor bottles at camps as well as obscene activities and behavior at the beaches


state Uttarakhand
Country India
Area 11.5 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Languages Hindi, Garhwali
Currency Ruppee

Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula (Hindi: Lakshman Jhola) is a suspension bridge across the river Ganges, located 5 kilometres (3 mi) north-east of the city of Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The bridge connects the two villages of Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district, on the west bank of the river, to Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district, on the east bank. Lakshman Jhula is a pedestrian bridge that is also used by motorbikes. Despite its location on the outskirts of the city, it is one of the iconic landmarks of Rishikesh. A larger bridge 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) downstream from Lakshman Jhula is Ram Jhula.

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Parmarth Niketan

Parmarth Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Parmarth Niketan is situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges. The ashram was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj (1901–1965). Since 1986, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj is the President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan

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Red Chilli Adventure

It’s our pride and joy being the flag bearer of river rafting, trekking, mountain biking and wildlife safari in the Indian adventure circuit. Our rafting team is well certified with IRF and Rescue 3 courses. Our trekking team is from the most reputed mountaineering institutes in India. We take pride in our safety standards as a responsible adventure tour company and zeal to remain the number 1 adventure tour operator in India.

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Rishikesh River Rafting

Rishikesh Rafting Season: The thrilling adventure of river-rafting on the rapids of the Ganges can be enjoyed in Rishikesh during any season except monsoon. River-rafting in Rishikesh remains closed from 1st July to 15th September. Though the peak season for rafting is March, it can be best enjoyed from mid-September when the river is opened for rafting to the beginning of December when the water starts to turn too cold. River-rafting in Rishikesh has 4 different stretches with different lengths and different time windows

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Garh Waterfall

At a distance of 9 km from Rishikesh Railway Station and 5 km from Lakshman Jhula, Neer Gaddu or Neer Garh Waterfall is a natural water fall situated on Rishikesh - Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.

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Temple Food

The traditional eating in the temple involves being seated on the floor, having the food served on a banana leaf which involves daddojanam (curd rice)

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The traditional eating in the temple involves being seated on the floor, having the food served on a banana leaf which involves daddojanam (curd rice), pulihora (tamarind rice), vada and chakkara-pongal (sweet pongal), miryala-pongali, Appam, Payasam, Jaggery, Murukku, Dosa and seera (kesari). It is considered very auspicious to eat at the temple. One of the most popular local food available in Tirupati is the 'sweet rice'.

Laddu

Once you've visited the Venkateswara Temple it is impossible to leave without the famous Laddu.

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Once you've visited the Venkateswara Temple it is impossible to leave without the famous Laddu. Overtime the huge Laddus have become synonymous with Tirupati. It is a spherical-shaped sweet made of Besan flour, Sugar, Cashew nuts, Cardamom, Ghee, Oil, Sugar candy, Raisins and Almonds which are made in two sizes including big and small ones. Around 150,000 laddus are made daily of which small laddus are given free to each devotee, whereas the bigger ones are given to the devotees who perform sevas in Tirumala. A devotee can buy extra two laddus ( INR 25 for small Laddu and INR 100 for the big one) and the the revenue from their sale annually is more than 11 million rupees. Other than the Laddu, Tirupati is famous for other sweets as well including Sheermal which is a sweet bread, more like a Danish pastry, Semia Payasam, Halwa, Kaja and sweet rice.

Andhra Thali

For a real culinary tour of Andhra Pradesh, go for the spicy thali which has a mound of a rice in the middle, sambar (a spicy, broth soup), a curry dish, pickles.

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For a real culinary tour of Andhra Pradesh, go for the spicy thali which has a mound of a rice in the middle, sambar (a spicy, broth soup), a curry dish, pickles, poriyal (a cauliflower stew with dried chillies and mustard seeds) and kurma, a creamy coconut milk and vegetable stew. A crispy papadum and a dosa are served on the side. You could also try the spicy rava kichadi which might be served as starter but is more of a main dish.

Rice Dishes

For rice lovers, Tirupati is just the place to be as it has various yummy preparations of rice.

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The homey bisibele bhath is a hearty rice and lentil stew loaded with carrots and green beans that packs a treat. The black mustard seed and cardamom laced vegetable biryani is good, too. Other delicious variants include Curd rice, Lemon rice, Tomato rice and Tamarind rice. Another famous dish Pongal Vada, a rice stew is flecked with black peppercorns, black mustard seeds, curry leaves and cashews, makes for an intriguing filling dish.

Beverages

Now that you have learnt about some local Tirupati dishes, its time to move on to the drinks and beverages.

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As far as those are concerned, Tirupati has many lip smacking ones including Mango Lassi, Badam Milk and Masala paal which are rich and creamy and help cool your mouth after eating spicy food. Teem then up with local food for a tasty and hearty meal. There are many restaurants and stalls offering both authentic South Indian fare and Multi cuisine dishes. Some of the fine restaurants in Tirupati include Manasa Restaurant, Palace Café, Pongali Restaurant, Andhra Spice, Sindhu Fast Food Center and Deepam Food Plaza.