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One of India’s seven Hindu holy cities, and bisected by the mighty Ganges, Rishikesh is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation.

Hindu gentleman waiting for the Aarti festival
The river is the focal point of the fascinating evening aarti which starts with a holy fire ceremony. Priests offer a purifying mixture of herbs and ghee to the fire whilst prayers are chanted and small lamps are lit to thank the river for being the source of life and prosperity in the area.

Since ancient times Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity.

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Suggested Rishikesh itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Rishikesh, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Rishikesh

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Rishikesh. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Restaurant at Ananda

      Ananda

      Deluxe

      Ananda, located some 45 minutes drive from the holy town on Rishikesh, is set amongst 100 acres of forest and centred around the palace of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal.