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Rishikesh
Rishikesh
Location of Rishikesh
in Uttarakhand and India
Coordinates 30°07′N 78°19′E / 30.12°N 78.32°E / 30.12; 78.32
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District(s) Dehradun
Population 59,671 (2001)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
Elevation

532 m (1,745 ft)

Rishikesh (Hindi: ऋषिकेश), also spelled Hrishikesh, is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is holy city for Hindus and a famous centre of pilgrimage.

It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres away from another holy city, Haridwar. Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham pilgrimage — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.

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History

"Hṛṣīkeśa" (Sanskrit: हृषीकेश) is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'.[1][2] Rishikesh is a holy city for Hindus located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. The place gets its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to 'Raibhya Rishi',[3] as a result of his tapasya (austerities), as Lord Hrishikesh [4]. In Skanda Purana, this area is known as 'Kubjamrak' as Lord Vishnu appeared, under a mango tree.[2]

Historically, Rishikesh, has been a part of the legendary 'Kedarkhand' (the present day Garhwal).[5] Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka; and Lakshmana, his younger brother, crossed the river Ganga, at a point, where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' (लक्ष्मण झूला) bridge stands today, using a jute rope bridge. The 'Kedar Khand' 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, and after it was washed away in the 1924 floods, it was replaced by a stronger present bridge.

View across the Lakshman Jhula bridge
Ram Jhula Bridge across Ganga, at Muni Ki Reti, built in 1980s.

The sacred river Ganga flows through Rishikesh. In fact, it is here that the river leaves the Shivalik mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India. Several temples, ancient as well as new, can be found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. The city attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year, from within India, as well as from other countries. Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centres that also attract tourists. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it. It is also becoming a popular spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad, as it offers medium to rough rapids in the course of river Ganges.

A statue of Shiva on the Ganges River.
A Hindu temple in Rishikesh

The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river Ganges. These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburb Muni-ki-Reti or the "sands of the sages"; Shivananda Nagar the home of Sivananda Ashram and the Divine Life Society founded by Swami Sivananda, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of Lakshman Jhula, a little further north; and the assorted Ashrams around Swarg Ashram on the east bank. One can reach the famous Neelakanta Maha Deva Temple from here. The Ganga Arati performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat is popular with visitors. 'Neelkanth Mahadev Temple', situated 12 km from Rishikesh, amidst forest is also a popular local pilgrimage, along with 'Vasishtha Gufa', (Cave of sage Vasishtha), 21 km up from the town by the Ganges.[4][6]

Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic Studies. Prominent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied in this institution.

In February 1968, The Beatles visited the now-closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh.[7] John Lennon even recorded a song here, titled, 'The Happy Rishikesh Song'.[8][9] The Beatles composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on the White Album. Several other artists, including Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Donovan and Gyp Mills, visited the site to contemplate and meditate. More recently, the place has been visited by Hollywood star Kate Winslet.

The Tehri dam is just 80 km uphill on the way to Gangotri.

Geography

Rishikesh is located at 30°07′N 78°19′E / 30.12°N 78.32°E / 30.12; 78.32.[10] It has an average elevation of 532 metres (1,745 feet).

Demographics

Panoramic photography of rishikesh.

As of 2001 India census[11], Rishikesh had a population of 59,671. Males constitute 56% of the population and females 44%. Rishikesh has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 68%. In Rishikesh, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Adventure Sports

The city has emerged as the Adventure Capital of India. As adventure travelers from all around the world come here to enjoy white water river rafting on the holy Ganges and enjoy other allied activities like kayaking, body surfing, etc.[12]

See also

References

== External links ==


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

A view of the Ganges flowing through Rishikesh.
A view of the Ganges flowing through Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga.

Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh.

Understand

The center of town where the train and bus stations can be found is of little interest to most travelers. Further north-east are 2 bridges spanning the Ganges, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, and either end of these bridges are the main hubs of activity and interest.

Most accommodation and restaurants can be found in Lakshman Jhula, High Bank and Swarg Ashram.

Get in

By plane

Rishikesh is in close proximity of Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport (about 15 km) - a small, quiet and recently renovated airport handling just two flights from Delhi. The runway is being extended and will possibly then handle flights from other metros.

By train

A quiet branch line connects Rishikesh to Haridwar, but there are only about three slow trains daily. It's best to take the train to Haridwar and continue by bus (45 min, Rs 20), by taxi (30 mins, Rs 500) or by shared auto-rickshaw (Rs 10, 40 min). Travelling by train comes recommend as they run empty, the fares are low (just Rs 4/- for a passenger service) & run right-time especially in peak seasons or "Melas" (Fares) when bus routes are diverted in Haridwar & share rickshaws try to make a killing. You can take "Vikrams" towards Lakshman Jhula (Rs 10) from Rishikesh station. You will have to cross Ram Jhula to reach Swarg Ashram(On the other side of river Ganges). From Delhi there are many trains to Haridwar, some of the best are: Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express, Mussoorie Express. Travel agents in Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula can book train tickets for onward journeys, much easier than going to Rishikesh railway station to buy a ticket. Some may sell you a ticket from Raiwala, a small stop between Rishikesh and Haridwar, but this station, while closer, is tiny and trains only stop for a few seconds - better to board the train in Haridwar.

  • Trains from Rishikesh
    • Rishikesh - Delhi 07:00
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 08:10
    • Rishikesh - Bandikui 14:10
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 15:35 Rs 4/-
    • Rishikesh - Haridwar 18:35 Rs 4/-
  • Express:
    • Rishikesh - Jammutawi 16:20
  • Passenger Trains from Haridwar to Rishikesh, Approx travel time 1hr.
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 05:20
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 10:30
    • Haridwar - Rishikesh 17:25

By bus

From Delhi the city is about 230 km away and is well connected with buses. A Bus journey may take about 5-7 hours - depending on the traffic - and costs you about Rs 130-350. An AC Bus will cost about Rs 200-500. In Rishikesh, there are several travel agencies scattered around Swarg Ashram and Lakshman Jhula that can book luxury buses to common destinations like Delhi (Rs 250-500), Jaipur, [Pushkar]] and Varanasi. The right time to visit would be February,March,August-October. In July there is a festival called Savan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.

Get around

Auto-rickshaws (vikrams) are useful from the bus/train stations to get to either of the bridges (Rs 8) and for the southern side of the Ganges. Swargashram is pretty much pedestrian only, but it's compact and walkable (as is the whole of the town). For other autorickshaw journeys you should expect to pay around Rs 15/km.

Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhula
Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhula
  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Gita Bhavan. Place of Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, (the great thinker of his time) Popular among the Hindu Bhramin Community. Twice a year people gather at this ashram to read the Ramayana together.  edit
  • Swarg Ashram, Shri 108 Baba Sali Kamli Wale Swami Atam Prakash Ji. Swargashram ( Heavenly Adobe) as the name connotes is a beautiful place situated in picturesqe surroundings at the foot of Himalayas on the left bank of the Ganges between Rishikesh and Laxmanjhula . It is the spiritual “ground zero” of Rishikesh, filled with a concentration of ashrams and temples. The areas is known for its healthly and satwik living environment. It is this spot where from ages of yore the famous Yogis and Rishis have been doing the Tapasya. Numerous mention of this spot occurs in the holy scripture Puranas  edit
  • Parmarth Niketan. One of the few Ashrams left in India where Kids get the Vedas Education. Must Visit in Evening for the Pooja/Aarti. 5PM in Winter and 6PM in summer.  edit
  • Bharat Mandir
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Mela
  • Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhula. is 13 stories high, with different deities throughout.  edit
  • Triveni Ghat. This is a bathing ghat. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.  edit
  • Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
  • Check into an Ashram to study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
  • Watch a beautiful evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan
  • White Water Rafting Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May are ideal for rafting. The rafting will go on for several kilometres, and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant and dangerous trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time, courses in rafting are also offered.
  • Rappelling Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling. The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with proper equipment who setup the gear first and then, one by one, everyone comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions and then it's a lot of fun.
  • Rock climbing This is something everyone is fimiliar with, this is also included in some of the camps but not everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group is take to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given a chance to climb the cliff side.
  • Cliff Jumping You are supposed to jump into freezing water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing which everyone can brag about back home, of course you are wearing a life jacket and a helmet but still to jump from so high into the Ganga which is murky and the bottom can't be seen, it's not like jumping into a swimming pool where one can see the bottom the water is static.
  • Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking is differentiated from canoeing by the fact that a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. They also use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the boat. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater.
  • Trekking There are a lot of soft treks in this region, this is an optional thing as some people love to walk in nature and do a bit of bird watching and some prefer to be at the camp and relax and they are already tired with the activities they have done.
  • Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes, Shisham Jhari,Rishikesh. Have a once in a life time experience of making the Australian Didgeridoos, african Djmbes and other musical instruments in the guidance of iconic Mukeshji while he enthralls you with his hilarious stories and takes you along with him in his Himalayan Journies. A person visiting here finds himself/herself in a selected crowd of music aficionados and extreme adventures from around the world.  edit
  • Yoga, of course! It's on offer everywhere, and most styles are represented.
    • Tattvaa Yogashala, +91 9997277322 (), [1]. The only Ashtanga Yoga school in Rishikesh  edit
    • Brahamyoga centre, Swargashram Near Ram Jhula Bridge, [2]. Hatha Yoga, Kundalini and Tantra Yoga Center  edit
    • Yogi Prakash Dabhekar, Ved Niekthan Asrham, Ram Jhula (Rishikesh). Yoga Iyengar Courses, Ved Niekthan Ashram (Ram Jhula, Rishikesh), ☎ 9890404069. Yoga Iyengar General class and 15 days intensive Master One courses in Ved Niekthan Asrham (Ram Jhula, Rishikesh), by Yoga Iyengar Certified Teacher Yogi Prakash Dabhekar (mobile 9890404069, pax_dabhekar@yahoo.in). Yogi Prakash Dabhekar joined the world famous B.K.S Iyengar Institute in Pune and trained under the watchful eye of Mr Prashant Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar. Yogi Prakash has trained more than hundreds. Participants have learned principles of anatomy, physiology on point of yoga asana and sequencing of asanas. ** Soma Reiki centre, (Near the Swargashram Taxi stand), 0091 98 97 73 26 79 (). run by soma a local reiki master which is in Gita Ashram  edit  edit

Buy

As with most holy cities come tourist destinations there's a plethora of religious paraphenalia, cheap clothing aimed at foreigners, incense, bronze shiva statues, etc. Unlike many other similar towns in India prices here are usually reasonable and you won't have to haggle hard for a good price.

  • Subudhi (anand), Neelkanth Temple Road (cross bairaj and drive towards neelkanth temple road 10 km), +91-9756964972, [3]. Rishikesh valley is an eco health resort run by naturopath and Ayurveda health consultant offer rejuvenation therapies thorough blend of Ayurveda and nature care with healthy Food. claming and relaxing therapies of yoga and passive meditation.  edit
  • Rishikesh Valley (an Eco holistic resort), Neelkanth Road (cross the bairaj and drive upwards to neelkanth temple 10km), +91-9756964972, [4]. Rishikesh Valley is an Eco holistic resort.yoga classes, Intensive meditation courses available, Rejuvenation therapies available  edit

Eat

Non-vegeterian food has been banned in the city for many many years. North and south Indian food is widely available, and there's no shortage of multi-cuisine backpacker cafes, especially in Lakshman Jhula. What excites many foreigners is the delicious Ayurvedic and health food restaurants, perfect for an after-yoga meal. Many of the main lanes are lined with wooden push carts selling in-season fruit, veggies, Popcorn, nuts, warm cookies and lots else, and you'll usually be quoted a fair price. The papayas here are particularly delicious. Try the famous Chotiwali Special / Janata or Delux Thali . Once upon a time it used to be an unlimited affair but now due to practical constraints the quantity is limited and extra helpings are charged . There are several eateries offering jalebis, imartis samosas and other Indian snacks. If you haven't heard of these before, you should definitely try them out.

  • Lucky Restaurant, One of the best place toh have your food in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, "Indian food at its best"....If u wanna change ur taste just try once....

0135-2433223

Arvind Negi (Owner)

www.luckyhotel.co.in

  • Mukti's Health Food , (a few hundred metres west of Shivanand Jhula bridge, overlooking the taxi stand/parking lot). A tiny place in a strange location, but very popular and excellent food. Famous green pasta, Indonesian gado-gado, and homemade frozen yogurt, apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert.
  • The Welcome Center, (about a 10-15 minute walk towards Haridwar from the Shivanand Jhula bridge), Hidden down off the road (but signposted), this is a little oasis of calm from the busy street. Great Ayurvedic food and teas. They also offer cooking classes, several types of yoga, etc. and sell natural incense, netty pots, yoga mats and the like. If you like the atmosphere, enquire about staying here as well.
  • Shiva-resort, a nice place away from the bustling market of ram-jhula towards neelkanth road in jonk village the best place to have organic food and you also can stay there with silent and pleasnt place.
  • Chotiwala in Swarg Ashram claims to be the original, and serves up great Indian food including 5 different thalis. Meals Rs 40-80.
  • Ganga Ayurvedic Food Place, (out beyond most of the ashrams, just past VED Niketan Ashram). Delicious food, lovingly prepared. One of the cleaner kitchens around, don't be afraid of the good salads. Also great for breakfast.
  • Little Italy, Swarg Ashram, (in the Green Hotel). Good pasta, pizza, etc. Mains from Rs 30.
  • The Office. Has amazing sweet samosos filled with mango, apple, banana and/or chocolate.
  • Red Night Restaurant, Open air, river facing restaurant and terrace. 0135- 2440094
  • Sitting around in dhabas and cafes is nearly mandatory here. In addition to the old standards like masala chai and lassis you can find a nice range of Ayurvedic teas. Some restaurants make up their own tonics to treat anything that may be ailing you.
  • Alcohol is banned and inappropriate, as Rishikesh is a holy city.

Sleep

Rishikesh is filled almost entirely with budget hotels, with a few mid-range thrown in for good measure. Lakshman Jhula is popular with backpackers and has the cheapest accommodation, while Swarg Ashram is where the majority of the ashrams are located, and is a nice alternative. There's also a handful of accommodation options in High Bank.

It's wise to book ahead in the peak tourist season, and during the Kumbh Mela in neighboring Haridwar.

Budget

Hotels in this range start as low as Rs 100.

  • sarika The sanctuary, Swargashram (next to Shiva Resort), 0091-9897911952 (), [5]. Reported to be clean and comfortable and terrific value for the money and the The owner is a great and helpful host. Rs 100-250.  edit
  • Lucky Hotel, [6]. 8 rooms Hotel with a view of the GANGES. Situated on the bank of Ganges in Lakshman Jhula. Rooms chages from Rs.300.00-Rs.1299.00.

Indian and Chinese food restaurant is also situated under the Hotel.....

  • Raj Resort (Raj Resort Rishikesh), Badrinath Road Tapovan (5 minute walk from Policy Check Post Tapovan), +91 - 135 - 2434165 (), [7]. Clean and Comfortable ,AC/NonAC rooms with attached bathrooms, hot shawer,balconey with mountain view ,garden,car parking, Resturant ,offer Yoga Lession , River rafting etc. Rs 200 - 1500.  edit
  • Ananda Guesthouse, Swargashram (next to Krishna Cottage), [8]. Reported to be clean and comfortable and terrific value for the money and the The owner is a great and helpful host. Rs 150-200.  edit
  • Sarika sanctuary (swargashram), Swargasharm (next to Shiva resort near taxi-stand Ram Jhula), 9897270905, +91-135-2440159,+91-135-2440157, [9]. Clean and comfortable, with water heater and attached bathroom facilities. The owner is a nice and helpful guy. He has a travel agency and internet cafe too. 150-200.  edit
  • Vashishth Guest House, Swargashram (Near Parmarth Niketan), +91-135-2440029, [10]. Clean & Safe place to stay with aircondition, television, water heater, attached bathroom facilities. Rs. 300.00 - Rs. 650.00.  edit
  • Shiva Resort [11] Swargasharm. Near taxi-stand Ram Jhula. Nice and open rooms with balconies and garden starting from Rs 250-999. Also offers yoga lessons in morning (7:00AM to 8:30AM ) & evening (5:30PM to 7:00PM) and in house pool and internet cafe and ayurvedic treatments and panchkarma centre.
  • Hotel Ishan, Lakshman Jhula. Decent rooms with Ganga views and balconies. From Rs 200.
  • Green Hotel, Swarg Ashram, 243 1242. Is a large, popular place with a good restaurant. Rs 100-1000.
  • Jaipur Inn, Laxman Jhula. Nice rooms, some with a view and a good restaurant on the top floor that overlooks both the Laxman Jhula and the Ganges River. Single Rs. 900 - Double Rs. 1000

Many ashrams also offer cheap lodging.

  • Rishikesh Yog-peeth the complete yoga study and retreat. Conduct yoga teacher training courses and ayurvedic treatment centre . See Shiva Resort above.
  • Nirmal Ashram, Mayakund, (Very close to Triveni Ghat).
  • Sivananda Ashram, Ram Jhula, (on the north side of the Shivanand Jhula bridge).
  • Mount Valley Mama Cottage, High Bank, The friendliest hostess in Rishikesh, Mama, will make you feel right at home with her wholesome breakfasts and scrumptious thali. Nice Ganga views and the best shower in india. Great rates that cater to the backpacker's bank account.
  • Patanjali Yoga Center, Ram Jhula Taxi Stand, (the best place to study Iyengar Yoga with all modern equipments and a modern yoga studio) Rooms Rs. 100-above.
  • Sri Ved Niketan Ashram, Swarg Ashram. A large place offering hatha yoga, meditation, etc. Rooms Rs 50-150.
  • Yoga Niketan Guest Houese, Near Ram Jhula. On the river, private Ghat, Guests can avail of meditation,yoga classes in their main Ashram above- a five minute uphill walk. Clean and rooms on Ground and First Floors have private sit out with exceptional view of the Ganga. Basic Veg meals available on request or at Ashram Rs.200/- per day. Non Ac Rs.500: AC Rs.990/-
  • Sant Seva Ashram, Laxman Jhula, +91-135-2430-465. Budget rooms on the banks with a great view from Rs 250-700. Long stays allowed. Booking can be done only 1 or 2 days in advance. Homely restaurant attached.

Mid-range

There are two Government Tourist Lodges.Their rates range from INR 600 to 2000.

  • Hotel Prasanna Inn, (Near Dayananda Ashra), [12]. Near the river line, in some quiet and serene surroundings. Rooftop Yoga  edit
  • Bharat Bhumi in the town.
  • Sisham Jhari on the banks of the Ganges.this is the best option.

Online booking of both these tourist resorts can be done at [13]

  • Hotel Ganga View, Haridwar Road. 15m away from the riverbank. INR 1950-2350.
  • Tapovan Resort, Lakshman Jhula, [14]. A newer hotel with good rooms and a garden. Also has a decent restaurant. INR 1650-1850.
  • Hotel Ganga Kinare (0135-2435243), 237 Virbhadra Road, + 91 114 622 3300 (), [15]. On the right bank of the Ganga, with a private ghat, this upscale hotel overlooks the picturesque Rajaji National Park. A couple of rolling lawns host morning yoga sessions and spiritual lectures. Various heads of states and celebrities have stayed here.rangoli restaurant on site.some years before it used to be the venue of international yoga week also Rs 3000-6000.  edit
  • Ananda in the Himalayas. A Half an hour drive from Rishikesh, a luxury destination spa in Narendra Nagar which focuses on Yoga and Ayurvedic practices, combined with with international spa therapies. It includes the Royal palace of Narendra Nagar, of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, an Indian princely state, and the restored Viceregal Palace, added to the palace in 1910-11, by the Maharaja for an expected visit of the Viceroy of India, though the visit never materialized, the edifice remains, and went to accommodate the likes of Lord Mountbatten, a later Viceroy of India. Today it is considered one of the best spas in the world.  edit

Stay safe

A holy city it may be, but Rishikesh draws more than its fair share of criminals and conmen. Don't walk around alone at night and beware of the motives of sadhus offering one-on-one tutoring.

Watch where you step, cows and their leftovers are abundant. Watch out for the sometimes brash food stealing monkeys, too.

  • Shivpuri is one of the most visited places around Rishikesh, and only 10 km away. It is the hub for many adventure sports like river rafting, camping and trekking.
  • Rajaji National Park - just 20 minutes drive away.
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