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The city of Rishikesh experiences continental climatic conditions. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year. But the middle of September to the month of May is ideal for visiting Rishikesh. The summer season begins in March and continues till June with an average temperature of 35°C. But still summers are pleasant and comfortable.  May and June are the hottest months in the year. Average rainfall is recorded in monsoon, lasting from the month of July to September. The period from October to February represents winter. The season is characterized by pleasant temperatures ranging from 19°C to 27°C.

How To Reach

By Road:

Rishikesh boasts of a well established network of roads connecting the area to different cities in Uttarakhand and the adjoining states. Regular bus service links Rishikesh to other important towns in the region. Private buses ply from Rishikesh to Dehradun, Haridwar, Kotdwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Pauri.

By Air:

The nearest airport is the Jollygrant Airport, situated at a distance of 18 km away from the city, in the Dehradun district. The Dehradun airport offers direct flights to the Delhi airport, the nearest international airport, located at a distance of 224 km from Rishikesh.  Delhi airport is well connected to most of the important cities in India as well as abroad.

By Rail:

The railway station in Rishikesh establishes a connection between the region and other major cities in India. Regular train services are available from Rishikesh to different cities in North India, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, including Mumbai, Dehradun, Delhi and Kotdwar. Express trains to metropolitan cities in India are available from Haridwar, the nearest railway junction.


Located on the foot hills of Himalayas in Utharanchal, Rishikesh is a famous spiritual city in India. The place has earned international fame as the Beatles performed at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the end of the 1960s. The presence of numerous ashrams along with several meditation and yoga tea centers has earned the city the title of ‘the Yoga Capital of the World’. The town is located by the side of the swift-flowing Ganga River, enclosed by the lush green hills of Himalayas.


The city is the gateway to several other places of religious significance such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and the Gangotri. Rishikesh also occupies a central position in the annals of Indian history, owing to its connection with many myths and legends.


The city of Rishikesh is not just about sacred temples and holy rivers; it has several other opportunities to attract adventure enthusiasts. Water sports like white water rafting and activities such as trekking and rock-climbing make Rishikesh the perfect destination for thrill seekers. Bungee jumping has also been introduced in the city in recent years.


Rishikesh provides tourists with many different shopping choices. The small stores located throughout the town sell several temple related objects like idols of Lord Ganesha and Nataraja, rudraksha, religious texts, and mythological figurines at cheap prices. Winter garments, beautifully knit traditional Indian clothing like salwar kameez and kurtis are a specialty of this city. Handicrafts of shells, beads and pearls are also quite popular.


The cuisine served in Rishikesh is strictly vegetarian. Non-vegetarian fare has been banned from many years in the city. Apart from North and south Indian dishes, multi-cuisine cafes for backpackers are also present in large numbers. Restaurants in Rishikesh serving Ayurvedic health foods are also very popular among the visitors.