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Rishikesh - The Play Of The Ganges

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By Varna Singh

My most recent destination that I visited is Rishikesh. Infact, I go there every 3-6 months. Rishikesh is a beautiful city / town situated on a mountain-hill top. I did water rafting here, the thing for which Rishikesh is famous the world over. The dip in the holy Ganges was also memorable. I went there three months back with my mother as I was staying in Dehradoon which is nearer from there as compared to Delhi.

The route that we took was through Haridwar. We halted at Haridwar also and had a sacred-bath there in the river Ganga. It is a beautiful experience to visit all the temples that come in the mid way. It gives a varied-rich experience and thrones light on our cultural heritage to a great extent.

It is better to stay in Haridwar for one night and then proud the journey for Rishikesh. People can stay in dharamshalas. They hardly charge Rs. 30-50 and at some places the stay is absolutely free. Even if someone is interested to stay in a Hotel, it would not cost much i.e. Rs. 250-500. I always stay at my Uncle's House. Haridwar is one and half hours drive from Dehradoon (50 kms.) and four hours drive from Delhi (250 kms.) Rishikesh is just an hour's drive from Haridwar (40 kms.). It is always better to go by your own conveyance. That would help in saving time and seeing all the beautiful sights at your own pace.

If you are fond of eating good Indian Food, do not forget to visit Restaurant 'Chotiwala' in Rishikesh. It is near Laxman Jhula. I always visit that restaurant. The best time to visit there is between November-April an account of low rush. And, do not forget to bring your Cameras for taking pictures of wildlife there. I have always enjoyed this journey. Happy journey to you too!

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