Chandigarh to Rishikesh
Distance from Chandigarh to Rishikesh- 216.1 Km. approx. via NH 7
Best Time to Visit- March to April
Best suited Car- Mahindra XUV and Mahindra Scorpio. Though you can choose one according to your convenience.
Chandigarh 'The City Beautiful' as the name suggest is the first planned city of Independent India. With exquisite French architecture and all friendly and warm people, the city is quite different to any other metropolitan cities. Chandigarh is not fast paced and always bustling. Life is beautiful and simple and the people love to stick to their roots. Meeting family and friends on weekends is what the people never miss. What they really love is making a trip in and around the city on weekends.
The location of Chandigarh is what makes it ideal for every traveller who is intrigued to explore places. Chandigarh is located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India. 'Closer to the mountains means closer to adventure'. There are numerous places that can be travelled to on a weekend, the less commercial ones are Nahan, Parwanoo, Dharamshala, Lansdowne, and Corbett. But if you are filling that Adrenaline Rush, Rishikesh is the destination you should drive to.
Rent a car from Volercars and drive away to the holy city of Rishikesh. A self-drive trip to Rishikesh is the best way to explore the place and yourself. The idyllic, serene and tranquil Rishikesh is where the sacred Ganga enters the northern India leaving behind the Himalayas. It is an eminent place where cultural exchange takes place. Not just for the Indians but also many foreigners visit this place throughout the year. The ideal time for visiting Rishikesh is February or March. The time that would be engaged to reach Rishikesh from Chandigarh is 5hr 29 min (216.1Km) via NH7. The journey is comfortable though it's a hilly terrain. It won't be incorrect to say that the journey is worth it. "Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination".
If you are with your friends, the coolest place to crash would be Bunk Stay. A dorm that provides service to the tourists at a very minimal rate. Else there are budget hotels as well as high end hotels for a luxurious, comfortable stay.
Check your To-Do list
There are various places to visit in Rishikesh according to your preferences. Temples, picturesque places that is worth capturing, adventure sports, Music concerts, Local Markets and a lot more.
Evoke our Spirituality - Start your day with a holy dip in the Ganges and visiting Bharat Mandir and Trayambakeshwar Temple.
Fill up your tummy - Fill up your belly in the small, cosy but amazing cafes serving you best Italian, European, Nepali and Ayurvedic dishes. Check out Cafe's like Little Buddha, Little Italy, Chotiwala, German Bakery in Tapovan, The Office and many more.
Tourist attractions - The places which attract the maximum tourism attraction is the Lakshman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Gita Bhavan, Parmath Niketan etc.
Beatles Ashram - You must have heard about the very famous Beatles Ashram where the Beatles visited in 1968 for meditation. After this visit Rishikesh suddenly came in limelight throughout the world. Beatles came here to learn transcendental meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram.
Adventure Sports - How about some adventure sports to end your vacation. Rishikesh is the hub for getting your heart right on track. It caters to the electrifying adventure sports like Bungee Jumping, Flying fox, parasailing and Paragliding, Hot air Ballooning etc. Though white river rafting is recently been closed by the government due to environmental issues. A camping and bonfire is not something to be missed. Evening, under the stars and the gorgeous river flowing beside you.
You will be going home with a lot of amazing memories and a will to come back again. Rishikesh is a very pleasant gift to people, ready to be unwrapped.