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Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula

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A famous landmark of Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspens...
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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

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One of the most revered and prominent Hindu sites dedicated to Lo...
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Ram Jhula

Ram Jhula

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Another iron suspension bridge in Rishikesh is the Ram Jhula runn...
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Parmarth Niketan Temple

Parmarth Niketan Temple

Religious

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One of the oldest in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan, is situated in ...
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Go to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Go to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most revered temples in th...
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Walk on the Ram Jhula

Walk on the Ram Jhula

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Visit Ram Jhula when in Rishikesh. It is a bridge similar to Laks...
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Explore Rajaji National Park

Explore Rajaji National Park

Exploration

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If you wish to explore the wild side of Rishikesh, make sure to v...
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River rafting

River rafting

Adventure

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Brijwasi Gems and Jewellers

Brijwasi Gems and Jewellers

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If you are ever in Rishikesh, you must never leave from here with...
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Garhwal Wool And Craft Shop

Garhwal Wool And Craft Shop

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There are very few places in Rishikesh where you will find good w...
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Ram Jhula Market

Ram Jhula Market

Street market

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Both, the Ram Jhula as well as the Lakshman Jhula market are quit...
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Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi Bhandar

Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi Bhandar

Individual shop

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When you are out for shopping in Rishikesh, you must definitely n...
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Rama Palace

Rama Palace

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Cost for Two - INR 600

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Arena Pool Zone

Arena Pool Zone

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Cost for Two - INR 500

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What Makes India An Attractive Destination For Foreigners

What Makes India An Attractive Destination For Foreigners

India has marked its presence on the global tourism map today, attracting many foreigners. Here is what makes it tick.

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Places To Visit In Rishikesh To Learn About Its Rich Heritage

Places To Visit In Rishikesh To Learn About Its Rich Heritage

The scenic and spiritual town of Rishikesh is also known for its beautiful heritage sites that you must not miss.

02 Oct 2018  | 3-minute read
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Everything You Need To Know About The Culture Of Rishikesh

Everything You Need To Know About The Culture Of Rishikesh

Culture of Rishikesh- decoded!

13 Aug 2018  | 3-minute read

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Holiday Packages In rishikesh

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Places to stay in rishikesh

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Places To Eat In rishikesh

When you explore the cuisine of a place, you not only learn about the culinary habits of its people, you also learn about their culture and traditions. When you are in Uttarakhand trying different recipes, you find two types of cuisines, namely Garhwali and Kumaoni that are similar and different at the same time. Since Rishikesh lies in the Garhwal division of the state, you get to feast on Garhwali dishes, known to be delicious as well as nutritious. However, you will definitely find many restaurants and dhabas offering delicacies from the Kumaoni cuisine as well. While there are a number of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes that the people of Uttarakhand love to have, it is rare to find a meat-serving restaurant in Rishikesh, since the city is considered sacred. Keep reading for an insight into the dishes of the locals and what makes them so special.

Garhwali Cuisine

Garhwalis use gahat or kulath ki dal in many of their recipes. One such delicacy is the simple yet savoury gahat soup. It is prepared with ginger, garlic, black pepper and garam masala. During the winter season, locals also like to have gahat chapattis that are essentially flour chapattis filled with gahat paste. Gahat rasmi badi or koftas are also quite popular in the entire state of Uttarakhand. In Rishikesh, you will find many restaurants serving their unique versions of this Himalayan delicacy. Though phaanu can be prepared with a variety of grams like arhar and green mung, the local people prefer to make it using gahat.
An all-time favourite among locals, aalu ka jhol is something you will find in almost every restaurant here. Though it is a simple dish and can be prepared in about 15 minutes, it still tastes amazing with herbs and spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin seeds and coriander leaves. Prepared using black gram, chainsoo is high in protein. It is usually eaten with bhaat or boiled rice.
There is a host of condiments in Garhwali and Kumaoni cuisines, and the one item you will often find complementing your dish is bhang ki chutney. It is made by grinding red chillies with pre-roasted cumin and hemp (bhang) seeds together. Later, lemon juice and salt are added to the paste to accentuate the taste. At times, you will also find a hint of tamarind in it. Kacche aam ki chutney is a spicy, tangy dip made with raw mangoes.
If you have a sweet tooth, then again you will not return from your Rishikesh holiday dissatisfied. Among the popular sweet dishes in the city is jhangore ki kheer, made with jhangoras, sugar, milk, cashews, raisins and chironji. In it, soaked jhangoras and sugar are added to boiling milk. Kewra essence may be added for aroma, and various kinds of dry fruits are used for garnishing.

Kumaoni Cuisine

Though mostly same ingredients are used by the people of Garhwali and Kumaoni regions, many differences can be found in their dishes. One dish often seen in Kumaoni households is aloo ke gutke. While they are often served with rotis or chapattis (Indian bread), the dish can also be had as a snack. Another traditional dish in the region, bhatt ki churkani is made from black beans. If you are coming here in the winter season, you will also be offered sana hua nimbu and muli as salad, which is a mix of lemon, curd, radish and paste of bhang seeds.
Between meals, you can also gorge on dal bade, a popular snack in Uttarakhand. You can enjoy these crispy, appetising and gluten-free food items with a cup of tea. These are light and airy, quite similar to the South Indian vadas. Puas or kele ke puas are deep-fried dumplings of bananas. You can have these as snacks, or sweets after meals.
After you have savoured the various soups and snacks, you can relish singori – a traditional sweet in the state. It is made with khoya, which is thickened milk, and served wrapped in a maalu leaf. In case you are still craving for sweetness, you can have bal mithai. Made with roasted khoya, it is chocolate-like fudge covered with sugar balls. It is often served during the festive season.
These are some of the dishes that you can enjoy with Rishikesh packages. A few good restaurants that dot the map of Rishikesh are Little Buddha Cafe, Chotiwala, Oasis Cafe, Maa Cozy, Madras Cafe, Bistro Nirvana, The Sitting Elephant and Ayurpak.
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