Our new location is near Rishikesh (not finalized) in Lakshman Jhula (लक्ष्मण झूला). The name refers to a suspension bridge across the river Ganges, located 5 km north-east from the town of Rishikesh in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. We are near the bridge.
Rishikesh, the "place of sages" or Hrishikesh, the "God or Atma within us, the controller of the senses," is popular with yoga aspirants, especially Western yoga aspirants for along while now. Even the "Beatles" visited Rishikesh and contributed to the popularity of the place. There were many scholars who had always visited and popularised Rishikesh too, as Evan Wentz and Mircea Eliade. It also became popular because of the many Gurus, Swamis, Babas and Sadhus that inhabited the banks of the Ganges River. Its real popularity is due to its being an alternative culture for the world. It is a prominent place that included a complete practice where the body, mind and spirit has been seen as one. Here you can find yoga teachers and practices that range from the barely physical to the spiritual. There is huge community of yogis that one can choose from. However, Shri Kali Ashram offers a variant approach: the rare, traditional Tantra yoga (Kaula Yoga). Rishikesh is sometimes misunderstood by people who are hasty in judgment. It is often referred to as the "Disneyland of Spirituality." In fact, Rishikesh offers itself like a mirror that reflects the image that one projects. And as the Biblical saying goes: "Seek and thou shall find" (Matthew 7.7). On the whole, spiritualism, be it Yoga or Tantra, is a qualitative experience, the more you drop your fears the brighter your experience will be. There are many restaurants, cafes, and especially, temples, and the beautiful memory of the Ganga River to immerse yourself in.
How to Reach Rishikesh:
Jolly Grant Airport (also known as Dehradun Airport, DED) is the nearest airport to Rishikesh situated at a distance of 21kms. Many European airlines fly into Dehradun airport so this is the most direct route. Taxis are easily available from the airport to Rishikesh. Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport well connected to New Delhi with many daily flights. From other locations in India such as Mumbai, there is only one daily flight, so travelling through Delhi is recommended in case of any connecting flight delay. The closest international airport is Indira Ghandi International Airport in Delhi.
Direct taxi service is also available for the complete trip from Delhi to Rishikesh, taking 4.5-6 hours depending on traffic conditions. There are prepaid government taxi counters at the airport if you choose to come directly.
Travelling to Rishikesh from Delhi:
Through several services you can book a taxi for your trip from Delhi to Rishikesh averaging 4000-6000 INR depending on the vehicle. You can often book through your hotel, or use the app UBER, or the website www.makemytrip.com
Luxury and normal buses to Rishikesh are easily available from Delhi ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) Kashmiri Gate and Meerut several times throughout the day as well as comfortable night-time sleeper buses.
Rishikesh is easily reached via train by coming from Delhi to Haridwar Rail Station. From Haridwar Station, taxis are available to complete your journey to Rishikesh taking less than one hour for around 1200 INR. There is a train station in Rishikesh itself, but few trains come directly here from Delhi, so an additional train and wait would be required.
Staying in Delhi:
"Bed & Chai" in South Delhi: http://m.bedandchai.com is a nice, tidy place, not far from the metro station. They can help with buying bus tickets to Rishikesh.
The neighbourhood of Paharganj (Main Bazaar) offers many budget lodgings and travel agencies located very near the railway station and R.K. Ashram metro station. The area is busy but convenient for passing through and close to Rajiv Chowk / Connaught Place, with many shops and restaurants and accessible to the whole of South Delhi. The neighbourhood of Hauz Khas Village near Green Park offers a more quiet place to stay in Delhi if preferred.
Dilawri Tours & Travels, Contact: Gurmeet, Phone: +91 98102 53238. They are organising all hotels, trains, flights, taxis and other transport bookings. Normally, they are charging 300-500 rupees extra service charge but they are helpful and reliable.
Useful for independently booking all methods of travel and hotel arrangements in India. It offers discounts and accepts foreign credit cards, which is not true of all services.
Travelling inside Delhi:
The metro in Delhi is clean, cheap, safe and fast. Only during "office time" is it crowded (9-11a.m., 5-9p.m.). During the day, people can use also buses (red buses are with AC, green without). If someone needs a taxi, many taxis and rickshaws can be found on the street and there is the mobile app UBER having fixed prices and routes plus they have a special "emergency button," which connects to police when a passenger is in danger.
How to reach Shri Kali Ashram from Rishikesh:
By crossing over the Lakshman Jhula bridge, turning to the left, and going up the path across from the post office in the Lakshman Jhula area.
Your taxi must cross the Ganga River either before Rishikesh over the Ganga Barrage Road or just after Rishikesh on Neelkanth Bridge Road. Guru Ganga Guesthouse, where we are situated, is located between the two.
Feel free to contact us for more specific directions from your point of origin.
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