Rishikesh is a beautiful, scenic holiday destination and is one of the important pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Located at an elevation of 1220 feet in the lap of the Himalayas and at the convergence of rivers Ganga and Chandrabhaga, this majestic hill town is also popularly called the Yoga Capital of the World.
It happens to be the Gateway to the Himalayas and this is what greatly adds to its beauty. Named after the God Rishikiesh, the town is situated on the banks of river Ganga, and whether you want to get in touch with your spiritual side, or rejuvenate yourself with some fantastic adventure sports, Rishikesh offers it all. Known as much for river rafting and camping as it is for meditation and religious purposes, it is one of the best holiday destinations in India.
Rishikesh has been an abode of ascetics since, well, time immemorial. It is also imporant as the gateway to the Garhwal mountains and holy spots in them like the source of the Ganga, the Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines and more. Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.