Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. 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.
Situated at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, across the banks of Holy River Ganges. The town of Rishikesh is surrounded by three districts of Uttarakhand State of India; Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal. The town is located at an average elevation of 372 meters from sea level. Rishikesh and the nearby town of Haridwar are well-connected through road and rail with many North Indian cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Amritsar, etc.
Rishikesh provides the gateway for people coming to visit several holy shrines, flower-strewn meadows, countless mountain treks, rivers, valleys and mist-covered trails of the Himalayan region.
It is better not to count the reasons to visit Rishikesh because they are numerous. Its ancient ties with Hindu culture make it one of the most famous pilgrimage centers of India. The omnipresent spiritual essence makes it an ideal place for yoga and meditation. Often serene, often with choppy tides. The Holy River Ganges beckons thousands of spiritual seekers and adventure lovers from around the world to the town of Rishikesh. Offering rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, trekking – the town is a haven for adventure seekers.
Rishikesh has special place in Hindu culture since ancient times, and the place is associated with many Hindu legends. Due to its religious value, daily life at Rishikesh is full of pious activities, as per law the city only serves vegetarian food. Alcohol is prohibited in the city.
Rishikesh is also the ‘Yoga Capital of the world’ and a renowned center for Ayurvedic studies. Chhota-Char-Dham Yatra, the sacred journey to 4 holy shrines of Himalayan region, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, also starts from here