The spirituality centres, the Yoga centres and the thrilling water sport activities make Rishikesh an absolutely destination for tourists of every kind.
Rishikesh is situated at the altitude of about 1360 feet above sea level
Rishikesh for Pilgrims
Rishikesh is the gateway and the start-off point for the holy Char Dham yatra (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri). The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here.
There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Laxman temple, Bharat temple and Kunjapuri temple are among the famous temples in Rishikesh.
A visit to Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula is a must for every pilgrim landing in Rishikesh. A dip in the holy Ganges and Nauka Vihar (boating) in the river will gives another splendid experience.
Rishikesh for Adventure Sport Enthusiasts
Rishikesh is also acquiring greater significance as a centre for water sports like white water rafting and kayaking on the river Ganges. Rishikesh also offers challenging spots for trekking and hiking in the beautiful Garhwal Himalayas.
Rishikesh is also the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas bounding natural splendour. The spectacle of the Ganges rushing through the Himalayan foothills is a breathtaking sight.
Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital of the World
Rishikesh is popularly known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Being home of several yoga centres like Swarg Ashram, Sivananda Ashram, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Ved Niketan Ashram and Omkara Nanda Ashram, tourists from all over the globe flock to Rishikesh throughout the year. The Ganga Aarti performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat is popular with visitors.
Rishikesh is also the home to the 120 year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic Studies. Prominent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramatirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied in this institution.
The freshness of the air, melody of the flowing water and the distant sound of bell chimes create a memorable experience for those who visit this ancient pilgrimage town