a most tranquil place in Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and
bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as
the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh
gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay
with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent
place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good
starting point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.It is rightly called
the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the
Chandrabhaga and Ganga, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual
centre. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are
internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies,
yoga and meditation.
climate here is continental type but its location in the foot
hills gives it a pleasant weather throughout the year. One can
visit Rishikesh any time of the year. The town of Rishikesh lies
in the foothills of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the
upper Garhwal region and the starting point for pilgrim routes
to the four dhams of Uttarakhand -- Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Ganga flows through the town and is
worshipped here. There are many temples-some ancient, some
new along the river Ganges. The River side is dotted by the
ashrams of Sadhus and sages.