It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga River, Rishikesh is a small town in the Dehradun district, located close to Haridwar.
In Uttarakhand, Rishikesh (also called as Hrishikesh) is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular cafes and as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh is also a pilgrimage town and one of the holiest places for Hindus.
Rishikesh became known worldwide in the 1960s after The Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here. Today, the place is popular as “The Beatles Ashram” which beckons tourists globally.
The tranquil town has long been a spiritual centre but is equally popular for the whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and camping along the fast-flowing Holy Ganges.
It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks Rishikesh is divided into two main areas – the downtown area known as Rishikesh town which is where the popular Triveni Ghat is is situated.
Two (2) km upstream from the popular Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula is the other side of Rishikesh where most of the popular ashrams, cafes, accommodation and tourists can be found.
Haridwar and Rishikesh are the first Indian cities to be given the title of “twin national heritage cities”.
An Insight into Rishikesh Tourism
Rishikesh comes under the district of Dehradun under the state of Uttarakhand and is situated at an elevation of 372 m above the sea level.
According to history, Rishikesh has always been a part of ‘Kedarkhand’ which at present is known as Garhwal.
Lord Rama is said to have served his penance for killing Ravana here.
The famous Lakshman Jhula which is among the best places to visit in Rishikesh has mythological importance and it’s believed that Ram and Lakshman crossed the mighty River Ganga here.
It was a jute bridge in the earlier days, got replaced by an iron bridge in 1889.
Top Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is considered as one of the important pilgrimages in Uttrakhand. Thus, it has numerous temples and few sacred ghats which attract tourist throughout the year.
The place is also replete with Yoga Ashrams and is hub for enthralling adventure activities like whitewater river rafting and bungee jumping.
For the spiritualist in you, one of the places to visit in Uttarakhand is Rishikesh. This charming town exudes a rustic touch and spiritual energy that is infectious. The ancient temples and popular cafes make Rishikesh one of the best places in Uttarakhand.