Rishikesh Tourism, Uttarakhand

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About Rishikesh - Uttarakhand Tourism

Rishikesh, a city on the banks of River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is a scenic city highly popular among tourists from India and abroad. Travellers visit Rishikesh for a plethora of purposes varying from spirituality to adventure sports. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is an important approaching point to visit the famous Himalayan pilgrimage tourism sites such as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Surrounded by Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar districts, Rishikesh is a holy city located around 25 km north of Haridwar, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. There are many temples along side the River Ganga in the city. The main temples in the town are Swargashram, Neelkanth Mahadev, and Bharat Mandir. There are many ashrams with beautiful architecture in the town that are visited by pilgrims who are looking for meditation, yoga and spirituality. It is believed that performing meditation in Rishikesh helps in attaining salvation. Travellers from all over India and abroad come here to attain enlightenment and peace of mind. Rishikesh is also popular for the traditional Vedantic Studies.

In Rishikesh, the sacred river Ganges leaves the Shivalik Mountains in the Himalayas and flows out into the plains of northern India. There are no words to describe the scenic beauty of Rishikesh with the town surrounded by hills on three sides and River Ganges flowing majestically through the city. River Ganga meets River Chandrabhaga just before reaching the town. 

Though Rishikesh is generally known to be a pilgrimage place for most but these days, it’s also getting popular as an adventure capital of India. There are many adventure sports companies that have established their camps in the mountains above the town and conduct activities like river rafting, mountain climbing, trekking, rappling etc. There are also multiple trekking clubs that organize Himalayan expeditions starting from Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a vegetarian and alcohol free city by law. 

History of Rishikesh - Uttarakhand Tourism

As mentioned in Skanda Purana, Rishikesh has been a part of 'Kedarkhand' in ancient era. As per mythological belief, Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravan and 'Lakshman Jhula' is believed to be the point where Lakshmana, younger brother of Lord Rama, crossed the river Ganges by using jute rope bridge. That jute-rope bridge was replaced by iron-rope suspension bridge in 1889, and further again, it was replaced by a stronger bridge.

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