Rishikesh (Hindi: ऋषिकेश, Ṛṣikeś, from Sanskrit rishi = sage, seer ) is a city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Rishikesh has about 60,000 inhabitants and is situated at an altitude of 356 m. From Delhi it is 225 km away from the important pilgrimage city of Haridwar 24 km away.

Rishikesh is the starting point for pilgrims to the holy places in the Garhwal Mountains: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri and Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges.

Located on the foot of the Himalayas Rishikesh is a famous pilgrimage town. By Rishikesh flows the Ganges, which captivates not only by mythological significance as a holy river, but also with clear water and scenic beauty. The Ganges leaves the Himalayas here and then flows on through the plains of Northern India to the Bay of Bengal.

In Rishikesh there are a number of temples and ashrams, both historical and also built in more recent times. The city attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists both from India as well as from Western countries. It houses a number of yoga centers, which look back partly on a long tradition. Rishikesh therefore has the reputation of being the " yoga capital" of the world to be. Hindus believe that meditation in Rishikesh, as well as a bath in the holy river Ganges, closer to salvation ( Moksha ) leads.

Local attractions include the Triveni Ghat and Bharat Mandir the oldest temple of the city.

During the 1960s, the Beatles and several other musicians such as Mike Love of the Beach Boys and Donovan visited the place to meditate.

Rishikesh is from Delhi with Dehradun Shatabdi train reached. You leave the train in Haridwar and continue by taxi or bus.


The bridge Lakshman Jhula

View of the Ganges Rishikesh

View of the Ganges Rishikesh