Varanasi City
Rishikesh, located on the banks of River Ganga is an ancient pilgrimage center and attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims every year.

Varanasi : Cities on Ganga : Rishikesh


Rishikesh is one of the holy places of India and the starting point of the holy Char Dham pilgrimage. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas and abounds in natural splendor. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an amazing sight at Rishikesh. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. According to mythology Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

The freshness of the air and sound of flowing water, the scenic beauty of the place and the distant echo of bell chimes create an extraordinary experience for those who visit Rishikesh. Rishikesh attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year, from India as well as from abroad. The city has several Yoga and meditation centers that also attract tourists. According to tradition meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of salvation or "moksha". In recent times Rishikesh is fast becoming a favorite spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, as it offers medium to rough rapids in the course of river Ganges.