Rishikesh is on of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand state. Devotees from all corners of the country and abroad as well visit here in hordes. It is popular as the doorway to the cities that constitutes the Char Dham Yatra Packages which involves Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The name of the town is derived from the second name of the Lord Vishnu, "Hrishikesh". The most revered river Ganga passes through this city. The Hindus in India call the holy river "Ganga Maa". Rishikesh lies in the lap of the mighty Himalayas and circled from three sides by mountains. River Ganges touches the pilgrimage sie and passes from right side of the city.
It is widely believed when Raibhya Rishi was performing his penance, God was noticed in the form of "Rishikesh". That's how the location become so popular among the people. There are ample of yoga places where people from across the globe come to learn lesions on yoga. Viewers also learn the techniques of meditation. Rishikesh is equipped with the spiritual meditation centre, ashrams, guesthouses, dharamshalas and many more among others.
According to the belief of the Hindu followers in 19th centaury AD, Shankaracharya, had a visit on this land. After the sage Raibhya rewarde for his sever self-abasement, a number of sages, rishies, munies visit this peaceful area for mediation and to performing penance. From the medieval periods this pilgrimage destination came to be known as the heavenly home. It is also said that the Brother of Lord Rama, Bharat too did penance here therefore the city came in to existence.
The holy town is located in the foot of the Himalayan ranges on the Tehri-Garhwal region. The area is elevated at a height of 356 meters above the sea. From here pilgrims can go to Haridwar too which is around 25 kilo meter away from Rishikesh. The weather of Rishikesh stays pleasant the whole year, providing help people to approach the site in numbers.
There are many sites where people can visit including Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ashram, Ashram in Rishikesh, Temple in Rishikesh, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Geeta Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Rishikesh Rafting Guide, Triveni Ghat and Rishikund and Raghunath Mandir. These are the places which are the main attraction for the pilgrims. People from outside the border come to the site with their families to enjoy their holy vacation.
For spiritual studies and classes on meditation, you should head straight to the many ashrams in Rishikesh. In any case, you shouldn't miss visiting the popular ones including Sivanand Ashram, Paremarth Niketan, Yoga Niketan and Vithal Ashram among others.
Ganga ghats are highly revered. One of these is the Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh, known for its divinity. You can visit this ghat in the evening when the much popular Ganga Arti is performed here on the banks of the divine Ganges. A must-watch indeed!
Among many tourist attractions in Rishikesh, the Lakshamn Jhula has its own significant place. Hindus believe that this is the place from where Lakshman (Rama's brother) had crossed the river. Today, it stands in the form of a beautiful suspended bridge.