Local Attractions in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is a city located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. It is known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It is known as the pilgrimage town and sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.
The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing the town and hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river Ganges. These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburb Muni Ki Reti or the “sands of the sages”; Sivananda Nagar, the home of Sivananda Ashram and the Divine Life Society founded by Swami Sivananda, north of Rishikesh; the temple sections of Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula, a little further north; and the assorted ashrams around Swargashram on the eastern bank.
The Ganga Arti performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat is popular with visitors. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, amidst forest 28 km (17 mi) from Rishikesh, is a popular local pilgrimage, along with Vashishtha Guha (Cave of Sage Vashishtha), 21 km (13 mi) up from the town by the Ganges. Over the years, Rishikesh has established itself as the yoga capital of the world. From the US, Europe, China, Australia and around the world, serious yoga students come to learn asanas and kriyas that will help them lead a healthy life and to also teach others.
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