Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by
hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the
`Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as
the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a
good starting Laxman Jhula point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such
as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.It is rightly called the gateway to
the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 7 Story
Temple Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the
Chandrabhaga and Ganga,
Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya
Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form
of rishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are
internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and
meditation. An international yoga week is organized here every year by U.P.
Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February. For the adventurous, there are
opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate here is
continental type but its location in the foot hills gives it a pleasant weather
throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.
PLACES TO VISIT
To be found in the heart of town, is the most famous bathing ghat, where most pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done generally in the early.
Near the Ghat, is the temple known as Bharat Mandir said to be the oldest temple here built by the Adi Shankaracharya. This 9th century temple has the deity of Lord Vishnu.
Close to the Triveni Ghat is the very old place of Rishikund where the Saint Kubz is said to have been blessed by the Goddess Yamuna, who filled the pond with her water.
Ramjhula is situated 3Km north of Rishikesh. It's a very popular place amongst people coming for religious purposes because it has very known Ashrams.
There is a cluster of ashrams on the eastern bank of the Ganges, and the place is popularly known as 'Swarga Ashram'. Most of these ashrams provide courses on yoga.
Near the Lakshaman Jhula, is the newly constructed building of Gita Bhavan. It runs a free Ayurvedic dispensary and also has a branch of the Gita Press,