Rishikesh is one of the holy places of India and
the starting point of the holy Char
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