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Rishikesh is situated in the Tehri Gharwal region of Uttaranchal, along the banks of the sacred river Ganges. It is an important pilgrim centre and gateway to the Himalayan, It is small town, renowned as an important pilgrimage center of the country, shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Pilgrimage season starts in end April/ Early may and lasts til the Day of Deepawali (Festival of light) end of October/early November. It is from here that the river Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and enters the vast north Indian plains. The town abounds in natural splendour and the sight of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is awesome. There are several temples on the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh.
It is believed that Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. In Tapovan, on the other side of the Ganges, is a temple to Lakshmana. The Lakshman Jhula at Rishikesh is a 450 feet long suspension bridge was built in 1939. There is a newer bridge which has been added recently – the Ram Jhula. Rishikesh is not only popular for its religious significance but also considered to be a base for devotees on their journey to the Char Dham Yatra.
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Situated 24 km upstream from Haridwar, Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that the sage Raibhya Rishi did penance here and satisfied with him God appeared to him in the form of Rishikesh. The name originates from that only.
The yoga centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, few of which are internationally recognized as centres for meditation, yoga and philosophical studies. International Yoga Week which attracts participation form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga. Rishikesh also best Spa and many other Ayurvedic treatment centers for every one’s requirement.
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The places to visit in Rishikesh include – Bharat Temple, Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple, Laxman Jhoola, Pushkar Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Muni-Ki-Reti, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Parmath Niketan, Lakshman Temple, Sadanand Jhoola, Triveni Ghat, Shivanand Ashram, Kailash Ashram and Academy of Meditation. The nearby excursions include beautiful places like: Dehradun, Mussoorie, Hardwar, Chilla, Devprayag, Auli, and NarendraNagar.
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Ashram – The ashrams of rishikesh are world famous for yoga, and these are abun dant in number n and around Rishikesh. Some of these are very well known and is regarded as tourist spots while some are still been regarded as proper ashrams where rishis (saints) stay. Ashrams situated on the eastern bank of the river Ganges are collectively known as Swargashram. The credit for World famous Maharishi goes to the beauty of natural rock band Beatles. Yoga, in most of the Ashrams, is another important aspect for drawing tourists from around the world.
Lakshman Jhula – the hanging bridge, Lakshman Jhula is on the river Ganges that flows through Rishikesh. According to legends, Lakshman the brother of Lord Ram crossed this river with the help of a hanging bridge made of jute. The present bridge was built in the year AD 1939, on the same spot where the original jute suspended bridge used to be. The current of water, when increases gives an incomparable scene when viewed from the bridge. There’s another bridge calle dthe Ram Jhula or the Shivanand Jhula.
Gita Bhavan – Situated by the side of the Lakshman, the Gita Bhavan is a beautifully constructed building housing some attractive statues of various gods and goddesses.
Triveni Ghat – Triveni is a bathing spot at a distance about 1.5 km from Rishikesh. It is considered sacred for being the confluence of three mountain streams. Pilgrims from all over the worls come here to take a dip into the holy waters.
Neelkanth Madhav – Neelkanth Madhav, at a distance of 12 km from the Rishikesh town and surrounded by lush green, it is a place of interest especially for the religious minded tourists. According to mythological data Lord Shiva drank the venom that came out of the cosmic churning of the ocean by the gods and demons.
Temples - Rishikesh is full of innumerable small and big temples. In the banks of the Chandrabhaga River there is a team of temples. Char Dham, the famous four temples club starts off this place. The Rishikund tank and Raghunath temple near the tank also present quite beautiful scenic views. Lord Ram used the tank for bathing while he was in exile. The Bharat temple named after Bharat, one of the brothers of Lord Ram. Rishikesh is known to be a place of importance from very ancient periods and is bounded by a massive wall supposed to be of thousand years old.