Rishikesh is a city, municipal council and a tehsil in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, India. It is in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. Rishikesh is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' and ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. This city is bounded by three zones: Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar.
It is near about 25 km north of the city Haridwar and 43 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun. It is the pilgrimage town and regard as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visit Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.
In September 2015, the Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma declare that Rishikesh and Haridwar is the first in India to be give the title of “twin national heritage cities”. Because of the spiritual importance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited in Rishikesh.
Yoga Center in Rishikesh
Rishikesh also know as “Yoga Capital of the World”. It has many yoga centers that attract tourists. It is consider that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha, as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Rishikesh in 2013 and taken part in the Ganga Arti.They also performed a special havan for world peace at the Parmarth Niketan. Prince Charles said: “I am amazed by the experience of sitting on the bank of one of the ancients rivers of the world. It is the right time for us to rediscover our connection with nature.
Adventure Sports in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is growing to be a preferred spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad. The Ganges provides medium to rough rapids rated class 3 and class 4 for rafting. The rafting season starts in March and ends in September. Rishikesh is also a center for backpacking, bungee jumping, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, and zip lining.
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