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Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the most revered Hindu holy cities located in the Himalayan foothills with Ganga river flowing through it in all its grandeur. It is a picturesque place offering an amazing experience of spirituality, a glorious environment and adrenalin pumping white water rafting at the same time.

Rishikesh is derived from Rishikesha, one of the many names of Lord Vishnu. It means ‘Lord of senses’. Rishikesh conjures up images of resonating bells, holy dips, soaring hills and the gushing water of the Ganges. Located on the banks of the holy river, it is an interesting blend of pilgrimage and adventure. It is a gateway of the revered high altitude Char-Dham pilgrimage of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh first caught the imagination of the west when the Beatles decided to stay here at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram in the 1960s (where the Beatles wrote the White Album). Since then the city has become a more and more popular destination for travellers on a spiritual quest. It is also supposed to be the Yoga Capital of the world with many ashrams offering yoga and meditation classes. Rishikesh is replete with its temples and innumerous Ghats making it a truely peaceful and spiritual place of interest.

According to a legend Lord Rama did penance here after killing Ravana, the Lankan King. The town is divided by the Ganges into two sections connected by two suspension bridges. Most of the ashrams and meditation centres are located on the opposite side of the river to the town. 
Another prime attraction of the city is the glittering ‘Ganga aarti’ performed by the Ganga river at dusk at the Triveni Ghat. The shining oil lit earthen lamps sparkle over the river waters and bring visitors and devotees alike closer to the divine. It is a sight to behold. The sound of the prayer and ringing bells is a pious experience. Swarg Ashram here is a place to meditate and experience the blessings of divine. Rishikesh is the place where the Ganga descends from the Himalayas and move towards the northern plains of India.

White Water rafting
The Ganga here flows showing all its splendour. Rafting in the lap of Ganga is an unforgettable experience though its rapids are not for the faint hearted. From Kaudiyala to Shivpuri and then to Rishikesh it is more than 35 km of rapids for rafting from September to May. Rishikesh is an ideal place for spiritualism as well as adventure.

Laxman Jhula
The landmark structure of Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula is an 150m long iron suspension bridge across the Ganga river. It was built in 1939. A walk over the bridge offers good views of the surrounding area and the river.
Ruins of the Mahesh Jogi Ashram
The famous Mahesh Jogi ashram is in ruins now. Inside the ashram well designed paths lead to a series of huts that used to be the living quarters of the devotees. The architecture which was rich in beautiful landscaping, paths and irrigation systems is still visible today. A trivia: while the Beatles were here, John Lennon apparentlywrote the song, “Dear Prudence come out and play” to distract Prudence (sister of Mia Farrow) from her meditation.
Muni Ki Reti
Known for the meditating sages by the river bank, this place is also famous for the Sivanand Ashram. This ashram was started in 1932 and is regarded as one of the leading yoga and meditation practicing ashrams. Other Ashrams include Swargashram, Gita Bhawan and Parmarth Niketan. The Ram Jhula suspension bridge was built in 1986, to make it easier for people to reach the Ashrams.
Temples
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Located 12 km from Rishikesh this temple is located high up on a hill (1500m) in a dense. Bharat Mandir: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this ancient temple finds mention in old inscription of Kedarkhand. Tera Manzil Temple: This temple has several stories and provides visitors with amazing views of the entire city from its top floor. This temple has idols of many Gods and Goddesses. Geeta Bhavan: Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted on the walls in this old temple. Parmarth Niketan: Another temple complex famous for organising regular evening Aarti by the banks of the river. The main ashrams in Rishikesh include Dayanand Ashram, Omkaranand Ashram, Swargashram, Parmarth Ashram and Sivanand Ashram.
Shivpuri
Located around 30 km from Rishikesh, this is the hub of white water rafting. Camping by the river side and rafting in splashing rapids amidst mountains makes the trip to Rishikesh a memorable one.
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Summer months (March � May)are hot with murcury going up to 40°C. Winter nights are generally chilly with minimum night temperature of about 5°C. Best time to visit is September - March period.
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