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Rishikesh, located in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh, lies in the Tehri-Garhwal region, now part of Uttaranchal. It is one of the holy pilgrimage sites in India among the north Indian pilgrimage destinations. Situated at an altitude of about 1360 feet above sea level, it is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar. Tour BokkingIt is the gateway to the gigantic Himalayas and is surrounded by hills on all three sides.

RishikeshOn the right banks of the Ganges, is Rishikesh at the confluence of the Ganga with the Chandrabhaga stream. The banks of the Ganges are lined up with temples. It is regarded as one of the major places of worship in India. Rishikesh is the place where Lord Vishnu is said to have vanquished the demon Madhu. It is said that many yogis and sages lived and practices penance at Rishikesh.

Rishikesh does not include the town of Rishikesh alone but also an association of five distinct sections, covering hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river. These include the sprawling suburban Muni-ki-Reti or the "sands of the sages";; ShivaNanda Nagar, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of Lakshmanjhula, a little further north; and the assorted ashrams around Swarg Ashram on the east bank. In Rishikesh, the winters last from November to March, when temperatures fall below 0°C. The monsoons are generally experienced in the months of July and August.

Legend has it that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance and God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, as a reward. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or the place for meditation of the Gods. Tapovan, located on the left bank of the Ganges has a temple of Lakshmana as it is believed that Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama
carried out penance here. Rishikesh also represents the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Another major attraction for tourists in Rishikesh, is the Lakshmanan Jhula. Built in 1939, it is a suspended iron bridge in which Lakshman is said to have crossed Ganga on jute ropes between the places where this bridge is built. The Ram Jhula, which is also a suspended bridge, recently built between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram an also an attraction worth visiting. Ram Jhula is also known as Shivanand Jhula. In Rishikesh, the Neelkanth Mahadev temple is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. It is believed to be the site where Lord Shiva drank the venom that came out during the churning of the ocean.
In the 1960s, Rishikesh in India, came into limelight as the place where the pop group Beatles had a chance to meet their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Since those time the small town is also known as the world capital of yoga.

The view from the Lakshman Jhula is magnificent with the holy river Ganga flowing below. The picturesque surroundings along with the cool breeze from the River soothens the eye. A boat ride across the Ganges will give, yet another experience of a lifetime.Tour Bokking

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