City Background: Rishikesh

We are now in Rishikesh which is located in part of the Indian state Uttarakhand. At this point the Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters the Gangetic Plains.

Located 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. It is an old spiritual city, and houses the path to the four holy places of the upper Himalayas. Several holy temples can be found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. The whole town is considered to be sacred and it’s believed that meditation there leads to salvation.

The Ganga at Rishikesh

The Ganga at Rishikesh /Photo Credit: Richard A. Lois