Rishikesh is a small town and a municipal board in the district Dehradun in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India.
Scenically, it is located where the Holy Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas.
Rishikesh is also spelled out as Hrishikesh, Rushikesh or Hrushikesh.
When the Beatles were dropped for the visit of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram, Rishikesh was for Western fame.
Rishikesh has association with Lord Rama and Laxman.
The city of Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region.
It is the starting point for Upper Garhwal region entrances and Char Dham Yatra (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) and not only for pilgrims but also for those people who are interested in adventures, meditations, yoga and Other aspects of Hinduism.
Rishikesh is also known as the “Place of Sagas” is a spiritual town located 24 kms upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga and surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides.
The entire place is considered sacred because it is believed that meditation on this place leads to attainment of salvation.
There are several temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges.
On the bank of river is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus and Sages.
Rishikesh represents the place where Vishnu had defeated the demon Madhu.
Rishikesh is appearing the Adventure Capital of India for the adventure seekers as Rishikesh is the suggested place to start their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan Peaks and for the White River Rafting.
Every year, in February on the banks of the holy Ganga, The International Yoga week which attracts participation from across the world is also held here,