- Area: 11.20 sq. Km (city area)
- Altitude: 356 Meter (1190 ft)
- Population: 82000(2011)
Rishikesh is an extremely small town situated in Uttarakhand state, India. The town is located at the spot from where the river Ganges moves towards the plains from the Himalayas. It is world famous for being the Yoga capital of the world. This town is also the entry point to Himalayas. The sacred journey of the four sacred shrines, popularly called the Char Dham Yatra is started from this town.
Rishikesh or Hrishikesh has received this owing to Lord Vishnu. He is said to have been seen as Lord Rishikesh by Rabhya Rishi after his strictness. The sacred town of Rishikesh is 24 km upstream on the Ganga rivers banks in the region where it meets the Chandrabhaga River. In reality Rishi’s or holy man’s locks, is the area where the great holy Ganga river roars down in all its might at the massive boulders which results in its making long stretches of white sandy beaches in that region. Cutting its passage through the final foothills of the grand Himalayan Mountains, the Ganga River comes to three combined areas.
This area is also the entrance point to the visits to sacred Hindu sites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri which is called Char Dham Yatra. The town is also becoming famous for white water rafting resulting in greater tourist inflow. The town is a base area for hikes and treks in the wonderful Garhwal Himalayas. Besides this the world famous holy Sikh Gurudwara at the Hemkund Sahib along with the visits to the valley of flowers are also ideally approached from here. Expeditions to the Nanda Devi massif and the skiing area at Auli are also undertaken from Rishikesh town.