Rishikesh, a most tranquil place in northern Uttar Pradesh, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges. It is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.Rishikesh is associated with Lord Rama and Laxman.
Rishikesh, also known as the “Place of Sagas”. It is the spiritual town situated 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 whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed the meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation.
Rishikesh is a popular spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad, as the Ganges offers medium to rough rapids rated class 3 and class 4 .It is also the center for hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling and kayaking. In previous years bungee jumping also introduced in Rishikesh. One can also enjoy mountain biking at Mohanchatti which is the popular place called Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh.