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Twenty-four km from Hardwar, Ganga, soon
after its origin in the mountains, flows through Rishikesh, one of the
holiest places. It is said God appeared here in response to the penance
of sage Raibhya Rishi and thereafter the place came to be known after
the rishi. Today it is a major center of yoga and ashrams dot the banks.
On Ganga's eastern side is a host of ashrams and on the other bank is
a located the markets and other businesses. The ashrams provide classes
and discourses. Food and lodging is also provided by the ashrams on
nominal rates, but one must follow the rules and regulations as also
respect the customs. Every year an international yoga week is organized,
from Feb 2nd to 7th.
Triveni Ghat is
the spot where people make offerings to the river and take holy dip.
It is thought that the water here has the power to cleanse them of all
sins. Triveni Ghat is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the legendary
Saraswati river. Morning prayers
and in the evenings floating of lamps offer a serene sight from the
banks. Upstream there is a suspension bridge called Lakshman Jhoola.
It was built in 1929 to replace a rope bridge. According to a legend,
Sri Ram's brother Lakshman crossed the river here on a jute rope. Upstream
there is suspension bridge called Lakshman Jhoola. It was built in 1929
to replace a rope bridge.
According to a
legend, Sri Ram's brother Lakshman crossed the river here on a jute
rope. Shivpuri is a site15 km upstream. There in the white water of
the Ganga, river running and rafting activities can be undertaken. The
best time for this is October to May. Rishikesh is also a starting point
for the Char Dham pilgrimage. These four pilgrim centers are Yamunotri,
Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath (See separately under Char Dham/ Garhwal).
Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
in South India,
Uttar Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh in North India, Assam,
in East India
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