One of India’s seven Hindu holy cities, and bisected by the mighty Ganges, Rishikesh is home to many ashrams offering spiritual learning, yoga and meditation.
The river is the focal point of the fascinating evening aarti which starts with a holy fire ceremony. Priests offer a purifying mixture of herbs and ghee to the fire whilst prayers are chanted and small lamps are lit to thank the river for being the source of life and prosperity in the area.
Since ancient times Rishikesh has been a rest stop for holy men and pilgrims heading into the Himalaya seeking purity.
Suggested itinerary featuring Rishikesh
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Places near Rishikesh
- Haridwar 21 kilometers away
- Mussoorie 45 kilometers away
- Corbett Tiger Reserve 84 kilometers away
- Nainital 136 kilometers away
- Almora 142 kilometers away
- Shimla 155 kilometers away
- Delhi 195 kilometers away
- Pragpur 276 kilometers away
- Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj 302 kilometers away
- Agra 328 kilometers away
- Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park 333 kilometers away
- Fatehpur Sikri 342 kilometers away
- Amritsar 369 kilometers away
- Chambal Sanctuary 374 kilometers away
- Samode 406 kilometers away
- Gwalior 433 kilometers away
- Jaipur 433 kilometers away
- Ramathra 454 kilometers away
- Ladakh 455 kilometers away
- Leh 457 kilometers away
- Alchi 470 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Rishikesh
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