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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Map of Rishikesh
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Places near Rishikesh
- Haridwar 13 miles away
- Mussoorie 28 miles away
- Corbett Tiger Reserve 52 miles away
- Nainital 85 miles away
- Almora 89 miles away
- Shimla 97 miles away
- Delhi 122 miles away
- Pragpur 172 miles away
- Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj 188 miles away
- Agra 204 miles away
- Bharatpur and Keoladeo Ghana National Park 207 miles away
- Fatehpur Sikri 213 miles away
- Amritsar 230 miles away
- Chambal Sanctuary 233 miles away
- Samode 252 miles away
- Gwalior 269 miles away
- Jaipur 269 miles away
- Ramathra 282 miles away
- Ladakh 283 miles away
- Leh 284 miles away
- Alchi 293 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Rishikesh
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