Rishikesh located at a very spiritually strategic location. It is located in the foothills of the most ancient Himalayan range known as Shivalik range. It is known as a gateway to the higher Himalayas. Rishikesh is situated enroute to the most auspicious and important religious and spiritual pilgrim centres for Hindus and Sikh traditions. For many pilgrims this is a resting station where they stay before embarking on their pilgrimage to the centres located in the higher Himalayas.
Rishikesh has managed to acquire the status of a spiritual destination of the highest standing, because of its innumerable yoga schools, meditation centres, ashrams and places of worship. You will find all kinds of yoga schools in this town, ranging from basic introductory classes to intense yoga training courses where you are required to devote at least a couple of years, learning the most profound and intricate yoga techniques and philosophies. Whether you are interested in learning Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa or Vedic style of yoga, heading to Rishikesh is a fabulous idea.
The historical records mention that some pilgrims used to stay at Rishikesh as a resting place before moving onwards to the higher mountains for the pilgrimage while a larger number used to visit Rishikesh as the original destination and visited various sites between Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula before returning. Lately in recent decades due to influx of travellers from different cultures and background, Rishikesh has also become popular as a tourist destination. As a result, besides many Yoga and Spiritual centres, one may find different recreational activities and events such as rafting, bungee jumping, camping, jungle safari etc.