Rishikesh – one of the most famous cities in northern India. Many truth and enlightenment seekers, followers of Hinduism and people studying various spiritual practices come here from all over the world.
Rishikesh became popular because of the visiting of the famous “Beatles”. In 1968 in Rishikesh, John Lennon and other members of the group were practicing meditation.
This city, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is deservedly called the world capital of yoga. Thousands of years ago sages, ascetics and hermits, studying various spiritual practices, had been living here. The name of the city that is derived from the Sanskrit words “Rishi” – sage and “cache” – hair.
According to legend, before doing a spiritual practice, sages washed their hair in the holy river Ganges, thereby purifying themselves from the worldly life. Nowadays the modern Rishikesh, as well as the old one, live a spiritual life – there are numerous ashrams and centers for the studying of yoga.
Rishikesh is situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges river at the point where it breaks free from the mountain gorges and becomes wider and calm. In Rishikesh, compared to the highlands which is located at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level there is mild climate. The weather is not very cold in the winter and there is no sweltering heat in the summer.
Rishikesh is more than just the spiritual center of India. It comprises a net of narrow and curved streets going down to the river. This is a noisy and colorful Indian market. This is an atmosphere of love, brotherhood and openness. Also, this is a place of incredibly powerful spiritual energy.