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Rishikesh Travel Guide

RISHIKESH - is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'. The root words Rishik and ish join together to make Rishikesh. Hrishik means Senses and ish means master or Lord. Hence the word means Lord of Senses or Lord Vishnu.

It is a holy city for Hindus and a famous center of pilgrimage. It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham pilgrimage — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. The sacred river Ganga flows through Rishikesh. In fact, it is here that the river leaves the Shivalik mountains, and flows out into the plains of northern India.

Several temples, ancient as well as new, can be found along the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh. It is sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga", as it has numerous yoga centers. It is believed that meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to the attainment of moksha.