Rishikesh is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres away from another holy city, Haridwar. Hrishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the sites that form the Char Dham pilgrimage Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Rishikesh is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 220 kms from its origin Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier). Rishikesh is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges.
Rishikesh city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India. The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world. Foreigners always attracted to Rishikesh because here they can closely experience India's complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.Rishikesh 30 kms from Rishikesh and 90 kms from Mussoorie and 250 kms approx from Delhi Rishikesh is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests and crystal clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city.
Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. Geographically and geological, Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth form Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual.
Badrinath was re-established as a main pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. In previous days, pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to visit Badrinath temple. In recent time its fame has increased considerably. The temple in Badrinath is also a holy pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites. Badrinath is also gateway to several mountaineering missions headed to mountains like Nilkantha. As per to the Bhagavata Purana, "There in Badrikashram the supreme being (Vishnu), in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities." (Bhagavata Purana 3.4.22) Badri denotes to a berry that was said to grow plentifully in the area, and nath means "Lord of". Badri is also the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree, which has an eatable berry. Some scriptural references denote to Jujube trees being abundant in Badrinath.
Rishikesh walk by Rishikesh Rishikesh Tourism is unique way to experience Rishikesh. This tour is organized everyday. This tour provides opportunity to know this town and experience the Indian culture as well as day to day life of local people. Tour needs a minimum 05 hours but still you will not get tired because the whole tour has lots of things to do in less walking distance. The walk contains not only visit to interesting places but it also provides opportunity to experience some interesting things such as tasting famous local food items, to see genealogy registers (more than 400 hundred year old tradition), experience of art and culture.
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