Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in
the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It abounds in natural
splendour. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan
foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet
above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practised penance
here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.
Tapovan on the other bank of the
Ganges houses a temple to Lakshmana. It is believed that Lakshmana
carried out penances here. It is also believed that his brother Bharata
meditated here, and there is a temple to Bharata here. Also seen here are the Swargashram
and the Geeta Bhavan temples.
The Lakshman Jhula, a 450 feet long
suspension bridge was built in 1939. A newer bridge the Ram Jhula has
been added recently. The Ganga abounds in fish. Offerings of puffed rice are made to these
creatures. The freshness of the air, and sound of flowing water, the scenic beauty
of the region and the distant sound of bell chimes create an unforgettable experience for
those that visit this ancient pilgrimage town.
12 km away from Rishikesh is located the Nilkanth
Mahadeo temple at a height of about 5000 feet, commanding spectacular views of