It is the memorable place which fairly depicts the Indian culture and its values in the life of every Indian. The Rishikesh connects Indian with their roots and rememorize the ancient history of Indian preaching. It is full of temples like Swargashram, Parmath Ashram and many more. Rishikeshis a pious place, which is a tehsil located in the Dehradun District, Capital of Uttarakhand. The city is situated in the direction of North India towards the foothills of the Himalayas. The population according to the census 2011, the males were 54,466 and females were 47,672.
The different attribute of Rishikesh has its own peculiarity, that it is surrounded by three districts: Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as the starting point, if you want to go for Chardham which includes Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.The distance from Haridwar is 25 Km and 43 Km south-east from Dehradun.
There are innumerable interesting facts about Rishikesh, Lets discuss ten of them:
#1. Hrsikesa word implies the name of Lord Vishnu which has come from the word “hrsika” which means senses and “isa” means Lord, thus Lord of the Sense. There is another story attached that Raibhaiya Rishi did his tapasya, that’s why it is known as Lord Hrishikesha. It is near to Haridwar about an hour towards South, and also one of the holy cities of India.
#2. The Mother river Ganga flows in this city, it is also said Lord Rama did penance in this city for killing Ravana, whereas Lakhsman, theYounger brother of Lord Rama crossed the river Ganges, and that is why LakshmanJhula is standing using a jute rope bridge. That bridge was replaced in 1889 by iron-rope suspension.
#3. Another moving bridge is Ram- Jhula, the building year is 1986 which is nearby Sivananda Nagar and Shatrughna Mandir, Bharat Mandir and LakshmanMandir is nearby LakshmanJhula. The TriveniGhat is famous for the Ganga Aarti which collects the visitors and preachers too. The emotional attachment of the Indians with their culture is the best example for others in the world.
#4. There is interesting fact of this place is that it is also “Yoga capital of the World” because of numerous yoga centres. The city has the attraction for the tourist and visitors because mostly believed that if one is doing meditation then, that person will come closer to the stage of Attainment of Moksh, after taking bath in Ganges.
#5. One cannot eat or purchase non- vegetarian foods and alcohols, because of the significance of the place, these things are strictly prohibited in the Yoganagri.
#6. The literacy rate was 86.86% if compared to the national average of 74.04%. Yoga Nagri has innumerable yoga centres that are opened after taking oath of Happy India; they are the attracting view for the tourists. Rishikesh has AIIMS, which is popular six apex health care institutes that have been established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, by Government of India. The AIIMS was opened with the goal eradication of regional imbalances in quality level healthcare in India. It has also helped in attaining the graduate and post graduate medical education as well as training to the students.
#7. Rishikesh is also famous for its Ayurveda treatments, many Ayurveda doctors practice here. For generating the faith of Indians in Ayurveda, first Ayush Centre was started on 4 June 2015, in this Ayush means The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unnani, Siddha and Homeopathy of India. Shripad Yasso Naik believed that Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Siddha etc will be researched In Rishikesh.
#8. In Rishikesh, the environment is affecting because of the tourists visiting the area and air is also getting polluted by the consumption of drugs and medicines used by them. Therefore, the saints and yogis who are meditating on the banks of Ganges and preaching God on the riverside are also facing problem. The Beatles visited the place and even John Lennon also recorded the “The Happy Rishikesh Song” .
#9. Rishikesh has the world’s best home which is 133 years old Kailash Ashram Brahmavidyapitham, which is dedicated in preserving and promotinf the traditional Vedanta Studies of the past. The institute has the history of educating Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Sivananda too.
#10. Rishikesh has the beautiful spot for the rafters; it is the favourite place for the rafters of white waters from the India and Abroad. The main season for river rafting starts from March which will ends in the month of September. Rishikesh is loved by the persons, who like backpacking, bungee jumping, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing,rappelling and zip lining.
#11. The rafting camps are needed to stop as it is the leading factor of the pollution of Ganga, as it discharges effluent, and people throw waste which is disturbing the ecological environment of Rishikesh. When the rafting camps are established on the sites, they are temporary and beautiful, so the places will also lack in sanitation and sewage facility. It is also a disturbing factor for the animal husbandry available, destroying the peace and serenity of the place of pilgrims.