Situated at the base of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is often referred to as ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. Positioned around 43 km east of Dehradun (the capital of Uttarakhand) and 25 km north of Haridwar, Rishikesh has been deemed one of the holiest cities in the country and therefore, is a well-known pilgrimage town for Hindus. Due to the religious heft that the place carries, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are banned here. At a height of 1,220 feet above sea level, Rishikesh stays well connected to other cities in India through a well-maintained network of roads (buses run from cities like Gurgaon and Delhi) and its railway station. The climate in Rishikesh is humid subtropical, marked hot summers and cool winters. Ayurvedic treatment centers in Rishikesh are famous around the globe and medical tourism contributes greatly to the city’s economy. Rishikesh can offer several choices when it comes to accommodation. One of the most exciting ways to experience Rishikesh is by booking your stay at a resort. The best resorts in Rishikesh can offer you food, drink, sport, entertainment (and even shopping, to an extent) all within/close to the premises. The amenities that you find in resorts include an on-site restaurant/bar, a swimming pool, a fitness centre and/or games room. Numerous hotel-like amenities shall also be provided at resorts. Travellers can choose between luxury and budget resorts in Rishikesh, where local cuisine is usually served. Rishikesh boasts a number of interesting places-to-see such as Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Gita Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan, Triveni Ghat, Sivananda Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram, Trayambakeshwar, Shatrugna Temple, Rajaji National Park, and Neel Garh Waterfall. You should also check out some of the top-rated restaurants in Rishikesh such as Ayurpak, The Sitting Elephant, A Tavola Con Te, Zorba Organic Restocafe, The Pyramid Cafe, J.G.B Purple Dhaba, Royal Cafe, Chotiwala, and 60s Cafe Delmar. Visit Ram Jhula market or Rishikesh Main Market for a session of street-shopping.
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