At a point where the holy river Ganga meets the Chandrabhaga, stands Rishikesh, built above the very last gorge that the Ganga must negotiate before entering the plains.
It is a cool, beautiful resting place with a kind of benediction in the air. According to legend, Raibhya Rishi undertook a staunch penance here.
It is home to a string of ashrams and centers of Vedic and yogic learning. The mighty Lachhman and Ram Jhoolas (suspension bridges) span the Ganga flowing deep below. Visit the Lachhman Jhoola, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Swarag Ashram and Gita Bhawan.