Rishikesh, on the banks of holy river Ganges in the Himalayan foothills, is a sacred city for Hindus and is also treated as The Yoga Capital of the World. Holy river Ganges, after its origination at Gangotri, touches the plains first at Rishikesh. Rishikesh which literally meaning where Rishis live is an alcohol free and vegetarian city renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Numerous Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) on the banks of the river Ganges are the center for spiritual learnings.
Thousands of visitors from all around the world travel to Rishikesh to learn and practice yoga & meditation. Numerous ashrams provide the facility of lodging and boarding while imparting yoga & meditation courses ranging from 100 to 300 hours. However, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Shivananda Ashram and Aurovalley Ashram are some the best among many. There are couple of luxury hotels as well for the luxury travelers who like to heal through the spirituality or just like to experience the power of yoga & mediation.