Rishikesh Overview

Name: Rishikesh

Altitude: 372 m (1,220 ft)

Coordinates: 30°06′30″N 78°17′50″E

District: Dehradun

Region: Garhwal

State: Uttarakhand

Country: India

Founded: N/A

Founder: N/A

Population: 102,138 (Urban Agglomeration)

Area City: 11.5 km2 (4.4 sq mi)

Languages: Hindi, Garhwali, English

Pin Code: 249201

Telephone Code: +91-135


Rishikesh, also known as Hrishikesh is a city, municipal corporation and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state, Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' and 'Yoga Capital of the World'. It lies approximately 25 km (16 mi) north of the city Haridwar and 43 km (27 mi) southeast of the state capital Dehradun. According to Census of India, 2011 Rishikesh had a population of 102,138 making it the seventh most populated city in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge

In September 2015, the Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma announced that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of "twin national heritage cities". Due to the religious significance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. The city hosts the annual International Yoga Festival.

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