Located in the foothills of the Himalaya, Rishikesh is the gateway to the Garhwal Himalaya and is a good starting point for treks to a number of Himalayan pilgrimage centres. It is also renowned as the “Yoga Capital of the World” and is where the legendary band, The Beatles, resided with their guru.
Nearby, Haridwar is located at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya and is Uttarakhand’s holiest Hindu city. Pilgrims arrive here in droves to bathe in the fast-flowing Ganges. The sheer numbers of people gathering around the Har-ki-Pairi ghat give Haridwar a chaotic but reverent feel.