The Indian state of Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful states of India with several beautiful hill stations and forest reserves. It is also one of the few Indian states that has many holy places located in sylvan surroundings. Uttarakhand indeed boasts of many wonderful holy places. However, it is the sacred Rishikesh that is really the pride of Uttarakhand.
Rishikesh is located 230 km away from the Delhi and is situated on the banks of the holly river Ganga. It was at Rishikesh that the Lord Rama, on the advice of the Sage Vasishta, did penance for killing Ravana.
Rishikesh finds mention in Skanda Purana in which it's mentioned as Kubjamrak. Also called Kedarkhand or Shiva's abode Rishikesh is the 'World Capital of Yoga'. The annual 'International Yoga Week' held in the month of February at Rishikesh attracts participants and yoga enthusiasts from all over the world. Rishikesh's fame also rests on the fact that it is the entry point to the famous four holy places of India-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
Kudiyala, a perfect place for rock climbing, is located 380 m high of sea level nearby Rishikesh. The place is surrounded by dense forests and very picturesque in appearance. Visitors are enchanted with the rare view of a number of wild animals in their natural habitat. White water rafting is a good sport practiced here. Best place for adventurous tourists camping. Dynamic tourists are steadily attracted towards Adventure in neat and calm surroundings.