28 km. upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga lies Rishikesh
Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place.
It is the starting point for the Char dham pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, rishikesh is the suggested place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and for rafting. Also, International Yoga Week which attracts participation form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga.
Neelkanth Mahadev : 32 km from Laxman Jhula by Road
Neelkanth is just 32 km. from Rishikesh via Barrage and 22 km. via Ram Jhoola, this place blends all possible shades of religious fervour that one can think of, mythological significance and picturesque beautiful surroundings. According to mythological belief, this place derived its name from Lord Shiva. It is believed that it was present day Neelkanth where Lord Shiva consumed the venom which emanated durimg the ' Samudra Manthan ' due to this, His throat became blue in colour, thus giving Shiva the name of Neelkanth.