Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttarakhand. It is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar and spreads on the right banks of the Ganges, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream. It is surrounded by hills on three sides . As per the Hindu mythology, Lakshman,
the younger brother of Lord Sri Rama, crossed the holy river Ganga at the same site . At that time this bridge was made up of jute. The bridge came to be known as the Lakshman Jhula after this incident. In 1929 the jute bridge was replaced with a new iron bridge that was built along the same path. Another very renowned temple around the bridge is the Lakshman temple. This temple houses a Risha Kund and according to the mythological tales after killing Ravana, Lord Rama and Lakshman took bath in this Kund to get rid of their sins. Rishikesh, has been a part of the legendary 'Kedarkhand' (the present day Garhwal), the abode of Shiva .
The Yoga festivals in Rishikesh are one of the most popular in the country of India. Lectures and yoga lessons are conducted by experts in this field during which yoga teachers from different parts of the country participate and many people come from different parts of the country to attend this. Attending satsangs and meditation sessions also form a major part of the yoga festival in the city of Rishikesh.Ganga Aarti is another religious ceremony celebrated during the yoga festival in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is also home to the 120-year old Kailas Ashram Brahmavidyapeetham, an institution dedicated to preserve and promote the traditional Vedantic Studies. Prominent personalities such as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami Shivananda have studied in this institution.
The area around Lakshman Jhula will make you experience the mystic, sacred and calm feeling. A still view from the Lakshman Jhula will comprise of hundreds of religious people, clad in colourful clothes, lost in performing the religious traditions. Standing on the bridge you can hear the amalgamated sound of ringing bells, people chanting mantras and shlokas and gushing waters of the holy river Ganga.