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Rishikesh impressions

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Some impressions of Rishikesh in the State of Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is known as a holy town and one of the holiest places for the Hindus. The town is vegetarian and a “dry county” by law. The cows have the right of way in every situation: vis-a-vis cars, bikes, pedestrians. This right also extends into shops, restaurants, barber shops and probably city hall. Rishikesh is also known for its numerous Yoga schools. From the whole world serious yoga students come to learn asanas and kriyas that will help them to lead a healthy life and teach others following the many yoga teacher courses. Many saints and sages have visited the ashrams of the town on the Ganges (the Ganga) since ancient times to retreat and meditate. The town has diversified into modern activities like rafting and bungee jumping. The Ganga is considered to be special or even holy, which would explain its survival of the enormous masses of plastic and other garbage dumped into it at an uninterrupted and frenetic pace.

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