Rishikesh is the first major place the Ganges crosses on its pilgrimage through India. For thousands of years Rishikesh has been considered a spiritual center. Today, it is the Yoga Capital of the world, and very popular among young Backpackers.
The Indian summer is hot and dusty. Those who can therefore flee to the mountains. Especially the so-called Hill Stations – mountain resorts at mostly 1500 – 2000 meters – are a very popular destination.
The Indian city of Amritsar, and especially its Golden Temple, is the heart of Sikhism. The religion of the Sikhs originated about 500 years ago. It focuses on the worship of a single, formless god, on morality and on charity. This is particularly evident in the Golden Temple.