To Yogis and Yoginis, Rishikesh is the mecca of all things Yoga. Especially Hatha yoga. There are so many Ashrams, and drop-in yoga classes, shop after shop selling yoga clothes and the type of cliché funky “indian” clothing worn to and from yoga class in the west. I can’t even count the number of places it is possible to do a TTC (Teacher training course)!. And then there are the chill-out cafes offering everything western and everything yogi.
For the non-yogi tourist, Rishikesh is famous as the place where the beatles stayed and wrote some of their most famous songs, including the entire "white album."