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Rishikesh, also spelt as Hrishikesh, is a city governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation , and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the \"Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas\" and \"Yoga Capital of the World\". It lies 21 km north of the city Haridwar and 45 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun. Rishikesh has an approximate population of between 252,533 and 320,222, making it the seventh most populated city in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places for Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.In September 2015, the Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma announced that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of \"twin national heritage cities\".