Tapovan is a picturesque site having rich religious and historical importance. The place, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, is surrounded by beautiful green forests. It is said that Guru Dronacharya, the popular saint from the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, underwent penance at this site. His ashram, the spiritual hermitage was situated near Tapovan. At present the ashram is home to numerous sages and hermits. The place is also known for several religious ceremonies and rituals.