Best Time and Season to Visit Rishikesh in 2021
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COVID-19 : RISHIKESH is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to RISHIKESH?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • It is advised to carry own sleeping bag, cutlery and water bottles if travellers are planning a trek
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel.
  • Registration on the Smart City Web portal and uploading required documents is mandatory
  • A screening process will be done compulsorily on entry to the borders of the state.
  • All travellers with negative RT-PCR report from ICMR authorized lab shall be exempted from quarantine.
  • Travellers from non-high load Covid-19 infected cities must follow home quarantine for 14 days.
  • Travellers from high-load Covid-19 infected cities must follow 7 days of institutional and 7 days of home quarantine.

Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. It receives flights from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. The distance of 35 kilometres from the airport to Rishikesh can be covered through taxis, buses or cabs available outside the airport.


Special train is functional from Amritsar to Haridwar. Rishikesh can be reached via road from Haridwar.


Rishikesh has regular bus transport services connecting it to all major cities through the national highways and roads.

Local Transport

Local modes of transport like buses, taxis and autorickshaws are allowed to function with proper steps of sanitization.

The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Rishikesh. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

Registration On Smart City Web Portal Mandatory For Entry Updated: 21 Jan 2021

All travellers visiting Rishikesh will have to register on the Smart City Web portal and upload all documents asked during the process online.

No Permission Required for Inter-District Movements in Uttarakhand Updated: 21 Jan 2021

In reference to the fresh guideline updates for the state, people travelling inter-district don’t need permission. However, registration on the official Uttarakhand web portal is mandatory.

Mandatory Thermal Screening to Take Place on Entry to Rishikesh Updated: 22 Sep 2020

A mandatory screening process will be done on each traveller entering Rishikesh- be it by road, railways or by air.

Asymptomatic Travellers, Visiting Rishikesh for 3 Days or Less Are Exempted from Quarantine Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According to latest guideline updates, visitors travelling to Rishikesh for a maximum of 3 days shall not be required to exercise any form of quarantine.

Hotels, Homestays in Rishikesh Open to Accommodate Travellers Updated: 04 Sep 2020

All stay and hospitality services, except the ones that fall under containment zones, have been allowed to re-open in Rishikesh. Hotel managements have been advised to ensure bookings of a minimum of 7 days for inter-state travellers.

Best time to visit Rishikesh is from February to mid-May, though the picturesque destination can be toured on any date of the calendar. Famed as the “Yoga capital of India”, tourist traffic of Rishikesh is always on a boom. Be it the dewy monsoon or spine-chilling winters this place caters to world-class rafting and camping experience all through. 

With places like Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Beatles Ashram, Shivpuri, Neel Kanth Mahadev temple and various others, this place is a complete package of everything a vacationer needs. The searing summer sun and chilling winter breezes make it a perfect destination for all seasons.

With commendable weather friendliness of Rishikesh, the tourism keeps on escalating, hailing out to more travelers year round. This place is indeed surreal for solitude seekers as serenity and spirituality are interwoven its aura. Whether you wish you tour this place with your folks or you want to spend quality time with your family this place is just perfect for both.

Here are the best seasons to visit Rishikesh:

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Rishikesh in Summer

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Rishikesh in Summer

Earning the reputation of all-year-round destination, Rishikesh is undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations of India. As the snow starts to descend the allure of the region boosts up showcasing the splendid panoramic views.

Here you experience a plethora of enthralling activities and serene places which will arrest you in its charm. Escape to the land of scenic natural wonders and don’t let your hard earned money go in vain. With the onslaught of summer the adventures and serene places of the “God’s land” become even for frequent. Be it a local or foreigner no one can resist the charm of this old ancient town.


The months from March to June this place unfurls the summers making the atmosphere hot as well as humid. If you are more into sightseeing then this is the well-suited time to mark your presence at this place.

Why you should visit at this time?

Undoubtedly the best time to tour Rishikesh is summers as this time the snow melts and the water activities are in full power. Also, you can witness the surreal places it owns very easily as the weather is quite warm and soothing. If adventure is truly your thing then make a visit to
Rishikesh in summers!

Things and activities to do:

Boasting with a bag full of enthralling adventures and must-visit destination, Rishikesh tourism is always at peak. If you are an adrenaline junkie then you must try out one of the longest rafting trails of India where you can feel the icy cold water splashing all over your face and brisk rapids which will make your heart stop thumping for a while.

Camping along the riverside is another exciting activity which can be witnessed here with your bunch of folks. With places like Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, you can enjoy swinging from here and there. Apart from these, here you can also visit the placid locations like Beatles Ashram, Neel Kanth Mahadev temple where the aura is brimming with serenity making it a perfect place for Yoga and meditation.

As the scorching sun hides behind the clouds and moon rises, witness the famous Aarti of Triveni ghat which is one of the busiest ghats of Rishikesh. The atmosphere of this place gets reversed and takes you to a different world. Something which makes the summers best time to visit Rishikesh is at this time to soak the most of this place and the major attraction the “Yoga Festival” which hails out the doers from near and far.


The temperature ranges from a maximum of 40-degree Celsius to a minimum of 15-degree Celsius. Here the nights are comparatively cooler and the days can get a little tough with searing heat.

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Rishikesh in Monsoon

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Rishikesh in Monsoon

As the monsoon begins the aura of Rishikesh transforms completely and brings about the festive side of the region in action. The temple and the saintly water add up to the spiritual environs making it an absolute euphoria.

Witnessing Rishikesh in monsoon can turn out to be one of the best decisions of your life. You can taste a different flavor of the town as in this season its charm knows no boundaries. The rivers start gushing with an abundance of waters and the hotel's prices drop down. If you are seeking for solace then this is your place to as the adventures are shut down and the tourism gets a little low.


The months from July to September this place unfurls the monsoons making the atmosphere cool as well as humid. If adventure is your thing then you can keep the destination on hold as most of them are terminated due to the gushing waters making it difficult to keep them going.

Why you should visit at this time?

If solitude is your cup of tea then embark to this place and savor the true essence of it blended with a pure serenity. With the termination of the rafting adventure, the tourism graph falls down making it an apt destination for the ones seeking for quite towns. You can soak in most of this place in monsoons, as all of the time will not be bifurcated and will be all invested in grasping every sight of this sacred land.

Things and activities to do:

Wondering about things to do in monsoons? There is a wide platter to choose from. This place caters to almost everything for different kinds of travelers like the Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Rishi kund, Kunjapuri temple, and countless other unexplored places. With the showers comes a lot of lush greenery blooming beautifully all over the geography of the destination. Here you can witness the plunging water Neer Garh located close to the Laxman Jhula, which is just a perfect getaway for trekking.

You will get awe-struck by the bounties it offers. Another mesmerizing activity is experiencing the sunset at the Kunjapuri temple perched on an elevation of 1700 m above the sea level, from where you can take a glance at the scenic wonders of the place clubbed with alluring sunset. Apart from these, you can also witness the glorious Ganga aarti or can relax at the Triveni Ghat which is a confluence of three rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Here you will not fall shorts of places to visit or things to do as it has an abundance of them.


The temperature ranges from a maximum of 35-degree Celsius to a minimum of 25-degree Celsius. Here you can witness the temperature variation as the day comes to an end.

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Rishikesh in Winter

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Rishikesh in Winter

If you are planning to visit Rishikesh in winters then you can truly witness the chilling breezes and icy cold water of the Ganges. The picturesque vistas will make you fall in love with the place as it has everything to amaze you.

Here you can also delve in the exciting water sports which operate in the winters as well as summers. With spectacular destinations like the Neel Kanth Mahadev temple, Beatles Ashram, Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, and various others the tourism keeps on escalating, making it a striking place to visit with your friends and family. Here you can make the best out of holidays and can explore the verticals of the quite scared land like a true traveler.


The months from late November to February this place unfurls the winters making the atmosphere spine-chilling. If you are thinking of snow in
Rishikesh then you need to put a halt on your thoughts as snow is little difficult in here but, the Shivalik range right in its vicinity will make that possible for you.

Why you should visit at this time?

This time is great for those who wish to indulge in rafting and camping at the banks of Ganges. Also, the beauty of this place is at its peak, making it the best time to visit Rishikesh. Though in the month of December the rafting is terminated, you can still enjoy the camping experience and various other exciting activities.

Things and activities to do:

With the outbreak of winters, you can witness an abundance of activities like rock climbing, trekking, rafting, and several others. The Jumpin Heights is another place which adds up to the exciting adventures list of Rishikesh, where you can be a part of Bungee jumping, Flying fox, Gaint swing and various other activities right in the heart of nature. Adventures are not for everyone some of you might also crave for the placid environs which are available in almost every corner of this place.

In winters the beauty of the temples and ashrams magnifies and become more frequent at this time. Places like the Beatles Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Bhawan get even more crowded with the onslaught of chilling breezes. You can soak in the realm of the spectacular spots this place owns like the age-old ancient cave vashishta gufa, the quaint little town Shivpuri, the pious abode of Neel Kanth and several other remarkable places which will never fail to amaze you.


The temperature ranges from a maximum of 20-degree Celsius to a minimum of 6-degree Celsius. This is perfect weather if you wish to stay away from the scorching heat of the sun and you can embrace the marvels of this place thoroughly.

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"Nestled in the midst of 9 hills offers breathtaking views of the Ganges. The camping experience is great. Hospitable staff. Food is decent. Weather is great. Its a little far off and drive might be a bit tiring considering lot of stoppages in the road up here due to road construction. If you expect it to be along the river on a beach then you shall be disappointed. In fact its located at a steep height from the road and for guys from the plains it shall be a pretty steep climb of 50 odd steps with luggage. For the price it offers a lovely memory. "
31 August 2019
Camp located around hills which gave such a amazing view.. Gaurav and staff was so good..and so helpful and make us comfort so we can enjoy our full. Food, camp, cleaning and view all are amazing.. Thank you guyz..the camping was unforgettable for me and my friends..
25 June 2015
The trekking experience was fine and good. To be honest, the trek was really good. We had a great time. It was one of the really nice treks that I have had.
13 June 2015
We were hoping to feel tired and worn out but surprisingly despite the tough trek it was nice and enjoyable and we were with high energy levels even after the trek. This was definitely a nice trekking experience. We had some great memories to take back home and share. I really loved the whole travel too as it was a road trip for us.
10 April 2015
I am out of words. This was a great trekking in Uttarakhand. The place is splendid and classy beauty. This is what a perfect vacation looks like.
15 January 2021
Had a great experiance. We did trekking, rafting, bonfire and the place, view was really nice.
Amazing experience. Has a great view of Ganges, surrounded by hills. The drive from Rishikesh isn't that great because of ongoing road construction plus reaching the campsite itself would be a small trek for some people. Great staff, good food. I traveled solo, met an amazing family there, so all in all it was a fun trip.
29 December 2020
Very efficiently efficiency was most pleasing.....staff was most polite and most importantly the navigator (harish) was super .....great memories
Booking Camp from this website was a great experience. The location is bit far from the Rishikesh bus stand but it is worth it. The scenes, food, rafting, and all other activities were just awesome. Also, the staff at the camp was very co-operative. At the end, it felt like all fun and no regrets.
05 November 2020
Very Good
Booked Alpine Deluxe tent but was given a 3 bedded tent without attached washroom, was a little bit dissatisfied but the staff were great and really helpful.

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