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Best and Unique Places to Stay in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, has drawn a mix of tourists for years. It’s where travelers come to meditate and study yoga. It’s where trekkers come to explore the majestic Garhwal Range of the mighty Himalayas. It’s where adventure sports enthusiasts get their adrenaline fix with white water rafting, bungee jumping, biking and camping. This is the land that makes you feel alive. Find yourself the best place to stay in Rishikesh, and get ready for nature to pamper you. One of the holiest places in India, Rishikesh has been long been sought-after by pilgrims and saints.

Sometimes called the Yoga Capital of the World, it’s peppered with old temples, ashrams and yoga centers, the latter offering classes to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. With the Ganga flowing through, the town takes on a mystical, serene beauty pulsating with life that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Sacred Triveni Ghat, a confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarawathy comes alive in the morning and evening when faithfuls take a dip and say prayers during aarti.

The must-visit spot can be followed by a visit to the abandoned Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram where The Beatles attended a transcendental meditation session in 1968. Although now in ruins, the ashram is still a sight to behold with hallways and graffiti art. Rishikesh’s natural beauty allows for many adventure activities and if you want to get out into the outdoors, trekking to Neelkanth Mandir and kayaking on the Ganga should be high on your list of to-dos.

Bungee jumping off Jumpin’ Heights is another thrilling experience and one you shouldn’t miss. If life’s drudgery threatens to overwhelm you at times, you know where to go. Check out these best and unique places to stay in Rishikesh and make your trip even more special.

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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Lakshman Jhula

Rishikesh is not only about religious beliefs, ghats or temples; within this ancient city, you can also witness some of the architectural marvels and structures as well! One such structure, the Lakshman Jhula, which is also one of the not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.

The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.

However, the bridge got washed away during the epidemic flood of 1924, and later, a pillar-less suspension bridge was erected at the same spot. The architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula and its proximity to several sacred places make it one of the most visited tourist places in Rishikesh.
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Swarga Ashram

Nestled amidst Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh on the left bank of the Ganges and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the ambience that exists in Swarga Ashram is truly heavenly! While the picturesque surroundings of the ashram contributes much to its tranquil atmosphere, the devotion and spirituality that exists here makes it a paradise for those who seek mental peace and tranquillity!

The epicentre of yoga and meditation within the Garhwal gateway, it is among the most scenic and pleasant places to visit in Rishikesh. Established by Swami Atma Prakash, it can also be called as the home of the homeless, the abode of the needy and a place to relinquish the mind from all the miseries of the society. It offers living spaces to more than 100 people along with offering them free food and other kitchen facilities. A library in Swarga Ashram offers free education on religion and culture to the visitors.

It also has a hospital that offers free treatment to all the saints, pilgrims and others alike. You can reach this divine ashram either by a boat ride through the holy Ganges or by crossing the Ram Jhula. The ashram also has several shopping complexes that sells religious commodities, cultural books, ayurvedic shops, eateries and lot more.
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Nag Tibba Trek

Annoy Tibba is a trekkers delight. Despite the fact that it is a moderately obscure trail close Mussoorie it can without much of a stretch be viewed as one of the greatest weekend treks that you can do out of Delhi. For the individuals who need to stroll in the backwoods, ascend to 10,000 feet, see snow clad mountains and camp under starry night skies the Nag Tibba trek is simply great. It presents dazzling perspectives of Bandarpoonch top, the Gangotri gathering of tops, Kedarnath crest in the north, Doon valley and the snow tops of Chanabang.

Annoy Tibba is otherwise called Serpent's Peak. It is the most elevated top (9915 ft) in the Nagtibba scope of the Garhwal Himalayas and is said to be the dwelling place Nag Devta. The trek takes you through thick woods rich in greenery. The benefit of this trek is that you can achieve the base of the Nagtibba range by jeep. This makes it conceivable to do it over a weekend.

Highlights – Trekking, Camping, Hiking

Location - Uttrakhand        

Difficulty Level: Average

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Ram Jhula

Another architectural marvel in the yoga capital of India, Ram Jhula is an important landmark of the city and is also one of the sought after Rishikesh tourist places. Located only 3km from the heart of the city, this 450ft suspension bridge connects the banks of the Ganges with Shivananda and Swarga ashrams at both of its end.

Also known as the 'Shivananda Jhula', this magnificent bridge was built during the late 80s by the regional government; the contribution of Shivananda Ashram Divine Life Society is very significant in the construction of Ram Jhula. Like the Lakshman Jhula, it was also once a jute bridge and serves as an important name in the list of places to visit in Rishikesh.

While crossing the bridge, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Ganges and for the nature photographers, it serves as an ideal destination to click some amazing pictures!
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Triveni Ghat

Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Triveni Ghat is among the most magnetic places to visit in Rishikesh. The confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi, this ghat is considered as the most pious among all the other ghats within the vicinity.

According to the legends, the water of this ghat has the magical power of purifying one's heart and soul, and make it free from all the sins. Devotes from every corner of the country throngs Triveni Ghat and takes a dip with utmost devotion and faith. Come morning, you can witness them offering milk to the river, performing 'Surya Namaskar' and feeding the fishes around the ghat. By evening, this auspicious ghat turns into a riot of colours as it is time of the 'Maha Aarti' or the aarti to Mother Ganga.

Priest and the devotees perform several rituals during this sacred event, and offers lamps clad with flowers and incense stick to the Goddess as mark of their gratitude and devotion. The melodious hymns of the temple bells and the shanks can be heard everywhere, and the entire vicinity turns into a plethora of colour during this time. The peace and devotion that exists during the aarti makes Triveni Ghar one of the must visit Rishikesh tourist places.
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Neer Gaddu Waterfall

Situated around 6km from Tapovan, Neer Gaddu Waterfall in Rishikesh is a true delight for the visitors! Shallow pool, cascading waters and the bountiful beauty around the waterfall makes it one of the picturesque places that cannot be missed at any cost. Located within 5km from Lakshman Jhula, this gorgeous cascade can be easily reached from Rishikesh Market and the climb to it is also very easy; only 2km uphill walk and you can have a tryst with its immaculate beauty and charm!

Hidden away from most of the crowd, the cascade offers an extremely salubrious and calm ambience around. For the peace and tranquillity seekers, it proves to be an ideal destination. The nature lovers can also spend some of the most wonderful times while adoring and embracing its gorgeousness. For those, who like to capture every moment with their lenses, Neer Gaddu Waterfall proves to be a heaven and offers ample of opportunities to click a masterpiece!
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Tera Manzil Temple

On your visit to Tera Manzil Temple, visit each of its thirteen floors and witness the devotion that engulfs the entire place! Unlike other Rishikesh temples that are dedicated to a single deity, this temple has multiple deities and offers you an amazing opportunity to worship all of them at the same time.

Symmetric architecture, pleasant location and the sanctity that fills in the ambience makes it one of the pious temples in the entire vicinity. Also known as the Trayambakeshwar or Trimbakeshwar Temple, one can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings from the temple top. A short walk from other landmarks of the city like Lakshman Jhula will get you to this devout temple in Rishikesh.

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What You Should Know More About Stays in Rishikesh

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Rishikesh?

    Owing to the high tourist footfall, Rishikesh has a large number of resorts. Some cater to budget travelers and others target families and luxury travelers. Here’s a look at the top resorts –

    • Ganga Beach Resort
    • The Grand Shiva Resort & Spa
    • Kanatal Resorts & Spa
    • Tehri Club and Resorts
    • Second Life Resort
    • The Palms Resort
    • Rainforest House

  • Which are the best jungle resorts in Rishikesh?

    Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh’s forests offer numerous opportunities for exciting jungle stays. A mix of comfort, luxury and rustic appeal, here are the most popular jungle resorts –

    • Junglee Resort
    • Camp AquaForest Rishikesh
    • Royale Rainbow Resort
    • V Resorts

  • Which are the best places for camp stays in Rishikesh?

    If camping in the Garhwal Himalayas is something you’ve always wanted to do, Rishikesh’s many camp stays are the perfect way to experience nature here. Take your pick from these sought-after places.

    • Alpine Nature Resorts
    • Outbound Adventure
    • Camp Footloose
    • Aspen Adventures Camp
    • Camp Ganga Riviera
    • Camp Feel Factor

  • Which are the top family resorts in Rishikesh?

    Spacious, loaded with amenities and activities, and with views to take your breath away, there’s no shortage of family-friendly resorts in Rishikesh. Here are our recommendations –

    • The Narayana Palace
    • Rishikesh Valley Resort
    • Explore Himalayas Resort
    • Raga on the Ganges

  • Which are the best budget stays in Rishikesh?

    Save big and live large while in Rishikesh with budget hotels that are stylish and modern. Explore these 5 hotels and choose your favorite.

    • Hermitage
    • Rishikesh Sadan
    • Hotel Yog Vashishth
    • Hotel Shivansh Inn
    • Green By One Hotels

  • Which are the most luxury resorts in Rishikesh?

    Along with budget resorts, Rishikesh offers visitors a list of luxury hotels with spa treatments, adventure sports and guided tours to make your stay more than just a stay. Here’s our pick of the best –

    • Ananda Spa
    • Ganga Kinare
    • Divine Resort
    • Aloha On The Ganges
    • Atali Ganga
    • Dewa Retreat

  • Which are the best river side stay in Rishikesh?

    With the Ganga flowing strong and painting a powerful picture, staying by the riverside is an unforgettable experience. Check out these riverside stays in Rishikesh –

    • The Glasshouse on the Ganges
    • EllBee Ganga View
    • Aranyam: River Retreat
    • Himalayan Hideaway
    • Him River Resort

Traveller Tales From Rishikesh

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Ayush Nad

18 March 2017

Rishikesh was planned in January with a group of 7 in mind, but unfortunately, only 3 of us could make it. We were on the verge of canceling the trip, but Mrinal suggested otherwise and egged us on to ...

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Gyan Kumar

02 April 2017

We planned a spontaneous adventure trip to Rishikesh in the month of march. It was a complete fun experience and very well organized.The camp is located 30 kms from Rishikesh, but it more then makes up...

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Ashish Das

14 March 2018

"Camp is awesome money worthy experience. The place of the camp is majestic and the staff is extremely affable. The facilities are excellent with all amenities to make the stay memorable. The food is b...

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Anshuka Bhatia

11 January 2017

Hy this is Anshuka and this rating is for Thrillophilla. We had a great pleasure their at Hideaway Camp. The Place was seriously so beautiful and i visited their for the first in the month of December ...

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swaroopa ganta

16 December 2016

I'm giving this rating for Thrillophilia and for our tour operator Deepak. We had a very good experience, camping and the activities that they have planned and suggested. We have booked camp through...

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Bhagwati Marar

28 December 2015

My friend and I stayed here for several days and couldn't have better things to say about our stay. From the hotel staff, the food, the room quality, the location on the river, we had a wonderful stay....

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Anila Talwar

17 August 2015

Beautiful place! I never wanted to come back - this place offers you everything- serene environs, peaceful atmosphere, thrilling adventure. I must say this was one of the best holiday experience I have...

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Amit Batra

23 December 2017

"loved the stay and well managed facility. Rafting was well coordinated and well managed. over all an amazing trip."

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Shruthi Hegde

01 January 2018

"Had an amazing time at the campsite ! The rafting guide was just wow!"