Rishikesh in December: Things to Do & Places to Visit 2021
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Things to Do in Rishikesh in December

In the foothills of the Himalayas in the Northern Part of India India, known as the "Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas" and "Yoga Capital of the World", every traveller should visit Rishikesh in December. Although Rishikesh is a good option throughout the year, however, with the temperature hovering between 8-10 Degrees, December is an excellent time to explore the city at its best form.

Generally, Rishikesh is synonymous with being a pilgrimage town but apart from that, there are many
places to visit in  Rishikesh in December. Beginning with highly auspicious Triveni Ghat to spectacular Neer Garh Waterfalls or Rajaji National Park, Rishikesh has something for everyone.

In addition, there are many things to do in Rishikesh in December.  People looking forward to adrenaline rushing activities can indulge in River Rafting, Camping, Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Kayaking, Trekking, Cliff Jumping and Water Rappelling. On the other hand, trippers looking for some retreat can simply sit by the cafes, overlooking the Ganges, and gorge into some sumptuous cuisines.

Here is a list of things do do in Rishikesh in December:

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Rafting in Rishikesh | Book @ 41% off & Cashback ₹450
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Location: Tapovan, Rishikesh
Activity timing: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

- River rafting in Rishikesh is something to experience gliding on the rapids of River Ganges.
-When the river enters the city of Rishikesh, it dawns on a raging form, creating rapids (high-speed waves) that make this rafting experience full of excitement.
- In this river rafting in Rishikesh package, you get to choose from options in the length as in how far you want to raft down the river. There are 3 stretches ranging from 9 km to 26 km, with a varying number of grades from II to IV. 
- Apart from this exciting adventure, you also get to experience activities like Cliff Jumping and Body Surfing. You will experience the cliff jumping from the height of 20 to 25 ft. 
- You will be going to enjoy these activities with an experienced instructor cum guide. First, the instructor will give a brief lesson about safety precautions and activity. After that, you will be going to enjoy your rafting experience. 

Package type:
Rafting for 9 km: 
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 3 rapids of Grade II ( suitable for beginner or a non-swimmer) and above, which will be covered in a duration of 2 hours. 

Rafting for 16 km:
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 3 rapids of Grade III (suitable for non-swimmers who want more thrill), which will be covered in a duration of 3 hours. Also, this package includes cliff jumping and surfing. 

Rafting for 26 km: 
In this type of package, you will be going to enjoy 5 rapids of grade IV (suitable for experienced as this grade is difficult and have high irregular waves), to be covered in a duration of 4-5 hours including cliff jumping and surfing. 

How to reach:
The activity will start in Tapovan and you need to reach here. Tapovan is just 7 km away from Rishikesh. You can easily reach here by public or private cab. 
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Activity Location: Taliyal Gaon, Rishikesh

Check-in Time: 12:00 PM

Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM

About Beach Camping in Rishikesh with Rafting:

Surrounded by blossom green mountains and located at walking distance from the nearby waterfall, the campsite is nestled cozily on a hilly ridge that overlooks the alluring waters of a river stream.

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Activity Location: Mohan Chatti, Rishikesh

Activity Timing: Between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

About Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh:

Experience a thrilling Bungee jumping experience at India’s first fixed-platform bungee jumping at Mohan Chatti, a beautiful location tucked in the divine Shivaliks. Buckle up because this adventure sport is going to pump up your adrenaline and let you experience an unforgettable adventure.

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Quite contrasting to its stature as being one of the holy shrines of India, Rishikesh is also known for the pool of adventure it offers. And among all of them, missing out on the powered paragliding while you are in Rishikesh would leave your trip incomplete.

It is an activity which takes your adrenaline for a ride. Imagine yourself in an open cockpit, cruising through the cool air with the mighty mountains on all sides and a stunning bird’s-eye view of the lush green valley along with the rippling river below. Surreal?

Gliding through the blue skies, in a parachute propelled by the help of a motorized fan, is a lifetime experience. This is when you can truly say that ‘sky is the limit’.

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Activity Location: Rishikesh

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Taking a leap of faith from an astounding height of 83 m - as you then swing in the cool breeze of Mohan Chatti - with a river flowing beneath and nature's beauty all around - is an experience you would not want to miss. Head out for this adventurous activity under the guidance of a trained professional and immerse yourself in the thrill of "feeling alive".

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Activity Location: Rishikesh

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Does the idea of gliding through the mesmerizing mountainscapes, several meters above a rippling river excite you? Well, then flying fox in Rishikesh is just the right activity for you. Soar right above the white water rapids at Mohanchatti tied onto a series of extremely strong steel cables, which are attached by a harness and pulley. There's no better way to challenge your family and friends while you are at it.

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Activity Location- Rishikesh

Activity timings- 9 hours; from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM.

Starting Point- Sita Ram Dham, Rishikesh

End Point- Trayambakeshwar Temple

About the Spiritual walk tour in Rishikesh-

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a popular stop on Indian spiritual travelers and trails. Rishikesh is a spiritual destination with Himalayas peaks and gushing rivers, that attracts thousands from all over the world to offer pilgrim.

Embark on this tour from Sita Ram Dham Rishikesh, covering the most spiritual places and ending at Trimbakeshwar temple. Visit different temples along the banks of river Ganga narrating the mythological social aspects of the Himalayas and Ganga and its culture and tradition and discuss religious aspects and their influence on the Hindu social system and lives. Get a chance to be a part of the mighty and most famous Ganga aarti that is witnessed by thousands of people every day in the insight experience. Feel more connected to this place with the help of this spiritual walk tour in Rishikesh.

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Hot Air Balloon in Rishikesh I Book & Save ₹200
  • Rishikesh
₹2,650 ₹2,450
Location: Rishikesh
Activity Timings: 15 minutes
Starting Point/ Ending Point: Mazri Grant

About the Activity:
The astounding view of Shivalik Valley in Rishikesh will take your breath away. High up in the sky valleys hiding under the mist clouds and mountains lined up straight before the eyes will be an experience of a lifetime. There is no better experience than a Hot air balloon in Rishikesh with mesmerizing and beautiful scenic of the Mountains all around. Experience the jaw dropping sunrise or sunset according to the package and witness the event from a bird's eye view. Rishikesh is fairly known as one of the most adventurous cities in northern India and this tethered Hot Air Ballooning in the city gives you a panoramic view of the region.

This package provides adventure seekers an experience to have a panoramic view of the Shivalik Valley and the balloon is tethered to the ground with strong ropes, while one will be floating at 200-400 ft above the earth. Reach at the location and meet the guide for the briefing. Gear up yourself for next 15 mins and get a chance to capture the moment as the sun slowly hides between the mountains or comes out of it at the dawn with clouds cladding in saffron

Additional Information:
Morning Slot: 5
:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Evening Slot: 
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Height: Up to 500 ft depending upon the wind
Note: Max Adults 4 Adults can be accommodated in one hot air-balloon

How to Reach : Spot for hot air ballooning is located around 32 km from Laxman Jhula and is well connected with the roads, one can take private cab or some public transport to reach at the Spot. 
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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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This “Abode of Lord Shiva”, so pristine, serene and filled with adventure, is a mecca for river rafting in India. Located 20kms from Rishikesh on the banks of River Ganga, the tranquil town of Shivpuri beams with life, laughter, adventure and nature’s bountiful thrills.

River rafting is not only thrilling but also extremely picturesque with the white rapids below, lush dense forest on either side and a view of the spectacular mountains in the distance making Shivpuri one of the favourite tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.

While river rafting down the Ganges right up to Ramjhula Rishikesh for around 16 km of toss and turn and skipped heartbeats, you can witness the famous river rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Tea Off, Golf Course, Clubhouse, Cash flow, Initiation, Double Trouble, and Hilton.

While you’re here and need more adventure you can also try your hand or rather heart at other adrenaline packed activities like Body Surfing, Cliff Jumping and Rock Climbing.

You can indulge yourself in other activities like Jungle Walks, Beach Camping, Mountaineering and Jungle Trekking. A day trek to the beautiful Neer Waterfall followed by campfire and roast veggies by the beach is the perfect end to a day.

Among other experiences, Shivpuri is the place for all those on the lookout for peace and rejuvenation. During your stay in Shivpuri, you will have the opportunity of learning the techniques of yoga and meditation. You can enjoy early morning yoga and relaxation sessions at Yoga Camps or even at the sacred Shiva Temples.

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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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Attend Yoga Classes

Attend Yoga Classes

If you are in Rishikesh and don’t try your hand in Yoga, that would be like going to Delhi and not indulging in the local food. Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of the world and has a lot of people who practice and teach this ancient exercise and meditation activity.

Yoga helps in attending physical and mental prowess and calmness and is a very relaxing activity to indulge in. A lot of places in Rishikesh offer Yoga classes for you to choose from. So, warm up and loosen those muscles as you take part in this ancient Indian tradition.

Best Season: This activity can be availed throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 900 to 2000 Rs.

Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone with basic physical fitness.


Cafe Hopping

Cafe Hopping
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Witness the enchanting yet colourful cafes of Tosh!  With cafes like Cafe rock and roll, Woodrose cafe, Buddha palace, Pink Floyd, Cafe Freedom, and numerous others you can enjoy mouth-watering delights, which will never fail to amaze you with its exotic flavour. 

Here you can witness the wonderful hippie culture and make a grove at the trance music which makes these cafes even more lively. Be it the authentic Israeli food or local cuisine here you can have everything.

Timings: From early morning to the evening one can enjoy authentic local cuisine.

Entry fees: The cost for two is about 300 INR for a basic meal.

Treat Yourself With Ayurvedic Massage

Treat Yourself With Ayurvedic Massage

After you have discovered so much in and around Rishikesh, surely you would need some rest and relaxation. And what better than an Ayurvedic massage. It is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh at night ,  to make your body feel special and cared for. I will quote a well-known saying- “If you take care of your body, it will take good care of you”. That’s the case with about everyone.

We in our daily lives, go through tremendous pressures, tensions, workload, etc. that we get fatigued out. We start craving for a break, one that will rejuvenate, refresh and heal us. Ayurvedic massage in some of the best massage centres of Rishikesh is just what you need.

They will treat you with fragrance-filled, herbal and ayurvedic oils, that will not only free the tension and pressure out of your mind and body; but will also loosen up and relax your tense muscles.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 750 to 3000 Rs.

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Mountain Biking in Rishikesh Flat 19% off
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₹400 ₹300
Location: Rishikesh
Duration: 12 Hours

Key Highlights
- Get Bicycle On Rent In Rishikesh is the best way to explore the local streets, markets, and unexplored places in Rishikesh. Just take your E-bike and go wherever you want very cheaply.
- No need to worry about risky driving, road taxes, fuel costs, and mechanical failures, rent an E-bike in Rishikesh and roam around just the way you like.
- We have the best quality E-bikes and geared bikes with Shimano gear sets to provide you with a smooth and comfortable all-day ride. 
- You can cycle to Triveni Ghat and watch the evening Aarti. It is truly a sight to behold as you bask in the spiritual energy emanating.
- Rishikesh has a lot of attractions to visit. Cycle to Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram, and the ghats for a fun and exciting time.

How To Reach:
It is situated at the Tapovan, Rishikesh, which can be easily reached by convenient public and private transportation.

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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.
Overall it was a nice experience at the camp. The members were supportive & cordial. The foods were tasty & good too. But the reception needed to improve soon as we reached Rishikesh for rafting.
26 February 2021
The operator has enjoyed monopoly in India in bungee jumping for more than a decade now and truly deserves the same because of their world class infrastructure, equipment and trained staff. As for the activity, it is so thrilling in itself that gives the person a lifelong bragging right. The only suggestion I want to give to the operator is to manage the jumps of their guests on a strict first come first serve basis using a token number or something like that to avoid arguments among the guests at the jumping site.
08 February 2021
It was an awesome experience overall. We went through the picturesque canal road and reached there. The camphouse was huge and the best part was that we were the only one there. The food is one of the best we've had in the Himalayas and I have visited the entire himachal. The breeze, the river view and pool are best. They took us to a nice small trek in the evening. Easy access to activities also. Service wise also these guys are the best, they let us connect our phone to the speakers for our music. Tents of nice qualities. Amazing time we had there.
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.

People Also Ask About Rishikesh

  1. Is rafting open in Rishikesh in December?

    Yes, River Rafting Service is open in Rishikesh in December. If you are planning to indulge in River Rafting and feel the thrill of bumping over the grades, schedule your itinerary between the 2nd or 3rd week of December. During this time, the temperature of the river water spans between 10-15 Degrees and provides an ideal condition to enjoy the titillation.
  2. Can we do paragliding in Rishikesh in December?

    Yes, travellers can do paragliding in Rishikesh in December. Since, December mostly remains wrapped in a slight chill, with the temperature hovering between 8 – 10 Degrees; it offers a perfect condition to undertake Paragliding. Fly as high as 2800 feet, at an average speed of 40-60 km per hour and embrace some of the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks from the sky.
  3. Can we do water sports in Rishikesh in Decmeber?

    Yes, absolutely! Travellers can indulge in water sports and activities in Rishikesh in December. During December, the temperature of the river water spans between 10-15 Degrees and provides an ideal condition to enjoy the thrill and chill of River Rafting, Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, and Waterfall Rappelling.
  4. What are the tips to keep in mind when travelling to Rishikesh in December?

    There are many places to visit in Rishikesh in December and also there are many things to do in Rishikesh in December. However, there are few tips which travellers should keep in mind:

    - Do not nook Aqua Activities via third party operators.
    - Do not miss the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
    - Carry comfortable shoes.
    - Carry your medicines (if any).
    - Always adhere to the instructed guidelines when indulging an adventurous activity.
    - Keep Emergency cash in your purse/ handbag because there are not many ATMs available in Rishikesh.
    - Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport.
    - Nearest Railway Station is Haridwar.
  5. What to pack for a trip in Rishikesh in December?

    - Thermals and Wind Cheaters
    - Woollen Caps & Socks
    - Umbrella
    - Medicines & First-Aids
    - Mosquito Repellent
    - Comfortable Shoes like Sneakers
    - Government Identification Cards like Voter ID, Aadhar Card and Passport.

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