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  • The gurgling and revving Ganges and its tributaries in Rishikesh, makes river rafting in Rishikesh a must try adventurous sports for the adventure junkies. Guarded by the majestic Himalayas and surrounded by the lush green vegetation, the holy city of Rishikesh is just 43 km from Haridwar. 

    Because of its rugged and uneven settings, the flow of Ganges and the tributaries get the chance to offer some of the most herculean rapids, making a perfect location to try river rafting in Rishikesh.

    If you are also in search of some adventure quest and is yearning for an engrossing encounter with the high-speed waves of Ganges, the river rafting in Rishikesh is just made for you. But before you start your adventurous journey to the splashing waves of Ganges and get yourself soaked with the adrenaline rush, here is a detailed guide to Rishikesh rafting.


    Here is the guide to rafting in Rishikesh:

  • 01Rishikesh Rafting Season

    Rishikesh Rafting Season
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    Rishikesh rafting is best enjoyed during the post-monsoon seasons. Usually, it starts from September and continues with the fun and thrill of rafting in Rishikesh till June.

    Though rafting can also done during the months of December-January, the drop in the winter temperature makes it a bit challenging to step into the gurgling rivers.

    Experience this and you'll forget even white water rafting.

  • 02Rafting in Rishikesh Cost

    Rafting in Rishikesh Cost
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    Rafting in Rishikesh costs approximately Rs.450 to Rs.1800 per person. There are four different rafting stretches which vary depending on the level of adventure they proffer and so does their cost. It further varies, depending upon the number of participants. 

    1. Brahmapuri to Rishikesh River Rafting

    • The Brahmapuri to Rishikesh is the most preferred route chosen by several rafting enthusiasts in Rishikesh.

    • This route is not very challenging and hence is suitable for every age group.  

    • The length covered is approximately 9 Km

    • The estimated time taken is 1.5 hours

    • The cost goes up to Rs.450 per person.

    2. Shivpuri to Rishikesh

    • The stretch from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is said to be a melange of excitement and delight.

    • This route has some very spine tingling challenges waiting for you thrill seekers.

    • It is advisable that those who are naïve at white water rafting and those who do not know to swim, should avoid taking this route.

    • The length covered is approximately 16 Km

    • The estimated time taken is 3.5 hours

    • The cost goes up to Rs.650 per person.

    3. Marine Drive to Rishikesh

    • If you are looking forward to feeding your adrenaline rush and at the same time enjoying mesmerising vistas, then the Marine Drive to Rishikesh route is an ideal choice.

    • This route is partially difficult and partially smooth sailing; one can skip a heartbeat and then later experience nirvana amidst the picturesque Mother Nature.

    • The length covered is approximately 24 Km

    • The estimated time taken is 4.5 hours

    • The cost goes up to Rs.850 per person.

    4. Kaudiyala to Rishikesh

    • Tagged as one of the most difficult rafting route, the stretch from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh proffers an extremely thrill full experience.

    • This extensive and rough route tests the calibre every rafter. So wear your determination and embark on this expedition.

    • The length covered is approximately 34 Km

    • The estimated time taken is 8 hours

    • The cost goes up to Rs.1800 per person.


  • Popular Rapids for Rafting in Rishikesh

  • 03Classification of Rapids:

    Classification of Rapids:

    Bestowed with the gurgling Ganges and its tributaries and some of the deep ravines, Rishikesh river rafting promises endless enthralling moments to the rafter. It is in this quaint Garhwal city, you can enjoy rafting through many different rapids of various grades. Just like the white water rafting, With a range of grade-I to grade-V,  rafting in Rishikesh will surely keep you engrossed with its unique charm and thrill! Mentioned below are the classification of rapids, you can find and enjoy in this city:

    Grade-I:

    These are the easiest among all the types of rapids. They are classified as grade-I due to the fact that they involve lesser amount of challenges and mostly occur in the plains. Due to this fact, the flow and speed of these rapids are considerably among as compared to other grades. 

    Known to be ideal for the beginners, grade-I rapids also involve lesser amount of manoeuvring techniques and skillsets. Also, since these rapids involve a mild amount of current and are conducted in the shallow region, even a non-swimmer can participate in grade-I river rafting.

    Grade-II:

    After the grade-I, there are the grade-II rapids that are also considered ideal for the novice rafters. Taking the fun and thrill of Rishikesh rafting one step further, these rapids offer are usually tougher than the previous type, and can be found in those regions where the main river passes through the uneven regions or slightly rocky trails. Due to this, they also offers a bit of challenge and a reasonable or moderate amount of challenge to the rafters.

    To navigate through them, one surely needs prior rafting experience and navigating skills; rafting with a skilled guides is advisable in this case! Grade-II river rafting is one of the most popular and sought after activities among the rafting enthusiasts to this region.

    Grade-III:

    The first step to the fascinating world of white water rafting in Rishikesh, grade-III rapids will take you through some of the tiring and strenuous rapids in the Ganges and its tributaries. Due to the high speed and size of these rapids, whenever they crashes against the rock surfaces, they appear to be foamy-white and thus called white water rafting! These types of rapids are commonly found in the regions where the river flows downward with great speed and also passes through some of the rugged and rocky patches.

    One surely needs a rafting guide while manoeuvring through the grade-II rapids. Adding more to the thrill and excitement of this type of Rishikesh rafting, there are high amount of challenges and requires very skilled cruising techniques or skills.

    Grade-IV:

    Once you are acquainted with the tips and tricks of rafting in Rishikesh, you must begin the fun and experience the thrill with the grade-IV rapids. Compared to the first three types, these rapids are more fearsome and are known for the various levels of challenges they offer. Mostly found in the regions where the river descends down through rocky patches at high speed, these rapids require a lot of potential and manoeuvring techniques along with high endurance level!

    The city has a number of grade-IV rapids and is known to the most enthralling place for the same. Taking the fun, vigour and excitement of river rafting to almost the zenith point, it is always advisable to challenge these types of rapids only after you are very well versed with all the tips and tricks involved in river rafting in Rishikesh.

    Grade-V:

    The grade-V rapids are the epitome of Rishikesh river rafting! Recommended only for the expert rafters, they require an ardent set of rafting skills and plenitude of encounters with the white waters. Mostly found in the regions where the river passes through extreme rocky patches or are accompanied by sudden drops, there are a handful of such rapids in the whole country, and most of them are found in Rishikesh itself.

    Also, as the river goes deep, grade-V white water rafting Rishikesh is only recommend for those rafters who are well acquainted with swimming. Most of the times, this type of rapids are also accompanied by large whirlpools as they occur mostly at the confluence point of water current from different sources of water. Extremely challenging, grade-V rafting must not be tried without the proper consent of the rafting guides and must also be done under the expert supervision of highly experienced rafting guides and instructors!

  • 04Popular Rapids for Rafting in Rishikesh:

    Popular Rapids for Rafting in Rishikesh:
    Sweet Sixteen (Grade-I):

    Talking about the grade-I rafting, Sweet Sixteen boasts of being the most popular and captivating rapid across the Ganges. Passing through shallow regions, it offers easy passage, lesser amount of challenges and can be successfully cruised by almost all the types of rafters. 

    Owing to all these factors, it mainly attracts the novice or the beginner rafters; families with kids or junior members can also indulge in Sweet Sixteen rafting in Rishikesh.

    Hilton and Terminator (Grade-II):

    During your visit to the renowned Ram Jhula in Rishikesh, you will surely come across this fascinating rapid called the Hilton and Terminator. A grade-II rapid, it starts from the vicinity of Brahmapuri and winds up after reaching Ram Jhula. 

    Passing through some of the sharp edges and amazing turns, this rapid offers an enthralling and equally safe rafting experience! In addition to rafting, you can also indulge in body surfing and cliff jumping by the end while cruising through this rapid.

    Three Blind Mice (Grade-III):

    After cruising through the grade-I or II rapids for a couple of times, you can plunge into the raft and manoeuvre towards the Three Blind Mice in Rishikesh! Graded as third level of rafting in Rishikesh, it passes through a series of sharp and enthralling passes that adds an extra amount of thrill and adventure to the rapid. 

    Though can be enjoyed by amateur rafters, strict guidance from the rafting guides or instructors are recommended for a promising experience through Three Blind Mice!

    Cross Fire (Grade-III):

    Another grade-III rapid that offers you to cruise through the holy Ganges at its full glory, Cross Fire is known for the series of challenges difficulties associated with it. During the course, this rapid passes through one of the most strenuous and roughest phase of the river and thus entices a large number of rafters. Prior experience and expert guidance is a must in case you are planning to cruise through Cross Fire!

    Roller Coaster (Grade-III/IV):

    The extreme level of turbulence, current flow, vast size of the waves and the rocky terrains associated with Roller Coaster make it a must to challenge rapid while rafting in Rishikesh. Classified as grade-II/IV rapid, it requires an expert level of rafting techniques along with high manoeuvring skills. Also, since there are numerous rock formations along the trail, you will be witnessing frothy waves while cruising through it; this also makes it an ideal rapid for amazing white water rafting experience!

    Golf Course (Grade-III):

    This is one of the rapids that will surely test all your paddling skills while rafting in Rishikesh! Though classed as a grade-III rapid, you must have prior experiences of grade-II or III rapids before you hop into the raft and start cruising through it. Unlike other rapids of the same grade in Rishikesh, Golf Course offers extreme challenges and during the course, it passes through some of the fascinating trials and extremely uneven paths. Get the adrenaline boost you always craved for and cruise through this rapid under the strict observation and guidance!

    The Wall (Grade-IV):

    For the skilled and experienced rafters, The Wall proves to be an ultimate rapid in Rishikesh! Graded with the fourth level of rapids, this enthralling rapid will surely take you for a toss with the extreme level of challenges and difficulties involved with it. Highly recommended only for the expert rafters or those with prior experiences with grade-III rapids, it should only be tried under the strict vigilance of an expert guide or rafting crew members!

    Daniel's Dip (Grade-V):

    You should try this rapid only after you have mastered the skills and techniques of rafting in Rishikesh! Known to be the most enthralling rapid in the entire region or in the Ganges, Daniel’s Dip is among the very grade-V rapids in the entire country. Keeping in mind about the series of challenges and difficulties involved with it, you should never try cruising through the Daniel’s Dip without a full-fledged rafting crew or an expert rafting team!

  • Other Essential Info

  • 05Safety Measures in Rafting:

    Safety Measures in Rafting:

    1) Non-swimmers or minors can also enjoy rafting, but abide by all the rules and regulations and follow the guide's instructions for safety.  

    2) Before joining the rafting expedition, one should get a health check-up done; fitness is extremely important for this activity.

    3) Do not involve in the consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during rafting.

    4) Always paddle as a team and not individually. 

    5) Pay heed to all the guidelines and instructions from the tour guides or facilitators.

    6) Wearing life-jackets is mandatory. In case of a mishap, do not panic; follow your guide's instructions.

    7) Avoid getting into the water, because it might be an exhilarating experience, but it leads to disorientation.

    8) Do not wear casual sandals. It is preferable that you wear sports shoes or river sandals.

  • 06Things to Carry

    Things to Carry
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    1) Carry an extra pair of clothes, shoes and towels.

    2) During rafting, wear suggested clothes only. One can wear a swim suit. T-shirt and shorts are also acceptable. Avoid wearing cotton.

    3) One can carry their own cameras or video cameras at their own risk.

    4) Carry a small first aid kit that has basic necessities like antiseptic cream and lotion, painkillers, etc.

    5) It is advisable to carry Sunscreen lotion or any similar lotion.

    6) Carry sunglasses or swimming goggles, if necessary.

  • 07Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Image Credit : Udi - Flickr

    1. Is there any age restriction for the river rafting in Rishikhesh or it can be enjoyed by anyone?
    Ans. River rafting in rishikesh is fit for the people of all age groups. Whether children or elderly, it is completely safe for everyone and there is no age bar. But you do need the adequate strengths in the upper arms and shoulder, if you want to enjoy the adventure to the fullest.

    2. What is the best time to indulge in river rafting in Rishikesh?
    Ans. The perfect time go for river rafting in Rishikesh starts from the early summer to the end of spring.

    3. How far is Shivpuri from Rishikesh?
    Ans. Shivpuri is just 19 km from Rishikesh.

    4. What about the mobile connectivity in the area?
    Ans. The mobile connectivity in the area is very good and all the networks work well during your trip. 

    5. Will the electricity be provided in the tents?
    Ans. No, there is no electricity provided in the tents, though you will have the lanterns to provide the light during the night hours.

    6. Is it required to carry the medication during the river rafting trip from our side?
    Ans. Yes, it is recommended that you carry the necessary medications with you during your trip, which include insulin, inhalers, bee sting kits etc.

    7. I do not know swimming, can I go for river rafting?
    Ans. Yes, you will be provided with the life jacket during the river rafting activity.

    8. How are the toilets at the campsite?
    Ans. All the camps have the proper running water clean flush toilets.

    9. What is the distance of Bungee Jumping station from Rishikesh Camp?
    Ans. The Bungee Jumping Station is located at a distance of 7 km from the Rishikesh camp.

    10. Is it fine, if I carry my camera during the rafting activity?
    Ans. We will not recommend to carry the camera during the activity, as you are going to go through various ups and downs and it will be difficult to hold the camera.

     

  • 08How to Reach Rishikesh:

    How to Reach Rishikesh:

    By Road: 

    Rishikesh is well connected with several major tourist destinations and other places of interest. Considering this, road journeys prove to be best ways to reach this adventure capital of India. Be it from Delhi (229km), Haridwar (20km), Mussoorie (72km), or other places, you can always avail the bus service and reach Rishikesh without much hassles.

    By Train: 

    Haridwar Railway Station is the closest railway station to Rishikesh. After your arrival in here, you can hire a cab or take a bus to the main city; both the cities are extremely well-connected and offers plenty of communication options.

    By Air: 

    Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Rishikesh. Since it is a domestic airport, you can easily reach there from various corners of the country.

  • Best Rishikesh Rafting Packages

  • 09Rafting with Red Chilli Adventure (with Safety Kayaker)

    Rafting with Red Chilli Adventure (with Safety Kayaker)
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    • Ganesh
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      Ganesh
    • Whether a beginner or an expert, visit Rishikesh for the best rafting adventure.
    • Enjoy 3 hours of cruising strenuous rapids in the Ganga River.
    • Showcase your manoeuvring skills while rafting with Red Chilli Adventure.
    • Feel the waves crashing against your face and charge up your adrenaline.

    Duration: 2hrs for 9km

                    3 hours for 16Km. 

                    5hrs for 26km

    Difficulty Level: Moderate.


    Rafting will not be operational or the camps from 30th June - 15th Sept'16

  • 10White Water Rafting on the Ganges

    White Water Rafting on the Ganges
    • h3 Hours
    • lRishikesh
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    • Ved Prakash Maithani
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      Ved Prakash Maithani
    About the Activity:
    • Mark your calendar and flee to Rishikesh for an enthralling 3 hours adventure expedition.
    • Get briefed about activities like rafting, kayaking and rappelling from experienced guides.
    • Once familiar with all the tips and tricks, plunge into the rafts and begin with the fun and thrill.
    • Continue challenging the strenuous waves and cruise through the silent water for around 2-2.5 hours.
    • Try cliff jumping in the middle of river Ganga.
    • Timings: Between 08:00AM – 06:30PM.
  • 11River Rafting in Rishikesh For 2 Days

    River Rafting in Rishikesh For 2 Days
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    • DEEPAK VERMA
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      DEEPAK VERMA
    About the Activity:
    • Rishikesh and rafting are twins with unbreakable bonding between each other. The spiritually enhanced city has the genuine sets of adventurous rapids to make any adventure lover's tour unforgettable.
    • Check this 2 day camping and rafting package that offers you maximum fun and the moments of utmost thrill on the tricky yet beautiful rapids of the mighty Ganges.
    • Once you arrive in Rishikesh early morning, check in to your camps and relax. Later, with all the equipment set right, head out to beat those rapids hidden.
    • In the evening, gather near the bonfire, share your experience, indulge in some fun games and sports and relax till it is late night.
    • The next day, proceed to explore the mystic city beautified by the reverberating hill tops and glittering Ganga Ghats.
    • The package includes food, accommodation in tents and maximum fun.

    • There are two types of variants, 1) tented accommodation with common bathroom and 2) tented accommodation with attached bathroom.

  • 12Rafting with Green Mount Adventure in Rishikesh

    Rafting with Green Mount Adventure in Rishikesh
    • h3 Hours
    • lRishikesh
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    • Mr.Vaid Prakash
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      Mr.Vaid Prakash
    About the activity: 

    • Satiate the adventure bug in you with a visit to the exhilarating locales of Rishikesh.
    • Enjoy an adventurous sojourn with a list of enthralling activities for around 3 hours.
    • Indulge in adrenaline pumping activities like rafting, rock climbing, rappelling and trekking.
    • Challenge the white waters, hike the mountains and lot more with Green Mount Adventure.
  • Best Rafting Camps and Resorts in Rishikesh

  • 13The Amaris

    The Amaris

    Nestled amidst the fascinating foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas and adorned with the charm of the Chandra Bhaga River, The Amaris also serves as an ideal getaway for the Rishikesh river rafting enthusiasts. Well connected with other major and popular places around the city, this is the retreat that will surely make you feel fresh and crave for more fun and excitement while in Rishikesh!

    Offering the best of luxury and comfort to its patrons, it also pampers their taste buds in the most tempting ways. Welcome drink along with a buffet breakfast, in-house spa, complimentary dinner, and other delightful services and facilities of The Amaris will make your rafting expedition much more engrossing for sure!

    Activities and Amenities:

    • White water rafting, riverside camping, jungle camping, bungee jumping, yoga, and spa.

    • Table tennis, billiards, pool, carom, and chess.

    • Multi cuisine restaurant, roof top cafe, tea/coffee maker, Wi-Fi facility, and drinking water.

    • Intercom facility, room service, minibar, room heater, daily newspaper, and direct dial phone.

    Adventure Experience at The Amaris, Rishikesh

    Adventure Experience at The Amaris, Rishikesh

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    Starting from

    O3,200

  • 14Hermitage

    Hermitage

    With the Shivalik Hills serving as its backdrop, Hermitage in Rishikesh promises the best experience with the untouched beauty of the nature to the visitors. Located within a close proximity to the Laxman Jhula and other major landmarks, it also boasts of being one of the most pocket-friendly retreats that is aesthetically designed to bring out the best essence of Rishikesh and its pristine beauty.

    A perfect place to wind up after an enthralling rafting experience, Hermitage also ensures pleasant and relaxing moments with its meditation therapies and yoga sessions that are conducted daily morning and evening. Rooms here are decked with all the required amenities and facilities, and offers amazing views of the surroundings along with ample of space within them. The getaway also serves a delicious range of foods that are prepared in the most traditional and healthy ways.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • Rafting, camping, mountaineering, yoga, meditation and reiki.

    • Roof top restaurant, hot and cold water facility, laundry service, and doctor on call.

    • Wi-Fi facility, TV, travel counter, room service and car/bus rentals.
    Rejuvenate at Hotel Hermitrage, Rishikesh

    Rejuvenate at Hotel Hermitrage, Rishikesh

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    O2,500

  • 15Royale Rainbow Resort

    Royale Rainbow Resort

    Though a jungle camp, Royale Rainbow Resort is counted among the best and most ideal retreats that offer a relaxing ambience to the visitors. Nestled amidst a pictorial valley in Rishikesh, guarded by some of the lofty peaks of the Garhwal Range, and embraced by the Heul River, it is one such getaway that echoes the perfect blend of the nature along with all the luxury and comfort required to freshen up a tired soul!

    Whether you are on a rafting expedition or on for any other adventure activities, on a family vacation or for fun frolic with friends and corporate friends, you can always check-in into Royale Rainbow Resort and enjoy its warm hospitality. While the Swiss tents spreading across the lush mangrove forests will serve all your accommodation requirements, its delicious range of Indian and Continental cuisines will keep you immersed in taste and flavour!

    Adding more to your stay in Royale Rainbow Resort, there is its warm hospitality and a range of delightful service. Also ideal for corporate meetings and events, you can also plan social gathering and lot more in this holiday home in Rishikesh.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • Rafting, para motor gliding, air safari, body surfing, cliff jumping, and rock climbing.

    • Paint ball, swimming, nature walk, waterfall trekking, river crossing, tree jumaring, rope climbing, and bungee jumping.

    • Flying fox, giant swing, jungle jeep safari, cycling, biking, trust fall, body boarding, rappelling.

    • Cricket, football, badminton, volleyball, bonfire, conference and banquet halls, water geysers, and attached washrooms.
    Luxury Camping with Rainbow Resort, Rishikesh

    Luxury Camping with Rainbow Resort, Rishikesh

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    O3,400

  • 16Ravers Beach Camp

    Ravers Beach Camp

    With an experience of more than 10 years, Ravers Camp takes the pride of being one of the most sought after rafting camps in the entire of Rishikesh. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the holy Ganga River, this holiday home in Brahmagiri is nestled amidst lush and evergreen thickets and holds a unique charm!

    Whether you are on for any of the rafting expeditions, or is planning for one, Ravers Beach Camp is the ideal getaway that will introduce you to some of the most enthralling rapids and will also arrange for the tour. Run and maintained by a group of adventure junkies, it promises fun, thrill and excitement like any other rafting camps in Rishikesh! In addition, the facilities and services offered by this camp will allow you to participate in a range of other adventure activities like rappelling, kayaking and several others.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • Rafting, rappelling, kayaking, camp activities, and beach volleyball.

    • Tent stays, seating area, bonfire, and nature trails.

    Ravers Beach Camp, Rishikesh

    Ravers Beach Camp, Rishikesh

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    O2,250

  • 17Elephant Brook Resort

    Elephant Brook Resort

    After an amazing rafting cruise in Rishikesh, you truly deserve a soothing and serene stay! Be it in a rustic cottage, exciting tent or in a fully equipped room, a comfortable stay is a must after such an enthralling sojourn in the Ganges; and to experience this, you must head towards the Elephant Brook Resort.

    Seated on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, this holiday home is guarded by the Shivalik Hills and is canopied by thick and lush vegetation. Located within a close proximity to the Heul River, the resort also attracts a large number of leisure travellers, nature lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts from various corners of the country.

    Offering an array of heart-warming facilities and services to its guests, it also arranges for several other adventure activities and things to do. Along with endless options for fun and thrill, one can also relax around the bucolic settings of the resort. For those who seek mental peace and relaxation, can indulge in the various yoga programmes and help themselves to relax and rejuvenate. Adding more, the resort also host marriage parties and other social gatherings for its guests.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • Rafting, jeep safari, wildlife safari, nature trails, cycling, camping, and bonfire.

    • Yoga, indoor and outdoor games, conference halls, wildlife movies, pickup and drop.
    Rafting with Riverside Stay Rishikesh

    Rafting with Riverside Stay Rishikesh

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    O2,500

  • 18Cradle of Life

    Cradle of Life

    The perfect combination of the fascinating outdoors and ultimate luxury and comfort in Rishikesh Cradle of Life proves to be an ideal resting ground for the adventure junkies; especially the river rafting enthusiasts! Located in Shivpuri; on Badrinath Road, this campsite will not only incite thrill and excitement, but will also usher you to sit back and enjoy the pristine beauty of nature during your holiday in here.

    A wonderful host to family, friends', school and corporate getaways, the campsite boasts of its warm hospitality and enticing settings that comprises of several hillocks, dense thickets and natural pools. While the adrenaline junkies can indulge in an array of enthralling activities within this retreat, the nature and leisure seekers can also satiate all their cravings toward Mother Nature and make their holiday much more exciting.

    Among the other offerings of the camp, there are outdoor various activities like rope courses, paintball and much more. In addition to all these, you can also embark on exciting riverside and live camping while holidaying around Cradle of Life.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • Rafting, camping, commando net, swinging ladder, jumaring, rappelling, tyre crossing, and Burma Bridge.

    • Loop bridge, paintball, indoor and outdoor games, team building activities, and rope tree house.

    • Conference facilities, day picnics, business meetings, audio/video and OHP facilities.
  • 19Camp Wildex

    Camp Wildex

    If you are yearning for a pleasant and tranquil ambience after your rafting experience, you must check-in into Camp Wildex on the Neelkanth Road. Tucked away from the hustles and bustles of city-life, this riverside camp is guarded by the lush and evergreen thickets of the Rajaji National Park on both sides and serves as one of the most pictorial destinations to the holidayers to this part of Uttarakhand.

    Being a guest to this exciting camp, you will be introduced to a range of activities and things to do along with an array of services and facilities. On offer here, there are comfortable tents with proper bedding arrangements and running water facility. The tents are also lined up with Indian/Western toilets and has a continuous power supply.

    Be it for a family vacation, adventure getaway, corporate outing or any other types of holidays, Camp Wildex always make it for a fun frolic experience and proves to an ideal spot in Rishikesh. While days in this wonderful camp get you introduced with a myriad list of activities, nights will be cossetted by lively bonfires accompanied by barbeque sessions.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • River rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, rock climbing, rappelling and valley crossing.

    • Waterfall trekking, forest walk, obstacle courses, Burma Bridge, parallel rope, volleyball, rugby, badminton.

    • Indian/western toilets, running water facility, buffet meals, electricity and power backup, conference facility with audio/video facility.
  • 20Glasshouse on the Ganges

    Glasshouse on the Ganges

    Nestled amidst lush and evergreen mango and litchi orchards, Glasshouse on the Ganges boasts of its pictorial setting and unique location. Seated on the locales, where the gurgling Ganges turns around and flows northward, this holiday home in Rishikesh truly serves as a pleasant and charismatic getaway for the tired souls! Whether you are yearning for a nature stay or an enthralling option, an eventful or a peaceful holiday, this is the place for you!

    Also, as the getaway is located within a close proximity to several holy and sacred places, you can always embark on a spiritual tour and witness the sanctity of Rishikesh at its best. Talking about the amenities and facilities of the resort, it offers different type of rooms to its visitors. Rooms are mainly classified according to the range of amenities and services available within them; however, irrespective of the type of room you opt for, you will surely have a pleasant stay in the Glasshouse on the Ganges. It also caters much to events like business meetings, wedding parties and other social gatherings.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • River rafting, rock climbing, wildlife safari, bird watching, trekking, cliff jumping and temple visits.

    • Private terrace, river-view sitting area, attach bathrooms, ayurvedic massage, and spa therapies.
    River Side Stay at Glass House,Rishikesh

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  • 21Aspen Camps

    Aspen Camps

    One of the newly introduced camps for the rafters, Aspen Camps is among the very few retreats in Rishikesh that offers the best of nature and adventure holiday to the visitors. Following and abiding the rules of the nature, this holiday home also encourages the guests to indulge in activities that not only caters to thrill and adventure, but also contributes a lot to the conservation of nature.

    The perfect blend of the outdoors and the luxuries of life, it promises an extremely exciting holiday to all its patrons. Spreading across 6 acres of evergreen patches, it is run and maintained by a group of expert outdoor facilitators who belong to various backgrounds and holds expertise in their respective fields.

    In addition to the thrill, excitement and the luxury quotient, Aspen Camps also offers a flavoursome range of foods and delicacies to its visitors; expert chefs and cooks within the camp will keep you soaked with their multi-cuisine menu.

    Activities and Amenities:

    • White water rafting, jeep safari, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, body surfing, rock climbing, and waterfall trek.

    • Cricket, badminton, tug of war, human dragon, and volleyball.

    • Bonfire, barbeque, live music, carpet flooring, electricity, side tables, utility kits and mineral water bottles.
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  • 22EllBee Ganga View

    EllBee Ganga View

    Facing the gurgling waves of the holy Ganges, EllBee Ganga View in Rishikesh overlooks the Rajaji National Park and promises relinquishing moments to the guests! Located in the heart of this pictorial city, it can be easily accessed from Dehradun Airport; around 16km, and Haridwar Railway Station; around 24km.

    With plush rooms and an exciting range of amenities, this luxury stay ensures you a pleasant and contended stay after a tiresome rafting expedition in Rishikesh. Divided into Executive Suite, Ganga Royale, Premier and Deluxe, it also offers complimentary yoga sessions that will help you relax and rejuvenate while staying close to the immaculate beauty of Mother Nature. In addition to this, EllBee Ganga View also conducts several other adventure activities and games that will add an extra amount of fun frolic to your Rishikesh rafting.

    Activities and Amenities:                                                                  

    • River rafting, trekking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, and jeep safari.

    • LED TV, Wi-Fi facility, minibar, modern bathrooms, and dual line telephones.

    • Tea/coffee maker, solar water heater, banquet halls, musical evenings, pickup and drop facilities.
  • 23Adventure Stay at Ojas Resort in Rishikesh

    Adventure Stay at Ojas Resort in Rishikesh
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    About the Activity
    • Spend 2 days and 1 night in the serene locales of Ojas Resort, Rishikesh.
    • Catch the thrill of the Garhwal Himalayas and holy Ganges with rock climbing and rafting.
    • Stay in authentically designed cottages and get connected with the beauty of Mother Nature.
    • Enjoy a comfortable stay with all the modern amenities and amazing facilities in Ojas Resort.
    • Also an ideal getaway for larger corporate groups.
    • This is a 2 day 1 night activity.


  • 24Camping at AquaTerra in Rishikesh

    Camping at AquaTerra in Rishikesh
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    About the activity with details: 
    • Welcome to Camp AquaTerra, an ideal holiday retreat in Rishikesh.
    • Check-in into camps that are aesthetically designed for a relaxing holiday.
    • Relish delicious food and revel in and around a homely ambience during the stay.
    • Take the fun and excitement of camping to a new level with Camp AquaTerra.
    • This is a 2 day 1 night activity stay.

    Rafting will not be operational or the camps from 15th June - 15th Sept'16

  • 25Rafting, Camping and Hiking in Rishikesh

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    • Red Chilli Adventure
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      Red Chilli Adventure
    About the activity: 
    • Enjoy a rendezvous with the thrill and charm of Rishikesh while in the Red Chilli Adventure camp.
    • Join the revelry with enthralling activities like hiking, trekking and other fun-filled games.
    • Spend 2 days and 1 night in a jungle camp and explore the pristine beauty of nature.
    • Charge up your adrenaline while on adventure quest beside the gurgling rivers and dense forests.
    • Enjoy all the beauties and shades of the nature in their full glories.
  • Other Popular Activities in Rishikesh

  • 26Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping

    For those of you who are looking for some adventurous activity in Rishikesh then Bungee Jumping is definitely the option for you. We know that rafting in Rishikesh is very famous, in the same way bungee jumping is another favorite activity here which is very popular among them. Bungy Jumping is an activity that includes jumping from a tall structure while associated with an extensive flexible rope.

    The tall structure is normally a settled protest, for example, a building, extension or crane; however it is additionally conceivable to hop from a portable question, for example, a hot-air-inflatable or helicopter, that can drift over the ground. The best part is when you start free-falling and the bounce back. At the point when the individual hops, the rope extends and the jumper flies upwards again as the line backlashes and keeps on wavering here and there until the point that all the vitality is dispersed.

    Timings: Opens from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

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  • 27Flying Fox

    Flying Fox

    Flying Fox is another activity which is very popular in Rishikesh. The experience gives a chance to appreciate gravity and the full speed of wind current as you fly in your protected outfit. The perspectives are more than sensational as you fly at top speed over the mountain hillof Himalayas and the blessed waterway Ganga. The flying fox ride begins from a platform 120 meters high from the stream bed on Ganges.

    The whole game is taken care of by specialists with pressure driven security gear. On a link, the flying fox enterprise member is tackled to a protected rigging. As the individual is prepared, they are discharged to appreciate a flight upto a kilometer. Appreciate the speed, the thrill and the wind stream as you enjoy this activity. Speed of your ride goes upto a 150 km/hr. the view is totally exciting, spread your arms and make the most of your flight.

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    Flying Fox in Rishikesh

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  • 28Camping

    Camping

    Other than rafting in Rishikesh, camping is another activity which is very famous in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is known as a camping destination and offers a delightful climate to set and appreciate camps. The scenic views of nature lighten the moods of travelers and the awe-inspiring adventures bubbles up their excitement. The impact gets all the more inebriating when one gets the joy of setting up at campgrounds in the lap of nature and under the covers of stars.

    Families, friends, company friends or explorers appreciate camping in the wild as it brings memorable moments that are cherished throughout their life. Any person who likes to investigate new places and appreciate the excellence and peacefulness of nature can set out on a camping activity. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga shoreline offer a situation to wake up wake up with the birds cher chew and can swim in the fresh water of the river Ganges.

    Camping and Rafting in Rishikesh

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  • 29Rappelling

    Rappelling

    When you are heading for a fun filled trip to Rishikesh don’t forget to try another exciting activity here. Rappelling has been among the favorite activity in Rishikesh and a lot of thrill seekers come here to enjoy this activity. To rappel is means actually roping down a cliff as you may know. Rappelling campaigns for the two fledglings and also gifted travelers are sorted out in Rishikesh. Rappelling is one of the up and coming enterprise exercises that have picked up fame lately.

    Rappelling implies restricting down a precipice, which is a fun movement as well as an exciting knowledge. Rappelling is likewise called as Abseiling, a standout amongst the bravest experience exercises offered in Rishikesh. In Rappelling in Rishikesh, a rope is tied to the most astounding purpose of a stone going about as a base, from where you should rappel down on the ground.

    There will likewise be an additional rope appended to the outfit which will guarantee your security while the assignment. The educator controls the well-being rope as you drop yourself down and he or she will discharge it constantly while you rappel down.

    Rappeling, Rock Climbing and Trekking in Rishikesh

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  • 30Kayaking

    Kayaking
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    As for the adventure seekers kayaking is another activity which is very famous here.  This activity is one of the most loved activities by the tourist all over the world.  One can see a number of boats which are specially designed to break the rapid moments of the water. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced in this activity you will definitely have the best time of your life. The beginning of kayak owes its credit to the Eskimos.

    Snowmen utilize these actually outlined artworks for stream chasing and angling. The inside structure incorporate a twofold edge paddle, which is utilized to arrange the rapids and to defeat leaps along the course of a waterway. Head out for this exciting adventure in Rishikesh along with your friends and family and make your vacation an exciting one as you try this thrilling activity.

    Kayaking in Rishikesh

    Kayaking in Rishikesh

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  • 31Giant Swing in Rishikesh

    Giant Swing in Rishikesh
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    About the activity: 

    Brilliant environment, enchanting weather, clear skies, and crisp mountain air provide just the right platform to take on a sport like Giant Swing in Rishikesh. 

    The jump height of 83 m is from India’s first fixed platform and highest bungee jump site and you get to spend exhilarating time at the drop zone in Mohanchatti, a quaint village across the LakshmanJhula.

    Choose time slots available from 09:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 pm and 02:30 PM and you can take a half hour bus ride on an AC Luxury Coach to the game point. 

    Move on to the bungee platform, where you’ll be fitted on to a seat with chest harness.

    Feel the initial free fall as the ropes take over to give you a smooth swing similar to a pendulum. 

    After a gutsy jump, you’re filled with enthusiasm to last lifelong. The end of the swing lowers you to 2 feet deep water below, from where you’ll walk to the nearby cafeteria. 

    Recollect the episode, collect memorabilia and Dare to Jump Certificate, and head back to Rishikesh.

  • 32Waterfall Rappelling in Rishikesh

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    About the activity: 
    • Experience a waterfall rappelling session on your next visit to the hilly terrains of Rishikesh and get your friends and family along. 
    • Strap the ropes onto your body and spiral down from the waterfalls gradually as the water hits you from above, making the activity more challenging. 
    • The Neergarh waterfalls is a beautiful spot where you can experience these waterfalls from about 80 ft up in the air. 
    • Enjoy the lush landscapes of the lovely mountains and rivers of Rishikesh. 



  • 33Kunjapuri Trek in Rishikesh

    Kunjapuri Trek in Rishikesh
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    About the activity: 
    • Experience a tranquil day trek to Kunjapuri with your friends and family.  
    • Trek for up to 28 kms up and down the peak, with one side transport and witness the amazing beauty of the mountains. 
    • Experience rock climbing in Shivpuri while you are here and learn the fun and unique adventure activity of rappelling over the mountains as well. 
    • Experience waterfall rappelling for about 1 hour and revel in the sheer amazing adventure of the Himalayas. 
    • This is an 8 hour activity.
  • 34Cliff Jumping

    Cliff Jumping

    Another activity which is very famous among the adventure seekers in Rishikesh is cliff jumping. Cliff is one of the thrilling activities in Rishikesh which pumps up the energy by simply the sound of it. Jumping from a cliff in the cold current water of River Ganga is nothing like other adventurous activities. Globe-trotters from everywhere throughout the world come here to encounter this thrilling sport and enjoy the best time of their life.

    Cliff Jumping is, for the most part, attempted by thrill seekers in light of their physical stamina and mental capacity. Beginners like to appreciate bouncing into waterway water from precipices which are shorter in the range from the stream surface with a specific end goal to get the vibe of this action. The activity of Cliff Jumping has fabricated universal records and individuals do it either for no particular reason or to finish their enthusiastic objectives.

  • 35Yoga

    Yoga

    What could be a better way to rejuvenate yourself than with a power yoga in the morning. Whether you are starting your day or after a long tiring day of exploring you can always revive there. There are a lot of places which offers different yoga session in Rishikesh. The objective of this yoga program is to deliver qualified and moving yoga educators who can draw all alone practice and individual train in granting the yoga experience to others.

    The point and target of these yoga educator instructional classes fundamentally to give a solid foundational comprehension of yoga alongside the morals of carrying on with a yoga existence with amending postural alignment, breath regulation, ways of concentration - meditation and clarity regarding the philosophy of Yogic life. Get a chance to enjoy this amazing power yoga at Rishikesh.

  • 36Wildlife Safari

    Wildlife Safari

    For the nature lovers who yearn to step into the wilderness and have an exciting encounter with the dwellers of the jungles, Rishikesh is one of the best places to be! Located within a close proximity to Rajaji National Park and the Jim Corbett National Park, nature and wildlife lovers can quench all their desires to witness and enjoy the fascinating wildlife in the Garhwal Himalayas.


Rafting in Rishikesh

Attractions

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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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Deoria Chandrashila Trek

Deoriatal is maybe the main trek on our rundown that gives most extreme returns for the exertion put in. There are three things that are truly staggering about the Deoriatal to Chandrashila top trek. In any case, Deoriatal has the best backwoods trek amongst all our treks. On the off chance that you take the area between Deoriatal lake and Bhrujgali camp, it is infrequently shocking to envision the amount of assortment wildernesses can be in.

There are segments with thick lush trees, there are greenery secured trails through concealing passages and there are trails that weave through clearings in the wildernesses. Also, we camp blast amidst the woodland in a completely open clearing at Rohini Bugyal.

Highlights - Trekking, Rafting, Camping

Location - Uttarakhand, India

Difficulty Level: High

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Bharat Mandir

Located in the centre of the city, this sacred temple is believed to be one of the oldest religious sites in the entire country and one of the sought after tourist places in Rishikesh. According to the common folklores, the existence of Bharat Mandir is as old as that of Rishikesh! Legends has it that the present day deity of this temple was reinstalled by Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya during 789AD on the auspicious day of Basant Panchnami.

Even till date, devotees flocks this temple on the same day of the Hindu calendar and attend a grand procession wherein the idol of Lord Hrishikesh is taken out for a dip in the holy water and reinstalled in the temple. Believed to be named after 'Bharat', brother of Lord Ram, the main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, and has an idol carved from a single piece of black stone.

Legends also has it that after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandava brothers while on their way to heaven, took shelter and also offered their prayers to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan in this temple.
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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

One of the not to be missed places to visit near Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is around 32km from the city limits and is located at a height of 1,330m above the sea level in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Among all the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple holds a major prominence among the devotees.

Tucked between the pictorial valleys of Manikot, Brahmakot and Vishnukot, the heart-warming surrounding of this sacred temple owes to its popularity among all the Rishikesh tourist places. With Lord Shiva, who is also known as 'Neelkanth' or the 'Blue Throated One' as the main deity, the peak of the temple is adorned with sculptures of both the Gods and the Asuras.

It is said that during 'samudramanthan'; or while both the Gods and Asuras were churning out the ocean bed to obtain the holy 'amrita' or the 'nectar of immortality, Lord Shiva drank the poison that evolved from the sea. This turned his throat blue, and thus he was named as Neelkanth, and is worshipped in this temple in the form of a 'shivalinga'. Devotees visit this sacred temple throughout the day and takes a bath in the natural spring in the main complex before offering puja to the main deity.
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Rishikund

Translated in the local language, Rishikund means the 'Pond of the Sage' and is one of the most important places to visit in Rishikesh. A natural hot water spring, it is believed that a pious sage named Kubz was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna who promised to stay in Rishikesh forever.

Located within a close proximity to the Triveni Ghat, the most commonly believed story behind this holy pond narrates that it was once a havan kund. During the ancient times, as the holy Ganges was not flowing nearby, it created a havoc among the people. To please Mother Ganges, few pious devotees performed yagna at this place and at their request, Goddess Yamuna appeared and stayed here forever.

Other stories also says that it was once the bathing place of Lord Rama; dedicated to the lord and his wife Sita, Ragunath Temple was built beside Rishikund. On a clear day, you can witness the reflection of the temple on the surface of the pond. Devotees from various parts of the world flocks this Rishikesh tourist place and offer their prayers to the Goddess Yamuna and seek blessings of the other Gods as well.
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Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

Not a lot of places in Rishikesh can boast the peace and calm that one experiences at Triveni Ghat and that is saying a lot. Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat is a tranquil and peaceful experience that is sure to fill you with a sense of calm and quiet introspection. 

The Ganga Aarti is performed as a mark of respect and devotion to Goddess Ganga and is attended by hundreds and thousands of locals and tourists every day. After sunset, the ghat lights up with the light from the lamps that are set afloat on leaf boats after the Aarti. It is truly a sight to behold and the power of spirituality can be truly understood and experienced making it a must thing to do in Rishikesh.

Best Season: The Aarti is performed throughout the year.

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Parmath Niketan Ashram

Nestled amidst the lap of the Himalayas and embraced by bucolic and lush greeneries, Parmarth Niketan Ashram along the banks of the sacred Ganga River is the largest ashram in Rishikesh. Visited by devotees from across the globe, it is known for its serene, salubrious, calm and tranquil ambience.

With over 1,000 rooms for the devotees, it also offers some of the modern day amenities and facilities. A stay in Parmath Niketan Ashram will not only bring you closer to your inner-self, but will also awaken all your senses along with uplifting the state of your body, mind and soul! Religious and spiritual preaching here is believed to show you the ways to purify yourself and know more about the energy points within yourself. Yoga, meditation, spiritual classes, satsang, kirtan, Ganga Aarti and spiritual lectures are the daily curriculum of Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
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Kunjapuri Temple Trekking

Kunjapuri is positioned at a height of 1645 meters and lends a panoramic sight of the Himalayan peaks to the North and Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South. Kunjapuri Temple trek is very much famous for trekking in rishikesh. Travelling towards Gangotri, about 6 kilometers from Narendra Nagar the road bifurcates at Hindola Khal, leading to the shrine, which is 5 kilometers further.

Being a main religious place, 1000s of visitors come throughout the year especially throughout 'Navratras' (April and October). Grand Celebrations are held during the Dussehra festival.One can witness excellent sunrise or sun set on the Greater Hiamalayan Peaks and the vast Indo Gangetic plains.

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Beatles Ashram

Most of your teenage or college days might have passes admiring the songs of the favourite band called 'Beatles', but do you know your favourite band once visited a quaint ashram in Rishikesh to attend a special meditation programme? Yes, it was in the year 1968, the entire group of Beatle flew down to India to meet a saint called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and practice some advanced meditation programme under his flagship.

Following this phenomenal visit, the ashram gained instant popularity and was named as the 'Beatles Ashram'; the visit also made it one of the renowned places to visit in Rishikesh. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, though the ashram was abandoned in 1997, the complex buildings and the stone-huts can still be found standing strong in their place. It is one of the very few places in Rishikesh that are pretty tough to find.



According to the recent plans of the regional government, the ashram will soon reopen as a museum that will showcase its delightful history and contribution to the society. To add more, one should know that the span of time Beatles group stayed in this ashram, is considered as one of the most productive periods for the band!