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11 Best Things to do in Rishikesh

 
  • If you are one of those people who enjoys exploring places with a mountainous backdrop, Rishikesh is the ideal place for you to visit. The beautiful tranquil city of Rishikesh is located in southwest Uttarakhand and is termed as the “Gateway to the Garhwal Mountains”. Being an important location that is steeped in history and scenery, Rishikesh has a lot of activities that one can indulge in. If you are there or planning to travel, there are a lot of things to do in Rishikesh. 

    Be it Bungee Jumping or Kayaking, this place has it all. It’s not just high adrenaline activity that this place has to offer. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there is the Beatles Ashram to visit or attend a Yoga class. After all, Rishikesh is termed as the “Yoga capital of the world”. So saddle up and have a fun time discovering the things to do in Rishikesh, a place that should be on your bucket list.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Rishikesh:

  • 01Flying Fox

    Flying Fox

    Flying Fox is basically another name for zip lining. Zip lining is an activity that involves sliding through a horizontal rope while attached to the rope through a harness. The starting point is generally located at a higher altitude than the ending point in order to allow one to slide through the rope. The speed of sliding through a valley or between two cliffs is reason enough to try this at least once. It is an activity for all ages and is a lot of fun to participate in 

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

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 3500 to 7500 Rs.

    Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone who meets general physical fitness levels. For those who have heart conditions, blood pressure or diabetic, consult a doctor before participating in this activity.

  • 02Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping is a fun activity that involves jumping from a tall structure like a vertical rail, building or cliff while suspended from a rope harness. The fun lies in the jump and the recoil one encounters when they are bounced back and the rope is completely stretched out. It’s a very unique activity in India, having been introduced to Rishikesh a few years previously.  For those who enjoy an adrenaline filled activity, this is one should be on your list of things to do in Rishikesh.

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

    Approximate Cost: Between 4000 to 7000 Rs.

    Difficulty Level: It’s a slightly demanding activity as physical fitness is an absolute requisite for this activity. People with conditions such as blood pressure or diabetes should consult a doctor before indulging in this activity.

  • 03Giant Swing

    Giant Swing

    Much like Bungee Jumping, giant swing works on the same principle. But unlike Bungee Jumping which is a free fall, on a giant swing a person’s rope harness is connected to a holding point from where he swings. To put it simply, imagine the person being a pendulum ball and swinging from one end to another. It is usually conducted at the same spot as Bungee Jumping because of the similarity between the activities. The distance covered in a Giant Swing ranges between 1 - 1.5 km. It’s a thrilling activity that is sure to tickle your adventure bone. 

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

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 3500 to 7500 Rs.

    Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone who meets general physical fitness levels. For those who have heart conditions, blood pressure or diabetic, consult a doctor before participating in this activity.

  • 04River Rafting

    River Rafting

    River Rafting is an activity that involves sailing on rapids on a rubber boat. It’s an adventure filled activity that has gained a popular momentum in the Indian adventure sports scene. Rishikesh’s proximity to the upper Himalayas along with the passing of the Ganges through this city makes it a very popular spot for River Rafting. People flock to Rishikesh for this activity due to the virtue of its location. If you are visiting and want to go on an adrenaline pumping activity, do put river rafting on your bucket list of things to do in Rishikesh.

    Best Season: Summers and monsoon are the best time for this activity because the stream is stronger.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 3900 to 5000 Rs.

  • 05Camping

    Camping

    The beautiful mountain scenery along with the old world feeling of Rishikesh makes it a camper’s delight. Rishikesh is one of those places which seems to be stuck in a time limbo, not overtly modern but not completely dwelling in the past. A place such as this has a lot of stories to be discovered making it the perfect spot to camp under the stars and marvel at the sight and sounds of the surroundings and the city. Camping here will have a transcendental effect and is sure to delight you. 

    Best Season: Summers and spring are the best time because of the pleasant weather.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1000 to 6000 Rs.

  • 06Trekking

    Trekking

    Imagine Majestic Mountains, fresh water rivers and streams, picturesque valleys and beautiful flora and fauna. Picture trekking through them and basking at the glory of all of these. If this is something that interests and excites you then Rishikesh is the perfect spot for you to go trekking. Being at the foothills of the upper Himalayas, this is the ideal spot for anyone to trek in. Rishikesh’s proximity to places such as Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath makes it an ideal place to trek in or start trekking from. For a trip through nature and its preciousness, do put it on your bucket list of things to do in Rishikesh.

    Best Season: Summer, Autumn and Spring are the best time because of the pleasant weather.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 3000 to 10000 Rs depending on location of trek.

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

  • 07Kayaking

    Kayaking

    Kayaking is a water activity, much like canoeing, that involves paddling across on water on a kayak. A kayak is a canoe-like boat but unlike a canoe, you sit facing the front. Kayaking is a fun activity especially on the streams of Rishikesh because of the clear waters and the rapids that make for a bumpy and fun activity. Go kayaking on the Ganges and meander through rough patches along the stream and truly take in the rush and force of the water as it charges downhill. For anyone looking for things to do in Rishikesh, look no further and try kayaking in this beautiful city. 

    Best Season: Summer and Spring are the best time because of the pleasant weather and the force of the water.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 3200 to 12000 Rs depending on size of group.

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


  • 08Cliff Jumping

    Cliff Jumping

    Much like the name suggests, cliff jumping involves jumping off a cliff ranging between 20 to 50 feet into waters. It’s a fierce activity and not to be taken trivially as it requires strong will to jump into cold waters. You could do it for the sport or as a hobby but it’s an activity that is sure to delight and excite you. Rishikesh is the perfect spot to indulge in this. So, take charge and take the leap of glory as you crash into the water and come out with a ton of good memories.

    Best Season: Summer- because of the pleasant weather and the ideal water temprature.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1750 to 4000 Rs.

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

  • 09Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

    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.

  • 10Visit The Beatles Ashram

    Visit The Beatles Ashram
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    What do Beatles have in common with India? It’s The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh.The Beatles are most renowned for their universal appeal and their flare but they are also popular for their travels to Rishikesh. The Beatles Ashram is a beautiful testament to the grandeur that was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo and George Harrison’s Beatles and has a lot of memoirs and artifacts that give information about their time in India and their interaction with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 

    It was also the spot where they formulated a lot of their songs and some albums were even created there. For Beatles fans or fan of their genre of music, this is a definite place to add to their list of things to do in Rishikesh.

    Best Season: The Aashram can be visited throughout the year.

  • 11Attend 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.