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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.
When you are in Rishikesh, there can be no adventure more fascinating than hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas and camping on the bank of River Ganga. A perfect combination of thrilling and rejuvenating experiences, camping and hiking in Rishikesh is a matchless treat for anyone seeking a holistic healing over the weekend. River Ganga is the major attraction in Rishikesh, and camping on the white sand by its blue water stream is surely going to have a soothing effect on your senses.
To add some action and movement to the affair, Rishikesh gives you an opportunity to partake in river rafting and hiking. So if you are planning a quick getaway with your friends, nothing can beat the company of River Ganga and Shivaliks.
Highlights: Riverside camping, river rafting, hiking, and picturesque surroundings.
Price: INR 899 per person
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
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.
The sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills and River Ganga that you get to witness during the flight make the experience all the more enjoyable. Making you glide across the rope at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, this zip line is believed to be one of the best in the country. Set yourself free by taking a giant leap over the Ganges, feeling wind gushing past you as you rush towards the end of the rope.
This nerve-wracking adventure promises to quench your thirst for a thrill with its daunting moments. Since the activity is organized by professionals and safety equipment is used, you may surrender all your senses to the action completely without having to bother about safety.
Highlights: 1 km long zipline, experienced guides and trainers.
Timings: 9 am to 2 pm
Price: INR 1542 per person.
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.
Apart from the everlasting camping experiences in Rishikesh and rejuvenating river rafting experiences, trekking is the most thrilling activity in Rishikesh and Surkhanda Devi trek is one of them, It is one of the finest trek for trekking in Rishikesh. Surkhanda Devi Temple is around 8 km. from Dhanolti on the engine street running from Mussoorie to Chamba and is associated with Narendra Nagar which is around 61 km. what's more, with Tehri which is around 41 km. by engine streets in Uttaranchal. To achieve the sanctuary one needs to leave the Mussoorie-Chamba street at Kadu Khal and climb a precarious rising of around 1.5 km. by walking.
As per the legend, Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, surrendered her life in the arguement with her dad, as Prajapati Daksha was not prepared to acknowledge Shiva as her girl's spouse. So he began oppose Him transparently, and in this way the resisting of her dear spouse made her abandon her body. We as a whole know then that how Shiva hit the dance floor with the dead assemblage of Sati, irately and how by the Sudarshan Chakra the body was isolated part by part. Shiva went through this spot on his way back to Kailash with the dead collection of Sati whose head fell at the spot where the advanced sanctuary of Surkhanda Devi stands. Surkhanda Devi sanctuary is at a height of 2903 m and ringed by thick woodlands in a purified spot.
Location – About 33.9 km, 57 mins far from The Mall Rd Mussoorie and 113 km, 2 hours 10 mins far from Devaprayag, Uttarakhand, India
Difficulty Level: Average
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1. Shivpuri: It is a popular mecca for river rafting in India.
2. Triveni Ghat: This ghat is considered a confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology.
3. Lakshman Jhula: It is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand
4. Ram Jhula: It is a suspension bridge connects the banks of the Ganges with Shivananda and Swarga ashrams at both of its ends.
5. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is around 32km from the city limits
6. Beatles Ashram: In 1968, the entire group of Beatle flew down to India to meet a saint called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at this ashram.
7. Vashistha Gufa: Vashistha Cave or Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where Sage Vashistha and his wife meditated for hundreds of years.
8. Rishikund: 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.
Rishikesh is a place famous for housing landmarks of religious importance. The foremost thing that it is known for is the holy river Ganges that flows through the city. People visit from all over the world to live in the ashram on the riverbanks. Even the Beatles visited Rishikesh once to gain guidance and direction to their lives. Rishikesh is known for its ancient temples like the magnificent 13 storeyed Kailash Niketan Temple.
Rishikesh is now known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and holds the week-long International Yoga Festival in March every year visited by people from all over the world. Apart from spiritual sojourns, it is also famous for adventure activities like bungee jumping, trekking, and rafting. The most iconic landmarks of Rishikesh are the two humongous suspension bridges Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. They are almost 450 ft in length and suspended from a height of 70 ft. over the river
Pilgrimage places have their own unique charm for shoppers. You can pick up some really unique stuff from here. One of the best things to shop here is semi-precious stone and birthstones. Available near Lakshman Jhula, you can get these stones studded in jewellery or just as themselves.
You can pick up a huge variety of fragrant incense and attars. Since it is the hot spot for many adventure activities, there are a lot of shops selling trekking gear. You can pick up good quality shoes, apparel, and equipment.
Packing list for winters:
2. Light warm jacket
3. Woollen socks
5. Sturdy walking shoes
Packing list for summers and rafting:
1. Bathing suit
2. Waterproof shoes
3. Diving glasses
4. Ziplock bags to protect your phone keys, wallet, etc. from water
5. Change of clothes
8. A pair of slippers
9. Swimming glasses especially if you wear contact lenses
The best time to visit Rishikesh is between October to February. This is the winter season when the weather is pleasant and cool throughout the day. Rishikesh, during this time, is not bitterly cold like other hilly regions and allows for people to engage in adventure activities like rock climbing, etc.
If you intend to try rafting, then you should visit between the end of November to February. This is the time when Ganga River and its rapids are at their voluminous best. The summer months of March- June are extremely hot and humid and hardly suitable for being outdoors.
Being a place of religious importance, alcohol consumption in Rishikesh is banned. None of the hotels or restaurants serves alcohol here.
However, if you are carrying your own alcohol with you, make sure to consume it in the privacy of your hotel room, instead of a public place.
Rishikesh being a holy place does not have the typical nightlife options like other tourist places. However, when it comes to rich cultural & adventurous experiences, Rishikesh definitely tops the charts. Nightlife options range from cinemas, charming cafes with options to read books for hours, beachside activities, and night camping & bonfire in the jungle. Some interesting things that you can do at night are:
1. Laxman Jhula
2. Rama Palace theatre
3. Riverside camp
4. Shivpuri Jungle Night Camp
5. Rajaji National Park
6. Triveni Ghat
7. Little Buddha Café
8. German Bakery
9. Kaudiyala Beach
One must keep a minimum of two days for exploring Rishikesh leisurely. It offers amazing options for all kinds of travellers- those seeking spirituality and the ones interested in adventure activities.
During the day time, you can try bungee jumping from the site at Lakshman Jhula, go for river rafting, and visit the beautiful ancient temples like the 13 storeyed Kailash Niketan Temple. Don’t miss to see the famous Beatles Ashram also known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. Indulge in delicious food at Little Buddha Café and Devraj Coffee Corner. Both these are located on the banks of the river and offer spectacular views.
See the grandeur or Lakshman Jhula, indulge in street food, and pick up souvenirs and handicrafts. In the evening, watch the beautiful sunset from the banks of Ganga while reverberating sounds of drums, bells, and Aarti soothingly envelope you.
Haridwar is located around 23 kilometres Rishikesh and the easiest way to reach is to take a taxi. They are available aplenty and take around 40 minutes. You can book one for yourself or share with other passengers. State-run buses also ply between the two places.
Another option is to take a train, which also runs regularly between Rishikesh and Haridwar. They are extremely economical and take around 30 minutes to reach.
Kedarnath, another place of religious importance, is located around 105 kilometres away from Rishikesh.
The best and the most economical way to reach Kedarnath is to take a State Transport Bus that takes around 5 hours to reach. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, which takes less time but is more expensive. This will take you around 3 hours.
Since Rishikesh is located at a low altitude of around 1220 ft above sea level in the foothills of Himalayas, it does not see any snowfall. Even in winters, the place does not see sub-zero temperatures.
They range between 8-20°C in the winter months of October to February. For seeing snow, one can head to nearby places like Mussoorie, Landour, Chopta, Tungnath, etc.
While experienced professionals in Rishikesh manage rafting, it is imperative for everybody to follow safety guidelines and not take the sport lightly. If one follows a few safety tips, you can fully enjoy this wonderful adventure. Don’t go on a raft alone.
Select and wear your lifejacket properly. Make sure you don’t raft after dark or in the peak day time to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. Work as a team and listen to your guide’s instructions carefully.