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    If you are one of those people who enjoy 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”. Be it Bungee Jumping or Kayaking, this place has it all. For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there is the Beatles Ashram to visit or attend a Yoga class.

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    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. The glistening Ganges is a charmer, the chants of Hindu prayers touch the soul, the scenic backdrop refreshes the senses and the adrenaline-pumping adventures wrecks the nerves the way it should. 
    This list will get you in acquaintance with activities in Rishikesh. Pack your bags now and leave for a vacation to try the listed activities in Rishikesh.

  • Must Do Things in Rishikesh

  • 01River 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 in Rishikesh.

    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 1500 to 3000 Rs.

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

    Also Read: A Detail Guide for River Rafting in Rishikesh

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  • 02Camping


    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 overly 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. Make your trip a memorable one at some of these best camps of Rishikesh.

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

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1000 to 6000 Rs.

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  • 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 adventure 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 2000 to 6000 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.

    Must Read: Camping in Rishikesh For an Adventurous Trip

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  • 04Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping

    Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh 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 2000 to 4000 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.

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  • 05Flying 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. You can also check here the list of thrilling & adventurous activities in Rishikesh.

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

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 2000 to 5500 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.

    Suggested Read: 
    Adventure Sports in Rishikesh for an Exciting Vacay

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  • 06Hot Air Ballooning

    Hot Air Ballooning

    There is still one big thing left out for all those of you, adventure seekers and thrill lovers. And that thing is Hot Air Ballooning over the skies of Rishikesh. It should be at no.1 on your list of things to do in Rishikesh as the kind experience and excitement it brings with it, is comparable to none.

    You will get to sit in an air balloon, which will be tied to, lifted up, and floated by a light aircraft to get you to the required heights. Once you have reached the correct altitude, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley and mountains, with birds chirping close to you in the sky.

    You will feel like flying, free from all the hullabaloo of the world that dwells below. This ride is counted as Air Safari, one of the best ways to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of Rishikesh.

    Best Season: Summer- because of the pleasant weather.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 6000 to 15,000 Rs.

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

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  • 07Spiritual Walk Tour in Rishikesh With Ganga Aarti

    Spiritual Walk Tour in Rishikesh With Ganga Aarti
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    About Rishikesh:
    Rishikesh is a royal destination with Himalayan peaks and gushing rivers, that attracts thousands from all over the world to offer pilgrim and delve in adventure activities like rafting, camping, hiking, trekking etc.

    About the Activity:
    Starting Point: Sita Ram Dham, Rishikesh
    End Point: Trayambakeshwar Temple

    Connect the dots of spirituality, religion, and science to make sense and go beyond the framework of logic, an experience designed to elevate your spiritual journey.
    - Visit places like 
    Trayambakeshwar Temple, Laxman Jhula, Laxman Jhula Ghat, Kevat Ghat, Bombay ghat, Sita Ram Dham and Trayambkeshwar Temple Ganga Aarti Place.
    Explore the historic temples of Rishikesh and experience, the various religious faiths of India. Walk on the narrow alleys of temples and watch from the eye of a native.
    - Time available: 5.00 PM-7.00 PM

    Min number of people:- 1
    Max number of people:- 20
  • 08Rishikesh Sightseeing Tour For Full Day Flat 40% off

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    - One of the most adventurous and yet spiritual towns in northern India, Rishikesh is located on the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. This full day sightseeing tour of the city of Rishikesh will showcase some of the greatest attractions to you in all their glory.
    - Experiencing the most perfect weather in all of the seasons, Rishikesh is a favorite place of spirituality as it is blessed with the holy River Ganges, alongside many other great establishments all around.
    - Starting with a pickup from your hotel, the tour will take you to the Beatles ashram, local market, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Jula, Geeta Bhawan, Ram Jula, Shivanand ashram.

    - The package also includes a driver/guide, vehicle for pick-up and sightseeing, and parking charges.

    Timings: Pick-up 9 AM | Drop-off 6 PM
    *Note: please note that the pick-up for this activity is for locations within city limits only.
  • 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. And also there are many beautiful places to visit in Rishikesh near the Triveni Ghat.

    Best Season: The Aarti is performed throughout the year.

    Approximate Cost: Free of cost.

    Must Read: 
    Best Trekking Sites in Rishikesh

  • 10Visit Lakshman Jhula

    Visit Lakshman Jhula
    Another one of the things to do in Rishikesh is taking a walk on LakshmanJhula and enjoying the soft breeze of air that gushes past you, giving you a much refreshing fresh air, which is hard to get these days in cities, due to pollution. Just stand in the middle of the bridge and enjoy the majestic view o the massive river Ganga that flows below.

    LakshmanJhula is an iron bridge made on suspension across the Ganges. The bridge is of great importance as it connects ‘Tapovan’ village of Tehri Garhwal on the western side, with ‘Jonk’ village of Pauri Garhwal on the eastern side.

    According to the legend of Ramayana, Lakshman crossed the Ganges using a bridge made of the rope during his exile with elder brother Lord Ram and his wife Sita. Later an iron bridge was constructed at the same place from 1927-1929, which today is known as LakshmanJhula.

  • 11Visit 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 artefacts 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.

    Approximate Cost: Free of cost.

    Also Read: 
    Best Time & Season to Visit Rishikesh

  • 12Visit Shivpuri

    Visit Shivpuri

    As the name suggests, Shivpuri, literally means home of Lord Shiva and this place is renowned for the Shiva temple. When you are visiting Rishikesh, do not miss this lovely locale. There are so many things to do in Shivpuri that you will be spoiled for choice.

    From camping to river rafting, rock climbing and cliff jumping, you can experience everything right here. You can enjoy the mesmerising sunrise and sunset from the various camping sites at Shivpuri. If you’re seeking some adventure, then head to this place that boasts of up-to-date equipment, trained guides and impeccable safety standards to suit the needs of every tourist.

    Location: Located 19 km away from Rishikesh

  • 13Visit Ram Jhula

    Visit Ram Jhula

    Out of the most popular things to do in Rishikesh, visiting the Ram Jhula is one that you just cannot miss. Located in Muni Ki Reti, this bridge was constructed a little after the famous Lakshman Jhula. Very similar in design and construction, the Ram Jhula connects Swarg Ashram and Sivananda Ashram to one another.

    With the Ganga flowing in full force below the bridge as you walk down, you are bound to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Himalayas. Slightly lengthier than its counterpart, this bridge is 450 feet long. On either side of the bridge, you can spot numerous temples and Ashramas. You can also get your hands on spiritual books, idols of gods and goddesses and trinkets here.

    Location: Ganga Vatika, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137

    Timings: Open 24 hours

    Approx: No entry fee

    Recommended Read: 
    Amusing Places to Visit Near Rishikesh

  • 14Visit Parmarth Niketan Ashram

    Visit Parmarth Niketan Ashram

    Located on the banks of holy Ganga, Parmarth Niketan Ashram is a true haven for spirituality. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and pilgrims from every corner of the world come to visit this place. This Ashram is filled with clean, pure and sacred energy that is bound to fill your heart with peace. If you are interested in spirituality, then this iconic Ashram should be on your list.

    Restore the energy and balance in your life in the lap of Himalayas at this Ashram. Furthermore, there are regular yoga sessions held at this Ashram, that you are most welcome to join if you’d like.

    Location: Near, Main Market Road, Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304

    Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day

    Approx. cost: 1,600 for AC rooms and ? 600 for non-AC rooms

  • 15Visit Gita Bhawan

    Visit Gita Bhawan

    If you are interested in Satsangs and other meditational activities, then you must visit Gita Bhawan in Rishikesh. It is a hub for tourists during all seasons, owing to its free stays and convenient location. Devotees from all over the world flock this place to indulge in spiritual practices.

    Thanks to the nominal pricing of food and other items, Gita Bhawan is a great place for people travelling on a budget. You can also get your hands on innumerable books on spirituality at the Geeta Bhawan book shop at very reasonable prices. You can also take a dip in the holy Ganges at one of the bathing ghats here.

    Location: Gangapar, P.O, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM everyday

    Approx. cost: No entry fee

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  • 16Visit Tera Manzil Temple

    Visit Tera Manzil Temple

    Tera Manzil Temple or Trayambakeshwar or Trimbakeshwar Temple is where all Hindus can worship all their deities in one place. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, this 13-storey temple is clearly visible from the Lakshman Jhula. This is one of the most famous tourist spots and one of the top things to do in Rishikesh.

    This temple has an attractive, symmetric structure and visitors are attracted to the sheer beauty of it. From the top storeys of this temple, one can witness the stunning sunset here. The Ganga Aarti performed in the evening is also a sight that will remain with you for the rest of your life.

    Location: Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302

    Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM everyday

    Approx. cost: No entry fee

  • 17Seek Blessings at Bharat Mandir

    Seek Blessings at Bharat Mandir

    On your temple tour to Rishikesh, mark Bharat Mandir at the top. This temple is the most ancient and sacred one in Rishikesh. It is even is mentioned in Vishnu Puran, Vaman Puran and Mahabharata. This temple is named after Bharat, Ram’s brother.

    One of the major attractions in this temple is the huge old tree that lies right in front of the main door. Combining roots from three trees, it is impossible to understand how the roots are entangled with each other. If you’re interested in archaeology, then visit the museum inside the temple that contains sculptures, decorated bricks and pottery found in the temple during excavation.

    Location: 9, Ghat Rd, Mayakund, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201

    Timings: 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM everyday

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  • 18Witness the Beauty of Neer Gaddu Waterfall

    Witness the Beauty of Neer Gaddu Waterfall

    Neer Gaddu or Neer Garh Waterfall is a natural waterfall located on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway in Uttarakhand. This is one of the most popular things to do in Rishikesh. You will be stunned by the beauty of this natural waterfall as you take a small trek towards it.

    During the summer season, tourists can take a dip in the cold water flowing through the natural rocks and cliffs into a narrow stream. There are two bathing pools at this two-tier waterfall and a trek will take you towards the bigger waterfall that has a larger pool. Two small bridges on either side of the waterfall have small resting stops where you can relax for a bit and proceed further.

    Location: Neergarh Waterfall Rd, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137

    Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM everyday

    Approx. cost: 30 per person

    Further Read: Best Homestays in Rishikesh to stay with your family

  • 19Visit Rishikund

    Visit Rishikund

    A holy pond located near Raghunath Temple and Triven Ghat in Rishikesh, Rishikund is believed to be blessed by Goddess Yamuna through sacred water. This sanctuary is dedicated to Lord Rama and Sita. You can find Lord Ram’s impression inside the sanctuary.

    One fascinating fact about Rishikund is that the water in this pond always reflects the image of Raghunath Temple. You have to take a flight of ten steps towards the pond which enjoys the shade from the trees all around it. If you’re looking for some self-reflection and time off, then you should head to Rishikund and sit by it and feel the peaceful surroundings.

    Location: Mayakund, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201

    Timings: Always open

    Approx. cost: no cost required.

  • Adventurous Things to do in Rishikesh

  • 20Paragliding


    Want to have a hawk’s eye view of this town? Then paragliding is one of the best activities in Rishikesh for you. Fly over the calm landscape of Rishikesh on a parachute. This is a completely different way to look at this holy place as you kiss the sky and glide through the clouds above it.

    Imagine the rush of the Ganga river below you and the lush green forests, dams and not to forget - the gigantic Himalayas. So while you find inner peace at the ground, fly like a free bird in the air with paragliding. This is a great sport for all adventure lovers and we all know that Rishikesh is famous for it.

    Best season: Any time except the monsoon season as it is difficult to paraglide in the rainy season

    Approx. cost: For 10 to 15 Mins ride it will cost you around ? 4500 per person

    Difficulty level: This adventure sport can be enjoyed by beginners and people who do not have extremely good fitness levels.

    Must-Know: Best River Rafting Packages from Delhi

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  • 21Waterfall Rappelling

    Waterfall Rappelling

    Have you ever imagined yourself amidst gushing waterfalls, tied to a rope and slowly treading downwards? On your next visit to Rishikesh, you can experience this. It is most definitely one of the most exciting activities in Rishikesh.

    Waterfall rappelling will give you the right amount of adrenaline rush as your body is forced down by the water and you have to step down one step at a time while maintaining your balance. The picturesque Neer Garh Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in Rishikesh to try your hand at this activity. But this one’s not for the faint-hearted.

    Best season: March to June

    Approx. cost: 600 per person

    Difficulty level: Difficult

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  • 22 Rock Climbing

     Rock Climbing

    If you have done your research, you already know that Rishikesh is one of the best places for rock climbing in India. Lots of people from around the world flock to this town to try out various adventure sports. If you are one of them, then you must try rock climbing on the Shivalik Hills.

    This range is considered to be one of the best due to the steep incline and topography. This activity not only requires basic strength but also requires you to maintain mental stability. While you are suspended on ropes and you have no option but to climb up gradually, your mind and body become more alert and you start enjoying the adrenaline rush.

    Best season: October to February

    Approx. cost: 1,000 per person

    Difficulty level: Beginner/Medium

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  • 23Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking
    Are you environmentally conscious? Do you ride a bicycle to work? Well, you could spillover your habit while you’re visiting Rishikesh. One of the best activities in Rishikesh, mountain biking is the perfect way to explore this hilly town.

    Boasting of varying topography and steep roads, biking is a thrilling experience in itself. If you think you have the stamina to ride on the mountains, then you should try this out.

    Various forest and river trails are at your disposal for experiencing this. Gather your friends around and go for various cycling tours in Rishikesh which will reveal the best sights in your entire journey. 

    Best season:
    March to May and October to December

    Approx. cost:
    Rs 450 

    Difficulty level:
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  • 24Kayaking


    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 600 to 2000 Rs depending on the size of a group.

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

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  • 25Riverside Camping,trekking and Rafting in Rishikesh

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    Another wonderful campsite in the holy city of Rishikesh. This campsite is another example of nature’s perfectness in making things. Enjoy your weekend away from the rut of the city life and get into the beauty of nature Rishikesh has to offer.

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    The campsite is situated on the banks of the tributary of river Ganga, in the Ghatu Ghat Region. Once you reach, stay in your senses, because the beauty of the location will surely make you lose them. A river beside you in the foreground and a stunning mountain view at the background with lush greenery is a fair explanation of what you will witness. Just 15 minutes walk from the main road and perfect for budget campers, this camp will provide you twice the joy in the price of one.


    Relax with a drink beside the river bank or play fun games like Badminton, Chess, Ludo and Playing Cards. Enjoy the meals with some music and bonfire and relax, because you will be trekking tomorrow. Yes, there is even a waterfall nearby. Trek to the place and you will see how perfect nature is. And the all famous rafting in the Ganga needs no introduction. Feel the adrenaline rafting in the white waters for 16 kms.


    The cosy 2 bedded tents will promise you a good night sleep. If you are 3, the tents have room for one more bed, stay together.

    How to reach?

    The river view camp is just about 11 kms from the Laxman Jhula. Take a personal or shared cab to Mohanchati, it will drop you at the main road which is a good 15 minute wilderness walk from the campsite.

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    Check out: 12 noon

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  • 26Trekking


    Imagine Majestic Mountains, freshwater 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 the location of the trek.

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

  • 27Cliff Jumping

    Cliff Jumping

    Much like the name suggests, cliff jumping involves jumping off a cliff ranging from 20 to 50 feet into waters. It’s a fierce activity and not to be taken trivially as it requires a 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 temperature.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1750 to 4000 Rs.

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

  • Other Things to do in Rishikesh

  • 28Visit the Ancient Vashishta Gufa

    Visit the Ancient Vashishta Gufa

    Vashishta Gufa or Vashistha Cave is an ancient cave where sage Vashistha had once meditated. This cave is located on Rishikesh-Badrinath road in Uttarakhand. One of the popular activities in Rishikesh for meditation lovers, a visit to this cave is a must. Located among the trees of a small village known as Gular, this place is peaceful and pristine. While the entrance to the cave has some light, as you go deeper into it, the cave gets pitch dark.

    But, it is very well maintained with clean floors and mats laid out to accommodate almost a dozen people. At the end of the cave, you can spot a shiva linga and a flickering oil lamp that fills this cave with aroma.

    Location: Haridwar Rishikesh Badrinath Road, Shivpuri Range, Uttarakhand 249192

    Timings: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM everyday

    Approx. cost: No entry fee 

  • 29Visit Kunjapuri Temple

    Visit Kunjapuri Temple

    If you are still looking for peaceful things to do in Rishikesh then you might want to check out Kunjapuri Temple, located on top of a hill. This will become your favourite place for spending some time by yourself on your trip. This temple is of immense significance to Hindus as the chest of burned Sati had fallen here.

    Situated at a height of approximately 1,700 mts on a hill, this temple offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains and peaks around it. Many devotees believe in starting their new year by seeking blessings at this temple. You can visit this temple for blessings or just to spend some peaceful time by yourself.

    Location: Hindolakhal Rd, Adali, Uttarakhand 249175

    Timings: Open 24 hours

    Approx. cost: No cost

  • 30 Visit Swarg Ashram

     Visit Swarg Ashram

    Built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand, the Swarg Ashram is better known as Kali Kamli Wala. This little township upstream from Rishikesh has a very peaceful vibe to it. While you can take a strolling visit to this place, we recommend staying here to feel the peace within. This is one of the most calming activities in Rishikesh.

    There are various places of worship inside the Ashram that are dedicated to various Hindu Gods. This place is also famous for yoga and meditation which you can indulge in, while being here. Few eateries, stores, libraries and parks line this ashram and these will surely prove as a holistic experience when you visit this place.

    Location: Near Ram Jhula

    Timings: 6:00 - 8:00 PM everyday

    Approx. cost: Rs 600

  • 31Visit Rajaji National Park

    Visit Rajaji National Park

    One of the famous national parks of India is Rajaji National Park, located in Uttarakhand. The park has 3 different entry points, one of which is near Rishikesh and is known as Chilla range. One of the best things to do in Rishikesh is to take a safari along with a local guide, across Rajaji National Park. Jeep Safari in Rishikesh is an adventurous thing to do in the city. 

    The park is known to have the maximum number of elephants across India. It also has a wide variety of wild animals such as Sambar deer, barking deer, Antelopes like Nilgai and Goral, tiger, leopard and monkeys. Adding to this kitty, there is a huge variety of Himalayan birds, numbering up to 400 species.

    Some of the most sought-after birds by tourists and bird-watchers include Scaly Thrush, Rusty Treecreeper, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Bush Warbler, Leaf Warbler, Black-necked Stork and Blue Magpie.

    Best Season: Winters- because of the pleasant weather

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 500 to 2000 Rs for jeep safari.

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

  • 32Treat 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, 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.

  • 33Attend 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.

  • 34 Go Cafe Hopping

     Go Cafe Hopping

    Once you have travelled across the length and breadth of Rishikesh, you can hop-in to one of the many cafeterias that line its streets. It’s not just about having a coffee, it’s about having coffee in a café near the banks of river Ganga, or about having the same in the lap of Himalayas or yet, about enjoying a hot mug of coffee in the downtown across LakshmanJhula.

    One of the famous downtown cafes is the ‘Beatles Cafe’. It is said that ‘The Beatles’ band members visited this café, and ended up making lyrics of a new song in this café. Since then this café got a new name- The Beatles’ Café. Having coffee here should be on your list of things to do in Rishikesh.

    The flavours are many, right from regular to choco latte to cold coffee to choco-ice-cream or the black coffee, and so on.

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

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 500 to 2000 Rs.

  • 35Eat at Chottiwala Restraunt

    Eat at Chottiwala Restraunt

    One of the best things to do in Rishikesh is eating your heart out at Chottiwala restaurant and spoil yourself in food outing. Located on the banks of river Ganga, this restaurant opened way back in 1958. Since then it has been serving traditional Indian cuisine food items of north India, at very affordable prices.

    The restaurant is known for not just it's tasty, but also nutritious and healthy food. The best part is that despite being crowded, you don’t have to wait for more than half an hour to get your order on your table. The Chottiwala restaurant also serves many South Indian, Garhwali and Chinese dishes.

    Foreigners need not worry, because Chottiwala also serves Continental food in which you can have the required amount of spices in your platter, as you like, to spoil your taste buds. It also offers many sweet dishes and other delicacies to spoil yourself.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 200 to 900 Rs for two people.

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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.

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.

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 in 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!

Neer Garh Waterfall

The narrow stream of blue waters, surrounded by the lush foliage of Himalayan vegetation, Neer Garh Waterfall is a treat for any adventure or nature lover visiting Rishikesh. It is a sheer delight to watch the roaring stream making its way through steep rocks before plunging into a clear water pool.

Apt for relaxation, meditation, and even landscape photography, this waterfall has to be one of the most spectacular places to see in Rishikesh. In order to reach the cascade, one has to indulge in a short trek that has a length of approximately 1 km which is a bonus in itself. Once you reach here, you can lower yourself into the pool and let the pure mountain water heal your body and soul, washing away your fatigue.

Location: Rishikesh-Badrinath Road, 5 km from Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh

Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

Height of the Waterfall: 25 feet

Best Time to visit: September to March

Entry Fee: INR 30 per person


Shivpuri Rishikesh

Shivpuri, the quaint little town of Rishikesh owes its varied topography to the imposing Himalayas skirting it from all sides.

Apart from its one-off location, the sprawling landscapes peppered with wild flowers, turbulent rapids, swift flowing perennial rivers and a natural tranquillity of the atmosphere make Shivpuri a traveller’s paradise down the ages.

Located at a distance of about 16 Km from Rishikesh, the Shivpuri (the land of Lord Shiva) is a small hamlet settled on the bank of the River Ganges on one side and its tributary on the other. 

This ancient town has a deep spiritual connection with the religious Hindus for being the origin of the holy River Ganges at its vicinity.

A number of pilgrimage sites and ashrams are dotted across the entire region of Rishikesh that attract thousands of followers during the peak season.

 Apart from the religious aspect of the place, Shivpuri is among the top adventure destinations in the world due to its proximity with the Himalayas and some of the gurgling rivers flowing through the heart of the town.

The most ventured activities in this region are mountain biking, cliff jumping, river rafting, wildlife safari, beach camping and others. In a nutshell Shivpuri is your ultimate destination where you can get close with nature and feel a perfect synchronization with your inner self.

History of Shivpuri  

Being one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrim sites of India, a number of myths and allegories are attached to this place. The entire region is considered as Tapo Bhumi- a place for the meditation of the gods.

 On the bank of River Ganga lies a vast woodland area which is called Tapovana where Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama carried out his reparations in a small cottage. 

There is also another story which says, Lord Rama was sentenced to penance at this spot for killing Ravana, the multi-headed demon king of Lanka.

The bridge Lakshmanjhula (“jhula” means bridge in Hindi) is named after Lakshmana who is believed to have crossed the bridge made of jute and hang in suspension over The Ganges. 

According to the Skanda Purana- the greatest of all the Hindu puranas or scriptures, the place is regarded as the Kubja Mark as it is the place where Raibhya Rishi performed his penance through arduous contemplation by controlling his senses. 

Lord Vishnu was impressed by the sincerity of his disciple and blessed him with the message that the place will be named thereafter as Hrishikesh (“hrishik” means senses, “esh” means master). Some of the believers presume the place attained its name after Hrishikesh, the other name of Lord Vishnu as he visited the place for meeting his disciple. 


Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Parmarth Niketan Ashram, located in the lap of the verdant Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges, is one of the most popular ashrams in Rishikesh. The ashram specialises in traditional ayurvedic practice treatment, yoga, meditation and various other natural healing techniques. The ashram was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj. With over 1000 rooms, lush gardens, clean and pure ambience, the ashram provides a calm and serene refuge to devotees and patients alike. 

The ashram keeps its doors open for people of all religions, gender, caste, class and nationalities. The ashram is the home to a 14-feet statue of Lord Shiva that has been placed along the river bank. The divine or holy tree, Kalpavriksha, also boosts the sense of spirituality on the ashram campus.  

Various activities of the ashram include different healing yogas, universal prayers and meditation classes, kirtan, daily satsang, spiritual talks and seminars among other events. The ashram with its various activities aims to help people connect with their inner self and rejuvenate their senses. During your stay at the ashram, you can feel being associated with the peaceful surrounding of the ashram as well as nature.

Location: Rishikesh, Pauri district, Uttarakhand, India

Timings: The ashram remains open every day from 7am to 8pm. 

Price: Entry is free to the ashram. Rs 800 for basic rooms. Rs 1200 or Rs 1500 for rooms with air conditioning and a view of mountains and rivers



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.


Camping in Rishikesh

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


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.

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


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!

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.


Flying Fox Rishikesh

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.


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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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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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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  • Q. What are the Best Places to visit in Rishikesh?

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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.

  • Q. What is Rishikesh famous for?

    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

  • Q. What is famous in Rishikesh for shopping?

    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.

  • Q. What should I pack for Rishikesh?

    Packing list for winters:
    1. Windcheater
    2. Light warm jacket
    3. Woollen socks
    4. Sunblock
    5. Sturdy walking shoes
    6. Thermals
    7. Cap
    8. Gloves

    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
    6. Towels
    7. Sunblock
    8. A pair of slippers
    9. Swimming glasses especially if you wear contact lenses

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

    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.

  • Q. Is alcohol allowed in Rishikesh?

    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.

  • Q. What is there to do in Rishikesh at night?

    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

  • Q. How many days are enough for Rishikesh?

    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.

  • Q. How can I go to Haridwar from Rishikesh?

    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.

  • Q. How far is Kedarnath from Rishikesh?

    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.

  • Q. Does Rishikesh have snow?

    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.

  • Q. Is rafting safe in Rishikesh?

    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.