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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
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, 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.
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.
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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.