15 Unexplored Places near Rishikesh Worth Visiting in 2020
Unexplored places near Rishikesh include Kanatal, Dodi Tal, Landaour, Khisru, Mandal, Chopta, Harsil, Pangot, Bhowali, Khurpatal, Bhimtal, and many other places.

Uttarakhand is filled with places unexplored near Rishikesh which you can easily reach from this bustling city. You will find everything from small colonial cantonment towns like Landour to hamlets based around scenic lakes like Khurpatal. Whether you are looking for the perfect destination to lose yourself in or the ideal place to find yourself in, Uttarakhand has everything! You can go to meditate at Kanatal or embark on a pilgrimage from Chopta. 

These offbeat places near Rishikesh not only offer peace and tranquillity but also opportunities to test your endurance! You can choose to rappel down the mountain slopes at Pangot or go white water rafting on the Bhagirathi river, there are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping. The villages in the region offer several opportunities to spend time with the locals and enjoy the local cuisine at a cosy homestay!When in Rishikesh, a new adventure is only a ride away! 

Here is the list of unexplored places near Rishikesh: 


Kanatal (79 km from Rishikesh)

Kanatal (79 km from Rishikesh)
If you are looking for a place to lose yourself in and cut off from the fast-paced world for a bit, then this small village not very far from Rishikesh is the place for you. Kanatal offers several adventure activities like hiking, camping, paragliding, valley crossing, etc. which you can partake in when in the region.

Not only does Kanatal provides the perfect backdrop for some stunning pictures but also offers peace and tranquillity. The place has several ancient temples dotting its landscape which make it an ideal escape if you are looking for tranquility and a spiritual escape.

Distance: Approx. 79 kilometers  from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Sleep under the stars by pitching a camp in the middle of the jungle 
Go hiking and trekking in the Kadai Jungle area and experience the wild side of the mountains 
Try your hand at adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling and valley crossing 
Go on a jungle safari in Kadai and come face-to-face with deer, boars, nilgai, etc. 
Stay with the locals at a homestay 


Dodi Tal (94 km from Rishikesh)

 Dodi Tal (94 km from Rishikesh)
Dodital is an important trekking destination of Uttarakhand and is frequented by hiking and trekking enthusiasts almost all through the year. The area gets its name from an emerald lake by the same name which is found in the hamlet.

It is arguably one of the most scenic lakes found in the entire northern part of the country. The lake is home to Himalayan trout and also has a historic Hindu temple nestled on its banks. 

Distance: Approx. 94 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
You can camp near the Dodital lake and enjoy stargazing 
Trek the 22-kilometer long scenic route from Dodi Tal to Sangam Chatti 
Pay your respects at the Ganesha Temple situated on the lakeside 
Hike from Dodital to the Darwa Pass to enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks.  
Go fishing for trout at the Dodital lake 

Landour (94 km from Rishikesh)

Landour (94 km from Rishikesh)
Landour is one of the better-known holiday destinations near Rishikesh and is known as a cantonment town dating back to the British Era. Situated not very far from the famous hill station of Mussoorie, you can easily walk to Landour from Mussourie’s Bazaar within an hour.

Landour is home to the world-renowned author, Ruskin Bond and to several Victorian buildings including churches, cathedrals, etc. You can spend your time discovering the different cafes and eateries of this quiet town or go for a walk in the woods that are never far away in Landour. 

Distance: Approx. 94 kilometers from Rishikesh
Why visit:
Sample the local produce like jams, marmalades, peanut butter, etc. being sold in the stores and farms 
Visit the gothic-styled Kellog’s church nestled in the midst of tall trees
Discover the architecture of St. Paul’s church which was built in 1839
Enjoy glimpses of the famous ‘Ivy Cottage’, home to Ruskin Bond 

Chakrata (135 km from Rishikesh)

Chakrata (135 km from Rishikesh)
Chakrata is a cantonment town in the Dehradun district of Garhwal. The town has a rich cultural history but is majorly known for its natural beauty. While here, you can spend your days exploring the best that nature has to offer in the form of beautiful waterfalls, charming meadows, tranquil forest trails and scenic mountain passes. When here, you can also enjoy a glimpse into the simplistic lives of mountain towns. 

Distance: Approx. 135 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Spend a day at the Tiger Falls, India’s highest direct waterfalls at an elevation of 312 feet
Enjoy a picnic at Kanasar, in the midst of magnificent forests and charming meadows
Visit the ancient limestone caves at Budher 
Soak in the panoramic views at various viewpoints like Chilmiri, Deoban, Bairat Khai, etc. 
Pay your respects at the ancient, local temples like Massu Devta, Lakhamandal, etc. 

Khirsu (135 km from Rishikesh)

Khirsu (135 km from Rishikesh)
Khirsu is a scenic hill station nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The place is known for its truly spectacular views which include uninterrupted scenery comprising of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandkot and Panchchuli peaks.

This quaint town is known for its natural beauty and apple orchards. If you are respectful to the locals, they will also allow you to go apple picking in their farms! Apart from its natural beauty, Khirsu also offers a glimpse into India’s primitive religious history and is home to several small Hindu temples.

The temple dedicated to Ghandiyal Devi is the most famous amongst all of them. When here, you can rejuvenate by following unexplored nature trails through the surrounding Oak, Pine and Deodar forests, enjoy bird watching or just soak in the view from your cottage room!

Approx. 135 kilometers  from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Unparalleled views of the mountains 
Unexplored nature trails and hikes 
A small, sleepy town ambience 
A plethora of bird species 

Chopta (164 km from Rishikesh)

Chopta (164 km from Rishikesh)
Known by the name of ‘Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand’, Chopta is one of the most scenic unexplored places near Rishikesh. This hamlet receives generous snow during the winters, making it a white paradise but since it is relatively hushed as a holiday destination, you will not find blaring horns, thronged public spaces and packed hotels here.

It also acts as the base camp for several treks and hikes into the surrounding mountains of Tungnath and Chandrashilla. Apart from nature lovers, mostly pilgrims undertake these hikes as they lead to some of the holiest Hindu temples in the country. 

Distance: Approx.164 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Enjoy easy access to the rich biodiversity of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary 
Begin your pilgrimage to the holy temples of Chandrashilla and Tungnath 
Take in views of the snow-clad mountains and forests 
Go for nature hikes, bird watching or a quiet picnic in a meadow 

Bhimtal ( 229 km from Rishikesh)

Bhimtal ( 229 km from Rishikesh)
Bhimtal is a charming, small city situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is one of the more offbeat places near Rishikesh. This city is known for its abundance of natural lakes which form a major part of its landscape. The major lake, known by the name of Bhimtal lake, is even larger than the more popular Nainital lake.

Sitting at an altitude of 1,370 meters above sea level, Bhimtal is particularly well-connected to the surrounding major cities like Nainital, making it a favourite day-trip destination. 

Distance: Approx. 229 km from Rishikesh
Why visit:
Spend time at the beautiful lakes that are spread in and around the town 
Visit the aquarium built on an island in the middle of the lake 
Enjoy boating on one of the several lakes 
Go for nature walks, treks and hikes in the surrounding mountains 
Visit the several holy temples including the 17th-century Bhimeshwar temple 


Mandal ( 229 km from Rishikesh)

Mandal ( 229 km from Rishikesh)
Mandal is one of the most remote, untouched and offbeat places near Rishikesh that you must visit when looking for tranquillity. This remote hamlet lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and a place where you can truly witness humans living in total harmony with nature. Apart from its staggering natural beauty, Mandal is also visited by tourists because it works as a base camp for many popular treks in the region. 

Distance:  Approx. 229 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Escape the bustle of city life and experience the slow-paced life of mountain villages 
Begin your trek to Kalpeshwar or Rudranath from here 
Observe the denizens of the forest live in harmony with the villagers 
Soak in the stunning mountain scenery 
Enjoy home-cooked local cuisine at one of the several homestays 

Gwaldam (240 km from Rishikesh)

Gwaldam (240 km from Rishikesh)
Gwaldam can be best described as a sleepy little town which lies on the border of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttarakhand. This is a largely unexplored place near Rishikesh which you can visit for its spectacular views, untamed jungles and beautiful orchards. The town offers views of majestic peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul Parbat and Nanda Ghuti, right out of your bedroom’s window. 

Approx. 240 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
- Take a stroll in the practically endless apple orchids and go apple-picking 
Go on nature trails that will lead you through unexplored springs, brightly coloured flowers and countless birds
Pay your respects at the ancient temple of Badhan Garhi which is perched on a narrow ridge 
Join the holy pilgrimage to Nanda Devi which passes through this town 
Trek to the mysterious Roopkund lake 

Khurpatal (240 km from Rishikesh)

Khurpatal (240 km from Rishikesh)
Although Khurpatal is situated at a distance of a mere 12 kilometers from the city of Nainital, it is remarkably quieter and more peaceful if you are looking for a quiet vacation. Perched at a height of 1,635 metres above sea level, Khurpatal has an emerald-blue lake in the heart of the town which gives the whole settlement a dreamy feeling.

It was a favorite haunt amongst the British soldiers stationed in the area and also had a gun foundry in the area at one point in time. 

Distance: Approx. 240 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Enjoy the scenic views that surround this small settlement 
Pitch a camp on the side of the emerald Khurpatal lake 
Learn more about the colonial past of this sleepy town through the locals 
Enjoy a day trip away from the crowds of Nainital 

Harsil (245 km from Rishikesh)

Harsil (245 km from Rishikesh)
Nestled on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, Harsil is a small village and an important army area in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This is an ideal destination if you are looking for unexplored places near Rishikesh, owing to its scenic settings and rich culture.

Apart from the majestic Himalayas that surround the village on all sides, another noteworthy part of the landscape is the many small temples. When staying at Harsil, you can pay your visit to the sacred temple of Gangotri and also spend a day in Sattal which is known for its seven lakes. 

Approx. 245 kilometers from Rishikesh 

Why visit:
See the majestic scenery that surrounds the entire village 
Go on walks and hikes around the region and discover unadulterated beauty on foot 
Visit the neighboring village of Mukhba and pay respects to the idol of Goddess Ganga which is kept in the village throughout the winter months 

Jeolikot (255 km from Rishikesh)

Jeolikot (255 km from Rishikesh)
Also known as the ‘gateway to Naini Lake’, Jeolikot is a hidden travel destination, tucked away in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Its quaint surroundings and peaceful environment have attracted gurus and sages for centuries, including Swami Vivekanand and Aurobindo.

You can spend your time enjoying the natural vistas, going for butterfly spotting and learning more about the local floriculture. It has several well-established accommodation options which make a stay at Jeolikot a pleasant one! 

 Approx. 255 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Visit the local bee-keeping centre and learn more about how honey bees are bread in the region 
Go butterfly-spotting in the surrounding meadows 
Learn more about the vibrant floriculture and horticultural practices of the region 
Enjoy quaint walks in the many orchards of Jeolikot 
Stay at one of the vintage English cottages of the village 
Follow in the steps of meditative masters like Swami Vivekanand and Aurobindo 

Pangot (260 km from Rishikesh)

Pangot (260 km from Rishikesh)
One of the most easy-to-reach and relatively unexplored places near Rishikesh is Pangot. After you reach Nainital from Rishikesh, this quaint little hamlet is only 15 kilometres away. You can leave behind all the bustle of cities like Nainital and Rishikesh and enjoy unadulterated nature.

Once here, you can spend your time immersed in nature, looking out for the more than 300 different varieties of birds and other animals. Apart from bird-watching, several tourists visit Pangot to participate in the plethora of adventure activities that it has to offer!  

Approx. 260 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Enjoy staying in a quieter, calmer suburb of a bustling city 
Take part in adventure activities like mountain biking, trekking, hiking, etc. 
Indulge in bird-watching with over 300 species of birds living in the area 
Follow the trekking trails to Corbett National Park. Naina Peak and Pangot 

Bhowali (262 km from Rishikesh)

 Bhowali (262 km from Rishikesh)
Bhowali is a small town and can be considered a largely unexplored place near Rishikesh, making it an ideal destination for solitude seekers! Bhowali offers all the creature comforts that you will find in a bigger town, minus the hordes of tourists.

Here, you can enjoy the uninterrupted natural beauty and discover at your own pace. Bhowali is home to several ancient temples, old ashrams, majestic lakes and pristine forests. Apart from natural beauty, you can also spend time admiring its rich culture through food, clothes, music, etc. 

Distance: Approx. 262 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Pay a visit to the Kainchi Dham temple and ashram and soak in the spiritual ambiance 
Spend time sampling different tea varieties at the ShyamKhet Tea Gardens 
Walk the orchards, go apple picking and buy fresh produce at the orchards in Ramgarh 
Visit the popular fruit market of Bhowali 

Dharchula (435 km from Rishikesh)

Dharchula (435 km from Rishikesh)
If you are in the city and want to experience some of the truly offbeat places near Rishikesh, then you must consider Dharchula for your holiday! Located near the border of Nepal, this sleepy little town packs quite a few surprises in the form of culture, history and nature.

It is of great historical and cultural importance since it is located near the ancient trade route that weaved throughout the Himalayan range. It is also home to the Mansarovar Lake which is an important pilgrim centre in the region. Apart from this, you can also visit the Narayan Ashram, Chikrila Dam, Kali River and Om Parvat when here. 

Distance:  Approx. 435 kilometers from Rishikesh

Why visit:
Visit the historic Narayan Ashram which was established in the year 1936
Go on a pilgrimage and take a dip in the holy Mansarovar Lake
Trek alongside the scenic Kali River 
Visit the Indo-Nepal and the Indo-Sino Border
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