Experience the Merge of Bliss and Thrill with Rishikesh Travel Guide
Adventure combined with spirituality, seems incredible, this is Rishikesh for you. Settled on the banks of River Ganga, at the foothills of Himalayas, this town in Uttarakhand is one of the most exciting travel destinations in India. An international name in tourism map, this speck of town has been the birthplace of yoga and has served a holy destination for spiritual reasons. Now, it is favored by adventure lovers, spiritual enthusiasts and relaxation seekers. The city has a personality that lures all and also it’s a perfect weekend getaway when the tough gets going.
The town is a popular place to go river rafting on the Ganges River, meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. The campsites, adventure activities, numerous temples, ashrams, and yoga institute. To help you learn all about the town, we have penned down a Rishikesh travel guide.
Best time to visit Rishikesh
The best time to visit Rishikesh is throughout the year, except the monsoon season. As Rishikesh is located at the Himalayan foothills, it provides a cool escape during the hotter months. Therefore, the best time to visit is between March to May, and September to October.
Rishikesh is best avoided during the monsoon months from July to August, as it receives heavy rain which causes floods and landslides. River rafting and camping is also closed during this time. Winters, from November until February, are cold so you need to bring woolens.
If you seek to bask in bliss, then the best time to visit is March 1-7, to attend the annual week-long International Yoga Festival.
How to reach Rishikesh
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is well-connected with Haridwar. To get to the hill town, one can opt for air, rail and road. The nearest airport is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, 35 km away. The nearest railway station is in Haridwar, 12 km away. Proper road connections, frequently running buses, cabs and private vehicles ply to the town.
The best experiences of Rishikesh:
Taste adventure with river rafting
Rishikesh is known as the river rafting hub of India. Being located on the banks of River Ganga, it offers the exhilarating sport of rafting. The stretch of river is fast, dotted with a number of rapids and thrill. Descending from its glacial origins, the river waters is quite chilly no matter the season. Ride the inflated tube, conquer the roaring rapids and enjoy the pictorial views of the foothills of Himalayas. The adventure sport is available for amateurs and the experts. The team sport is truly a memorable activity, one must certainly try once in their lives.
River Rafting Routes:
- Kaudiyala- Marine Drive (10 km)
- Marine Drive- Shivpuri (11 km)
- Shivpuri-Brahmpuri (11 km)
- Brahmpuri-Lakshman Jhula (9 km)
Camping by the shores of River Ganga
Camping on the sandy shores of River Ganga is one of the best experiences of Rishikesh. This is an activity that everyone must certainly try on a visit to the holy town. It’s perfect for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and peace seekers.
The tents are set up on sandy patches by the river. Hear the melody of the constant gushing water, the calls of birds and the view of stars that open up to the very Milky Way Galaxy. Camping completes and compliments the thrill of river rafting. Escape the world for few days find yourself in the lush environs.
Unlock secrets of mind, body, and soul with yoga
Rishikesh is known as the ‘yoga capital of the world’, therefore yoga is one of the best experiences for travelers here. The serene banks of River Ganga is said to be the place where yoga is said to have originated. The spiritual bliss you feel here helps you attain harmony with nature.
The balance of body, mind and soul is the key to not just health and wellness but it also reveals the secret of a higher level of existence. Learn the ancient science, the intricate forms, postures as well as breathing exercises at the ashrams or centers from the expert gurus. To have fun with learning, do not miss to attend the International Yoga festival, celebrated annually in the month of March.
- Best Yoga Ashrams in Rishikesh: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sivananda Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Shree Mahesh Heritage School, etc.
Get pampered with the best Ayurvedic therapies
Not just yoga, another holistic ancient science of health and wellness, Ayurveda is also listed as one of the best experiences of Rishikesh. The beautiful relaxing ambiance works wonder when you are treated to Ayurvedic treatments. Resorts, Ayurveda centers and ashrams offer the treatments based on the 5000-year old Vedic knowledge of the “Science of Life”.
From oil massages, therapies to special disease treatments, one can opt for any of the therapies. Special diet, yoga, meditation and other things are added to increase the benefits of Ayurveda therapies. From an hour to a month, packages are available in all options.
- Best Ayurveda Centres In Rishikesh: Hemadri Ayurveda Centre, Ayurveda Bhavan, Ananda in the Himalayas, and Braham Yoga and Healing
Enjoy bungee jumping
The adventure things to do in Rishikesh are surely a level up than many adventure hubs in India. It ranks among the most cherished experiences of your holiday. Bungee jumping is an extreme adventure sports that has fans from all over the world. It’s one of the activities that give the thrill of flying, the excitement to jump of a hill and yet be safe in a harness?
Rishikesh has India’s highest fixed platform at a height of approximately 273 feet. From the platform you can jump in the ravine and danger below. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you scream your hearts out!
- Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM everyday (closed on Tuesday)
Walk on the Lakshman Jhula
The hanging bridge over the River Ganges, Lakshman Jhula is one of the major tourist attractions in Rishikesh. It is a serene place to take a walk. Here you can enjoy the cool breeze or the view of the rippling waters standing just above the river. Both the ends of the bridge have a number of temples, restaurants, and beach shacks where one can enjoy the bliss of River Ganges.
- Timings: 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Bliss at the Triveni Ghat
The Triveni Ghat is listed among the top places to visit in Rishikesh. The river ghat is popular for the ritual of holy baths in the Ganga, which is said to cleanse all sins and grant salvation from the circle of life and death. Sit here and enjoy pure tranquility, the water flows by and soothes your senses.
The charm of the Ghat enhances in the evening. As the sun sets and dusk sets in, a spectacular aarti (grand prayer rituals) are performed dedicated to the river Ganga. Huge brass lamps are lit, flowers and diyas offered to the River Goddess, creating a beautiful spiritual ambiance. The aarti is conducted between 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
- Timings: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM everyday (closed on Thursday)
- Location: Mayakund, Rishikesh
Adventure sports thrill
The extremely pleasant location of Rishikesh is blessed it with a host of adventure activities, some of the best adventure activities in India. The swift Ganga River is the hub of river rafting. The lush foothills of the Himalayas offer a number of exciting trekking trails. Also, there are a number of adventure camps here. From flying fox, waterfall rappelling, kayaking to trekking, enjoy pure adventure on your stay in one of the adventure camps.
Apart from the personality of spiritualism and adventure, Rishikesh is known to have been a favored retreat of the famous band Beatles. With them, came a new hip culture and relaxed vibe.
The famous cafes in the town include the Little Buddha Cafe, The 60’s Cafe, Bistro Nirvana, etc. Not just for food, stop by these cafes for gorgeous views, a serene time and also to mingle with crowds from all over the world.
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