Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is probably one of the favored travel destinations in India. The pictorial setting along the River Ganga and the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is the ‘Adventure hub in India’. From the echoing artis at the ghats to the thrilling river rafting in the Ganga, Rishikesh is a unique city in India. Bungee jumping, rafting, parasailing, paragliding, trekking, and various other activities are going to keep you entertained in the ancient town of Uttrakhand.
Also deemed as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is the abode of yogis. Peaceful meditation by the banks of Ganga and Yoga at the Ghats is one-way to relax your mind and be physically fit on a vacation. Even the musicians of “Beatles” found this harmony and produced masterpieces in the blissful ambiance. Some of the best yoga and meditation ashrams in Rishikesh include Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Himalayan Yog Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Swami Dayananda Ashram, Phool Chatti Ashram, and Sadhana Mandir and Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram.
Why visit Rishikesh?
If you wish to connect with God and delve into spirituality visit Rishikesh. It is ideal to spend time with your loved ones with a spectacular view of the gushing water of river Ganga and hills. Known as the “Adventure hub in India”, Rishikesh offers plenty of adventure activities like kayaking, trekking, rock climbing, bike riding, cycling, cliff jumping, flying Fox and bungee jumping. Among them, river rafting is what Rishikesh is most visited for.
Apart from the activities, families and friends can enjoy the soulful Arti at the banks of Ganga. Rishikesh can also be a romantic place for couples to spend some time alone. To learn about the secret of health and wellness, with traditional yoga, choose to attend the International Yoga Festival in the first week of March.
Take a break from all the schedules and overcome the challenges that the hill town has to its name.
Places to visit in Rishikesh
Also known as the 'Yoganagari' and the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is famous for its mesmerizing beauty, holiness, adventure activities and the magnificent places. Dotted with pious ghats, tranquil ashrams , sacred temples, and evergreen forests, Rishikesh has a lot of attractions. Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Trivebi Ghat, Beatles Ashram are some of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.
Things to do in Rishikesh
Enjoy the various adventurous sports in Rishikesh with a mountainous backdrop. For all the adventure enthusiasts, Rishikesh has a lot of activities like Rafting, Flying fox, Kayaking, Camping, Bungee Jumping, Giant swing, Cliff jumping, Hot Air Ballooning, Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. Indulge into these fun activities and explore more options of things to do in Rishikesh.
Best Time to Visit Rishikesh
The best time to visit Rishikesh for river rafting is summers i.e. from March to June. The International Yoga Festival is also organized in the month of March. Another good time to travel to Rishikesh is from October to February to witness the misty mountain peaks and enjoy hot drinks in cold weather.
How to Reach Rishikesh
You can travel to Rishikesh by air, bus, rail, and your own vehicle. Rishikesh doesn’t have an airport and the nearest one is in Dehradun (15 km away). Rishikesh railway station is the closest train station but it is preferred to get off at Haridwar Railway Station due to poor connectivity with other stations. You can also hire a bus from ISBT Delhi to Rishikesh or easily plan a road trip from nearby cities.
How to get around Rishikesh
You can either travel around Rishikesh in taxis, auto-rickshaws, or on foot. There are keeps, and cabs (per-seat basis) available. Travelling by auto-rickshaws is the most pocket-friendly way. The best way to explore Rishikesh is on foot.
Accommodation in Rishikesh
Being a tourist hub, Rishikesh has a lot of hostels and hotels to stay in. Most of the hotels are at the entry side of Lakshman Jhula, but you can stay at the other side as well. Choose any accommodation according to your preference and budget in Rishikesh. Some of the best places to stay in Rishikesh include Veda5 Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat, Holy River Hotel, Sterling Palm Bliss, Himalayan Resort, and Bunk Stay Hostel.
Where to Eat in Rishikesh
Being such a popular tourist destination, the food of Rishikesh has become varied. Some of the places to eat in Rishikesh are Flavors Restaurant, Sitting Elephant, Latitude, Jal & Jalebi, and Oasis Restaurant and German Bakery. These restaurants serve North Indian, Continental, Chinese, Asian, American, European, and Russian cuisines.
Shopping in Rishikesh
For shopping in Rishikesh, there are quite a few markets. Also, there are a few things to buy in Rishikesh like pooja essentials, shawls, religious artifacts, and sarees. Some of the known shopping markets in Rishikesh are Lakshman Jhula Market, Shyampur Haat Bazar, Rishikesh main market, Gole Market, and Ram Jhula Market.