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Rishikesh Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Rishikesh

A heaven for spiritual seekers as well as adventure enthusiasts, the bustling Rishikesh is a popular pilgrimage destination as well, dotted with several temples and Ashrams.


  • Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh
Rishikesh At a Glance
  • Average Climate:5°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit:September - May
  • STD Code:0135

Rishikesh Tourism | Rishikesh Travel Guide

Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is probably one of India's most favored travel destinations. The beauty of this city lies in the combination of thrill and peace that Rishikesh presents to tourists. Rishikesh is a fascinating place for your mind, body, and soul. In addition, from enjoying the adventurous activities to taking meditation sessions, each thing gives you a lifetime experience.

The pictorial setting along the River Ganga and the foothills of the Himalayas make it an Adventure Hub in India. From the echoing artist at the ghats to the thrilling river rafting in the Ganga, the varied aspects of Rishikesh Tourism attract a large number of tourists from across the world. Bungee jumping, rafting, parasailing, paragliding, trekking, and various other activities will keep you entertained in this 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 vacation. Even the musicians of "Beatles" found this harmony and produced masterpieces in the blissful ambiance. Check out this guide about Rishikesh Tourism to get complete information for your next vacation in this city.

Read the Comprehensive Rishikesh Travel Guide to Plan your Vacation

Why Visit Rishikesh?

If you wish to connect with God and delve into spirituality, visit Rishikesh. It is ideal for spending time with your loved ones with a spectacular view of the gushing water of the river Ganga and the hills.

This city is also 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, you 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 hill town's challenges to its name.

Places to visit in Rishikesh

Also known as the 'Yoganagari' and the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas,' Rishikesh tourism is famous for its mesmerizing beauty, holiness, adventure activities, and 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, Triveni Ghat, and Beatles Ashram are the best places to visit in Rishikesh. To know more about tourist places in Rishikesh, click here!

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, and Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. So indulge in 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 summer, from March to June. The International Yoga Festival is also organized in March. Another good time to travel to Rishikesh is from October to February as you can witness the misty mountain peaks and enjoy hot drinks in cold weather. To know more, Click here!

How to Reach Rishikesh

You can travel to Rishikesh by air, bus, rail, and your 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 travel around Rishikesh in taxis, auto-rickshaws, or on foot. There are keeps and cabs (per-seat basis) available. Traveling 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 on the entry side of Lakshman Jhula, but you can also stay on the other side. So choose any accommodation according to your preference and budget in Rishikesh. 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 places to eat in Rishikesh are Flavors Restaurant, Sitting Elephant, Latitude, Jal & Jalebi, Oasis Restaurant and German Bakery. These restaurants serve North Indian, Continental, Chinese, Asian, American, European, and Russian cuisines.

Ashrams in Rishikesh

Yoga and Meditation are the highlights of this city that attracts tourists from all corners of the world. You can practice these mindful techniques for your mind, body, and soul at various places in Rishikesh. 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.

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.

You can contact our tour experts and plan your vacation in this city for additional information. We provide well-designed Rishikesh tour packages which are customizable and open for all modifications by you.