Explore the Vibrant City Of Rishikesh!

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How to Reach


Rishikesh can be accessed via air, bus, train and road/ self-drive.
Air: The nearest airport is located in Dehradun. And is approximately 35 km away from Rishikesh. All major domestic carriers have direct flights from Delhi. There is even a flight from Lucknow. Once you exit the airport, you can hire a local taxi or catch a bus to Rishikesh. If you are traveling from overseas and are unable to find a connection then the best way is to catch a cab from New Delhi and head to Rishikesh via road.
Bus: Rishikesh is well-connected via buses from Delhi, Haridwar, and Dehradun. From Delhi, you can get busses either form Kashmiri Gate or ISBT. Buses run at various times throughout the day. You choose between luxurious, deluxe or regular coaches.
Train: The nearest railway station is located in Haridwar and is around 25 km away. Haridwar is connected via train to many locations in India such as Varanasi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi etc. There are many trains such as Shatabdi, Express Trains, AC Special trains, and Mussoorie Express.
Road/Self Drive: Rishikesh is connected to major cities in India via National Highway 58. It takes between 6 and 7 hours to reach Rishikesh from Delhi. There is a short hilly terrain in the middle, but other than that the drive to Rishikesh is smooth and enjoyable.

Best Time To Visit


Although Rishikesh enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year, some months are definitely more favorable than the others.
October to February: Rishikesh experiences winters during these months and the average temperature ranges between 19-27 degrees. Despite the chilly weather, many people head to Rishikesh around this time for rafting and camping. January is the coldest month, so make sure you carry appropriate winter wear.
March to June: March is the best time to head to Rishikesh for rafting and if you plan in advance, you can also attend the International Yoga Festival. Rishikesh experiences summer during these months and June is the hottest month with temperatures peaking up to 25 degrees. Rafting is closed during June, so if you are not a fan of the adventure sport then this is the best time to visit Rishikesh as many hotels offer discounted accommodation.

People Also Ask About Rishikesh
Which are the best places to visit in Rishikesh?

  1. Lakshman Jhula: This famous landmark often makes it to postcard images of Rishikesh, that’s how synonymous it is not only to Rishikesh but the entire Uttarakhand. To mark the crossing of the Ganga by Lakshman on a jute bridge, a rope bridge was constructed in 1889.
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This was later replaced by this 450-ft. long suspended iron bridge in 1930 connecting the 2 districts of Pauri and Tehri. It is quite a unique experience walking over the depths of the Ganges and enjoying panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings from over the waters. There are several beautiful temples & local bazaar around the bridge that are a must-visit.

Location: Tapovan, Rishikesh.
Timing: Open 24 hours.

  1. Ram Jhula: The second of the twin bridges, Ram Jhula is the slightly lesser-known but a better architectural marvel than Lakshman Jhula. Constructed in 1986, this iconic structure spans for around 750 ft. over the River Ganges linking Swarg Ashram to Sivananda Ashram.
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You can’t but feel hypnotised by the crashing sounds of the river beneath, stupendous views of the mountains, and the cool misty breeze all around. Throughout the year the bridge and its surrounding areas, comprising numerous famous temples and markets, is abuzz with tourists from India and around the world making for a lovely sight.

Location: Muni ki Reti.
Timing: Open 24 hours.

  1. Beatles Ashram: Initially founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to teach the age-old practices of yoga and meditation, this ashram became world-famous with the visit of the English rock band ‘Beatles’ members in 1968 to learn mediation.
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It was recently converted into a tourist attraction where one can enjoy soaking in the earthy architecture of the place and fun activities like bird watching, trekking, nature walks, etc. The entire place has beautiful graffiti and wall paintings made by visiting tourists making for a great photo-opp of this legendary place.

Location: Swargashram, Rishikesh.
Timing: Every day 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Price: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 600 for foreign nationals.

  1. Trayambakeshwar Temple: One of the most revered temples in the entire country, this 8th-century temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is an important part of the Char Dham yatra. The beautiful temple is housed in a magnificent 13-storey building and is often referred to as ‘Terah Manzil Temple’.

It houses idols of numerous gods & goddesses like Hanuman, Kali, Durga, etc. with a Shivlinga on the topmost floor. The temple is a great place to spend some time in serene quietude broken only by the melodious tinkling of the bells. The compound offers great views of the Ganges and the sun setting over its waters.

Location: Near Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh.
Timing: Every day from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

  1. Rishi Kund: One of the holiest spots in Rishikesh, Rishi Kund is said to have been blessed by River Yamuna, and Lord Ram is believed to have taken a dip here during his exile. Located at the foothills of lush green hills, the place has a beautiful ambience and is visited by thousands of people to take a dip here to pay obeisance to the gods.

It is amazing to see these hills and the Raghunath Temple reflect in the clear waters of the pond.

Location: Near Triveni Ghat.
Timing: Open 24-hours.

  1. Little Buddha Cafe: No trip to Rishikesh is complete without visiting this organic and chic café that overlooks the Ganges River and mountains in the background. This is one of the best places in Rishikesh to lounge for hours while soaking in the beautiful views and experiencing the calming effect that it has on the visitors.

These views are accompanied by a superb range of comfort foods like chocolate pancakes, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, rustic pizzas.

Must Do Things in Rishikesh

River Rafting

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River Rafting is an activity that involves sailing on rapids on a rubber boat. It’s an adventure filled activity that has gained a popular momentum in the Indian adventure sports scene. Rishikesh’s proximity to the upper Himalayas along with the passing of the Ganges through this city makes it a very popular spot for River Rafting in Rishikesh.

People flock to Rishikesh for this activity due to the virtue of its location. If you are visiting and want to go on an adrenaline-pumping activity, do put river rafting on your bucket list of things to do in Rishikesh.

Best Season: Summers and monsoon are the best time for this activity because the stream is stronger.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1500 to 3000 Rs.

Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone with basic physical fitness.

Camping

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The beautiful mountain scenery along with the old world feeling of Rishikesh makes it a camper’s delight. Rishikesh is one of those places which seems to be stuck in a time limbo, not overly modern but not completely dwelling in the past.

A place such as this has a lot of stories to be discovered making it the perfect spot to camp under the stars and marvel at the sight and sounds of the surroundings and the city. Camping here will have a transcendental effect and is sure to delight you. Make your trip a memorable one at some of these best camps of Rishikesh.

Best Season: Summers and spring are the best time because of the pleasant weather.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 1000 to 6000 Rs.

Giant Swing

Much like Bungee Jumping, giant swing works on the same principle. But unlike Bungee Jumping which is a free fall, on a giant swing, a person’s rope harness is connected to a holding point from where he swings. To put it simply, imagine the person being a pendulum ball and swinging from one end to another.

It is usually conducted at the same spot as Bungee Jumping because of the similarity between the activities. The distance covered in a Giant Swing adventure ranges between 1 – 1.5 km. It’s a thrilling activity that is sure to tickle your adventure bone.

Best Season: This activity can be availed throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 2000 to 6000 Rs.

Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone who meets general physical fitness levels. For those who have heart conditions, blood pressure or diabetic, consult a doctor before participating in this activity.

Bungee Jumping

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Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh is a fun activity that involves jumping from a tall structure like a vertical rail, building or cliff while suspended from a rope harness. The fun lies in the jump and the recoil one encounters when they are bounced back and the rope is completely stretched out.

It’s a very unique activity in India, having been introduced to Rishikesh a few years previously. For those who enjoy an adrenaline-filled activity, this is one should be on your list of things to do in Rishikesh.

Best Season: This activity can be availed throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Between 2000 to 4000 Rs.

Difficulty Level: It’s a slightly demanding activity as physical fitness is an absolute requisite for this activity. People with conditions such as blood pressure or diabetes should consult a doctor before indulging in this activity.

Flying Fox

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Flying Fox is basically another name for zip lining. Zip lining is an activity that involves sliding through a horizontal rope while attached to the rope through a harness. The starting point is generally located at a higher altitude than the ending point in order to allow one to slide through the rope.

The speed of sliding through a valley or between two cliffs is reason enough to try this at least once. It is an activity for all ages and is a lot of fun to participate in. You can also check here the list of thrilling & adventurous activities in Rishikesh.

Best Season: This activity can be availed throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 2000 to 5500 Rs.

Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone who meets general physical fitness levels. For those who have heart conditions, blood pressure or diabetic, consult a doctor before participating in this activity.

Hot Air Ballooning

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There is still one big thing left out for all those of you, adventure seekers and thrill lovers. And that thing is Hot Air Ballooning over the skies of Rishikesh. It should be at no.1 on your list of things to do in Rishikesh as the kind experience and excitement it brings with it, is comparable to none.

You will get to sit in an air balloon, which will be tied to, lifted up, and floated by a light aircraft to get you to the required heights. Once you have reached the correct altitude, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley and mountains, with birds chirping close to you in the sky and it is one of the best activities to do in Rishikesh

You will feel like flying, free from all the hullabaloo of the world that dwells below. This ride is counted as Air Safari, one of the best ways to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of Rishikesh.

Best Season: Summer- because of the pleasant weather.

Approximate Cost: Ranges Between 6000 to 15,000 Rs.

Difficulty Level: This is an activity that can be availed by anyone with basic physical fitness.

Spiritual Walk Tour in Rishikesh

About spiritual walk tour
Rishikesh is a spiritual destination with Himalayan peaks and gushing rivers, that attracts thousands from all over the world to offer pilgrim. This spiritual walk tour will take you one a journey to the spiritual story of Rishikesh. Explore the historic temples of Rishikesh and experience, the various religious faiths of India. Walk on the narrow alleys of temples and watch from the eye of a native. At the end of the tour, you will be witnessing the auspicious Ganga Arti great place to relax as you watch the Ganges tearing through the city. Our experienced local guide will be with you throughout the tour and tell you interesting facts and stories about the places.

Places covered in the Tour:

Trayambakeshwar Temple: It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Laxman Jhula: The 137-meter iconic bridge that provides magnificent Ganga river view.
Laxman Jhula Ghat: Be ready to have an interesting walk across bridge, with an unending stream of humans, peacefully relaxing cows and street vendors try to sell pellets of flowers.
Kevat Ghat: When Lord Sri Ramachandra reached the forest with Sita and Lakshmana they had to cross river Ganga, Kevat was the one who took them in his boat from this point. That’s why this ghat is known as Kevat Ghat.
Sita Ram Dham: The best place for meditation and relaxation.

Trayambakeshwar Temple Ganga Aarti Place: It is a great place to relax as you watch the Ganges tearing through the city.

Additional Information
Starting Point: Sita Ram Dham, Rishikesh
End Point: Trayambakeshwar Temple

Timings: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

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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 things to see in Rishikesh . And also there are many beautiful places to visit in Rishikesh near the Triveni Ghat.

Best Season: The Aarti is performed throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Free of cost.

Visit Lakshman Jhula

Another one of the things to do in Rishikesh at night is taking a walk on LakshmanJhula and enjoying the soft breeze of air that gushes past you, giving you a much refreshing fresh air, which is hard to get these days in cities, due to pollution. Just stand in the middle of the bridge and enjoy the majestic view o the massive river Ganga that flows below.

LakshmanJhula is an iron bridge made on suspension across the Ganges. The bridge is of great importance as it connects ‘Tapovan’ village of Tehri Garhwal on the western side, with ‘Jonk’ village of Pauri Garhwal on the eastern side.

According to the legend of Ramayana, Lakshman crossed the Ganges using a bridge made of the rope during his exile with elder brother Lord Ram and his wife Sita. Later an iron bridge was constructed at the same place from 1927-1929, which today is known as LakshmanJhula.

Visit The Beatles Ashram

What do Beatles have in common with India? It’s The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh. The Beatles are most renowned for their universal appeal and their flare but they are also popular for their travels to Rishikesh.

The Beatles Ashram is a beautiful testament to the grandeur that was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo and George Harrison’s Beatles and has a lot of memoirs and artefacts that give information about their time in India and their interaction with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

It was also the spot where they formulated a lot of their songs and some albums were even created there. For Beatles fans or fan of their genre of music, this is a definite place to add to their list of things to do in Rishikesh.

Best Season: The Aashram can be visited throughout the year.

Approximate Cost: Free of cost.

Visit Shivpuri

As the name suggests, Shivpuri, literally means home of Lord Shiva and this place is renowned for the Shiva temple. When you are visiting Rishikesh, do not miss this lovely locale. There are so many things to do in Shivpuri that you will be spoiled for choice.

From camping to river rafting, rock climbing and cliff jumping, you can experience everything right here. You can enjoy the mesmerising sunrise and sunset from the various camping sites at Shivpuri. If you’re seeking some adventure, then head to this place that boasts of up-to-date equipment, trained guides and impeccable safety standards to suit the needs of every tourist and it is the best things to do in Rishikesh at night.

Location: Located 19 km away from Rishikesh

Visit Ram Jhula

Out of the most popular things to do in Rishikesh, visiting the Ram Jhula is one that you just cannot miss. Located in Muni Ki Reti, this bridge was constructed a little after the famous Lakshman Jhula. Very similar in design and construction, the Ram Jhula connects Swarg Ashram and Sivananda Ashram to one another.

With the Ganga flowing in full force below the bridge as you walk down, you are bound to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Himalayas. Slightly lengthier than its counterpart, this bridge is 450 feet long. On either side of the bridge, you can spot numerous temples and Ashramas. You can also get your hands on spiritual books, idols of gods and goddesses and trinkets here.

Location: Ganga Vatika, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137

Timings: Open 24 hours

Visit Parmarth Niketan Ashram

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Located on the banks of holy Ganga, Parmarth Niketan Ashram is a true haven for spirituality. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh and pilgrims from every corner of the world come to visit this place. This Ashram is filled with clean, pure and sacred energy that is bound to fill your heart with peace. If you are interested in spirituality, then this iconic Ashram should be on your list.

Restore the energy and balance in your life in the lap of Himalayas at this Ashram. Furthermore, there are regular yoga sessions held at this Ashram, that you are most welcome to join if you’d like.

Location: Near, Main Market Road, Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304

Visit Gita Bhawan

If you are interested in Satsangs and other meditational activities, then you must visit Gita Bhawan in Rishikesh. It is a hub for tourists during all seasons, owing to its free stays and convenient location. Devotees from all over the world flock this place to indulge in spiritual practices.

Thanks to the nominal pricing of food and other items, Gita Bhawan is a great place for people travelling on a budget. You can also get your hands on innumerable books on spirituality at the Geeta Bhawan book shop at very reasonable prices. You can also take a dip in the holy Ganges at one of the bathing ghats here.

Location: Gangapar, P.O, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304

Timings: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM everyday

Visit Tera Manzil Temple

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Tera Manzil Temple or Trayambakeshwar or Trimbakeshwar Temple is where all Hindus can worship all their deities in one place. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, this 13-storey temple is clearly visible from the Lakshman Jhula. This is one of the most famous tourist spots and one of the top things to do in Rishikesh.

This temple has an attractive, symmetric structure and visitors are attracted to the sheer beauty of it. From the top storeys of this temple, one can witness the stunning sunset here. The Ganga Aarti performed in the evening is also a sight that will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Location: Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302

Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM everyday

Seek Blessings at Bharat Mandir

On your temple tour to Rishikesh, mark Bharat Mandir at the top. This temple is the most ancient and sacred one in Rishikesh. It is even is mentioned in Vishnu Puran, Vaman Puran and Mahabharata. This temple is named after Bharat, Ram’s brother.

One of the major attractions in this temple is the huge old tree that lies right in front of the main door. Combining roots from three trees, it is impossible to understand how the roots are entangled with each other. If you’re interested in archaeology, then visit the museum inside the temple that contains sculptures, decorated bricks and pottery found in the temple during excavation and one of the best activities to do in Rishikesh

Location: 9, Ghat Rd, Mayakund, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201

Timings: 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM everyday

Witness the Beauty of Neer Gaddu Waterfall

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Neer Gaddu or Neer Garh Waterfall is a natural waterfall located on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway in Uttarakhand. This is one of the most popular things to do in Rishikesh. You will be stunned by the beauty of this natural waterfall as you take a small trek towards it.

During the summer season, tourists can take a dip in the cold water flowing through the natural rocks and cliffs into a narrow stream. There are two bathing pools at this two-tier waterfall and a trek will take you towards the bigger waterfall that has a larger pool. Two small bridges on either side of the waterfall have small resting stops where you can relax for a bit and proceed further.

Location: Neergarh Waterfall Rd, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137

Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM everyday

Approx. cost: 30 per person

Visit Rishikund

A holy pond located near Raghunath Temple and Triven Ghat in Rishikesh, Rishikund is believed to be blessed by Goddess Yamuna through sacred water. This sanctuary is dedicated to Lord Rama and Sita. You can find Lord Ram’s impression inside the sanctuary.

One fascinating fact about Rishikund is that the water in this pond always reflects the image of Raghunath Temple. You have to take a flight of ten steps towards the pond which enjoys the shade from the trees all around it. If you’re looking for some self-reflection and time off, then you should head to Rishikund and sit by it and feel the peaceful surroundings and makes it the best things to see in Rishikesh.
Location: Mayakund, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201

Timings: Always open

One Reply to “Explore the Vibrant City Of Rishikesh!”

  1. Ravi Singh says:

    Right, haridwar has also so many good markets surrounded. And it is famous for wildlife too, i have visited last year and explored Birla Ghat, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar for bird watching, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary as a new sightseeing points for wild birds and animal lovers. Thanks for your help

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