Rishikesh is settled on the banks of Ganga in Dehradun district in the state of Uttarakhand. Some
tourists come here for some peaceful meditation and others to experience the exhilaration of adventure
sports. Rishikesh is a perfect blend of rustic adventure and tranquilizing spirituality. The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September to mid- November as the rivers flow in full after the hearty rainy season, thus doubling the experience of river rafting. It is the perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. Being a famous hill town, many stay options are available.
Reaching Rishikesh –
AIR – The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, 35 km away
RAIL –Nearest railhead is Haridwar, 25 km away.
ROAD –Well connected via road. Plenty of buses ply to and from major cities.
Let us know what makes Rishikesh so special –
1. Yoga and meditation
Popularly called as the ’Yoga capital’of India, Rishikesh is the place where many come to learn
Yoga. There are a lot of ashrams for Yoga and meditation and the Yoga courses run throughout
the year. Rishikesh streets are full of Yogis and Sadhus. One remarkable place to visit is the
Beatles Ashram, where the Beatles stayed in the 1960s. This place has got a nice vibe and a good
place to visit for meditation and music lovers’.
2. Adventure Sports –
Rishikesh is the nirvana of adventure sports. Anyone who wants to satiate the adventure
thirst must head to Rishikesh. Right from Bungee Jumping to river rafting and kayaking,
Rishikesh offers a wide range of adventure sports. The Jumping Heights provides the country’s
highest Bungee Jump at the height of 83 meters. Other sports here are flying fox, giant swing
and zip lining. River rafting on the thrashing rapids of Ganga River is fun. Rishikesh is also famous
for Rock climbing, rappelling, cliff jumping, and kayaking.
3. Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
The architectural marvels – two iron suspension bridges, namely Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula
must be explored. While walking on these bridges, you will be able to see the strong force of
Ganga flowing below.
Visit cafes overlooking Ganga for an evening coffee and Tera Manzil Temple near Laxman Jhula.
Ayurvedic science is practiced widely in Rishikesh, which makes it home for ayurvedic
treatments, Reiki and other energy treatments. The Ayurveda Bhawan, overlooking the river Ganga, is one of the best places for Ayurvedic healing and Panchkarma detox. Spas are also
Who doesn’t want to camp and live in a tent on the white sands of Ganga ! Go to Shivpuri? You
can experience living in tents on the banks of the river. Play volleyball in teams during the day
and enjoy the cool evenings with a bonfire and guitar tunes.
6. Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is the place to see Indian Elephants. Early morning or evening safaris
can be fruitful In terms of animal sightings. You can see spotted deer, leopards, hornbills,
buffaloes. There is a lake in this park. You must see it in order to experience the beauty.
7. Walking around in Rishikesh
Walking around Rishikesh is a refreshing experience as there is a river following you on one side
and the mountains on the other. Sitting
at the banks of the river can be soothing. You can also
take a holy dip at the sacred confluence of rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at the Triveni
Ghat. Stare into the revelation of diyas swaying on water after the evening aarti at the banks of
Many foreigners come to Rishikesh to imbibe spirituality. There is a certain aura in the air of
Rishikesh that makes it an enriching experience. Come here to find your soul and go back with a sense of
calm. The Beatles were here after all!