Rishikesh is conventionally known for it’s sacred, historic temples and Yoga. Located on the banks of River Ganga, Rishikesh hosts thrilling adventure sports which gives it the title of ‘Adventure Capital of India’ making it an ultimate destination for adrenaline junkies.
Weather in Rishikesh is quite moderate throughout the year. Know accurate weather in Rishikesh here.
Air-Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest.
Bus- There are broad networks of buses connecting from Haridwar, Dehradun, Delhi and other cities. Overnight buses from Delhi are the best way to reach.
Train- The nearest Railhead is located in Haridwar.
rishikesh River Rafting
Rishikesh magnets a heavy amount of River Rafters. Age criteria being 12 years and above, rafters are provided a 5 minute training session before they start their adventure. Safety equipments are provided to avoid any mishaps. Charges range from Rs.400 to Rs.1300 depending on the distance you cover. You could choose your distance of rafting from 8Km, 16km and 26km stretches. Monsoon (June-September) may not be the perfect time for river rafting. The Rafting starts at Shivpuri and ends near Lakshman Jhula. Aspen Adventure has some exciting packages.
This is a milder version of base jumping. Here, you climb up the Maggi point which has a jumping platform 5 mts above the river level and jump into the river.
Rappelling is just the opposite of Rock climbing. Your waist is tied up with a rope and you are climbing down from a mountain peak. It is easier than Rock climbing and requires less energy comparatively. This is also a part of the package offered by Aspen Adventure
There are popular spots along the Ganges where you can enjoy body surfing and this has no age bar or prerequisites. Body Surfing is simply being in water and sometimes going in the rapids by holding the raft by it’s side.
rishikesh Bungee Jumping
Rishikesh is one of the few places in India that offers bungee Jumping. You’ll have your safety well buckled to jump into the valley from an altitude of 83 mts. Age limit here is above 12 and below 40 years and a person cannot weigh more than 110 kg or less than 40 kg. Check out Jumping Heights for more details.
This sport is also hosted by Jumping Heights. You’ll be harnessed to a wire which moves down at 140 kmph. This here is Asia’s longest Flying Fox destination. This activity is done by three persons at once or can be done alone by paying extra.
This is done from the same platform of the Bungee Jump. This also, is India’s highest Giant Swing at 83 mts. A harness is fixed to your chest and a seat, both of which are connected to a wire rope. After your jump, you will be moving like a pendulum in air. For requirements and more details, visit Jumping Heights.
If you are on a budget and can’t do all of these, we recommend you to do the Giant Swing. That’s the most fun.
Yoga in rishikesh
Yoga in Rishikesh is a spiritual experience. Apart from being the adventure capital of India, it is also the ‘Yoga capital of the world’. Yoga and meditation Ashrams keep Rishikesh’s sanctity alive. A lot of foreigners come to Rishikesh for the purpose of Yoga alone. You can stay in an Ashram and study Yoga or simply stay elsewhere and enjoy the peaceful vibes of Rishikesh. Popular Yoga Ashrams are Parmarth Niketen, which charge a fee starting from Rs.300, Anand Prakash Ashram for a little lesser price, The Beatles Ashram which also charges a certain fee and Swami Dayananda Ashram.
Besides all the adventure and spirituality, Rishikesh also holds beautiful scenic waterfalls.
It is a hidden waterfall in the forest and lies en route toward Mohanchatti near Neelkanth Road. This waterfall is the best in Rishikesh. It has algae formations that resemble miniature canopies. Reaching here requires about 30 minutes of uphill climbing and the route is slippery.
About 3 kms from the Lakshman Jhula is the most visited waterfalls. Having easy access, this waterfall is crowded in a small pool. This has an entrance fee of Rs.30.
Garud Chatti Waterfalls
Situated on the Neelkanth Road and about 5 kms away from Laxman Jhula, is a small waterfall not visited by many tourists. This is a pleasant place to spend few hours.
Phool Chatti Waterfalls
About 3 kms away from Garud Chatti Waterfalls, this one is a tiny waterfall that requires trekking on a slippery track.
Lakshman Jhula is a bridge that lies suspended over the Ganges. It is 450 feet long and connects to various Ashrams and ghats. This is also the end point of rafting and offers breath taking panoramic views. On either sides, there are petty shopping stops where you can purchase idols, semi-precious stones and other novelties.
Ram Jhula, like the Lakshman Jhula is also a suspended bridge that joins the two banks of the river Ganga. Although a little crowded, Ram Jhula offers an amazing sunset view. This connects the Shivananda Ashram with Swargashram.
Ganga Aarti at rishikesh
Ganga Aarti is an everyday evening ritual also known as Maha Aarti, a prayer performed on the banks of the Sacred Ganges. The Ganga Aarti echoes choruses of bhajans being chanted with bells and illuminated lamps that add to the splendour of the sight. You can buy diyas and everything required for the Aarti and be a part of this grandeur ceremony. Aarti at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar is a tad too far. The Ganga Aarti near Ram Jhula may also seem over praised.
The best Ganga Aarti is perhaps the one at Triveni Ghat, around Rishikesh Town.
Rafting Camps at Aspen Adventures.
Divine Ganga Cottage for a Ganga river view and Spa therapies.
View from Divine Ganga Cottage
Zostel for the company of solo travellers.
Ashrams for a peaceful atmosphere
Freedom Pizza and Lemon Nana at Freedom Café. Don’t forget to chill later at the Ghats near the cafe.
Kadhai Paneer at Divine Ganga Cottage
Pasta at German Bakery.
Cut Fruits and Cucumber @Rs.10 all around.