Reasons to visit Rishikesh
Plan a trip to Rishikesh – The beautiful and adorable city of Rishikesh is a perfect spot to visit for all the adventure lovers, meditation, and peace seekers. It is also known as Bungee lovers hub, Solitary legacy, House for sagacious nobles. This epic city is among the venerated cities for the people of the Hindu religion along with the city of Haridwar. The clean, blue, and sacred water of river Ganges makes this city furthermore beautiful and splendid. River Ganges proudly flows to the plains of North India after descending from the Himalaya making the plain proliferating.
Rishikesh literally means the hair of a sage and acts as an entrance portal for the Shivalik Himalaya to the Nature lovers and Spirituality seekers. This is the only landing place in the world which has almost everything for all types of people especially for pilgrimage, yoga and adventure sports. Location of this adorable city on the banks of mighty River Ganges makes it suitable and perfect for water activities like white water rafting and kayaking, attracting tourists from both India and abroad. Being a gateway to lower Himalaya and its close proximity to high peaks it also boosts activities like hiking, backpacking, camping, rappelling, kayaking, and bungee jumping.
Where Rishikesh is located:
Rishikesh city is located at a distance of 22 km from the iconic city of Haridwar at an altitude of 356 meters above sea level and it coincides with three district areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and muni ki Reti. Rishikesh is a Tehsil and municipal council in the Dehradun district of Uttrakhand.
Local people of city Rishikesh are in general very peace-loving and of warm nature. Residents use to speak the local language with good Hindi, and some manageable English knowledge.
Why Rishikesh is Famous for
Rishikesh is popularly known for its religious connections with the Hindu religion and its sacredness for them associated with many mythological tales. Rishikesh also serves as the starting point for travelers travelling to the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Rishikesh has many Mythological tales associated with it and the First one among them states that a Lord Vishnu appeared here as he impressed with the penance by sage Raibhya Rishi on the banks of river Ganga. After this it became Hrishikesh and later renamed to present name Rishikesh. City also finds its name mentioned in the ‘Kedar Khand’ of Skanda Purana as existence of Indrakund at this location.
While as per other mythological tales Lord Rama performed deep meditation at this location after the destruction of the Kingship of Raavana. Also, the Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama crossed the mighty Ganges here only with the help of a bridge made by jute rope. and it was here that Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama crossed the mighty river using a jute rope bridge. However, this jute rope bridge was restored by an iron suspension bridge, and now the bridge is known as Ram Jhula which was made in 1986.
Rishikesh also houses many ancient temples and ashrams that were founded by Adi Shankaracharya. Rishikesh is also famous among tourists as Yoga, Pilgrimage, Rafting, Kayaking, Adventure Tourism, Temples, Ashrams.
Best time to visit Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is located adjacent to the plain areas of north India so it can be visited throughout the year easily but if possible Monsoon time should be avoided as sometimes heavy floods in rives Ganges and tributaries can create panic among tourists and minor incidents of landslides can further exaggerate the situation for tourists.
Summer season starts from March to June
Monsoon season in July to September months
While Winter season in October to Feburary.
The summer season is best for you to explore the beauty of Rishikesh as the temperature remains favorable. Also, adventurous activities like river rafting and others remain closed in monsoon time and you are not going to undertake these activities in the winter season, so the Summer season is the best one.
How to reach Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is located adjacent to the plains of Northern India so it can be easily accessed throughout the year by all suitable means. Rishikesh is well connected with the Roads and Railway track with the Major cities of India.
Flight to Rishikesh:
Rishikesh can be reached by air easily as it is located near to the Dehradun, the capital city of Uttrakhand. The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is actually stationed in between both the cities. Airport s connected with the rest of India by frequent flights operated by leading jet players in India.
For Flight timing and fares if possible: plz go through individual flight operator’s website for booking or alternatively can opt for available application for booking flight tickets.
Train to Rishikesh:
Rishikesh is located just 22 km from Haridwar which actually serves as a gate to the plains from the Shivalik ranges. Nearest Train station to Rishikesh is Haridwar Junction at 22 Km distance and it is well connected to major cities of the country with a number of trains plying on a daily basis. Tourists can also catch the trains going to Dehradun as all trains pass through Haridwar Junction as well. Rishikesh also has a train station but only passenger trains from Haridwar can be accessed from here and for the express train for major cities of the nation you have to reach Haridwar only.
From Dehradun/Haridwar you have to take a cab/bus till Rishikesh which is a matter of just 30 minutes from both the cities to reach Rishikesh. Rishikesh also has a railway station but it is connected to Haridwar only by local trains.
Road to Rishikesh:
As Rishikesh is nearby to Haridwar and Dehradun so it is well connected by good roads to both the cities from where tourists can travel to the rest of India easily. Rishikesh is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi and 200 km from Chandigarh. Tourists can reach here using priovate cars, cabs or buses. Government buses are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to both major cities of Dehradun and Haridwar throughout the day. Vovlo buses are also available from Chandigarh and Delhi to both the cities so tourists can travel by any convinient medium and reach to Rishikesh.
Explore the Rishikesh
Rishikesh is considered as sacred and holiest city by the people of the Hindu religion after Haridwar city. So you can find maximum tourist spots here with religious connections and so it offers peace to a large number of devotees. Also, devotees use to take a holy dip here at Rishikesh in the mighty Ganges river as it said to cleanse the soul of a human being by holy dip here.
Yoga and Meditation:
Rishikesh is considered the “Yoga capital of the world”. Tourists and spiritual seekers from all over the world visit Rishikesh to learn the ancient techniques of yoga and meditation and find inner peace. International yoga festival is organised in Rishikesh itself.
River rafting in the city is popular all over the country and the turbulent waves of river Ganges make it popular adventure activity in Rishikesh. Adventure seeker flock at Rishikesh in large number post-monsoon to enjoy the thrill of rafting.
Apart from river rafting, many other popular activities can be enjoyed by you if you are an adventure sports lover. Some of the adventurous sports which you can try at Rishikesh are Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Cliff Jumping, Bodu Surfing, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Rock climbing, Rappeling, and zip-lining.
Adventure sports are being conducted at the location so there are some prerequisites to undertake the sports events and also some medical conditions that prohibit undertaking the activity. Back or neck injury, recent Ortho injuries, any dislocation, high or low BP, Asthma, Neurological disorders, Epilepsy, Heart conditions, Pregnancy, and Osteoporosis.
Also, age above 40 is purely on their discretion whether to allow or not. Usage of Alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during any adventurous sport. A clear cut policy in this matter is followed by the staff here which disqualifies an individual for the event if found under influence of any such substances.
Things to do in Rishikesh:
Being a revered religious destination, most of the sightseeing locations at Rishikesh have religious connotations. There are many Ashrams and temples which can be visited in and around Rishikesh to have internal peace. Also, Rajaji national park is also a must-visit place for jungle safari lovers. Neelkanth Mahadev temple located 22 km from Rishikesh, is also a popular religious site for Hinduism and can be reached by trekking (11Km) as well from here.
It is a famous landmark place in the city of Rishikesh. It is an iron suspension bridge made over holy river Ganga with a length of 450 feet connecting Shivanand ashram with Swargashram. This Jhula offers a great scenic view of the city loaded with temples and spirituality. Ram Jhula was built in 1980 by PWD with the help of Swargashram and is just 2.5 km from the city bus stand and it usually takes 30 minutes to reach the Jhula by walk.
Rishikesh railway station is also 3 km from Ram Jhula and one can take sharing auto to reach the bridge. There are no entry fees for entry to this iconic bridge which gives a breathtaking view of Ganga to tourists. There are markets on both sides of Ram Jhula which tourists can explore to have a local touch.
Lakshman Jhula is an iron suspension bridge over the holy river Ganga and it is about 450 feet in length. It was made in 1889 and connects Pauri district of Uttrakhand with Tehri district. Lakshman Jhula offers a panoramic view of river Ganga and Rishikesh city having a number of temples. Jhula is situated at a distance of 12 km from Rishikesh bus stand and from bus stand you have to take auto/taxi to reach Lakshman Jhula which will take another 30-40 minutes of yours to drop you at Jhula.
There are no entry fees to explore Lakshman Jhula and from there just cross the Ganga and can use Ram Jhula while returning. In this way, a circuit can also be completed having a majestic glimpse of River Ganga and various Temples/Ashrams in between.
As per mythology, Lakshman(younger brother of Lord Rama) crossed the river Ganga on a jute rope. Later a bridge of jute rope which was 284 feet in length was built to honor Lakshman but was washed away in the floods of October 1924. After the floods, the new bridge was built in 1930 which is present today at the location.
Located at the bank of river Ganga in the spectacular Himalaya, Rishikesh has some splendid cliffs. Cliff Jumping activity is popular among adventure lovers and if you are one of them, then you must not miss it. Cliff Jumping is conducted at Brahampuri stretch which is at a distance of just 2 km from Lakshman Jhula. The best part of cliff Jumping is that you can attempt it en route your River Rafting in this stretch.
Your Rafting boat will be parked in the stretch and you will be made to climb a cliff of a height of 30 feet approximately. Cliff Jumping is an extremely safe activity conducted under supervision with a life vest on, so no need to worry and just enjoy. The Cliff Jumping can be explored free of cost as the cost is included in Rafting fare itself, so as you are anyway going to pay for it so better go for it.
Jumpin height is a complete adventure lover place located at a distance of 25 km in Mohan Chatti village near Rishikesh. It can be easily reached by hired taxi or private vehicle. Jumpin Heights can be reached using the facility of luxury A/C Bungy Coach provided by the staff at a price of Rs 300 per person. Bungy coach starts from the Booking Office in Tapovan near Laxman Jhula at 0900 AM, 1100 AM, 0100 PM, and return to Rishikesh starts from Jump zone at 1200 PM, 0200 PM & 0400 PM.
Famous site among fun and adventure enthusiasts, Jumpin height has a fixed platform for bungee of 83 meters over the river Hall, a tributary of river Ganga. Operated by a highly experienced team from New Zealand, Jumpin heights offer Bungee Jumping and Giant Swing. Jumpin Heights also has Asia’s longest flying fox of 1 Km.
Jumpin Height site has a paid entry with a nominal fee of 100 Rs and the place can be visited from 0930 AM to 0330PM with around 3 hours to explore the complete destination. Bungee Jumping remains closed during the monsoon season for two months and timing for the same should be clarified by tourists before visiting the place. There are some restrictions for the persons want to undertake the Bungee Jumping which is Minimum 12 years of age and weight requirement between 35 to 110 Kg.
A fully operational cafeteria is available at the location which offers light snacks like sandwiches and burgers with tea and coffee. An individual can watch Photos and videos of Jumping after finishing the event in this cafeteria as well inside the compound. Tickets for the event can be booked online or at their Tapovan Office.
Jumpin Height follows international standards while operating the adventurous sports in terms of procedures and safety. Bungee Jumping is although an event of just one or two minutes only but that is not all, actually jump is associated with Briefing by staff and ticketing and waiting period which may extend up to 1.5 hours. After completion of the jump from the fixed platform at a height of 83 meters, you will find yourself at river beach and from there you have to trek back for around 500 meters (20 minutes) to reach back to the place from where you started.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh amid the dense forest. Located at an altitude of 1330 meters on a hill, this temple is one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. This temple is situated on Nar Narayan range above Swargashram. Temple is surrounded by three valleys namely Manikoot, Brahmkoot, and Vishnukoot which makes it a religious place at the confluence of two perennial rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
As per Hindu Mythology, this is the place where Lord Shiva consumed poison originated from the ocean during Samudra Manthan. Lord Shiva placed the poison in his throat, which makes his throat blue in color. This place is the best place for devotees of Lord Shiva which is visited throughout the year by them especially during the months of Kaanwar.
Temple contains an attractive architecture with the walls depicting the entire story of Samudra Manthan. Sacred shiv linga is situated in the inner complex of the temple and natural spring also present in the temple complex where devotees take a holy bath in addition to the tie-up of sacred thread to gigantic Peepal tree. Festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated here at the temple with full rejoice and a large number of devotees visit at this time.
Temple is well connected by road to Rishikesh so one can reach here by hiring a taxi from Ram Jhula at Rishikesh. Alternatively, adventure lovers can trek up to the temple with a distance covering 22 km.
It is the biggest ashram in the close vicinity and is also one among the top yoga center in India situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga. The ashram was founded in 1942 by Swami Sukhdevanand Saraswati. This ashram is open for all irrespective of race, gender, nationality, religion, caste or creed. The ashram is also famous for the Ganga Arti which takes place every morning and evening here.
The number of visitors comes here during the international yoga festival held annually in the first week of the month of March. Many tourists approach the ashram for ayurvedic treatment as well which includes exercises, music therapy, yoga with healthy diets. Ashram organizes Bhandara for devotees every day.
Ashram also offers accommodation facilities to tourists with wore than 1000 rooms inside the compound with facilities like Doctors on call, western-style bathroom with hot water availability.
Ashram also undertakes courses on yoga, Pranayam, stress management, acupressure, reiki, and other ancient Indian sciences
The ashram is easily accessible by road and one can reach here using taxi/bus/private vehicle as it is just 500 meters from iconic Ram Jhula.
Byasi is a small village in Uttrakhand located at a distance of 30 km from Rishikesh. The village is famous for adventurous water sports of river rafting and camping on the bank of river Ganga. The village has good restaurants and hotels to accommodate tourists on a daily basis. Byasi village is located on NH58 (Badrinath Road) from Rishikesh to Devprayag. Along with the rafting, the village offers a divine feeling during camping on the banks of river Ganga.
The best time to visit Byasi village for camping and rafting is from February to June and September to November. Byasi village can be reached by using any convenient medium out of bus/taxi as it is well connected by road to Rishikesh.
Kaudiyala is a small village located 40 km from Rishikesh on Badrinath road i.e 10 Km ahead of village Byasi. Scenically located on the banks of holy river Ganga, this village is also famous for white water rafting and beautiful camping site. Highly adventure expedition lovers come here to enjoy the thrill of the most challenging zone of rafting which stretches between Kaudiyala to Shivpuri.
Kaudiyala has some magnificent landscapes but it offers the best location for beach camping. River rafting, trekking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, beach volleyball, and many other adventurous activities can be undertaken here. After all, a romantic campfire with the gushing sound of the river is an amazing experience.
The best time to visit Kaudiyala is from March to June and September to November. The village also has GMVN guest house besides several hotels nearby. Kaudiyala is well connected by road to Rishikesh so one can reach here by bus/hired taxi/private vehicle easily.
Muni ki Reti
It is a small town located closely with Rishikesh city and its name literally means ‘sand of sages’. This place is home for several temples, ashrams, yoga & meditation centers. This place is considered as the very place where sages used to meditate on the beach of holy river Ganga.
This town is actually a gateway to traditional char Dham pilgrimage in Uttrakhand. It also considered the very place where the famous Indian king Bharat did penance. The place is easily accessed using taxi/sharing auto/private vehicles via Ram Jhula as a convenient mode of transit from Rishikesh city.
Vashistha cave or Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where great sage Vashistha meditated. As per Hindu mythology, Sage Vashistha was a manas Putra (human son) of Lord Brahma and one of the great seven sages (Saptrishi). This cave is located at a distance of 25 km from Rishikesh on Badrinath Road so one can complete the circuit by having exposure of caves followed by Muni ki Reti, Kaudiyala, and Byasi village as all are situated on Badrinath road itself in close proximity to each other.
The cave is famous among the visitors who come for deep meditation in Rishikesh and it has a Shivlinga in it and managed by Swami Purshottamanad Ashram. As per Hindu mythology, after the death of all the children of Sage Vashistha, he decided to suicide in river Ganga but river Ganga refused for the same. Than sage Vashistha decided to stay at the same place due to its pleasant environment and meditated here for a long time. Later after the passage of time, ashram came up nearby which manage the cave at present. This cave is located on Badrinath road so it is easily accessible by road by using any convenient mode of road transport.
Rajaji National Park
It is gifted with immaculate beauty covering an area of 820km2 on the edge of Doon Valley. It is located in the close vicinity of Haridwar at just a 10 km distance from a city on NH58. Park was established in 1996 and it houses 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. It is a safe heaven for panther, bear, chital, elephant, tiger, sambar, wild boar, barking deer, python, monitor, lizard, etc.
Chilla wildlife sanctuary is spread over 249km2 and is nestled on the east banks of river Ganga. Sanctuary was established in 1977 and was combined with Rajaji in the year 1983 to create Rajaji National Park. Located in close vicinity of Haridwar at a distance of just 10km on NH58 from Haridwar to Rishikesh and it showcases varied wildlife such as elephants, tigers, bears, small cats, and playful birds. The visitors can easily spot deers, wild boars, sambhar, the grey langoors, red rhesus macaque, the barking deer, peacocks, quails, hornbills, hawks, falcons, and vultures in this sanctuary.
Tourists can enjoy the adventurous safari which takes around 2.5 hours in completing the circuit exhibiting the wilderness and the beautiful landscapes. Safari passes through the Mundal, Mithwali, and Khara and one can enjoy thrilling elephant rides which are possible only in the morning and evening.
Forest rest house in the national park is situated on NH58 just after the long bridge over river Ganga and offers a pleasurable stay amidst the natural surroundings. The national park can be visited between November to June and it is very easily accessible via road to Rishikesh.
Hotels in Rishikesh
In the city, you can find the number of Hotels/Guesthouses and can select based on your comfort level. (Must try to reside in Homestay if possible at some distance from the city). I will not recommend names but surely you can check out Good Hotels starting from 5 stars to deluxe one on any of the apps or websites. There are ways how to Book a cheap hotel in any destination and these are quite easy if you can plan the same in advance and if your trip goes as per plan. The majority of hotels are located around the bank of river Ganga and at Haridwar road so you must drive accordingly.
Services Available in Rishikesh
1. Mobile network —— yes of most of the operators
2. Bank/ATM —————-yes
3. Hospital —————— Yes
4. Pharmacy/Medicals ——Yes
5. Restaurants ————-Yes
6. Bars —————————Yes Liquor shop is also available
7. Automobile/Vehicle Repair ——Yes
8. Courier facility ——Yes
9. Massage & Spa plus Saloons. ——Yes
10. Police Station ——Yes
11. Parking space —– yes at selected locations
12 Fuel Station —– yes,
🙆🙆Planning a trip of week-long or more than that you can follow–
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Dehradun – Mussorie – Delhi
Nearby Destinations to Rishikesh:-
* Haridwar 20 Km
* Dehradun 40 Km
* Landsdowne 104 Km
* Auli 283 Km
* Mussorie 85Km
💭💭Worth to mention (please note):-
* Don’t throw Plastic and spoil the beauty of the city
* Please left this beauty for our next generation to enjoy as well
* Carry sufficient Cash in hand which will save you from some situations where no card facility exists
* Try to taste local foods wherever you go
* Be polite with serving staff
* If time and your will permit please help locals to collect garbages thrown over there by visitors like us so that we can think to plan same destination again
💘💘At the end don’t forget
* To take your Camera + addition batteries + memory cards to allow you to capture memorable moments forever without any glitches.
* Wherever need please hire local guides
* Try to enjoy the time there and don’t just keep clicking images unnecessary.