Want to meditate more?
Want to wake up early to do some health-friendly yoga?
Looking for that adrenaline rush to hit you again?
Then Rishikesh is the place for you! Because these are all things you can do in Rishikesh and more!
Rishikesh, also named as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh, as one can guess, is a hub where one can find a number of centers for learning and/or studying Yoga. Not only this, the holy city of Uttarakhand finds a lot of tourist turnout who want to take a break from their ‘deadline assigned work commitments’ and witness a spiritual connect.
Situated in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River, Rishikesh gives one an opportunity to relax, meditate and enjoy all at one time. With the number of ashrams, the stay seems surreal. For those who like to take the tough path, they also have the option available of a number of adventurous activities to indulge in.
Things to do in Rishikesh –
Things to do in Rishikesh are many to make you take a long weekend!
WATER-SPORTS IN RISHIKESH –
Wonder what it is that adventurous travelers do on their trip to Rishikesh? It’s this! Yes, river rafting! Going to Rishikesh but not trying your hands at river rafting will make your trip incomplete. It is one of the best activity to do in Rishikesh.
Best Time to do: Barring monsoon, river rafting can be done at any time of the year. The rafting season is from October to June as the weather seems fairly fine except very cold days of January.
Grades for rafting: Grade I and II (basic) Grade III (standard) Grade IV (expert)
Where to do the activity: The Rishikesh Rafting place is spread across a distance of 36 km. From Kaudiyala to Lakshmana Jhula with 13 major rapids. The Rishikesh river rafting routes are as follows:
- Kaudilaya- Marine Drive (10 km Grade III and IV).
- Brahmpuri- Lakshman Jhula (9 km Grade I)
- Marine Drive- Shivpuri (11 km Grade II and III)
- Shivpuri- Brahmpuri (11 km Grade I and II)
Cost: The cost is pretty affordable with prices ranging from Rs. 400- 1300.
Requirements: Children below the age of 12 are required to get approval from the personnel there based on weight and height.
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The second most attractive adventure sport for tourists is kayaking. Fitting to everybody’s liking, here the trainers give proper training and guide to beginners to make their experience safe and exciting.
Best Time to do: Summers (April- mid-June).
- Grade I (mild) river rapids are simple with no obstacles on the way.
- Higher grades (high) river rapids are more challenging with obstacles on the way and narrow passage.
Where to do the activity: Shivpuri region is the most famous spot for kayaking in Rishikesh.
Cost: For kayaking, the charges vary depending on the difficulty level and the experience of the traveler.
Water trekking –
Had an experience with trekking? What about going for water trekking now? Yes! Come to Rishikesh and try one of the most fun activity in the area. The gushing waterfall and beauty make this experience all the more exciting. Clicking good pictures demands for such a background!
Best Time to do: October- March is considered the perfect time for trekking as the weather works in favor of climbing the high altitudes.
Cost: There are no charges applicable to this activity.
Timings: It gets open from early morning but continues only till sunset as climbing in the dark is not advisable.
Where to the activity: There are a number of regions which are famous for waterfall trek such as:
- Rajaji National Park
- Neer Garh Waterfall Trek
- Garud Chatti and Phool Chatti Waterfall Trek
- Patna Waterfall Trek
ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO IN RISHIKESH –
Bungee Jumping –
When will you again get the chance to literally forget yourself in Nature? Bungee jumping gives you the opportunity to feel lost as you fall down to kiss gravity. That feeling when you can feel the opposite force of gravity beating against your face and the wind blowing by, Gosh! This will definitely pump the adrenaline fuel in the traveler. One can even find the highest bungee in India here.
Best season to do: Winter(Nov to Jan).
Cost: The cost varies depending on the package one chooses.
Where to do the activity: Jumping Heights in Mohanchatti is the most famous spot for the most exciting activity of Rishikesh.
Timings: It operates for a fixed timing from 9:30 in the morning till 3:30 in the afternoon.
Requirements: There are a certain age and weight requirement falling which that person cannot opt for this activity. The minimum age requirement is 12 years and the weight has to be in between 35- 110 kg.
The uncountable stars filling the sky to the mountains spread as far as the eye can see and the calm sound of the river flowing by and then there is your camping tent with a bonfire. Wow! Such things are in everyone’s dream list obviously! But do you know this? This dream can come true. All that has to be done is just book camp stay in Rishikesh with Funstay!
Best Time to do: The best time to visit for camping is from February to May (spring) and from September to November (winters).
Cost: The cost varies depending on the package one chooses and from which source.
Where to do the activity: There are a number of camps in Rishikesh which offer this facility like:
Camp stays in Rishikesh
Are you a nature lover or a hiking enthusiast? Then you will definitely love this activity. There are a number of treks one can choose from- trekking on to the mountain top to braving through the gushing waterfall.
Check out the 7 best places to trek in India.
Best Time to do: For trekking, one can visit Rishikesh any time of the year but it is advisable to avoid the monsoons.
Cost: If one has availed for any package then the trekking activity is usually included in it and they do not have to pay for it separately.
Where to do the activity: Apart from the above-mentioned places for waterfall trekking, there are a number of other places for trekking as well such as:
- Rajaji National Park
- Kunjapuri Temple Trek
- Neelkanth Mahadev Trek
- Valley of Flowers Trek
Timings: Again, the timing for trekking starts from early morning and continues until 6 in the evening. Avoiding the dark is considered the best option.
Mountain Biking –
You can see the rocky terrain in front of you leading onto the top? Ditch the old age formula of walking up to the top. Rather get hold of a bicycle and pedal through the way ahead. This activity is sure to the liking of one and all.
Best Time to do: Just like trekking, any time of the year is the best time to visit for this adventure- junkie favorite activity. There is no time-bound as well.
Cost: There are a number of bike/bicycle renting shops which give them out for an affordable sum of money. If availing for any tour package, chances are that mountain biking may be available as an option.
Where to do the activity: There is no specific place or route for this fun activity. The whole of Rishikesh is at the end of your pedal brake!
Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh –
Located at an altitude of 372 m in the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh is surrounded by a number cliffs and mountains and the Holy Ganges flowing by. This lead to what now is known as cliff jumping, actually one of the most fun and adventurous activity offered here.
Best Time to do: There is no specific time of the year for cliff jumping. One just has to check for the proper arrangements, river current, and weather. People who go for river rafting usually try their hands at cliff jumping as well.
Requirements: The basic height of the cliff to enjoy this activity is 20- 25 feet. The jumper can jump from more or less height which varies according to the water level of the Ganges and the river current.
Where to do the activity: The best well- known cliff jumping site is located 2 km before Lakshman Jhula from Brahmapuri.
This adrenaline rush activity is for everyone of any age. If one cannot enjoy the joy of river rafting or trekking, one can go for this not so scary fun activity. Seeing the beautiful scenery from above makes one remember the moment forever.
Best Season to do: Be it summer or winter, this activity is available all around the year. Monsoons are a bit tricky though as the sky may seem cloudy.
Cost: This is an interesting activity with variation in prices depending on the package chosen.
FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO IN RISHIKESH –
One of the best things about travel is that you get to know about that place more. The most convenient way to connect with the place and the locals of that place is through shopping, of course! Rishikesh is a place where a number of people from every corner of the world come together.
Rightly so, this place has its own charm and attraction. There is variety in everything here. The local markets are the best place to get hold of the culture of Rishikesh. Not only are there healthy alternatives but also some cool stuff adorned by tourists.
Cost: For shopping, one does not require a heavy purse as well!
There are options satisfying everyone’s demand. Entering the market is like getting oneself lost in another world itself.
Rishikesh and Yoga are like the body and the soul, they both exist in each other. Given the name of ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, it is the hub for the yoga enthusiasts. One can feel the serenity in the air itself. Visiting the city is like giving oneself to Mother Nature.
Timings: Everyday there are yoga sessions conducted from the morning.
Where to do the activity:
Of all the things to do in Rishikesh, yoga is what makes everyone’s trip complete. There are ashrams located where the tourists can stay on their visit to the city and where they can experience the best of their teachings of yoga.
Some of the most known ashrams:
- Shree Mahesh Heritage Ashram.
- Sivananda Ashram.
- Beatles Ashram.
Hot Air Ballooning –
An activity which does not require any prior preparations or fitness specifications, hot air ballooning is the favorite activity for people coming in with their families.
Best Time to do: The best time to visit for a great hot air balloon experience is during winters.
Traveling in the big balloon and watching the beautiful location from above will definitely make everyone take out their camera to capture the moment. Because one has to have some pictures to post on Facebook as well!
SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES IN RISHIKESH –
Ganga Aarti –
Every evening, as the sun sets, it is the time for the Ganga Aarti to be performed in the three holy cities of India, Haridwar, Varanasi, and Rishikesh.
Where to do the activity: The most well-known Ganga Aarti of Rishikesh is performed at Parmath Niketan Ashram. The best part of this spiritual action is that it is not the pundits who perform this, rather the students who reside in the ashram to study the Vedas.
About Ganga Aarti: The ceremony starts off with the singing of spiritual songs (bhajans) followed by prayers and a hawan. It is open for all but those who want to get a clear view of the whole occasion have to turn up early to get a seat in front of the stairs. A big Shiva statue overlooks the whole ceremony. Unlike the aarti of Haridwar and Varanasi, this event of Rishikesh is a private affair.
Coming to Rishikesh and not visiting any temples is the worst question to ask anyone. The city is not just famous for its ayurvedic practices but also for the religious and spiritual connect. Of all the ‘things to do in Rishikesh’, temple sightseeing is a must. A visit to the temples not only allows one the opportunity to soak themselves in the spirituality but also witness some really mesmerizing view.
- The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, 12 km from the town of Rishikesh, is the most sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the key attraction is the tomb depicting the saga of Samudra Manthan. The best time to visit the temple is during the annual festivals held in February, March, July, and August.
- Kunjapuri Temple, a 30-minute drive from Rishikesh, is a famous tourist destination. The tourists have to conquer a small trek to reach the temple but the hard work pays off when the view of the sun rising from among the Himalaya and the Doon valley is seen. There are many more such great temples to visit when on a trip to Rishikesh. In fact, the list may continue indefinitely!
- Parmath Niketan Temple, famous for the Ganga Aarti, performed by the students, also attracts a lot of tourists.
- Bharat Mandir