Rishikesh Tourism

Rishikesh Tourism

Rishikesh Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 372 m
  • Pincode: 248040
  • District: Tehri Garhwal
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01364
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 42°C, Winter 5 to 26°C

Rishikesh offers several tourist attractions right from religious locations to thrilling adventure sport activities. Religious places include Gita Bhawan, Nilkanth Mahadev, Triveni Ghat and Swarga Ashram. A walk on the Laxman Jhula is a major activity. Rishikesh embodies many popular yoga and meditation centres. There are private universities, which have short-term yoga courses that attract international tourists and visitors. Rishikesh is sometimes also referred to as the World Capital of Yoga, as it is a perfect place to learn and study yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices. Adventure sports and trekking also lure tourists to Rishikesh from all parts of the country.

White water rafting is the main adventure sport that is popular amongst water sports. River crossing is yet another challenging sport in which the individual is supposed to cross the river sliding on a single rope just above the heavy water currents of River Ganga. There are many Rishikesh holiday packages specifically targeted towards providing such services to tourists. Other surrounding districts are Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal, whose governing agencies have brought a ban on the use of plastic bags and selling of alcohol in the city, thus making it an alcohol free district. Another holy city, Haridwar is just 25 km away, which is also located on the Ganges. Food & Shopping in Rishikesh Food in Rishikesh is a vegetarian?s delight. Non-vegetarian is banned in the pilgrim town. However, it hasn?t affected Rishikesh tourism as the town boasts of cafes and restaurants that serve health food as well as traditional Indian delicacies like samosas, chaats among other street foods and meals.

As for shopping, apart from souvenirs and religious artifacts, Rishikesh does not have much to offer. Travelling to Rishikesh Rishikesh can be reached by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to the destination is Jolly Grant Airport, which is around 18 km away, in Dehradun. Delhi Airport is the nearest international airport. Taxis are available from both the airports to reach Rishikesh.

Rishikesh has its own railway station and is well connected to the rest of the country, especially to the northern part. Trains are available frequently from Delhi, Dehradun, Mumbai and other cities. By bus, the destination can be reached from nearby places like Haridwar, Dehradun, Pauri etc. Buses are run by the state as well as private operators. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Those interested in activities like whitewater rafting can visit from September to April. Accommodation options in Rishikesh: Pilgrims and adventure seekers alike have many hotel options in Rishikesh. This includes budget hotels, tents and camps popular among backpackers as well as guesthouses and lodges preferred by groups.

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Urvesh Bhatt

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  • Urvesh Bhatt
  • Group tripper
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 62 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  72 helpful votes
  •  55921 readers

"Mind Blowing Destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I felt this destination is so beautiful and mesmerising but unfortunately it's so underrated. Rishikesh provides some of the best sightseeing that you have ever come across. From dusk to dawn with every hour Rishikesh will surprise you by every passing hour. And I bet you will feel the positive aura throughout your visit.

It's a must visit place with Family or Friends or with the backpackers group.

During your visit don't forget to experience the divine Ganga aarti at Parmarth ashram and at Ram Jhula and if you are adventure seekers than bungee jumping & rafting activities is waiting for you. Trust me it would be one hell of the experience.

During my visit, I had stayed in Aloha on the Ganges - Resort its is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed and for those who are running on a low budget can also opt for Divine Ganga Resort.
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Amit Arora

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  • Amit Arora
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 1 Review
  •  48 readers

"Water sports are good" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place is best for water sports and camping purposes. Sports including rafting and claiming are very common and enjoyable sports including bungeee jumping are also played but are expensive a little bit ... The rooms are available easily and have facilities depending on your budget
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  • Sangita
  • Lives in Alipurduar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  84 readers

"Rafting and camping in Rishikesh" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went to Rishikesh on and overnight camping was good too but there was no bonfire happened at that night which was disappointing. Also I can't go for bungee jumping as the tickets were sold out due to weekend. Here is some pictures of my trip so that you guys can understand bettr.
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Arvind tandon

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  • Arvind tandon
  • 3 Reviews
  •  76 readers

"Enjoy full moment"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is place where a medium class person can spent time with his family near Ganga Ghat & have pooja. Thereafter a person can visit Parmarth niketan, Gita press & swarag ashram & have food there itself because it is cheaper & fresh. Food is available every neck & corner of site. Laxman & Ram jhula are also are of main attraction for travellers. If possible please visit Neelkant Temple
My advice to travellers to take light & healthy food instead of going for Chats & cholas.
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Rajesh Sharma

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  • Rajesh Sharma
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 6 Reviews
  •  107 readers

"Ganga Nagri Rishikesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of best destination if your want to take spiritual feeling on the Banks of Ganga (Swarg Ashram Area). One can also benefit free yoga class conducted in Van Parashta Ashram Rishikesh and listin the parvachans of Saints in Gita Ashram along with free stay offered in these Ashrams.
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Amit Bhadani

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  • Amit Bhadani
  • Lives in Surat
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  219 readers

"White water rafting"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome thing you just can't miss while staying in Rishikesh
There are several rafting Tours operators in and around Rishikesh providing different levels and lengths of white water rafting in Ganga
Also must try adventure activity is BUNGEE JUMPING @ THE JUMPING HEIGHTS
They also offer other activities such as FLYING FOX, GIANT SWING
Can be booked online on their website or at all rafting offices
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Tusshar Pandey

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  • Tusshar Pandey
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 49 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3477 readers

"Water Rafting Rishikesh."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's a great place and one of the very famous destination in north India for water rafting. It's always been pleasure to be here. Rishikesh is famous for rafting; adventure. It's also famous for Ramjhula and Laxmanjhula. Rishikesh is situated in Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram. Negotiating this pristine, glaceed river on a raft is an experience unlike any other a thrill for the novice, a challenge for the hardcore adventure ****. Other activities available here include trekking, biking and rappelling as well as birding and wildlife safaris (links to national parks in area). For those looking for a break of the spiritual kind, Rishikesh has a host of ashrams and yoga centres, offering lessons in yoga and meditation, besides other spiritual activities.
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Shron Gupta

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  • Shron Gupta
  • Lives in Panipat
  • 1 Review
  •  369 readers

"Adventure destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2017
A wonderful place to remove all your stress, away from busy schedule. Just a place full of adventure and peace ..
A place away from technologies, where you can listen wildlife singing, feel the magic of flaura and fauna. Last but not the least, camping and rafting ...
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Mohan Jitpure

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  • Mohan Jitpure
  • Lives in Betul
  • 430 photos
  • 49 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
  •  2900 readers

"Holiest, Romantic and known as the City of Yoga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2017
Rishikesh (Hindi: ; Sanskrit: is a city, municipal council and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state, Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as the 'Gateway to the Gearwheel Himalayas' and 'Yoga Capital of the World'. Rishikesh is surrounded by three districts: Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Gearwheel and Haridwar. It is approximately 25 km north of the city Haridwar and 43 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun. According to Census of India, 2011 Rishikesh had a population of 102, 138 making it the 7th most populated city and the largest municipal council in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge. Rishikesh is totally Hillary station and Ever green plant make it beautiful, Ram Jhula And Laxman Jhula are attractive it. Many Ashrams and multi storey Temple situated on the Bank of River and looks beautiful, Rishikesh is really wonderful for those people love nature. Many falls are also located around the mountains and hills.
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Dev Thapa

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  • Dev Thapa
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Best for weekend gateway!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017
Recently with a bunch of friends we visited with the holy state Uttarakhand, Rishikesh. Surrounded by the holy Ganga, it is approx 7 hours of travelling from Delhi by bus. We had done through online.. Based on the bus type ticket may varies from rs. 450-750. But if you want budget friendly can opt for roadways bus which depart at each hour. Charges are around rs. 250-300.

After reaching their instead of staying in hotel, wo chooses camping. Option for camping is so many there, at each even distance you could see.

We thought we got a good deal which charged 1500rs per person including lunch, eve snacks, dinner, bonfire, morning breakfast, rafting and cliff jump. But after reaching camp we met a group of guys who had done the deal at Rs 5800 for six persons. ( Lesson for us : we could bargain more). Bonfire is full of fun specially when you are with best friends. Everyone is like comedian. No restriction for alcohol. UK's liquor price is slightly higher than Delhi.

Next morning. Rafting started around 10:30 am. And finished off around 12:30 covering distance of 18 k. As the officials said. Rafting was adventurous, exciting,!!

Cliff jump was the best part.

After dipping in holy ganga we came back to bus point and back to Delhi.

With six persons, our total cost including even a minor cost (e. G. Even pulse candy ;)) was 2500-3000. Rs. Perfect as student budget. Yeah if we could bargain the cost would reduced by 500rs for sure.
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