Rishikesh Tourism
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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 is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges. This holy city, a part of Dehradun district is called the Devbhoomi and is considered as the doorway to the Himalayas. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this place in Northern India attracts huge number of tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the country to offer their prayers at this holy site. 

History of Rishikesh

Ancient history suggests the presence of Rishikesh in the legendary “Kedarkhand” region. In mythological scriptures Lord Rama meditated and practiced penance at this place after he executed Ravana. Lord Rama’s younger brother, Laxmana, crossed the Ganga from here due to which the popular Laxman Jhula was constructed. 

Originally, Laxman Jhula was built from jute rope. This rope bridge was quite unsafe and was replaced with a stronger iron- rope bridge in 1889. Due to floods in 1924 the bridge was damaged and finally replaced with a stronger suspension bridge. 

Things to do in Rishikesh

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 white water 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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Shron Gupta

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  • Shron Gupta
  • Lives in Panipat
  • 1 Review
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"Adventure destination!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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
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"Holiest, Romantic and known as the City of Yoga" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
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"Best for weekend gateway!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Das

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  • Das
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
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"Nice Place to Visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Place it self is very beautiful with flowing Ganges.
This place attracts traveler of all age group and it is quite enjoyable for everybody. People can visit the Temples and Ashrams to spiritually uplift themselves, or if you are a person who likes adrenaline rush and in a good health go for White water river rafting and a load of other adventure sports activities. For trekking enthusiasts, Rishikesh is a good place to be. If you want a relaxing holiday, then also it is a good place to be with ample of spas and ayurvedic massage centers, Yoga centers are also a big add on for people. Last but not the least, you can just sit back at the banks of Ganges and experience peace and tranquility.
For adventure activities like River Rafting, bunjy jumping, Trekking you need to be in a sound health as it involves a good level of physical activities. For River Rafting carry one extra set of dry clothes to change after the rafting is done. One Water tight bag/ pouch will be advisable if you wish to carry your phones and cameras while rafting.
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Digvijay Sharma

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  • Digvijay Sharma
  • Lives in Pune
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"Adventure capital trip out of city hustle"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rishikesh is one of the unique destination in india, which has to offer you adventure trips like river rafting or kayaking, trekking, along with natural beauty and globally renowned ashrams. The Rishikesh, city of ashrams and temples and mighty ganga, is having everything for all age group of people let it be youth or old age or religious people. The famous geeta ashram near the banks of ganga, the city icon Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula fills the thrill in the heart of every individual.

I reached camp near Kaudiyala approx 40 kms towards Devprayag. The camp is located on the ganga banks on the highway leading to Joshimath. Camp location was excellent and the sound of daniel dip, the rapid known as a grade 3-4 level was just a meters away. We all friends had a wonderful stay of 2 nights and completed our rafting lessons successfully.

The rafting stretch from devprayag to Rishikesh was one of the most thrilling stretch of around 4-6 hours. Very few people get this chance to cross those beautiful forests, the virgin banks of ganga full of flowers and trees.

A perfect weekend for the Delhi/NCR public.
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Jayakala marathil

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  • Jayakala marathil
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"Hotel Rishikesh in"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A GOOD HOTEL IN A PILGRIM CENTRE and a little away from busy area. Hotel has a small pool and have good balcony view. Hot water independent geyser available in every rooms. No room heater available on request. Food quality is fine and the hotel management and staff are very social and helpful too. Hotel should provide details of important places of visit and its accomplishments.
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Borut Krog

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"Holy Rishikesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Rishikesh for the first time and I hope it wandr wasn't the last. Had a pleasant stay. You can visit several Ashrams and do plenty of yoga if that is your thing. Also there are plenty of good restaurants to eat.
If you will have time try out one of the cooking classes awailable. I have learned to do Dal fry and gulab jamun-it was worth every rupee.
Only thing I didn't like so much, was a lot of begars on the streets.
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Anju Chahar

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  • Anju Chahar
  • Lives in Agra
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"Mind blowing trip ever"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2016
Well first day we reached Rishikesh and it was very difficult to find a good hotel because it was very late night, but somehow we manged then second day we started for neelkanth mahadev temple, the road through the jungle was a bit scary and after sometime I was alone as my parents and brother were way behind me .. It was so peaceful and the tough terrain .. It was just amazing, the ganga river was looking fabulous from top of mountain. After long time we all reached the temple and returned through cab. And while returning I saw ganges coming out of mountain and roaring I was terrified about the next day rafting, then second day I decided for short rafting trip because of my fear but I regret I should have chosen the longer one after I complete the rafting it was amazing wonderful mind blowing etc, everyone should do it once in a lifetime ... Well I will come again to complete it. And then we returned again in the boring life of city and same job
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Prashant Yadav

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  • Prashant Yadav
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"Bike Trip To Rishikesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
Well after thinking a lot and so much confusion we (me and my partner in crime brother in law) decided to go Rishikesh by bike, it was a same day back to pavilion trip, so we started early in the morning around 5 am, under the direction of Uncle Google we reached Rurki in 4 hours, from here the journey was real pain which took 1. 5 hours for 50 km, roads are pathetic, pot holes, ****, dividers make the condition worse.
We reached Rishikesh around 10. 40 am, booked our ride for 18 km rafting, reached shivpuri and started the adventure after brief introduction to the rafting by the guide.
It was going smooth as it was third time and then the guide suggested us to jump in the rapid, which is THE REAL ADVENTURE, according to him, anyways we jumped, holding the rope of the boat, felt that we will not survive, goodbye world, then the guide fish us out. We were coughing the holy water out badly, but it was a experience for sure, am not gonna do that again in my life ☠.
After that we went for cliff jump, there was a long queue so we waited for our turn.
After some more rapids and jump in the chilled water our session ended at lakshman jhoola.
We changed our clothes and went to Choti wala to grab a bite, food was good, specially the roti, which after being a tandoori felt like tawa, delicious.
Then we head back for Delhi, and the pain started, heavy traffic at several places, my pulsar went offroad. We were tired like hell, and then finally reached home sweet home.
Will never forget this trip.
PS. : You can make your rafting video now, there are guys at the starting point who will attend you.
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Prashant Yadav

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  • Prashant Yadav
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Bike Trip To Rishikesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
Well after thinking a lot and so much confusion we (me and my partner in crime brother in law) decided to go Rishikesh by bike, it was a same day back to pavilion trip, so we started early in the morning around 5 am, under the direction of Uncle Google we reached Rurki in 4 hours, from here the journey was real pain which took 1. 5 hours for 50 km, roads are pathetic, pot holes, ****, dividers make the condition worse.
We reached Rishikesh around 10. 40 am, booked our ride for 18 km rafting, reached shivpuri and started the adventure after brief introduction to the rafting by the guide.
It was going smooth as it was third time and then the guide suggested us to jump in the rapid, which is THE REAL ADVENTURE, according to him, anyways we jumped, holding the rope of the boat, felt that we will not survive, goodbye world, then the guide fish us out. We were coughing the holy water out badly, but it was a experience for sure, am not gonna do that again in my life ☠.
After that we went for cliff jump, there was a long queue so we waited for our turn.
After some more rapids and jump in the chilled water our session ended at lakshman jhoola.
We changed our clothes and went to Choti wala to grab a bite, food was good, specially the roti, which after being a tandoori felt like tawa, delicious.
Then we head back for Delhi, and the pain started, heavy traffic at several places, my pulsar went offroad. We were tired like hell, and then finally reached home sweet home.
Will never forget this trip.
PS. : You can make your rafting video now, there are guys at the starting point who will attend you.
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