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COVID-19 : RISHIKESH is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 24 Oct 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to RISHIKESH?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • It is advised to carry own sleeping bag, cutlery and water bottles if travellers are planning a trek
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel.
  • Registration on the Smart City Web portal and uploading required documents is mandatory
  • A screening process will be done compulsorily on entry to the borders of the state.
  • All travellers with negative RT-PCR report from ICMR authorized lab shall be exempted from quarantine.
  • Travellers from non-high load Covid-19 infected cities must follow home quarantine for 14 days.
  • Travellers from high-load Covid-19 infected cities must follow 7 days of institutional and 7 days of home quarantine.
Flights

Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. It receives flights from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. The distance of 35 kilometres from the airport to Rishikesh can be covered through taxis, buses or cabs available outside the airport.

Trains

Special train is functional from Amritsar to Haridwar. Rishikesh can be reached via road from Haridwar.

Buses

Rishikesh has regular bus transport services connecting it to all major cities through the national highways and roads.

Local Transport

Local modes of transport like buses, taxis and autorickshaws are allowed to function with proper steps of sanitization.

The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Rishikesh. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

Registration On Smart City Web Portal Mandatory For Entry Updated: 24 Oct 2020

All travellers visiting Rishikesh will have to register on the Smart City Web portal and upload all documents asked during the process online.

No Permission Required for Inter-District Movements in Uttarakhand Updated: 24 Oct 2020

In reference to the fresh guideline updates for the state, people travelling inter-district don’t need permission. However, registration on the official Uttarakhand web portal is mandatory.

Mandatory Thermal Screening to Take Place on Entry to Rishikesh Updated: 22 Sep 2020

A mandatory screening process will be done on each traveller entering Rishikesh- be it by road, railways or by air.

Asymptomatic Travellers, Visiting Rishikesh for 3 Days or Less Are Exempted from Quarantine Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According to latest guideline updates, visitors travelling to Rishikesh for a maximum of 3 days shall not be required to exercise any form of quarantine.

Hotels, Homestays in Rishikesh Open to Accommodate Travellers Updated: 04 Sep 2020

All stay and hospitality services, except the ones that fall under containment zones, have been allowed to re-open in Rishikesh. Hotel managements have been advised to ensure bookings of a minimum of 7 days for inter-state travellers.

Rishikesh is a tehsil located in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal region right on the banks of the holiest of Indian rivers, the Ganges. This ancient city has several mythological and religious legends associated with Lord Vishnu, Lord Bharat, and various prominent sages and is said to have been established in the 9th-century AD by Adi Shankaracharya.

The scenic beauty of Rishikesh is due to its location at the foothills of the lofty Garhwal Himalayas is accentuated by the mighty Ganges cutting right through the city. The picturesque city looks suspended between the stunning riverside promenades, acres of forests, lush mountains, and clear blue skies lending it a surreal appearance.

The city is synonymous with its grand temples, rituals, architectural marvels and yoga ashrams. Every temple here, be it the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple, or the 13-storey Trimbakeshwar Temple, has its own beautiful legend that attracts people from all over the world. The twin Ram & Lakshman Jhulas are outstanding architectural feats in themselves. These suspension bridges span for over 750 ft. over the Ganges. There are numerous ashrams here that lead people into the spiritual world of ancient forms of yoga, meditation, and vipasana to cleanse their soul and de-stress.

Rishikesh has its share of offbeat and adventure activities too. If you are not enjoying the adrenaline rush of white water rafting available up to grade 6, you can spend time enjoying amazing experiences like cliff jumping, kayaking, body surfing, etc. There are picturesque waterfalls here like Patna fall and Neer Garhi fall, etc. that are perfect to escape into the raw wilderness of nature. If you are the spiritual kind, you can’t miss attending the jaw-dropping spectacle of the Maha Aarti.

The summer months (March-June) here are extremely hot & humid with temperatures reaching up to 36°C. Winter months (October-February) are cold and sunny with temperatures dipping to a low of 6°C, making them the best months to visit. Monsoon months (June-September) see a lot of rains accompanied by humidity.

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"Nestled in the midst of 9 hills offers breathtaking views of the Ganges. The camping experience is great. Hospitable staff. Food is decent. Weather is great. Its a little far off and drive might be a bit tiring considering lot of stoppages in the road up here due to road construction. If you expect it to be along the river on a beach then you shall be disappointed. In fact its located at a steep height from the road and for guys from the plains it shall be a pretty steep climb of 50 odd steps with luggage. For the price it offers a lovely memory. "
31 August 2019
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Camp located around hills which gave such a amazing view.. Gaurav and staff was so good..and so helpful and make us comfort so we can enjoy our full. Food, camp, cleaning and view all are amazing.. Thank you guyz..the camping was unforgettable for me and my friends..
25 June 2015
Excellent
The trekking experience was fine and good. To be honest, the trek was really good. We had a great time. It was one of the really nice treks that I have had.
13 June 2015
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We were hoping to feel tired and worn out but surprisingly despite the tough trek it was nice and enjoyable and we were with high energy levels even after the trek. This was definitely a nice trekking experience. We had some great memories to take back home and share. I really loved the whole travel too as it was a road trip for us.
10 April 2015
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I am out of words. This was a great trekking in Uttarakhand. The place is splendid and classy beauty. This is what a perfect vacation looks like.
It was an amazing experience. The camp site is beautiful with luxurious tents and amazing food. The raft experience was beautiful, the instructors were really helpful and fun. ??
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05 November 2019
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Sometimes words cannot express all the heartfelt gratitude and love you feel for a place and its people. A sanctuary where time and space is provided to work on yourself, to learn new things and have command on controlling your heart. The food was totally organic with farm grown products.
17 February 2020
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Great location, service, amenities and room. We booked the room from Thrillophilia after comparing the prices from different websites. The best part of Thrillophilia package is that they don't just give stay but lot of different activiites and experiences were also included. The Earthship resort is a very calm and soothing place with the best meditation and yoga sessions. Had a relaxing holidays.
18 January 2020
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My friend and I stayed here for 2 Days and it was one of the best stays we have experienced. From hotel staff to food everything was up to mark. I would definitely recommend this. We also attend the Ganga aarti which was organized by the resort, which was so peaceful. Also had a relaxing time with their spa session. Thank you Thrillophilia for such an instant booking confirmation on booking it on the last moments.

How to Reach

  • Rishikesh can be accessed via air, bus, train and road/ self-drive.
  • Air: The nearest airport is located in Dehradun. And is approximately 35 km away from Rishikesh. All major domestic carriers have direct flights from Delhi. There is even a flight from Lucknow. Once you exit the airport, you can hire a local taxi or catch a bus to Rishikesh. If you are traveling from overseas and are unable to find a connection then the best way is to catch a cab from New Delhi and head to Rishikesh via road.
  • Bus: Rishikesh is well-connected via buses from Delhi, Haridwar, and Dehradun. From Delhi, you can get busses either form Kashmiri Gate or ISBT. Buses run at various times throughout the day. You choose between luxurious, deluxe or regular coaches.
  • Train: The nearest railway station is located in Haridwar and is around 25 km away. Haridwar is connected via train to many locations in India such as Varanasi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi etc. There are many trains such as Shatabdi, Express Trains, AC Special trains, and Mussoorie Express.
  • Road/Self Drive: Rishikesh is connected to major cities in India via National Highway 58. It takes between 6 and 7 hours to reach Rishikesh from Delhi. There is a short hilly terrain in the middle, but other than that the drive to Rishikesh is smooth and enjoyable.

Best Time To Visit

  • Although Rishikesh enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year, some months are definitely more favorable than the others.
  • October to February: Rishikesh experiences winters during these months and the average temperature ranges between 19-27 degrees. Despite the chilly weather, many people head to Rishikesh around this time for rafting and camping. January is the coldest month, so make sure you carry appropriate winter wear.
  • March to June: March is the best time to head to Rishikesh for rafting and if you plan in advance, you can also attend the International Yoga Festival. Rishikesh experiences summer during these months and June is the hottest month with temperatures peaking up to 25 degrees. Rafting is closed during June, so if you are not a fan of the adventure sport then this is the best time to visit Rishikesh as many hotels offer discounted accommodation.

People Also Ask About Rishikesh

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Rishikesh?

    1. Lakshman Jhula: This famous landmark often makes it to postcard images of Rishikesh, that’s how synonymous it is not only to Rishikesh but the entire Uttarakhand. To mark the crossing of the Ganga by Lakshman on a jute bridge, a rope bridge was constructed in 1889.

    This was later replaced by this 450-ft. long suspended iron bridge in 1930 connecting the 2 districts of Pauri and Tehri. It is quite a unique experience walking over the depths of the Ganges and enjoying panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings from over the waters. There are several beautiful temples & local bazaar around the bridge that are a must-visit.

    Location: Tapovan, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Open 24 hours.

    2. Ram Jhula: The second of the twin bridges, Ram Jhula is the slightly lesser-known but a better architectural marvel than Lakshman Jhula. Constructed in 1986, this iconic structure spans for around 750 ft. over the River Ganges linking Swarg Ashram to Sivananda Ashram.

    You can't but feel hypnotised by the crashing sounds of the river beneath, stupendous views of the mountains, and the cool misty breeze all around. Throughout the year the bridge and its surrounding areas, comprising numerous famous temples and markets, is abuzz with tourists from India and around the world making for a lovely sight.

    Location: Muni ki Reti.
    Timing: Open 24 hours.

    3. Beatles Ashram: Initially founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to teach the age-old practices of yoga and meditation, this ashram became world-famous with the visit of the English rock band ‘Beatles’ members in 1968 to learn mediation.

    It was recently converted into a tourist attraction where one can enjoy soaking in the earthy architecture of the place and fun activities like bird watching, trekking, nature walks, etc. The entire place has beautiful graffiti and wall paintings made by visiting tourists making for a great photo-opp of this legendary place.

    Location: Swargashram, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Every day 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    Price: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 600 for foreign nationals.

    4. Trayambakeshwar Temple: One of the most revered temples in the entire country, this 8th-century temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is an important part of the Char Dham yatra. The beautiful temple is housed in a magnificent 13-storey building and is often referred to as ‘Terah Manzil Temple’.

    It houses idols of numerous gods & goddesses like Hanuman, Kali, Durga, etc. with a Shivlinga on the topmost floor. The temple is a great place to spend some time in serene quietude broken only by the melodious tinkling of the bells. The compound offers great views of the Ganges and the sun setting over its waters.

    Location: Near Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Every day from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

    5. Rishi Kund: One of the holiest spots in Rishikesh, Rishi Kund is said to have been blessed by River Yamuna, and Lord Ram is believed to have taken a dip here during his exile. Located at the foothills of lush green hills, the place has a beautiful ambience and is visited by thousands of people to take a dip here to pay obeisance to the gods.

    It is amazing to see these hills and the Raghunath Temple reflect in the clear waters of the pond.

    Location: Near Triveni Ghat.
    Timing: Open 24-hours.

    6. Little Buddha Cafe: No trip to Rishikesh is complete without visiting this organic and chic café that overlooks the Ganges River and mountains in the background. This is one of the best places in Rishikesh to lounge for hours while soaking in the beautiful views and experiencing the calming effect that it has on the visitors.

    These views are accompanied by a superb range of comfort foods like chocolate pancakes, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, rustic pizzas, and hearty salads. It is especially known for its momos, Israeli food, coffees, and pies. It is visited by a lot of tourists for its vibrant and grungy ambience created by its thatched roof, wooden furniture, and colourful prayer flags fluttering in the huge windows.

    Location: Near Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Every day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
    Price: A meal costs approximately Rs. 700 for two people.

    7. Chotiwala Restaurant: A must-visit at Rishikesh, this iconic restaurant has been attracting commoners and celebrities since 1958. You hardly come across a rotund Brahmin who is heavily made up, rarely smiles but still makes for the best photo-opp in Rishikesh.

    You can miss the infectious enthusiasm of children and even adults on seeing the Chotiwala seated on this throne-like chair. The food here is strictly vegetarian and comprises of South-Indian, Chinese, North-Indian dishes like vegetable steaks, sizzlers, chop suey, dosas, etc. It also serves Tandoori food, Royal Thalis, and decadent desserts.

    Location: Near Ram Jhula, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Every day from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
    Price: A meal costs approximately Rs. 500 for two people.

    8. Parmarth Niketan Ashram: Get away from the daily hustle and escape into the calming ambience of this spiritual haven located at the Himalayan foothills on the banks of River Ganges. Parmarth Ashram, the largest ashram in Rishikesh, is visited by people from around the world interested in learning the ancient Indian heritage of yoga and spirituality.

    The place offers courses in universal prayers, pranayama, stress management, Reiki, Ayurvedic treatments, and the world-famous Ganga Aarti. Either you can visit for a day to attend one of the daily sessions or stay on to attend courses that range from 5-29 days. The ashram also hosts the International Yoga festival each year in March.

    Location: Near Main Market Road, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh.
    Timing: Every day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  2. What are the best things to do in Rishikesh?

    1. Ganga arti at Triveni Ghat: Seeing the Ganga arti at Triveni Ghat is a must do here. Every evening, between 6 to 7, river Ganga is worshipped in an auspicious way. Big lighted diyas are prepared and the pandits stand in line to do the arti. It’s a beautiful treat for the eyes.

    2. River Rafting: 
    For the adventure lovers, going river rafting is really exciting. The 36 kms stretch from 
    Kaudiyala to Laxman Jhula is specially kept for River Rafting. The charges for river rafting keeps varying but it will be within Rs. 400 to Rs. 1300.

    3. Parasailing and paragliding: 
    Other adventurous sports are parasailing and paragliding. These should be avoided during the monsoon as it remains cloudy. You will be tied to an open parachute which is dragged by a boat below. You can fly.

    4. Trekking: 
    If you love to trek, Rishikesh is definitely your place. You can go trekking to the mountains with so much natural beauty. The best trekking routes are Kunjapuri trek and waterfall trek.

    5. Rock climbing: 
    It is pretty difficult in the beginning but once you have known the techniques, you will be addicted to it.

    6. Mountain biking: 
    The hilly areas around Rishikesh are perfect for mountain biking. If you love cycling, go for it. There are many companies which can lend you a bike and you are good to go.

    7. Flying fox: 
    In flying fox sport, you, along with two others will be harnessed to a rope about 7 meters above the ground. You will be sliding forward at a speed of about 150 km/hour. This has both age and weight limits. You must be above 12 years of age and your weight must be between 20 to 130 kgs.

    8. Body surfing: 
    You can try this while doing river rafting in Rishikesh. Let yourself free on the water and enjoy. 

    9. Cliff jumping: 
    This is one of the famous sports that can be done here as Rishikesh lies in the foothills of Himalayas which has a number of cliffs of various heights along with Ganga on the side. You can jump off the cliff and drive in to the holy water of Ganga.

    10. Kayaking: 
    You can go kayaking after being trained by the experts. You will be given a boat and you are all set to go.

    11. Hot air ballooning: 
    This is the best activity you can try in Rishikesh with your family as this has no age limitations. It is easy too. Hire one balloon and roam in the sky.

    12. Camping: 
    Those who are looking for a refuge from busy chaotic life, Camping in the laps of Ganges can save you. There are pre-established camps in Rishikesh which will make you feel relaxed and close to nature. 

    13. Ayurvedic massage centres: 
    You can get the best ayurvedic massages at Ayurvedic Bhavan and Himadri Ayurveda which will give you a “me-time” and inner peace.

    14. Yoga and meditation: Rishikesh is the home of yoga and meditation. To improve mental health, you must give it a try.

  3. Where can I enjoy water sports activities in Rishikesh?

    1. Brahmapuri, Marine Drive, and Kaudiyala for rafting: Rishikesh, the country’s rafting destination, has scores of amazing stretches along River Ganges that offer the thrill of rafting in rapids ranging from grades 1-6.

    The rapids Brahmapuri are the mildest and suit people of all ages and even those who are inexperienced. Shivpuri and Marine Drive offer rapids of grade 2 & 3 that are considered to be intermediate. Kaudiyala stretch is the best for experienced rafters to enjoy rapids up to grade 5.

    2. Brahmapuri for Cliff Jumping: Imagine jumping off from a height of around 40-50 ft. from a cliff into icy cold waters! This is one of the newest and the best adventure sports in Rishikesh that can be enjoyed at the lower end of the Brahmapuri stretch that’s located near Lakshman Jhula.

    The spot has some of the best-carved cliffs that offer that perfect perch and jumping ledges. The rocks here have varying heights that are available as per the experience ranging from beginner, intermediate, and experienced.

    3. Tapovan for Kayaking: An amazing watersport that’s a combination of one’s physical and mental strength, kayaking is best enjoyed at the Tapovan stretch. The spot is perfect for people of all skill levels ranging from beginner, intermediate, to advanced.

    Not only will you enjoy the thrill of navigating the crashing waters, but this is also the best way to enjoy the scenic beauty up and close. Rishikesh has world-class professionals and the best of equipment and gear to make your kayaking experience fun as well as safe.

    4. Neer Gaddu Waterfall for Rappelling: Taking the excitement of rappelling to another level, waterfall rappelling is one of the most exciting water sports to try in Rishikesh. Spiralling down the crashing waters of the waterfall as you cry to find your footing in the craggy rock faces is an unforgettable experience that everybody must try.

    5. Brahmapuri for Body Surfing: Lying on the waves of the Ganges and letting them take you with their flow is an amazing experience that everyone must try. The thrill of the activity lies in lying on the water without a surfboard using just a pair of swim fins as you crawl freestyle, dive, and duck in the waters. This fun activity can be enjoyed alone or along with a group of friends.

    6. Patna and Phool Chatti Falls for Waterfall Trekking: These are two of the best waterfalls in Rishikesh that are surrounded with amazingly beautiful and challenging treks. These trials will take you through lush forests, patches of flowers, small streams at varying gradients to finally reach the waterfalls. These waterfalls also have plunge pools that are great to enjoy a long dip to cool off after the trek.
  4. What are some famous yoga and meditation centres in Rishikesh?

    1. Parmarth Niketan: Lying on the banks of Ganges River amidst lush forests and the largest ashram in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan is visited by pilgrims from around the world who want to attend intensive yoga & Pranayam courses, meditation & stress management sessions, Ganga Aarti, acupressure, reiki, etc.

    The ashram offers more than 100 minimalistic rooms synonymous with ashram living yet equipped with modern amenities.

    2. Swami Dayananda Ashram: Established in the 1960s by the internationally known Veda teacher Swami Dayanand Saraswati this is one of the most revered yoga centres in Rishikesh. It has a Ganga-facing yoga studio along with 3-year residential courses on Vedanta & Sanskrit and has a library with more than 5000 titles from Swamiji’s private collection.

    It offers 150 rooms with 4-star facilities including nutritious meals, daily aarti, and chanting sessions, etc.

    3. Phool Chatti Ashram: Set amidst acres of gardens, this 120-year-old ashram is visited by yoga practitioners from around the world for its programs like Mauna, meditation, laughter & hatha yoga, grounding dance, yogic cleansing, etc. that are conducted on secluded river banks.

    It offers simple river-facing rooms with private bathrooms and attached balconies and nutritious organic food straight from its own farms.
  5. What are the famous pilgrimage sites in Rishikesh?

    1. Triveni Ghat: The most revered ghats in Rishikesh, this is the confluence site of the 3 holy rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Pilgrims visit from all over the world to take a dip in the holy waters here and to see the Maha Aarti and the thousands of floating diyas and hypnotising chants and drum sounds.

    2. Swarg Ashram: Built in the memory of Saint Vishudhanand, this ashram is not only a popular retreat for learning yoga and meditation but is also visited by thousands of people to attend the daily poojas & kirtans. There are several small temples and caves within the ashram that are a must-see.

    3. Bharat Mandir: This is considered to be the most sacred Vishnu temple in not only Rishikesh but across the country and finds a mention in the Mahabharata. Established by Adi Shankaracharya in 789 AD, this temple houses the Shree Yantra and an ancient banyan tree and is famous for its architectural magnificence.

    4. Muni ki Reti: Translating to ‘Sands of the sages’ this town is considered to be the place where the most revered saints used to meditate and the spot where King Bharat did penance. This is where the traditional ‘Char Dham’ yatra starts from and houses several famous ashrams and temples.
  6. What are the most famous markets of Rishikesh?

    1. Rishikesh Main Market: Located at Triveni Ghat, this is one of the largest markets here and is a one-stop-shop for local handicrafts, attars, and clothes, accessories, etc. There are several snack shops here that serve the best Tibetan and Indian snacks in the entire Rishikesh.

    2. Lakshman Jhula Market: Located close to the Jhula, this is the best market for picking up religious knick-knacks like idols & their accessories, oils, incense, books, mini temples, etc. You will also find quite a few shops selling local handicrafts and imitation jewellery.

    3. Gole Market: This market is a must-visit for people looking for ethnic Indian clothes for summers and winters. You can also pick up colourful mirror-studded cloth umbrellas, bags, and jewellery here.

    4. Ram Jhula Market: This market’s claim to fame is the Chotiwala Restaurant with the namesake iconic living symbol welcoming the guests. Besides this, the market is visited for its local spice shops, pooja knick-knacks, and imitation jewellery.

    5. Garhwal Wool & Craft Shop: One of the oldest shops in Rishikesh, this is one of the best places to pick up authentic Garhwal wool clothes and knitted shawls, woollen footwear, caps, etc., this shop is a must-visit. This shop also sells a range of Indian and western wear and accessories.
  7. What is there to do in Rishikesh at night?

    1. Attend the Maha Aarti: No trip to Rishikesh is complete without attending the magnificent Maha Aarti at Triveni Ghat. The entire spectacle of thousands of floating diyas twinkling in the river along with the reverberating sounds of the drums, bells, and the bhajan is nothing less than a hypnotic once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    2. Catch a movie: One of the most fun things to do in Rishikesh is to catch a late-night movie. Rama Palace, the only theatre here, is a great place to do so amidst good crowds and great food.

    3. Enjoy a Late-Night Coffee: What can be a better location to enjoy a late night brew than a café that overlooks the Ganges and silhouettes of the Himalayas in the background. Little Buddha Café is a great place that serves a huge range of coffees, savouries, and desserts and lets you hang out for hours on beanbags amidst great crowds.

    4. Enjoy Night Camping: One of the best night experiences here is to camp under a million stars amidst the wilderness of Shivpuri. You can enjoy night forest trails, learn survival strategies, and enjoy a fun bonfire, barbecue, and music.
  8. What is Rishikesh known for?

    Rishikesh is famous, not only in India but around the world, as the yoga capital of the world. The place with its numerous ancient ashrams and yoga studios has put not only yoga but ancient Indian Vedic studies, Ayurveda, astrology, etc. on the world map.

    Besides, due to its location near the Ganges, it is also known for the range of adventure activities that it offers like rafting, kayaking, cliff jumping, etc.
  9. What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

    The best time to visit Rishikesh is during the winter months of November-February when the weather is cool enough for you to enjoy the beautiful outdoor and adventure activities. This is when the temperatures range between a pleasant 6-20° C. That's great to see the landmarks, markets, and experiences like the Ganga Arti, etc.
  10. Is Rishikesh safe at night?

    Yes, absolutely! This religious and spiritual place is perfectly safe. Since it is visited by thousands of foreign nationals each year, the security arrangements are top-notch. There is ample police presence and all the public places have CCTV cameras installed.
  11. Is there snowfall in Rishikesh?

    No, due to its location at an altitude of around 1220 ft. at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh never receives snowfall. The closest places to Rishikesh to enjoy snow are Auli and Mussoorie.
  12. How many days are enough for Rishikesh?

    Around 3 nights and 4 days are enough to enjoy this beautiful place. During this time you can visit several ancient temples here, landmarks like the twin Jhulas, and various ghats, etc. You can take an ashram tour and maybe attend a yoga session or two. Don’t miss to try rafting, visiting the scenic waterfalls here and trying out iconic restaurants like the Chotiwala.
  13. Why do foreigners visit Rishikesh?

    Foreigners primarily visit Rishikesh to experience ancient Indian spirituality and practices like various forms of yoga, meditation, and rituals like satsangs and aartis.

    All these practices are being increasingly adopted in the West to relax and cleanse one’s body and what’s a better place than the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ on the banks of the holy Ganga! Another reason is the world-class facility that the place offers for watersports like rafting and kayaking.
  14. What should I buy in Rishikesh?

    When in Rishikesh don’t miss picking up semi-precious stones, old coins, idols of gods & goddesses, sandalwood blocks, spiritual books, and incense sticks. Rishikesh is also a great place to buy herbs and like hill mint, asafoetida, etc. and squashes of wool apple, rhododendron, orange, etc.
  15. Is there paragliding in Rishikesh?

    Yes, you can paraglide at spots like Rajas Airfield, Mazari Grante, Doiwala. Rishikesh is known for its powered paragliding that lets you soar in the air with the help of a motorised parachute.

    This is a great thrilling way to enjoy a new adventure sport as you soak in the scenic hillside beauty of the surroundings.
  16. How much does bungee jumping cost in Rishikesh?

    The cost of a single jump costs between Rs. 3,000-3,500 per person in Rishikesh depending on the operator that you book with.
  17. Is rafting open in Rishikesh in December?

    Yes, rafting can be done here up till the mid of December. The weather is chilly and sunny that further accentuates the thrill and novelty of this amazing adventure sport.