India is the seventh-largest country. There are 29 States in India. Rishikesh is a holy city, which is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The holy city of Rishikesh, located in the state of Uttarakhand, is a major tourist spot and a pilgrimage centre. Also referred to as “Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas”, Rishikesh, besides being famous as a pilgrimage centre, is also visited by tourists for a range of adventure activities.
If you have never visited Rishikesh, you must go at least once in your life. You can easily book your tickets through Paytm Bus, and to avail, their exclusive discounts do apply Paytm bus promo code or Paytm bus ticket offers while booking your tickets.
There are a lot of things that you can do in Rishikesh, some of them are listed below:
13. Indulge in Shopping
Though Rishikesh is not a popular shopping destination, you can buy clothes, jewelry, books, precious stones and things related to spirituality from the following markets
- Lakshman Jhula Market
- Ram Jhula Market
- Rishikesh Main Market
12. Enjoy Sattvik Food in Rishikesh
You can enjoy pure and simple but delicious food at
- Amrit Ganga Restaurant
- Tulsi Restaurant
- Pure Soul – Café & Organic Kitchen
11. Enjoy Biodiversity at Rajaji National Park
Enjoy jungle safari and see varied species of birds and animals. If you are lucky you can sight the majestic tiger at the park.
10. Undertake Trekking Activities
The trekking trails from Rishikesh are soaked in verdant greenery, breath-taking valleys and cascading waterfalls. You can undertake any of the trekking trails mentioned below:
- Roopkund Trek
- Valley of Flowers Trek
- Nag Tibba Trek
- DeoriaChandrashila Trek
- Kunjapuri Temple Trekking
9. Get the Adrenaline Rush with Rafting & Camping
You can start your rafting expedition from Kaudiyala village. , about 40 kms from Rishikesh.Enjoy white water rafting on the rapids of the river Ganga. The fun can be doubled by camping at one of the pristine, sandy beaches of Rishikesh. You can enjoy volleyball and football at the beach and also go bird watching. Enjoy camp fire and a wholesome dinner. Sleep well the night before embarking on a thrilling rafting adventure the next morning.
8. Experience the Ecstasy of Bungee Jumping
Get an adrenaline rush by experiencing bungee jumping at Mohanchatti, the country’s foremost fixed platform bungee jumping destination. This is a pristine locale, nestled in Shivaliks about 52 kms from Rishikesh
7. Other Adventure Activities to Explore in Rishikesh
- Giant Swing in Mohanchatti
- Flying Fox adventure at Shivpuri Village
6. Relax with Ananda Spa
Enjoy a wellness holiday by staying in the luxurious destination spa resort nestled in the Himalayan foothills. Experience traditional Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta to experience bodily harmony and balance. This spa resort is located on the Maharaja Palace estate in Narendra Nagar.
5. Experience Ayurveda in Rishikesh
Experience alternative healing using traditional Indian medicines. Rishikesh boasts of many Ayurveda ashrams and Ayurveda centers such as
- Haritha Ayurveda Academy
- Panchakarma Center Spa
4. Indulge in Yoga and Meditation
Rishikesh is dotted with many ashrams and yoga retreats wherein you can learn yoga, meditation as well as indulge in other spiritual pursuits. Below are some well known places for the same.
- Dayananda Ashram
- Yoga Niketan Ashram
- Swarg Ashram
- Parmarth Niketan Ashram
- Madhuban Ashram
- Sivananda Ashram
- Omkarananda Ashram
3. Participate in the International Yoga Festival
The international Yoga Festival in Rishikesh is organised from 01st March to 07th March. Participate in this world-renowned festival and get an opportunity to learn yoga from famous Yoga gurus.
2. Witness the spellbinding Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh
The Ganga aarti is an enchanting experience that you can witness every evening at Rishikesh. You can watch innumerable floating diyas or lamps in the Ganga. This is a mesmerising experience in the backdrop of starry nights and hymns and bhajans sung at the time of the aarti.
1. Visit Holy Places
Rishikesh is dotted with many temples and holy places which attract people from far and wide. Some of these holy places are enlisted below
- Nilkanth Mahadev Temple
- Kunjapuri Temple
- Parmarth Niketan Temple
- Bharat Mandir Rishikesh
- Geeta Bhawan Rishikesh
- Tera Manzil Temple Rishikesh
- Raghunath Temple Rishikesh
- Triveni Ghat Rishikesh
- Piran Kaliyar Sharif
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How to Reach Rishikesh
Flight | Train | Bus
The Jolly Grant airport (35 kms away)
Nearest Railway Station:
Haridwar Railway Station (25 km away)
Nearest Bus Stops:
Regular buses ply between Rishikesh and Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun
Where to stay
Holy River Hotel | Ananda Spa | Dewa Retreat | Aloha on the Gangas
Rent A Car:
You can travel by own car to reach Rishikesh. You can take suitable halts especially if travelling with family.