Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas is located along the intersection of river Ganga and Chandra Bhaga.
Also referred to as Hrishikesh, this yoga capital of the world has numerous spots for indulging in adventurous activities like flying fox, white water rafting, camping, mountain biking, bungee jumping, etc. Explore ancient temples and popular cafes here which have spring up to cater to the requirement of young tourists. These serve world-class fast foods, Indian and international cuisines, and beverages.
The number of tourists here hikes every year. Thus the number of cafes and restaurants has also increased which makes it difficult to decide where to hang out before moving ahead to the queens of the hill, Mussoorie.
Things to Do
River Rafting in Rishikesh is an unmissable water sport that will render you a lifetime experience in India. Under the perfect safety arrangements made at the place, there are customized packages for camping and trekking available in Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is one of the few sports in India that provides a destination for this thrilling water sport.
For adventurous spirits, the pristine location at Mohan Choti has India's first fixed platform for bungee jumping. It is available in the Shivaliks, ahead of Rishikesh.
Another exciting activity that you can indulge in during Rishikesh's stay is cliff jumping. Jump into the river from considerable height (high cliff) and let your wilderness cross the borders of thrill and adventure.
Flying fox as an adventure sport has made its presence felt in Rishikesh among the young and enthusiastic travelers. If you love adrenaline rush then go for this sport. Have a majestic view of the mighty Himalayas and let the wind roar beneath you while you glide over the majestic Ganga, on the cable.
Be the part of the international yoga festival held here in the first week of March. Yoga enthusiastic from across the world participates to make it a world-class event.
Places to Visit
Lakshman Jhula across the river Ganga in Rishikesh is the famous hanging bridge that connects two villages, Tapovan and Jonk in Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal districts, respectively. Made up of iron, this 450-feet long bridge is situated at the height of 70 feet from the river. In the proximity of Lakshman Jhula, lie Terah Manzil temple, the Ram Jhula and the Lakshman temple.
For those holy spirits, who want to meditate and absorb the serenity of Rishikesh, Triveni Ghat, situated on the bank of the holy river Ganga, makes the perfect destination. Watch out Maha Aarti of Ganga which happens every evening at this biggest Ghat in Rishikesh.
This Ghat has reference in Indian epics namely Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was the cremation ground for Lord Krishna.
To satisfy your camping craziness world-class camping experience can be availed in Rishikesh. Numerous tour operators ensure all the arrangements are made perfectly as per your safety and basic requirements.
Those who are on wellness vacations, there are a lot of wellness and spa retreats located in Rishikesh that claims to rejuvenate and relax you from mind and soul. Enjoy the extensive treatment and massage therapies rendered at various traditional spas. Ayurveda, yoga and many other stress-relieving activities are clubbed together for relaxation.
Spend your vacations the way you like in this holy abode of the Ganges. A variety of options and packages facilities eases your tasks of laying hands on the best options in Rishikesh.