Rishikesh is a tiny city located in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The city covers a total area of just about 15 km-sq. Despite being small in size, Rishikesh has countless reasons for being one of the most happening cities all over the country.
Being one of the most sacred cities of the country, Rishikesh holds religious and cultural values of its own, therefore thousands of visitors come here every year.
In addition to that Rishikesh is an International Yoga hub, A hot-spot for adventure sports and with its majestic ancient locations, Rishikesh offers something for everyone. Here are 15 things you can enjoy in Rishikesh.
1. Yoga Institutions in Rishikesh
Well, there is a reason why Rishikesh has earned the reputation of being named ‘World Yoga Capital’. Therefore, you can find many yoga schools and instructors.
In fact, in recent years yoga has grown into one of the fastest evolving businesses in the city. Come for a month-long holiday and get a certification course in Yoga, see it’s that cool. Also, every year Rishikesh hosts the International Yoga Festival in the city.
Click here, to know about some of the best yoga institutes in Rishikesh.
2. City Tour
Tiny shops, busy restaurants, crowded streets, noisy auto-rickshaws and peaceful banks of Ganges, that’s how I will sum up my city tour in Rishikesh. When so much is happening in such a small place, chaos is obvious. But that is also the real spirit of the city.
Walkthrough the Ghat road and experience colours of the city coming out of each shop. Experience boat rides in Ram Jhula with complete strangers.
Share stories and life experiences trust me I haven’t seen an unhappy person on that boat, never ever. If you are looking for some good food to enjoy Rajasthani Misthan Bhandar, Balaji Resturant and Choti Wala Restaurant are some of the best places to get into.
3. Camping in Rishikesh
Over the years, Rishikesh has grown as a major tourist hotspot and it has fostered a lot of business opportunities for local people. People in tourism are enjoying a great run, with a positive response from tourists.
Camping facilities have also improved in an escalating manner, you can find world-class resorts in Luxman Jhula and Tapovan area or even enjoy camping in Kaudiyala. All of this at very affordable prices.
4. Cafes Near Laxman Jhula
- Besides the fact that Laxman Jhula is famous for its towering temples, it is also famous for its fancy cafes. With so many foreign tourists visiting the city every day, the city itself has adopted recipes from around the globe, you can easily find cafes and restaurants serving world-class food. And some will even provide you with nice sitting beside Ganges and lakes. But this can be a little expensive affair so be selective with your orders.
5. River Rafting
If you are in Rishikesh and you haven’t tried your hands on River Rafting, you have not really been on a trip. River Rafting has always been one of the most fascinating attractions among the tourists.
Another must-do adventure is cliff jumping. and all of this comes at very affordable prices, the smallest River Raft trip would cost you around 500 bucks per person.
But keep in mind which adventure also comes risks and responsibilities so please whenever you go for such adventures hire a good guide and follow all his instructions properly.
6. Tera Manzil Temple
13 floors, 13 different temples, this sacred place is the most iconic in Laxman Jhula and, a must-visit. Once you are at the top enjoy the panoramic view of the Rishikesh valley trust me that’s gonna be a sight to behold.
7. Neer Gaddu Falls
Neer Gaddu fall is just around 5 km from Laxman Jhula. This natural waterfall is one of the most favourite tourist attraction.
Moreover, now this place has been developed into a picnic spot, if you are looking for a small hike in a fine summer day this is the place where you should be going to.
8. NeelKanth Temple
- Neelkanth Temple is one of the most ancient sites, not just in Rishikesh but in the whole country. Devoted to Lord Shiva this iconic temple has huge religious importance and is one of the most admired shrines of Lord Shiva.Legends have it, that the place where the temple was built, in the same place where Shiva consumed poison during Samudra Manthan. Every monsoon devotees from all over the country visit Neelkanth to offer holy Ganga Jal ( Ganga Water) to the Shiva Linga.
9. Bungee Jumping
This is one of the most thrilling adventures you can expect from the city. Being promoted as India’s highest bungee jumping spot.
This is a new adventure sport for the localities. If you are visiting and want to spend extra for the sake of a thrilling adventure then Bungee Jumping is for you.
10. Parmarth Niketan
- Established in 1942, Parmarth Niketan is the biggest ashram of Rishikesh.
- It is crowded most of the times, but it is still peaceful there.
- There are museums, statues, temples, shops and many more exciting things in there.The evening Ganga Aarti attracts thousands of people. Strolling around here you can listen to Snatam Kaur chanting her soulful chants in a random music shop’s speakers. You can even find shops for antiques and bookshops selling books about mythology, yoga, and devotion.
11. Beatles Ashram/ Chaurasi Kutia
On the walking distance from Parmarth Niketan, you can find this world-famous ashram, the Beatles Ashram or Chaurasi Kutia was established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1960s and 1970s to teach meditation.
The ashram got worldwide fame during the 80s when legendary rock band Beatles visited here. The Beatles stayed here to learn meditation also giving it it’s the now-famous name of ‘Beatles Ashram’.
The ashram was abandoned in the late 90s but was later reopened in 2011. Now you can find beautiful wall paintings and stone structures made in there.
It’s one of those peaceful goofy places which will only attract you to visit more. Although you have to pay price for that as there are entry tickets of rupees 150 INR for Indian citizens and 600 INR for international tourists.
Reaching Beatles Ashram from Parmarth Niketan is super easy. Having been situated outside from the city and even from Swarg Ashram area, often tourists get confused with the directions. But once you know the way it’s easy to get there.
So, to reach Beatles Ashram you have to take the same path which leads you to Gita Bhawan from Ram Jhula and keep following it for another 800m, few meters ahead from the Gita Bhawan you will spot Beatles Ashram’s Entry Gate and ticket window leading into the woods, and there you are.