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Crazy Things that You Shouldn’t Miss while Travelling to Rishikesh

by Pragati Chauhan
Apr 01, 2016

Are you planning to travel Rishikesh? But you don’t have any idea about the activities that you must try and the things which you can do in Rishikesh, then you need not worry as we have handpicked some of the best activities and places to visit in Rishikesh which will take you to a journey that will have the tint of adventure and spiritually blended in a way that it will force you to pack your bags and leave for Rishikesh.

1. Enrapture in the holiness by visiting temples:

There are numerous temples in Rishikesh where you can find contentment and peace like Parmarth Niketan TempleNeelkanth Mahadev, Tera Manzil Temple and many such temples. You can cleanse your spirit and connect to the almighty itself.

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2. Absorb in the Serenity of Ganges:

Connect your energy with the sanctity of the holy Ganges and have a holy dip in the river to let those toxic thoughts wash away by its own.

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3. Have a walk at the Lakshman Jhula:

This mammoth suspension bridge is named after Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama who once crossed the river with the help of a jute rope bridge on the same spot. You can also have a walk on another suspension bridge called Ram Jhula which is located in the vicinity.

4. Eat at Chotiwala Restaurant:

One of the oldest restaurants of Rishikesh, the Chotiwala Restaurant serves homelike food which is prepared hygienically. The centre of attraction is their mascot, a plump man having a pointed ponytail. There are two fiercely competitive Chotiwala restaurants adjacent to each other. Chotiwala serves an array of authentic Indian, Chinese and Multi-National Cuisines. The must have’s include their typical North Indian and Garhwali dishes which is also their speciality. Other famous eateries of Rishikesh are Little Buddha Cafe, Pyramid Cafe, Madras Cafe and Devraj Cafe Corner.

5. Break the monotony by doing adrenaline pumping Bungee Jumping/flying fox:

Have you ever woke up from sleep while dreaming that you fell off a building? Yes, I know most of us had that dream so just get over that fear and have an adrenaline pumping experience of bungee jumping at Jumping Heights!

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6. Camp under the moonlit sky with the Ganges flowing at your doorstep:

Enjoy camping under the illuminated sky blazing with infinite silver stars. There are several options for you to camp at Rishikesh either you can opt for the riverside camps, the jungle camps, Himalayan camps or the Ayurveda camps as per your needs.

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7. White River Rafting and Tubing is a must for the adventure enthusiasts:

Those seeking adventure amidst the captivating lush green Himalayan backdrop must look out for River Rafting and Tubing which will fill your hearts with vigour. You can do river rafting at Kaudiyala, Shiv Puri and many other places in Rishikesh. The idol season for rafting is between September-November and March-April.

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8. Explore the nature’s bounty while trekking in Rishikesh:

Nature is bestowed graciously in the holy city of Rishikesh as you can admire the gorgeous vista of the mountains, the green trails and the pristine waters which attract the trekkers for exploring the nature’s bounty.

9. Have a spine-chilling experience of Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Rishikesh:

The tourist never miss a chance of trying their hand at rock climbing and rappelling at Rishikesh. Don’t worry as the experts will offer proper guidance and training to you before you’ll try it out.

10. Rejuvenate yourself at the Yoga and Spa Retreats:

A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and for this one needs to take good care of his body and soul. If you want to develop a healthy mind then you must take the Ayurvedic treatments, practise yoga and meditation in Rishikesh “The Yoga Capital of India”.

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11. If you are fond heights then cliff jumping is the thing for you:

Dive into the freezing water from the towering cliff at Rishikesh. For your safety, you will be given a life jacket and helmet before you’ll jump into the cold river.

12. Rishikesh is also a shopper’s stop:

You can find chunky jewellery, bags, comfy and fashionable garments at reasonable prices in the bustling markets of Rishikesh. Handicraft items made of shells, bronze Shiva statues, beads and pearls are some of the favourites of tourists. Rare gems, sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can also be purchased from here. You can also buy these items from the government approved handloom shops, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shops.

13. Kayaking over the tranquil Ganges will take you to another world:

White-water kayaking is becoming popular in Rishikesh as the tranquil water of Ganges offers a treat to the adventure buffs to have fun in the sun.

14. The Beatles Ashram is a must visit for all the Beatles fan:

The hardcore fans of the Beatles will be pleased to know that there is an ashram in Rishikesh called as Chaurasi Kutia Ashram which is famously known as the Beatles Ashram. It was here that the “Fab Four” received advanced Transcendental Meditation training from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Apart from this, there are many other ashrams such as Swarg Ashram, Sri Ved Niketan Ashram, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Sri Sant Seva Ashram and much more.

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15. Thrilling Jungle Safaris at Rajaji National Park:

Tucked away in the foothills of the Shivalik mountains, the Rajaji National Park is a great place to explore the rich biodiversity of Uttarakhand.The reserve is a home to varied flora and fauna and subtropical varieties of vegetation. You can have jungle safaris and spot a wide variety of animals such as Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, gharials, bears, pythons, leopards at this park.

16. Mountain Biking:

Paddle through the arduous terrains and celebrate your victory over the luscious terrains while mountain biking at Rishikesh. Halt at some of the scenic spots and breathe in the scent of the old cedar trees or paddle downhill to catch a glimpse of the dwarf villages nestled on the meandering meadows.

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17. If you haven’t seen the Ganga Arti then you have missed the best part:

The auspicious Ganga Arti held at Triveni Ghat is one of the most blissful experiences of the Rishikesh trip. Several lamps or diyas bedecked with flowers float carelessly on the waters of the holy Gages. Take out some time and sit on the banks of the Ganges where you can hear the echoes of the chants and shlokas, making the aura divine.

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18. The nightlife of Rishikesh:

The nights at Rishikesh are longer then days as you can stroll at the well-lit marketplace and sit at the vibrant cafes offering a mesmerising view of the river Ganga. Also, during the festival season, you will find the lively crowd flocking from their homes to be a part of the festivity.

Pragati Chauhan

A writer by profession, thinker by choice and a nature lover since birth. I have always loved expressing myself through words, I believe words have a certain kind of melody which can be understood by anybody.

5 Responses

Birbilling Adventure Says

I am very impressed to read your blog Pragati. You write very well blog about Himachal Pradesh beauty. And describe beautiful places. Thanks a lot for the valuable blog.

Pragati Chauhan Says

Thank you :)

Bir Billing Says

Rishikesh is a very beautiful place. There are green trees everywhere and blue river. Pragati your rishikesh images is very heart touching and content is very simple language. I am really glad to found your blog. Thanks!

Pragati Chauhan Says

Thanks Suchi!

Suchi Says

Perfect..You have capture it all..Must read for anyone visting beautiful Rishikesh :-)