What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

The best time to visit Rishikesh is between September to June when the weather is conducive for white water rafting, which is the highlight of Rishikesh. However, summers months from April to June could get a little hot. It is also a favourite time because the yoga festival falls in March. Rishikesh is best visited during the winter season too, with a mild cold and crisp in the air making this pristine gateway of Himalayas be at it's best.

Weather in Rishikesh


Upcoming Rishikesh Weather

Monthly Weather in Rishikesh

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 8 20
February 11 25
March 14 30
April 21 38
May 24 39
June 25 38
July 25 34
August 24 34
September 24 35
October 19 34
November 13 28
December 9 24

Rishikesh in Summer (March-May)

Weather during the summer season in Rishikesh is pretty hot and humid ranging between 15 degrees to 40-degree Celcius. While the early summers are perfect for adventure sports and camping, the hot weather in April- May does no good. The cold of winter starts to wane out from March, and the heat keeps rising till the monsoon hits the valley. June has worst heat and humidity with scattered rainfalls. Since Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of the world, the festival witnesses a mass gathering of yogis and yoga enthusiasts from around the globe. Water rafting which is a leading adventure sport here, is best experienced during this season.
Rishikesh temple side view of canal
Rishikesh temple side view of canal

Rishikesh in Winter (October - February)

With temperatures between 20° C and 6° C, winters are the best time in Rishikesh to enjoy the natural beauty and engage in adventure activities especially rock climbing. The weather is pleasant throughout with January being the coldest month. However, it is not as severe as you expect a hilly town to be. You'll need to put on layers of clothing if you wish to trek over the snow-clad peaks. The best thing about winter is the sky and mist over the mountain range which is a sight to behold.
Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh

Rishikesh in Monsoon (June - September)

The monsoon season in Rishikesh comes with a lot of festivals like Savan. There is a rush of tourists in this season due to the religious events. However, visiting Rishikesh during July to September might not be ideal. August being the wettest month receives the heaviest rainfall when water sports activities like rafting remain closed. Moreover, it is also not a good time for trekking or hiking as the excessive rainfall often causes landslides, leading to road blockages.
View of Ganges in Rishikesh
View of Ganges in Rishikesh

Events in Rishikesh

Adventure sports: River Rafting

February - June

Rishikesh has earned the title of the river rafting capital of India. A favorite destination for adventure enthusiasts, battling the mighty Ganges, is a thrill matched by a none other.

Ganga Dussehra

24th May

During Ganga Dussehra Festival, the air around you will be filled with the fragrance of flowers, as prayers and bells ring all around you. It is said that only one dip is enough to make your mind completely at peace. Big fairs are also organized at all the major ghats during this time.

International Yoga Festival, Parmarth Niketan Ashram

March 1st - March 7th 2019

Indulge in a week-long rejuvenation ritual at the International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Held every year in the month of March, this week-long event is hosted at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram and helps ensure health, wellness and peace. With workshops, demonstrations, cultural shows and much more, the Festival is an international extravaganza. The International Yoga Festival is slated to be held from 1 March to 7 March 2019. Physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing is assured to a dedicated follower of this art. Be it for a beginner, an experienced Yoga practitioner or a mildly curious tourist, the best place to discover the glory of Yoga is at the International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh. 

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