Places To Visit In Rishikesh

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Here are the top 53 tourist attractions to see in Rishikesh:

1. Rafting in Rishikesh

Must visit 4.0 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

River Rafting along the Ganges is one of the most popular things to do in Rishikesh. Offered under professional guidance, rafting packages are available for all types of rafting enthusiasts. Rafting in Rishikesh is divided into 5 Grades based on level of difficulty.

2. Lakshman Jhula

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7 km
from city center
2 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the river Ganga connecting Tapovan in the Tehri Garhwal and Jonk in the Pauri Garhwal. It is a famous landmark of Rishikesh. Sadly, it has been closed permanently owing to the risk to the safety and security. A new glass bridge is set to come up adjacent to Lakshman Jhula.

3. Triveni Ghat

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4 km
from city center
3 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Triveni Ghat is a confluence of three holy rivers of India - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. One of the biggest and most famous ghats in Rishikesh, it is also one of the most revered sacred bathing spots. Triveni Ghat is where the famous Ganga Aarti takes place every evening.

4. The Beatles Ashram

5 km
from city center
4 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Originally known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, the Beatles Ashram is where The Beatles stayed and studied meditation in Rishikesh. The ashram is now an eco-friendly tourist attraction located in the Rajaji National Park and offers a serene ambience located close to the mesmerising River Ganga. 

5. Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh

4 km
from city center
5 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti is the most auspicious and holiest ritual performed on the ghats of Rishikesh every evening. Although the aarti is performed at several ghats, the most popular ones are performed at Parmath Niketan Ghat and Triveni Ghat. It is a soulful ceremony with floating diyas offered to Ganga.

6. Cliff Jumping

6 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Cliff Jumping is a popular adventure activity in Rishikesh. It primarily involves jumping from a 30-40ft high cliff in icy cold water. The most well-known cliff jumping site in Rishikesh is the lower part of Brahmapuri Stretch.

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7. Camping

7 km
from city center
7 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Camping along the banks of Ganga is a popular thing to do in Rishikesh. Numerous camping sites are located on the banks, and beaches here serve as great locations to indulge in various sports. During the day, a lot of adventure sports are organised for the travellers.

8. Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
8 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most revered Hindu sites dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the Pauri Garhwal region, the temple is around 7km from Swarg Ashram. It is one of the most popular Shiva temples and is visited by devotees from all over the world.

9. Ram Jhula

6 km
from city center
9 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

An iconic landmark, Ram Jhula is a suspension bridge that runs across the sacred River Ganga connecting Shivananda Nagar to Swargashram. The bridge spans 750 feet and is a splendid work of engineering that offers a splendid bird's eye view of the mighty Ganges and the serene nature at the foothills of the Himalayas.

10. Shivpuri, Rishikesh

13 km
from city center
10 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Shivpuri is a picturesque town located on the foothills of Himalayas near Rishikesh. It has a thrilling rafting stretch amidst beautiful natural surroundings and is, therefore, famous for River Rafting. It also has a number of camps that draw tourists for a weekend getaway from nearby cities.

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11. Kaudiyala

3.3 /5

22 km
from city center
11 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

At 380 m high, Kaudiyala is a popular rock climbing destination surrounded by dense forests. It also offers white river rafting tracks, and the sports is organized by the camping facilities around the place.

12. Flying Fox

12 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Flying Fox is an exciting adventure sports and top thrilling things to do in Rishikesh. You are harnessed to a rope and literally sent 'flying' on a cable. The speed is accelerated or slowed down through machinery. 

13. Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

4.0 /5

13 km
from city center
13 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

One of the top exciting adventure sports in Rishikesh is Bungee Jumping. It involves jumping off from a very tall structure (usually a building), flying freely in the air in the air before being restrained and pulled up. This activity can also be carried out from hot air balloons or helicopters. 
 

14. Jadh Ganga Trek

3.5 /5

42 km
from city center
14 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The Jadh Ganga Trek is regarded as one of the most strenuous and difficult trek of north Uttarakhand. It involves traversing through Aglar valley followed by going over Nag Tibba ridge, and ultimately Nelang in Jadh Ganga. To make it more exciting, many adventurists go further towards Mana Pass and Saraswati Tal and finally terminating the trek at Badrinath Temple.

15. Kuari Pass

3.5 /5

131 km
from city center
15 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The Kuari Pass is an alpine meadow pass, attracting backpackers and trekkers from around the globe. The beautiful camping grounds of Gulling, Chitrakantha & Tali are the key attraction of the trek. The trails leading from Tali Top to Kuari Pass gives an impression of doing a full scaled Himalayan alpine expedition in truck loads of snow.

16. Neer Garh Waterfall

10 km
from city center
16 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Neer Garh Waterfall is a beautiful narrow stream of cool water cascading down a rocky terrain in the midst of a dense green forest. It requires trekking a distance of about a kilometre through the forest and down a cliff to reach the waterfall. The trail is exciting and a perfect activity to do before entering the waters for a cool soothing dip in one of its pools.

17. Swarg Ashram

5 km
from city center
17 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Swarg Ashram is a spiritual abode built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand who was fondly known as Kali Kamli Wala as he was always seen wearing a black coloured blanket. The ashram is a famous yoga and meditation centre located on the banks of holy Ganga.

18. Jumpin Heights

13 km
from city center
18 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Jumpin Heights is a famous extreme adventure zone in Rishikesh perfect attraction for adventure freaks seeking to get their adrenalin pumping. Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox and Giant Swing are some of the adventure activities popular here.

19. Bharat Mandir, Rishikesh

3.4 /5

2 km
from city center
19 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Founded by Adiguru Shankaracharya in 12th century, the Bharat Mandir is one of the most sacred and famous temples in Rishikesh. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu carved out of a single piece of Saligram. The inner canopy of the temple contains Shree Yanthra.

20. Rishi Kund

0 km
from city center
20 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Rishi Kund is a natural hot spring pond which is considered as a sacred water body. Locals also believe that Lord Rama had bathed in the kund during his exile and that the rivers, Ganges and Yamuna meet each other at this point. 

21. Geeta Bhawan

Must visit 3.6 /5

6 km
from city center
21 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The Geeta Bhawan is a vast and spacious ashram located on the banks of Ganga in Swargashram. It is renowned as an important institution that preserves Hindu literature since it houses the Gita, which symbolizes the Hindu Vedas and epics. The Geeta Bhawan is visited by a large number of people each year.

22. Muni ki Reti

5 km
from city center
22 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Muni ki Reti is a religiously important pilgrim centre near Rishikesh considered as the gateway for the pilgrimage of Char Dham. It, therefore, has a number of ashrams providing basic facilities for the pilgrims to help them on their spiritual journey.

23. Piran Kaliyar Sharif

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37 km
from city center
23 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, Piran Kaliyar Sharif is a famous dargah located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. It is one of the most important Muslim shrines in the India.

24. Byasi

18 km
from city center
24 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Located at 30 kms from Rishikesh, Byasi is a tiny village on the banks of river Ganges in Uttarakhand. The quaint little village popular for water sports and adventure tourism, river rafting and camping.

25. Omkarananda Ashram

6 km
from city center
25 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Omkarananda Ashram is home to Patanjala Yoga Kendra yoga centre. Located in the Muni-ki-Reti area of Rishikesh, it holds a magnificent view next to the holy waters of Ganga. It follows and teaches the Iyengar Yoga which is guided by world-renowned Shri Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar.

26. Tera Manzil Temple

7 km
from city center
26 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Trimbakeshwar Temple or Tera Manzil Temple is the thirteen storey temple situated on the banks of Ganges. Located right opposite the Lakshman Jhula, it enshrine several deities under one roof. Popular for its striking architecture, the temple also offers panoramic landscape view from the top of its 13th floor.

27. Sivananda Ashram

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74 km
from city center
27 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The Shivanand Ashram serves as the abode of Saint Swami Shivanand and is a popular religious yoga and meditation centre. Situated near the Ganges, the ashram is a beautiful and very calm place to be. The satsangs, feast and yoga sessions are well arranged, and the ashram is beautifully maintained.

28. Kunjapuri Devi Temple

11 km
from city center
28 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Perched atop the Kunjapuri hill, Kunjapuri Devi temple is a revered Hindu place of worship dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Besides being one of the fifty two Shaktipeethas, the shrine is popular for its mesmerising locale which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Shivalik range and the majestic peaks of Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch.

29. Raghunath Temple, Rishikesh

3 km
from city center
29 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Raghunath Temple is a revered Hindu temple situated near the Triveni Ghat. Dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife Mata Sita, the shrine holds significant religious importance. The temple premises also house a tiny pond (kund) which is known as Rishikund.

30. Swami Dayananda Ashram

5 km
from city center
30 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Situated near Purani Jhadi in Rishikesh, Swami Dayanand Ashram was established in 1960s by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. The centre facilitates yoga and meditation practices and a tiny temple in the complex is meant to offer pooja.

31. Parmarth Niketan Ashram

6 km
from city center
31 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Parmarth Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh on the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the holy Ganges. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims all over the world to learn Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation. Satsang, Kirtans, Ganga Arti, Spiritual and Cultural programs and lectures are also organised here daily.

32. Yoga Centres

6 km
from city center
32 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a major hub of Yoga Centres in India. The serene location so close to nature, the unpolluted air, its highly religious & spiritual significance and a good number of Yoga institutes ensure a soulful and a healthy vacation away from the chaotic, fast-paced, stressful lives.

33. Spa & Wellness

8 km
from city center
33 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Spa & Wellness centres in Rishikesh offer a variety of therapies including rejuvenation and relaxation treatments. The centres offer extensive treatments and massages with the help of traditional Ayurveda and Yoga along with other spiritual stress-relieving activities.

34. Cooking Classes

7 km
from city center
34 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Enrolling in Cooking Classes in Rishikesh is the best way to learn and master the art of Indian cuisine. Most of these classes specialise in authentic vegetarian dishes made with fresh produce sourced from the region. Some classes may also include a visit to a local family to explore their kitchen and get a gist of the traditional methods of cooking.

35. Vashista Gufa

16 km
from city center
35 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Vashishta Gufa is an ancient cave where the human son of Lord Brahma, Sage Vashishta meditated. A legend states that the sage was extremely depressed after losing all his children and decided to commit suicide, but River Ganga didn't allow him to die. He, therefore, decided to stay and meditate in the cave. 

36. Andhra Ashram

4 km
from city center
36 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Andhra Ashram is a unique ashram managed and run by a bunch of South Indians in Rishikesh. It houses Sree Chandramouleshwara and Sree Venkateswaravari Temples and a number of south Indian festivals are celebrated here.

37. Anand Prakash Ashram

7 km
from city center
37 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Anand Prakash Ashram is a perfect sanctuary for spiritual seekers that functions on holistic, non-sectarian teachings, also known as Akhanda Yoga. It provides necessary facilities, healthy environment and appropriate guidance to nourish the body and soul through Yoga.

38. Madhuban Ashram

5 km
from city center
38 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Madhuban Ashram offers budget stay options along with a yoga centre, a health centre and a restaurant in Muni Ki Reti. The Ashram ensures the pilgrims are comfortable and have a peaceful time while they commence their spiritual journeys in the picturesque location.

39. Himalayan Yog Ashram

7 km
from city center
39 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Himalayan Yog Ashram is a centre for Himalayan Yoga Training and holistic healing through Ayurveda in the midst of serene, unpolluted surroundings. Several spiritual seekers have commenced their spiritual journey through their programs and practice the routine under the expert guidance of Yogi Ram who is also the founder of the ashram.

40. Nirmal Ashram

4 km
from city center
40 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Nirmal Ashram was founded in 1903 by Mahant Buddha Singh Ji Maharaj. It is a charitable institution and a spiritual destination perfect for those seeking a spiritual break. The ashram runs two schools, an Eye Institute and a Hospital. They also conduct regular spiritual tours and programs for the pilgrims visiting Rishikesh in the search of nirvana.

41. Osho Ganga Ashram

9 km
from city center
41 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

The only place to learn Osho Active Meditation in Rishikesh, Osho Ganga Ashram is a spiritual sanctuary for those seeking to nourish and tune their body, mind and soul. The ashram has workshops and extensive programs that teach stress relieving and relaxation techniques through meditation, massages, yoga and spiritual activities.

42. Phool Chatti Ashram

11 km
from city center
42 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Phool Chatti Ashram is a century-old ashram located on the banks of the holy Ganges and surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges. It is located on the pilgrimage route and offers pilgrims a safe and spiritual environment to stop by. It was founded by Shree Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj, and today, has all the modern amenities to ensure the guests have a comfortable stay and a highly spiritual experience through their programs.

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What are the top hotels in Rishikesh?

There are 409 Hotels in Rishikesh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Rishikesh are Hotel The Great Ganga, S.S.D. Guest House, OYO 22463 Hotel Ananya Palace, Ambika Resorts, Camp Auqa Ganga Rishikesh, Camp Ganga Waves. You can see all the hotels in Rishikesh here

What are the top restaurants in Rishikesh?

The best places to eat in Rishikesh are Tip Top Restaurant, Little Buddha Cafe, Prem's Namaste Cafe, Green Italian Restaurant, Chotiwala, Ganga Beach Restaurant. You can see all the places to eat in Rishikesh here

How can I commute within Rishikesh?

Take the autos or buses to move around the city. Otherwise, you can also walk on foot.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Rishikesh?

The top sightseeing places in Rishikesh are Rafting in Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Cliff Jumping, Flying Fox, Camping.

Can you suggest an itinerary for Rishikesh?

Day 1: Start off your day with a visit to the Laxman Jhula followed by a visit to the 13-storied Kailash Niketan Temple. End your day with a visit to the Beatles Ashram and proceed to the markets of Rishikesh where you can indulge in flavors from North India.
Day 2: Enjoy bungee jumping/ river rafting in the morning and kayaking in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Visit Neelkanth Madhav Temple where Lord Shiva is believed to have consumed poison from Samudra Manthan. Indulge in the pious Ganga arti in Triveni Ghat in the evening.

How much does a package cost for Rishikesh?

The packages for Rishikesh start at INR 6396 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top activities in Rishikesh?

The top activities in Rishikesh are Beach Camping and Rafting in Rishikesh, Bungee Jumping In Rishikesh, Giant Swing In Rishikesh, Rafting In Rishikesh, Camping in Rishikesh with Rafting, Camping and Trekking in Rishikesh With Rafting and Cliff Jumping Combo.
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