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1. Rafting in Rishikesh

Rafting in Rishikesh
Must visit 4.0 /5

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

Rafting in Rishikesh particularly is hands down the best; one could endeavour in India. From the gifted natural circumstances to the top professional assistance, the place has just the best to offer. There are some certified operators, whose safety arrangements are well in place, and there are customised packages for camping and rafting at Rishikesh. The peak season sees Rishikesh pretty crowded, so you can keep a check over that detail when you are planning.

2. Lakshman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula
Must visit 4.5 /5

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 that connects two villages, Tapovan in the Tehri Garhwal district and Jonk in the Pauri Garhwal district. 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. However, it is still used by pedestrians but bikes are strictly not allowed.

3. Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat
Must visit 4.3 /5

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. Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh

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

Ganga Aarti is the most auspicious and holiest ritual performed on the ghats of Rishikesh in the evening at the time of dusk. Although the aarti is performed at several ghats, the most popular ones are performed at Parmath Niketan Ghat and Triveni Ghat. The riverbank is lit up with dainty floating diyas and the smoke of the hawans floating the skies. The chiming of the temple bells, the chanting of mantras and the overall ambience of the place is an experience of a lifetime.

5. Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping

5 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.

6. Camping

Camping

7 km
from city center
6 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.

7. Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple
Must visit 3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
7 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.

8. The Beatles Ashram

The Beatles Ashram

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

The Beatles Ashram, also known as Chaurasi Kuti, is located on a cliff in the Swarashram area of Rishikesh, 1 km from Ram Jhula. This is the ashram where The Beatles lived in 1968 and wrote dozens of songs and meditated. The ashram complex houses a former temple, library, kitchen, home of Maharishi Yogi and meditation huts. Most of the buildings are in decay but there are colourful graffiti on the walls. There is also a small gallery and a cafe.

9. Ram Jhula

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

Shivpuri, Rishikesh

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

Shivpuri is a picturesque town located at a distance of 10km from the main town of Rishikesh. It is the starting point of the Rafting stretch and has numerous campsites scattered all over.

11. Kaudiyala

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

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

Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
Must visit 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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Rishikund

Rishikund

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

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

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

Piran Kaliyar Sharif
3.5 /5

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

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

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

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

Sivananda Ashram
3.9 /5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

43. Sadhaka Grama Ashram

Sadhaka Grama Ashram

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

Sadhaka Grama Ashram is a non-profit ashram founded in 2002 by Swami Veda Bharati and it functions on the teachings of a master from the Himalayas, Swami Rama. It is the headquarters of the International Association of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Societies. The quaint little ashram specialises in the science and art of Yoga Meditation and also conducts extensive research and publications in the domain.

44. Virbhadra Temple

Virbhadra Temple

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

Virbhadra Temple is a 1300-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in his fierce avatar which he took when his wife Goddess Sati, jumped into a burning yagya kund, to immolate herself because they were dishonoured by her father Daksha Prajapati, when he didn't invite them for the yagya. The festival of Mahashivratri, the most important one, is celebrated at the temple with great enthusiasm each year. A fair or a mela is also held at the temple on this occasion.

45. Vanprastha Ashram

Vanprastha Ashram

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

Located in the complex of the Swarg Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram is a quiet little spiritual escape that was founded by Baba Kali Kamli Wale. The ashram provides accommodation with modern amenities for a comfortable stay along with spiritual activities to calm the troubled soul. The ashram has a beautiful little garden with pathways, seats and lush green well-maintained lawns that offer a peaceful atmosphere for meditation and self-contemplation.

46. Garudchatti Waterfall

Garudchatti Waterfall

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

Garud Chatti Waterfalls is one of the most majestic and beautiful waterfalls in Rishikesh. Situated around 5 kms away from Lakshman Jhula, the waterfalls cascade down the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. At the base of the trek to the waterfalls, there is also a revered Garud Temple.

47. Patna Waterfalls

Patna Waterfalls

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

Located around 7 kms from Lakshman Jhula, Patna Waterfalls are right next to the Patna village in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The highlight of the waterfalls is also a limestone cave situated right next to it.

48. Himshail Waterfalls

Himshail Waterfalls

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

Situated 4 kms away from Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, Himshail Waterfalls is one of the most calm and serene places in the city. It is popular for yoga and meditation practices because of the peaceful environment. There is also a Tat Baba Cave situated right next to it.

49. Phool Chatti Waterfalls

Phool Chatti Waterfalls

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

Phool Chatti Waterfalls are located in between Garudchatti and Neer Garh Waterfalls and are mostly hidden away from view in between dense trees and bushes. Located 7 kms from Lakshman Jhula, the region has several resorts where you stay to enjoy nature at its best.

50. Rappelling and Rock Climbing

Rappelling and Rock Climbing

50 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Rappelling and Rock Climbing are two of the most popular and sought after activities in Rishikesh. Rappelling is basically roping down a cliff, instead of climbing up a rock. The expeditions are available and suitable for both amateurs and professionals. One of the most sought-after activities, these are two of the most thrilling things to do in Rishikesh.

51. Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

51 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

When in Rishikesh, you have to try mountain biking as it is one of the most essential activities and things to do in Rishikesh. The hilly terrain with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas and the serene Ganges makes the ride worthwhile. Other than just exploring the town in an exciting manner, you will also enjoy the cool fresh wind against your face. It is more than just a bike ride, it is an experience of its own.

52. Kayaking in Rishikesh

Kayaking in Rishikesh

52 out of 53
places to visit in Rishikesh

Kayaking or Canoeing is one of the most unique things to do in Rishikesh. The activity involves a person in a small boat or kayak to ride down the river. The activity requires a small training to ride through the rapids and tides, for the first timers. After that, you will be good to go on your own.

FAQs on Rishikesh

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 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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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 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

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.

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.

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
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