Here the worldly world ends in peace, the realm is spiritual and the vibe is divine. Visit the Ghats and Temples, indulge in Yoga and Meditation and enjoy the thrill of adventures in the realm of Gods- Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is one of the most important and most visited Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India. It is often referred to as ‘Yoga Capital of India’. It is a hub of spiritual seekers, nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and peace lovers. Entire vibe of Rishikesh is spiritual.
You will see sages, pilgrims, yoga practitioners in the divine Ghats and temples. Rishikesh apart from its sacred sites offers thrill and excitement to the tourists. White water rafting, Bungee jumping, canoeing, kayaking, hot air ballooning etc. would be some of the best ways to enjoy your Rishikesh Holiday Tour.
The tranquil slopes on the city’s outskirts are decked with Ashrams, yoga institutes, luxurious spa resorts that would delight your traveler spirit. It is the best place to relax your mind and body and seek peace. The state tourism department organizes a Yoga Festival in Rishikesh and tourists and fitness enthusiasts from all over the world take part in it.
It is said that the great Hindu saint Raibhya Rishi performed penance at Rishikesh on the banks of the holy river Ganges and Lord Vishnu appeared in the incarnation of Lord Hrishikesh. Which is why this place has been named Rishikesh.
It is a city; one must visit to become one with the almighty. There are numerous sacred temples on the banks of the holy river Ganges which give blissful vibes to the devotee. The Ganga Aarti in the evening on the banks of the holy river Ganga is one of a kind and it is found nowhere else. The temple bells, chanting of the priests, devotees and sages thronging at the Ghats would blow your heart away. It is one of the best tourist destinations to visit in India. The destinations here are ethereal.
Quick Important Facts About Rishikesh
|Rishikesh Known as||World Capital of Yoga & Meditation|
|Must Visit Temples in Rishikesh||Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mandir, Tera Manzil Temple, Lakshman Temple, Raghunath Temple|
|Other Popular Attractions||Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikund, Vashistha Cave|
|Things to Do in Rishikesh||Ganga Aarti, Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Cliff Jumping, Paragliding, Yoga & Meditation|
|Best Season to Visit||Rishikesh can be visited any time of the year but winter season is best for sightseeing tour in Rishikesh.|
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Popular Must Visit Attractions in Rishikesh
- Lakshman Jhula
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
- Triveni Ghat
- Tera Manzil Temple
- Lakshman Temple
- Vashistha Cave
- Raghunath Temple
- Parmarth Niketan
- Bharat Mandir
Visit the mesmerizing suspension bridge over the holy river Ganga in Rishikesh. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Rishikesh. Prepare your lens to capture the fascinating views of Ganga River and the city of Rishikesh decked with magnificent temples.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the must visit pilgrimage tourist attractions in Rishikesh. This temple holds a great religious significance. It is one of the most famous pilgrimage places in Rishikesh. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that here Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from the ocean during Samudra Manthan which made Lord Shiva’s throat blue in color.
Triveni Ghat is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh to witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti. The aarti is performed in the evening every day in the praise of the holy river of Ganga. Devotees from all over the world come here to dive deep into the world of Spirituality.
Tera Manzil Temple
Tera Manzil Temple is also known as Trimbakeshwar Temple. This holy temple has 13 storeys, decked with various idols of Hindu gods and goddesses. It is located near Lakshman Jhula. It is one of the best holy tourist spots to visit in Rishikesh. One can see the beautiful sunset view from the top floor of Tera Manzil Temple.
Visiting Rishikesh is incomplete without visiting the holy temple of Lakshmana. It is one of the most ancient temples of Rishikesh. Ancient sculptures and the paintings on the wall of the temple are absolutely a stunning sight to behold. It is said that here Lord Lakshmana meditated to seek spiritual enlightenment.
It is an ancient cave where Sage Vashistha (one of the seven great sages) meditated. It is a very popular tourist attraction in Rishikesh for peace lovers. People come here to meditate and seek divine peace. The cave has a Shivling in it. It is one of the most blissful places to visit in Rishikesh.
Raghunath Temple in Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrimage tourist attractions. It is the most important place in Rishikesh for religious ceremonies. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and goddess Sita. Devotees from all over India come here to seek divine grace from the almighty and spiritual bliss.
Located in the banks of the holy river of Ganges, Parmarth Niketan is one of the most visited places in Rishikesh. It is one of the biggest yoga centers of India. You must witness the Ganga Aarti and Hawan that takes place in Parmarth Ghat daily in the morning and evening.
it is one of the most popular pilgrimage places to visit in Rishikesh. Bharat Mandir is dedicated to Lord Hrishikesh Narayan. It is one of the oldest temples of the city. On the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami every year, Shaligram is taken to nearby Mayakund for a bath and then the grand possession is organized to take back the idol of Shaligram to the temple.
Located near the sacred Raghunath Temple, Rishikund is one of the most popular tourist spots to visit in Rishikesh. The pond is built by Kubz Saint and is blessed by goddess Yamuna by filling the pond with her holy waters. The vibes of this pond are calm and ethereal. One Must visit here to feel the moments of bliss.
Top Things to Do (Activities) in Rishikesh Tour
If you are in Rishikesh or planning a trip to Rishikesh then your moments in Rishikesh will never get dull. There are numerous adventurous activities like Bungee Jumping, River Rafting, Flying Fox, Cliff jumping, Trekking, Body Surfing, Hot air ballooning, Mountain Biking etc. to get the best of Rishikesh Tour. Ashrams and Ayurvedic centers are in abundance to relax your body. Moreover, there are numerous points of tourist interest in Rishikesh, you can also indulge yourself in sightseeing. The bliss of the temples and tranquil Ganga River will always be the thing of beauty and joy forever.
- If you are a thrill seeker then River Rafting is the best adventurous activity to do in Rishikesh. It will give you the best thrilling experience of the rapid waters of the holy river Ganges.
- Bungee Jumping is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. If you want to touch the air and play with the gravity then you must try Bungee Jumping.
- If you are in Rishikesh, you should not miss the divine Ganga Aarti in the holy Ghats of Rishikesh. Calm and peaceful vibes, chanting of priests, temple bells, ethereal aura of the divine Ganga River are the best things to experience.
- Cliff Jumping will be one of the best adventure activities in Rishikesh, if you are interested in taking a splash into the chilly waters of river Ganges.
- If you are a nature lover then there are numerous spots in Rishikesh that are decked with emerald green landscapes. Trekking is one of the best things to do to escape into the world of nature.
- If you want to finetune your spirit and relax then Ayurvedic Massage and Therapies would be one of the top things to do in Rishikesh.
- Fly high like a bird and feel the thrill of paragliding and parasailing in Rishikesh. It is a must do adventurous activity if you are in Rishikesh.
- Embrace peace and indulge in a deep meditation in caves, Yoga and Meditation centers in Rishikesh. You will get eternal peace from the chaos of the world.
- If you are a wildlife enthusiast then Rajaji National Park is the best tourist spot to visit in Rishikesh. Embrace the greenery and listen to the call of the wild.
- Temple Tour is a must in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is known for its beautiful temples, it is one of the most popular pilgrimage Tourist attractions in India.
Best Time to Visit Rishikesh for Holidays
The best time to visit Rishikesh is the summer and winter season. During summer which starts from March and ends in July, tourists will be able to enjoy numerous adventure activities. In the winter season, the weather is very pleasant for sightseeing. Winter in Rishikesh starts from October and ends in February.
Summer Season in Rishikesh-
The summer season in Rishikesh starts from March and ends in July. It is the best time to visit in Rishikesh for adventure lovers. The snow in the mountain starts melting and the water level starts to increase which is quite favorable for river rafting and other water sports. The temperature ranges from 15°C to 40°C.
Monsoon Season in Rishikesh-
Monsoon in Rishikesh starts from July and ends in September. The city experiences heavy downpours which is risky for travel. Landslides might happen. Always check the weather report before planning a trip to Rishikesh in Monsoon.
Winter Season in Rishikesh-
The winter in Rishikesh starts from October and ends in February. The temperature can drop down to 6 degree Celsius. The weather is absolutely soothing for sightseeing.
How to Reach Rishikesh?
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Rishikesh. From the airport, you can easily get a taxi or a cab to reach the desired location in Rishikesh. This airport is also well connected to Delhi by daily flights.
By Rail- Rishikesh is very well connected to all the major cities. Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest railway station where you can easily find taxis and buses to reach the desired location in Rishikesh.
By Road- Rishikesh is very well connected to Uttarakhand and the major states of north India. You can easily get Luxury and budget buses from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut.
Where to Stay in Rishikesh?
Not only Rishikesh is popular for its pilgrimage sites but also it is known for its soul soothing hospitality. Tourists and devotees from all over the world come here to enjoy its soul soothing environment. It is one of the best destinations to visit for a weekend holiday. Be it a backpacker, couple, solo traveler or families, Rishikesh is for all. It has a plethora of places to cater to the needs of all kinds of travelers.
If you want to enjoy luxury then you can prefer riverside boutique hotels or five-star hotels in Rishikesh which offer soothing hospitality along with the drop-dead gorgeous background of river Ganges. If you are a solo traveler or backpacker then Rishikesh also has a plethora of budget hotels. It will provide you all the basic facilities that a traveler needs. Most of the budget hotels are located in the city center which will be comfortable for you to plan your trip to see the major tourist attractions.
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Other Best Places to Near Rishikesh
Muni Ki Reti
Muni Ki Reti means – Sands of Sages. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit near Rishikesh. It houses magnificent temples, ashrams and yoga centers. It is believed that the Sages(saints) used to meditate here. The aura of this place is absolutely peaceful and divine.
Byasi is a small scenic village in Uttarakhand located near the banks of holy river Ganga. It is a must visit place near Rishikesh. It is located 30 kms away from the city of Rishikesh. Adventure seekers come to this place for the thrill of river rafting and camping. February to June and September to November are the best times to visit Byasi for river rafting and camping.
Located 40 kms from Rishikesh, Kaudiyala is located on Badrinath Road. It is one of the best tourist attractions to visit near Rishikesh. It is a very popular spot for white water rafting and camping. Its beautiful landscapes will compel you to capture some beautiful pictures in your lens. March to June and September to November are the best months to visit here for enjoying adventure activities.
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Located at the height of 1676 meters on a hill, Kunjapuri Devi Temple is a very important pilgrimage place for the Hindu Devotees near Rishikesh. It is one of the most visited places near Rishikesh. Kunjapuri Devi Temple is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in Uttarakhand. Stunning vows of the lofty mountain peaks of Gangotri, Swarga Rohini, Bandar punch and Chaukhamba will soothe your soul.
Virbhadra Temple is located at Virbhadra Town at Rishikesh. It is the best pilgrimage place to visit near Rishikesh. The temple of Virbhadra is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that when Goddess Sati immolated herself for her husband’s (Lord Shiva’s) dishonor by Daksha Prajapati (her father), Lord Shiva in rage pulled out his hair and trashed it on the ground. As a result, Lord Virbhadra was born.
You must not miss this scenic spot near Rishikesh called Gumkhal. It is a land of enchanting dense forests and lush greenery. It is the best place for bird watching, nature walks and wildlife exploration. You can also capture stunning sunrise and sunset views in your lens.
Located away from the delightful chaos of Rishikesh, the quaint town of Mohanchatti is surrounded by lofty hills. It is the best weekend getaway to visit near Rishikesh. It is a paradise for adventure lovers. You must visit Jumpin Heights where adventure activities like Bungee jumping, Giant Swing, flying fox will give you the best thrilling experience.
Rishikesh Distance from major cities
- Delhi to Rishikesh – 234 kms Approx.
- Moradabad to Rishikesh- 181 kms Approx.
- Chandigarh to Rishikesh– 207 kms Approx.
- Allahabad to Rishikesh -761 kms Approx.
- Lucknow to Rishikesh- 542 kms Approx.
- Shimla to Rishikesh– 268 kms Approx.
- Jaipur to Rishikesh– 508 kms Approx.
Best Recommended Travel Tips for Rishikesh Tour
- Say no to non-veg food if you are in Rishikesh. It is a spiritual place.
- Book your online hotel in advance to avoid last minute hassles.
- Dress decently at religious places. One should wear covered clothes.
- If you are planning to do adventure activities then always register your adventure activity from an authorized tour operator who will follow all the guidelines and safety measures.
- If you want to travel to Rishikesh then avoid monsoon months.
- Follow all the government Covid -19 guidelines for your safety.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best time to enjoy White Water Rafting in Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is very popular for White water rafting. The months of February to June and September to mid-December are best to enjoy this adventurous sport.
What are the top things to do in Rishikesh?
Some of the top things to do in Rishikesh are
- River Rafting
- Hot air ballooning
- Temple Tour
- Ganga Aarti
- Wildlife at Rajaji National Park
- Yoga and Meditation at Ashrams
- Paragliding and Parasailing
- Bungee Jumping
How to reach Rishikesh from Delhi?
By Air– Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport and is well connected to Delhi. From the airport you can easily get a cab or taxi to reach the desired place in Rishikesh.
By Road- Rishikesh has a good road connectivity. There are many buses available from Delhi by Uttaranchal state Road Transport Corporation daily from Kashmiri Gate ISBT.
By Rail- Rishikesh Railway Station and Haridwar Railway Station are the nearest Railway stations to reach Rishikesh. It is well connected to Delhi.
Is it safe to travel to Rishikesh during monsoon?
No, due to heavy downpours it is not safe to travel to Rishikesh. Landslides may happen which is risky for your journey.
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