Top 8 Places in Rishikesh, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
Planning to start exploring the beauty of the Himalayas? The picturesque city of Rishikesh could be a perfect destination for your first visit to the Himalayas. Rishikesh is a must-visit place for all travel enthusiasts.
Popularly known as “The Yoga Capital of the World”, this beautiful city is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Also known as the “The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas”, it is situated on the banks of River Ganga.
Travel to Rishikesh from Delhi
Rishikesh is well connected to the State Capital Dehradun as well as the National Capital New Delhi via Rail as well as Road. Jolly Grant Airport, located 15km away from Rishikesh, provides air connectivity to Rishikesh. This pilgrimage town is considered to be one of the holiest places for Hindus. Sages and saints are believed to have visited Rishikesh for meditation since ancient times.
If you are planning to visit Rishikesh, do make sure to add the following places to your bucket list, if not already included.
Must Have Places to visit in Rishikesh
1. Beatles Ashram: Earlier known as “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram”, this is the place where the famous English Rock Band “The Beatles” stayed and studied meditation from February to April 1968. Locally, the site is known as “Chaurasia Kutia”. It is located at a distance of about 7 km from Rishikesh City. The Ashram was later abandoned and handed over back to the Forest Department. It was reopened to the public in December 2015. Beatles Ashram is definitely going to be a perfect place to witness some great wall arts, click some good pictures and spend some time in solitude. It could also be a great place to spend some quality time in a very peaceful and refreshing surrounding. Do visit it if you are looking for some peaceful meditation, amazing graffiti, or are a fan of English Pop Culture.
2. Lakshman Jhula: Lakshman Jhula is a 450 feet suspension bridge across the River Ganga. It connects the Tapovan Village in Tehri Garhwal district to the Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district. It is located 5 km North-East of the city of Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula is believed to be the place where the Hindu deity Lakshmana crossed the river Ganga on jute ropes. In July 2019, Lakshman Jhula was closed to the general public due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge. A new bridge is planned to be constructed adjacent to the Lakshman Jhula.
3. Ram Jhula: Ram Jhula was built in 1986, 2 km downstream from the iconic Lakshman Jhula on the River Ganga. Ram Jhula is longer (750 feet) but similar in design to Lakshman Jhula. It connects the Shivananda Nagar area of Muni ki Reti in Tehri Garhwal to Swargashram in Pauri Garhwal. Pedestrians, as well as motorbikes, are allowed to run on this suspension bridge. A walk over the suspension bridge gives you a panoramic view of the River Ganga along with the city of Rishikesh and its numerous temples.
4. Triveni Ghat: Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Triveni Ghat is the biggest ghat of Rishikesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna visited the place after being hit by the arrow of a hunter. Triveni Ghat has a lot of religious significance. Make sure to visit this ghat in the evening so that you don’t miss the famous Ganga Aarti. Gita Mandir, Lakshminarayan Mandir, and several other mandirs/ashrams are situated near the Triveni Ghat. Triveni Ghat is located at a distance of about 4 km from Rishikesh.
5. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva consumed poison obtained during the churning of the ocean by Devtas (Gods) and Asuras (demons). The temple architecture resembles the Dravidian style. The temple is situated at a height of 1300 m. The temple complex is surrounded by dense forests. It also has a natural spring where devotees take a holy dip.
6. Neer Garh Waterfall: This 25 feet high waterfall is a treat to our eyes. Located in the beautiful Coniferous forests of Rishikesh, Neer Garh Falls are unaltered by the human civilizations. There are no motorable roads to the waterfall, hence you would have to trek 1.5 km in the woods to reach this fall. If you plan to add Neer Garh to your itinerary, which you must do, make sure to carry extra clothes and a Camera. Neer Garh is about half an hour ride from Rishikesh City.
7. Shivpuri Riverside Camping and Rafting: Any Rishikesh trip would be incomplete without an overnight stay in the beautiful riverside camps in the middle of jungles. Camping could be more fun with activities like Jungle Walks, taking a dip in the River, Bonfire, and Campside games. Located about 20 km from Rishikesh, Shivpuri is also the starting point for the famous “Rishikesh River Rafting”. The rafting trail in the Holy Ganga can be complemented with Cliff Jumping, Body Surfing, and Rock Climbing. Various famous river rapids like Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Clubhouse, etc. will ensure a high level of adrenaline throughout the course of rafting. It’s better to book your camps in advance to avoid last moment logistics inconvenience.
8. Bungee Jumping: Rishikesh boasts of India’s highest bungee jumping from an 83 feet high platform. For all the adventure seekers, bungee jumping in Rishikesh is a must-do activity. Bungee Jumping is a major reason for Rishikesh being called the “Adventure Capital of India”.
Apart from these, Rishikesh is geographically located as an entrance to the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
Places to visit in near Rishikesh
1. Haridwar: The land of Kumbh Mela is just 21 km downstream from Rishikesh. If you are traveling via Delhi, you would surely want to take a halt and visit Haridwar either on the way to Rishikesh or on the way back from Rishikesh.
2. Tehri Dam: Tehri Dam, the tallest dam in India, is just 63km from Rishikesh. It is quite famous for its water sports.
3. Chota Char Dham Yatra: Rishikesh is also the starting point for the Chota Char Dham Yatra covering the pilgrimage places of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
4. Rishikesh is also the starting point for a trip to hill Stations like Harsil, Chopta, and Auli along with the famous treks of Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun, Dodital, and many more.
With all that said, what are you waiting for? Just mark your calendar, pack your bag, and head to the lovely city of Rishikesh. Make sure your itinerary has sufficient time to cover all the above places.