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15 Things to do in Rishikesh

15 Things to do in Rishikesh
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By Sohini Chaudhary

12 Mar, 2023

The city of Rishikesh is located in the stunning alpine state of Uttarakhand, a place so calm that it may move the gods. It has a rich cultural history that merges with the modern city it and is frequently referred to as the Gateway to the Garhwal mountains. People can engage in a wide range of activities in Rishikesh, from Bungee jumping to dining at some unique cafés.

Here Are Top 15 Things To Do In Rishikesh -

1. River Rafting 

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Rafting at Rishikesh is amazing because of its proximity to the Himalayan Mountains and the Ganga river's passage through the city. The popularity of the sport is increasing everyday. The activity satisfies the urge for an adrenaline rush that every adventure seeker has. It’s more exciting by the Ganga's cool waters. Rafting costs between 3900 and 5000 rupees.

2. Bungee Jumping 

Bungee jumping is leaping off a railing's edge while wearing a suspended harness. Up to the point at which it has fully extended, the harness starts to recoil. The astounding 84-meter-high bungee leap in Rishikesh is the tallest in all of India. Bungee leap demands a basic level of fitness, pregnant women and anyone with high blood pressure should avoid participating in it. Bungee Jumping costs between Rs. 4,000 and 7,000.

3. Take A Ride On A Giant Swing 

Bungee jump and huge swing are two activities that are frequently carried out from the same platform. The key distinction between bungee jumping and swinging is that although bungee jumping involves a free fall, swinging has a motion similar to a pendulum since the ropes and harness are attached to a fixed location. The activity is accessible all year long. Swinging costs between Rs. 3500 and Rs. 7000.

4. The Flying Fox 

Zip lining and the flying fox are extremely comparable activities. It entails sliding along a horizontal drop from two attached points. The entire procedure imitates a flying fox's movements, therefore the name. It is carried out across the Ganges (and the rapids) at Rishikesh by a number of tour companies. Flying Fox is priced at Rs. 2500.

5. Camping At The Banks Of River Ganga 

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One of the many unexplored activities available by the city is camping by the Ganga river. There are two well-known companies in the region: Aspen Adventure Camp and Outbound Adventure Camp. Camping fees range from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 6000.

6. Trekking 

Rishikesh is located in a charming valley and is surrounded by stunning plants and animals. Hence, it is the ideal location for hiking. You may trek to nearby locations that are just as lovely as Rishikesh, such as Gangotri, Kedarnath, or Badrinath, or you can walk to the foot of the Himalayas. The greatest time to go trekking in this area is during the summer because the winters may be very chilly. Trekking prices range from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 depending on the location.

7. Jump Off A Cliff 

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As the name implies, this pastime is jumping into the Ganga from a cliff that is 20 to 50 feet above the ground. This is a burst of adrenaline and not for the weak-hearted ones. Show your buddies how daring you are. People are allowed to leap into the Ganga river at Rishikesh with tight supervision. Therefore, if you choose to visit the Ganga, leap off the bluff to make it an unforgettable experience. Cliff jumping costs between Rs. 1750 to Rs. 4000.

8. Ganga Aarti At Triveni Ghat 

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One of India's holiest rivers, the Ganga, has long been revered. The aarti ritual that is carried out at the Triveni Ghat shows how devoted the residents of Rishikesh are. Every evening, the neighbourhood is illuminated by the aarti, which is a very magnificent sight to behold. After dusk, a number of diyas (lamps) are launched into the holy river in leaf boats. The Ganga aarti in Rishikesh allows one to experience true spirituality.

9. Visit The Beatles Ashram 

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Contrary to what most people may believe, The Beatles have a more extensive history with Rishikesh. The Beatles visited Rishikesh multiple times because of a special kind of attraction to it. They developed and wrote several of their songs here. Although it is now deserted, the Ashram still contains a wealth of memoirs and artwork that provide insight into the Beatles' time in India and their interactions with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

10. Get An Ayurvedic Massage 

It difficult and exhausting to explore the entire city. You can have a relaxing Ayurvedic massage to feel more energized and calm, which will ultimately renew your soul. In the middle of the city, there are a few renowned massage parlours that will make you feel calm. Additionally, herbal and scented oils used during an Ayurvedic massage help you relax and relieve stress from both your body and mind. The cost for an ayurvedic massage is between Rs. 600 and Rs. 1000.

11. Try Yoga 

Rishikesh has long incorporated yoga into its culture. In Rishikesh, there are numerous practitioners who are willing to instruct you in this workout and activity. Yoga practice is not only beneficial for the body, but it also helps to quiet the mind and promotes clarity of thought. People from all over the world come to Rishikesh to practice yoga because it is the world's centre for discipline. Famous centres include Rishikesh Yogpeeth and Anand Prakash. The cost of Yoga is anywhere between free to Rs. 2000 for each session.

12. Go To Lakshman Jhula 

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Legend has it that Laxman from the Ramayana epic built a rope bridge to cross the Ganga river with Lord Ram and Lady Sita. According to legend, the Lakshman Jhula was built in the same location. In the evenings, you can take a stroll on the bridge and feel the brisk air. Since it connects Rishikesh's two most significant sides, the bridge bustles with activity during the day.

13. Explore A Range Of Cafes 

Rishikesh not only has a long cultural heritage, but it also has some of the best cafes. The food at these eateries will far exceed your expectations and be truly amazing. The Fab Four reportedly visited one of these eateries, Cafe Delmar, also known as Beatles Cafe. While Delmar is typically crowded, you can enjoy wonderful food at Cafe Karma and Cafe De Goa.

14. Rajaji National Park 

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One of India's most well-known national parks is the Rajaji National Park, situated in the state of Uttarakhand. The park is renowned for having the most elephants kept indoors and for the well-known elephant safari on the pitch-black grounds.

15. Taste The Local Cuisine 

One of the oldest restaurants in Rishikesh, the Chotiwala one opened its doors in 1958. The restaurant serves some traditional Garhwali cuisine and is situated on the banks of the Ganga river. In addition to being delicious, the food in this location is renowned for its nutritious content. There will likely be a 30-minute wait for a table here. In addition, the well-known Chotiwala mascot greets guests at the restaurant's entrance. Fee for a meal: 500–700 rupees.

The Hosteller Laxman Jhula

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The Hosteller Rishikesh Laxman Jhula is located near the river rafting in Rishikesh district of Rishikesh, 29 km from Mansa Devi Temple, a 4-minute walk from Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, and half a kilometre from Himalayan Yog Ashram. It is approximately a 17 minute walk from Ram Jhula, 4.3 kilometres from Triveni Ghat, and 5.1 kilometres from Rishikesh Railway Station.

The Hosteller Rishikesh Tapovan

The Hosteller Rishikesh Tapovan is at a comfortable 10-15 minutes from the main bus stand and Rishikesh railway station and offers a peaceful stay in natural surroundings. It has dorm rooms, private rooms, and cottages that can accommodate more than 30 people. Similarly, the mountain view, large green gardens, and yoga area are also available to guests.

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