Rishikesh is a beautiful and adventurous city located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is also known as “Gateway of the Garhwal mountains”. as it is situated in the mountainous region. Rishikesh, also known as “Hrishikesh”- Hrishi means “senses” and “Kesha” means “lord”. The location is full of peace, where most of the tourists visit for pilgrimage and few for trying out the fusion adventures, especially River Rafting and other Water Sports. If you are a travel freak, you must know what the best things to do in Rishikesh are.
By reading the above paragraph you must be wondering, how can one enjoy in such a pilgrimage place, but believe us, in the end, you will surely book a trip to Rishikesh and explore the whole place. Friends, there are plenty of things you can do there. So come on, Let’s explore the best things that can be done in Rishikesh.
If you are adventurous-junkie and want some mind-blowing adventurous experiences in your life, then make sure to add these 8 Best Things to do in Rishikesh in your bucket list:
1. Fight the Rivers- River Rafting
The most adventurous activity in Rishikesh to do is River Rafting. It is considered as one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. The cold water of the river Ganga, along with the Himalayan Mountains, will give you a great experience. In fact, Rishikesh is the best place to do River Rafting in India. The best time to do River Rafting is October to June. You can spend some penny and enjoy River Rafting with your friends in Rishikesh. Some of the popular River rafting Points in Rishikesh are:
Brahampuri River Rafting (8 Kms)
- Difficulty– Short & Easiest Rafting
- Rafting Time– 1-2 hrs
- Cost– Rs. 500 Per Person
- Route- Brahmpuri to Ram Jhula
- Age limit– 7-65 years
Shivpuri River Rafting (16 Kms)
- Difficulty– Easy
- Rafting Time– 2-3 hrs
- Cost– Rs. 1000 Per Person
- Route– Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula
Marine Drive River Rafting (26 Kms)
- Difficulty– Moderate
- Rafting Time– 3-4 hrs
- Cost– Rs. 1500 Per Person
- Route– Marine Drive to Laxman Jhula
- Age– Suitable for Corporate Groups
Kaudiyala River Rafting (40 Kms)
- Difficulty– Thrilling & Challenging
- Rafting Time– 4-5 hrs
- Route– Kaudiyala to Rishikesh
- Cost– Rs. 2500 Per Person
- Age– For Adults only
For more information, you can check official Uttarakhand Tourism Website.
2. Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat
As I said before, Rishikesh is the senses of the Lord, and another place to visit here is Triveni Ghat. The pure, holy place near the Ganga river. A huge crowd gathers here Ganga Aarti, and this is something you must not miss if visiting Rishikesh. The pandits carry huge “Aarti Thali” to perform aarti and rituals. You must visit Triveni Ghat to know the meaning of “Triveni”- the confluence of three rivers. I would suggest getting there earlier so that you can get the front seat and best view for Ganga Aarti.
3. Bungee Jumping- Dare to Jump
Enhance your adventurous experience most with “Bungee jumping”. The most thrilling experience you can get in Rishikesh is by doing Bungee Jumping. India’s highest Bungee with height more than 80 meters. Just Imagine, falling freely from the top and flying in the air, trying to touch the gravity of the earth, Alas!!, if Imagination is full of thrill, then how will be the real one?
The cost of Bungee jumping is affordable, no need to fear, the best bungee coach will assist you, so what you are waiting for just enjoy the thrill and have fun.
4. A Walk to Lakshman Jhula: Feel the Holy Vibes
With the roar of the river Ganga, Lakshman Jhula is another scenic bridge made of suspension iron. It is located on the way to Trayambakeshwar Temple. 450 feet long, Lakshman Jhula, is just above the holy river Ganga. There are many markets where you can shop iconic things and keep them with you as Rishikesh memories. You will get to see the beautiful view of Rishikesh temples, along with the peaceful sound of river Ganga flowing away. And don’t forget to click some amazing selfies on this iconic Laxman Jhula.
5. Flying Fox: Feel the Thrill
Flying Fox is another one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. Best meant for adventure seekers and thrill lovers. The source point is at the highest altitude, and with speed, the rope slides off. The rope slides horizontally, but completely safe as it is attached to harness.
At a time, two or three can perform an activity together, but if you want to try it out alone, then, you need to pay extra amount. There is no age limit for the participants, no restrictions, so have fun and enjoy the thrilling experience in Rishikesh. Don’t miss this, activity at all, do try it for sure.
6. Trekking: Jackpot for Nature Lovers
Trekking is one of the best thrilling activities to do in Rishikesh. The nature lovers, hikers, can plan trekking routes. The best tracking routes available are Waterfall trek, Kunjapuri Trek, and Neelkanth Mahadev Trek.
One who wants ease in the trek and wants to spend some time with nature can opt for a waterfall trek. Join the waterfall trek and enjoy the sparkle of water. As per your convenience, you can try out the treks, but add this in your bucket list for sure.
7. Paragliding and Parasailing: Fly High in Rishikesh
While Watching the movie scenes of paragliding, you must have got a thought to feel it practically. Well, to make your Imagination possible, Paragliding and Parasailing is available in Rishikesh for adventure lovers. These are some best thrilling activities to do in Rishikesh.
Paragliding will make you feel like you are a bird flying high in the sky. You can touch the sky, with the help of a parachute, and glide in the air. Trust me, it is an exceptional experience.
8. Darshan at Trayambakeshwar Temple
Tera Manzil Temple also known as Trayambakeshwar Temple, is a holy place situated near the banks of river Ganga. The temple is always crowded with tourists. Trayambakeshwar Temple is the famous temple in Rishikesh which devotees can visit to get some peace.
Wrapping It Up!
From my best experience, the above are the best things to do in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is a fantastic tourist spot to visit. An iconic place you would have ever seen and one must have visit this place to experience the holy vibes with lots of adventures and peace.