Take a holy dip in the Ganges, with reputed healing powers.
Watch a beautiful evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan.
White Water Rafting in Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting
on the River Ganga (Ganges). Season: September-November and March-April-May
are ideal for rafting. The rafting will go on for several kilometres,
and the path is interspersed with rapids, ranging from Level 1 to Level
5, in order of difficulty. At the end of the trip, you have the option
of jumping some 20 feet from a ledge into the water. There are several
local travel agencies, offering these rafting trips. The package usually
includes an overnight camp on the banks of the river, with a brilliant
and dangerous trek among the hills in the morning. If one has time,
courses in rafting are also offered. *
Camping in Rishikesh is a recreational activity that does
not have any age limit. Any individual who likes to explore new places
and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature can embark on a camping
voyage. Camping in Rishikesh on the Ganga beach offer an environment
to wake up with the birds cher chew and can swim in the fresh water
of the river Ganges. Camping in Rishikesh is a very popular activity.
* Camping In Rishikesh
Rappelling in Rishikesh Climbing down with a rope is called rappelling.
The group is taken to a spot where there is a cliff drop, experts with
proper equipment who setup the gear first and then, one by one, everyone
comes down. It's all about trusting your gear and following the instructions
and then it's a lot of fun.
Rock climbing in Rishikesh This is something everyone
is familiar with, this is also included in some of the camps but not
everyone can do it as it requires a lot of strength and skill. The group
is taken to a cliff side and with proper safety gear everyone is given
a chance to climb the cliff side.
Cliff Jumping in Rishikesh You are supposed to jump into
freezing water from a cliff! Yes, it sounds crazy but this is one thing
which everyone can brag about back home, of course you are wearing a
life jacket and a helmet but still to jump from so high into the Ganga
which is murky and the bottom can't be seen, it's not like jumping into
a swimming pool where one can see the bottom the water is static.
Kayaking in Rishikesh is the use of a kayak for moving
across water. Kayaking is differentiated from canoeing by the fact that
a kayak has a closed cockpit and a canoe has an open cockpit. They also
use a two bladed paddle. Another major difference is in the way the
paddler sits in the boat. Kayakers sit in a seat on the bottom of the
boat with their legs extended out in front of them. Canoeists will either
sit on an elevated bench seat or kneel directly on the bottom of the
boat. Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving
body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can
range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous
Trekking in Rishikesh There are a lot of soft treks in this
region, this is an optional thing as some people love to walk in nature
and do a bit of bird watching and some prefer to be at the camp and
relax and they are already tired with the activities they have done.
Bungee Jump in Rishikesh, (15 km ahead of Rishikesh on Rishikesh-Neelkanth
road), You can try bungee jump. It is a unique experience in India,
a jump from 83 meters just above a natural river.
Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes, Shisham Jhari, Rishikesh (Near Dayanand Ashram),
Have a once in a life time experience of making the Australian Didgeridoos,
African Djmbes and other musical instruments in the guidance of iconic
Mukeshji while he enthralls you with his hilarious stories and takes
you along with him in his Himalayan Journeys. A person visiting here
finds himself/herself in a selected crowd of music aficionados and extreme
adventures from around the world. *
Yoga in Rishikesh
Study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy.
Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "The World Capital of Yoga", has
numerous yoga centres that also attract tourists. It is believed that
meditation in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of moksha,
as does a dip in the holy river that flows through it.
Yoga & Meditation
Tours Package in Rishikesh
Nightlife in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is not a "Clubbers" destination but has a vibrant Cafe Culture,
with a fine choice of places with views of the Ganga, to pass the night
away. Rishikesh does not have much of night life except in the form
of Hindu festivals. During these festivals people rejoice every moment.
The whole town is lit up in nights. This is the only time when the nights
are enjoyable and fun.
Rishikesh offers you handicraft items made of shells, beads and pearls.
Sarees, kurtas, sheets and rugs can be purchased from here. You can
buy these items from the government approved U.P handloom shop, Khadi
Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc. As with most holy cities cum
tourist destinations there's a plethora of religious paraphenalia, cheap
clothing aimed at foreigners, incense, bronze shiva statues, etc. Unlike
many other similar towns in India prices here are usually reasonable
and you won't have to haggle hard for a good price.
Things NOT To Do in Rishikesh
Remove the footwear before entering into the religious places like temples,
mosques and churches.
Do wear clothes according to Indian traditions.. Revaling clothes can
land you in trouble.
A holy city it may be, but Rishikesh draws more than its fair share
of criminals and conmen.
Don't walk around alone at night and beware of the motives of sadhus
offering one-on-one tutoring.
Carry important documents such as Visa, Passport, licence card, Id card
etc,. along with two or three photocopies of each for safe purpose.
Effect on Spiritual Environment
Shiva statue near Parmarth Niketan which was washed away by the 2013
flood on River Ganga It has been reported that large numbers of tourists
visiting Rishikesh from India and the world have been consuming drugs
and alcohol and appearing partially naked at beaches, leading to complaints
that the spiritual environment of the area has been affected.
ALWAYS Respect the tradition and culture of the place.
According to many Hindu yogis and sadhus, the riverside stretch is of
spiritual and religious importance, as it is where the Ganges takes
its form after the confluence of the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda
at Devprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas. Saints and yogis have been meditating
on the banks of Ganges since antiquity. However, these banks have been
polluted with liquor bottles at camps as well as obscene activities
and behavior at the beaches.