Legends state that Lord Rama did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king of Lanka at Rishikesh, a small town in India’s northern state Uttrakhand is a scenic beauty, now serving as one of the most popular places for vacationing. Situated in the foothills of Himalaya in the Garhwal region, it’s the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Be it a family trip or a trip with friends, Rishikesh entertains all irrespective of age. Also spelled as Hrishikesh, Rushikesh and Hrushikesh, it is situated where Holy Ganges comes gushing down from the Himalayas. Before you read more about the things you can do in Rishikesh you should know that Rishikesh is a vegetarian city by law and also alcohol free. It has also banned the use of plastic bags.
How to reach Rishikesh:
- By Air. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometres away.By Bus. Being a popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi.
- By Train.
- Road/Self Drive.
So, here’s a list of things you can do in Rishikesh:
Rafting is an adventure sport full of fun and throttle. Often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, and generally represents a new and challenging environment for participants. Dealing with risk and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience. You can book yourself a rafting trip on the Ganges here. Running almost 26 km long stretch, these programs provide easy-going rafting. You can upgrade the program depending on your skills. You need a group of at least 4 people to raft, but if you’re short of members then just ask those people to team you up with some other people. Covering 36 kms in just one run can be pretty exhausting so be careful while choosing your packages.
Trekking in Himalayas can be a tiring job, but its worth it. Every minute of it. Breathe in the clean and light air the envelops the Himalayas. Have tea and snack breaks, explore the mountains and adore it’s beauty. Like rafting, trekking also has different levels. It can be a 4 hour trek or even a week-long trek. If you’re new to mountains, don’t roll in for any trek programs. Do them yourself, just keep a track of your path and don’t wonder away too much. However if you’re used to mountains and have trekked before then try these programs and challenge yourself. Unlike rafting, trekking isn’t atrocious, it’s just plain walking. Things that make this a little onerous are the slippery sand and steep slopes. Be careful while choosing your footwear here. Wearing trekking shoes will be a smart decisions. Don’t wear any heel shoes, if you do, just remember there are chances you’ll never be wearing them again.
Rishikesh: One of the famous Hollywood’s destination in India is the home for Yogis. Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. You must be thinking why go to Rishikesh for Yoga when you can do that a your home too. Well, Thousands of years ago Adi Yogi was brought to the Himalayas. Yoga enriches the human consciousness. Sage Agstya later spread this knowledge to yogis in the Himalayas and thousands of Indians and that’s how yoga gained popularity. You’ll find many Yoga inclined people travelling miles just to practice yoga, here in the Himalayas. But why Himalayas? It’s because of the peace and chivalrous environment it offers. Living here might not be in everyone’s luck, but you can at least enjoy while you’re on vacation here.
An elective outdoor activity like camping is one of the best things to do while you’re vacationing and Rishikesh is one of the best camping site in India. Taking shelter in the open air, a tent, a caravan, a motorhome, or a primitive structure and taking a break from all the luxuries you enjoy. It also gives you a break from your daily routine, you learn to be self-dependent and appreciate all the things that you thought weren’t valuable enough. While you’re camping be sure of things like knowing how to put up a tent, or how to cook on fire without any or only few utensils, unless you’re carrying your whole kitchen with you. Well, a good news for you, camping here ain’t difficult at all. As you can see in the picture, you’ll find great camps and a beautiful weather on your side. Here in Rishikesh you can choose from various camp, determine their duration. It’s not difficult to find camping organisations here, since Rishikesh experience a high number of tourists annually, the tourism department and locals have made sure you guys have places to stay in.
5) Giant Wheeling:
Get high on adrenaline and try this sport called Giant Wheeling. Not very common, this ride has been deigned here by David Allardice of New Zealand. You jump down from the Bungy Platform and are fitted with a seat & chest harness. This harness is connected to the fixed wire ropes. After the initial free fall, the ropes smoothly swing you like a pendulum where you go to and fro. Once you swing starts the slow down you are lowered down to a drop zone in the river which has only 2 ft of water. You can have yourself photographed and videoed also. You can do this activity solo or with a partner and the age limited to people older than 12 years. Make sure you weigh less than 130 KGs to enjoy this ride.
6) Flying Fox:
Flying fox is another great adventure sport you can experience here. This ride will leave you breathless and wheezy. Tightly harnessed to the wire, you will be release by gravity, rolling down the wire upto 7 mtrs above the river level and then going up. Accelerating upto speeds of 160 kmph, you’ll have a roller coaster ride fun in this as the wind will gush into your face. Finally pulling you back to the launch platform, you can later collect your photographs and video. This is ridden in a group of 3 but you can go alone by paying some extra bucks.. You’ll also be given a certificate stating it was daring of you to try this.
This is one of the sports that is there in everyone’s bucket list. Rishikesh gives you a chance to experience it. Minimum is again 12 yrs and the weight of a person shouldn’t be more than 120 kgs. Jungee jumping needs no explanation, you’ve probably already read too much about it.
Uttrakhand is a state with florishing flora and fauna. You can visit the Raja ji National park which is situated on the left bank of Ganges, not far from Rishikesh. Raja ji National Park is one of the finest national parks at the Himalayan foothill. The Indo Gangetic plains starts from here & the majestic Ganges flows through the National Park for a distance of 24km. You’ll also get to see innumerable streams and brooks making it rich and diverse.You can spot a wide spectrum of nature here. Full of diversities, this national park is a must to visit if you’re visiting Rishikesh.
That was all about Rishikesh. So, can you hear the mountains call into you?