Rishikesh Travel Guide
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- 91%Spiritual Seekers
- 81%Budget Travelers
- 79%Local Culture
- 70%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Member Reviews (19)
- RishikeshMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Dec 23, 2013
The "yoga capital of the world" this beautiful town is on the banks of the Ganges River, not far from the holy city of Haridwar. This place is filled with temples, ashrams, spiritual bookstores, and decent restaurants (targeted at both foreign and domestic tourists). It's also a great place to go white water rafting.
Most visitors stay near one of the two suspension bridges (Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula) upstream from the main town. The areas around Ram Jhula include Swargashram, Sivanandanagar and Muni-ki-Reti and are popular with yoga afficiandos and longterm spiritual-minded visitors. The areas around Laxman Jhula and Tapovan have a bit more of a backpacker/party vibe.
- RishikeshMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 22, 2013
The self-described "yoga capital of the universe", Rishikesh is great for those looking to align their chakras, but is also a fantastic place even if you're not into Ashtanga. Set between two high ridges with the gorge of the slate-blue Ganges running deep below them, the town is physically gorgeous and wonderfully laid-back, and though there's certainly a hippie vibe, it's also a more pleasant and natural place than Dharamsala, which can sometimes feel a bit like a carnival. Grab a yoga mat, hit a cafe or two, take a dip in the Ganges, hike in the surrounding hills, or just hang out on the cool suspension bridges watching the world go past -- Rishikesh is the perfect place to go in India to get away from it all.
- RishikeshMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2Sep 17, 2013
beautiful scenery but very touristic, lots of indian and western religious tourists, therefor lots of souvenirs, yoga etc shops, must like places like these
- RishikeshMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Aug 27, 2013
Rishkesh is the only place I felt completely comfortable. It is like a different world than rest of India. If you want to practice/ train yoga, this is the place to do so. There are a lot of private lessons at local hotels and ashrams. I recommend to stay at High Bank rather than near the river. It's way more quiet with less car and crowd.
- RishikeshFeb 06, 2013
Rishikesh is situated in the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by Rajaji national park to its west and south and lush green hills on its east and north sides. It is known for its many adventure activities, gateway to the Chardham Yatra and world capital for yoga and meditation. Travelers, musicians and adventure enthusiastic alike have enjoyed and continue to enjoy visiting this beautiful town. The Holy Ganges flows tenderly through its banks, where there are many ashrams and temples.There are two suspension bridges called Ram and Laxmanjhulla which connect the main town to its tourist centers and ashrams. These bridges are crowded by tourists taking photos and feeding fishes all while crazy monkey’s jump and swing around. There are many silver sandy beaches around the banks of the Ganges where people practice meditation and yoga or simply enjoy a walk along the sand and water.
Before there were road connections in the mountains, pilgrims used to walk all the way to Badrinath and Kedarnath along the Ganges. It took several hard days to accomplish their pilgrimage. Today you can still experience a short day walk from Laxmanjhulla to Garurchatti. This easy 5km walk on the left bank of the Ganges starts from bustling Laxmanjhulla. You will pass through a few temples and many newly built guest houses and the beautiful sight of turquoise color Ganges to your left. This route is now a busy jeep road which connects several other villages and the famous Neelkanth temple.
As you head further down you can often see many colorful rubber boats floating down the Ganges with their joyful participant swimming, surfing and jumping off the cliffs in search of their own Nirvana. Rishikesh gets its major tourist inflow for rafting from Delhi and other metros. It is a fun experience for novice’s as-well the more experienced where there are larger rapids higher up the Ganges.
As you walk closer to Garurchatti, you will be able to see a very old Mango orchard This is where pilgrims rested long ago during their treacherous pilgrimage to the higher Himalayas. There are few tea stalls where local people drink tea and here you can pick up a warm ginger tea and pakora (fried snack of mixed vegetables and potatoes).
There is also a small and beautiful temple dedicated to Garu ji. Garur ji is vahan (medium of travel) for Lord Vishnu and this place is the entrance on the long trail to Badrinath Temple which is a sacred temple for Hindus. (You can arrive to Badrinath by either car or bus from Rishikesh which is a distance of over 280km which take around 5 hours.)
A 500 meter trail leads behind the temple and located there are newly built tea shops. Here you will find a very pleasant walk through rocks and water channels. This water has some lime content and people believe that bathing in this water can cure and make your skin shiny. We recommend showering under the fresh water which is very reviving.
A little further up the trail is a cave, which may have used by travelers and sages during their long pilgrimage to Himalayan shrines. If you sit there for a rest you will be able to hear the thundering sound of water and lots of birds that nest there. During your descent back to Rishikesh you may well see langoor roaming around on walls and mango trees for their last opportunity for peanuts and fruits, which passing tourists offer them. These white monkeys with black faces are friendly and just so you know monkeys are regarded a holy creature by Hindus. Hanuman the monkey god is worshiped as a symbol of strength and fidelity.
- RishikeshMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 09, 2012
I stayed at an ashram in Rishikesh. Simple and clean, with group meditation, chanting and yoga classes and communal meals, it was a wonderful experience. The best part was standing in the Ganges - I at once felt insignificant and powerfully charged.
- RishikeshMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 06, 2012
Rishikesh is probably one of my favorite places in the world. It is a great place to just sit back and relax.
It is a city of temples and yoga. This city is not for a party person, as it a strictly vegetarian city as well as having a ban on alcohol.
There are other things to do here, like trek the Himalayan mountians, river rafting the Ganga River, practice yoga at "birthplace" of yoga, stay at the many ashrams, rock climb or just relax and watch the people.
Rishikesh is a perfectly place to just stay and wind down.
- RishikeshJul 05, 2012
One town you can go a million times and still feel you haven't seen enough..be it rafting with the hundreds of people who converge here every weekend to get a dose of mighty ganges or just camp out on the beach for a day or two. The city provides accommodation from downright economical to super fancy...u can choose between a concrete floor or a comfy four post bed in one of the older style haveli's converted to a hip hotel now...the campsites are pretty much the same in terms of spoiling you for choice, you can have a folding bed in a canvas tent or splurge on a fully equipped cottage by the river with running hot water! Homestyle meals in the camps can also get fancy depending on where you staying. For the picky traveller looking for some solitude head upstream to campsites beyond marine drive or kaudiyala!
- RishikeshMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersJul 05, 2012
If it was good enough for the Beatles in 1968, Rishikesh is also good enough for the hundreds if not thousands of other foreigners that come here to live and study in the myriad ashrams that line the banks of the Ganges River here. Although the city maintains the spiritual soul that attracted the Beatles here, it also offers plenty for travelers who want a break from their yoga poses for at least part of the day. River rafting is about as far from the serenity of meditation as you can get, for instance, and you can actually hit some pretty good rapids on the Ganges. Since Rishikesh is so far upstream from cities like Varnasi, the water here is still clean enough to swim - something I beg you not to even consider if you venture to the sacred but polluted waters of Varnasi.
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