Places to Visit in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a religious and adventurous place in India. This place is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas.

Rishikesh is a naturally attractive, adventurous, and sacred place in the lower Himalayas. It just takes 6 hours from Delhi to visit Rishikesh.

I began my trip on Friday night and visited Rishikesh on Saturday Morning. I have spent full Saturday on camping, and I was free on Sunday afternoon. You can read also Temples in Rishikesh.

I have visited there in my car as a car is the best option for the Rishikesh trip and can go anywhere by car. You can also visit Rishikesh through regular buses from Delhi to Rishikesh.

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Initially, I have decided to go via a flight because it was an easy option and the airport is also not so far from Rishikesh Town.

Moreover, you can also go via train from Delhi Railway station to Haridwar railway station. I have thoroughly enjoyed it here for two days.

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You can also make your trip to Rishikesh for which you only need to spend two days here in Rishikesh. You can read also Best Family Holiday Destinations in India.

Rishikesh Tourist Place

Rishikesh is the best tourist place in India as the town has lots of adventurous places to Explore.

Rishikesh is the sacred town located at the convergence of two holy rivers named River Ganga and River Chandrabhaga.

You can start traveling to four Chota Char Dham in Uttarakhand. As I only had two days for this trip, so I have not travelled to Chota Char Dham pilgrimage.

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Due to famous temples, ashrams, river rafting, yoga and meditation, and other adventurous activities, Rishikesh points of interest among the natives of India.

All these things make Rishikesh, the most tourist place to visit in India. You can see the Best places to visit in Darjeeling.

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Best Time to Visit Rishikesh

I have visited Rishikesh from Delhi to enjoy adventurous activities here just in two days. The best time to visit Rishikesh is all months of a year except January.

In the month of September, the temperature in Rishikesh remains at 32-degrees Celsius.  

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Places to See in Rishikesh

There are lots of adventurous places to see in Rishikesh. You may have seen in most of the movies that Rishikesh is famous for Laxman Jhula.

Beatles Ashram is another Place to visit in Rishikesh. You can read also Best Places to Visit in Mussoorie.

I have seen many other places in Rishikesh like Shivpuri, Banks of Ganga river, Many temples, ashrams, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat, Neer Garh Waterfall, River rafting, Jumpin Heights, Swarg Ashram and many more places.

Laxman Jhula

Laxman Jhula is a 450 ft long swing bridge on the River Ganga in Rishikesh. I have seen the beautiful scenic view of River Ganga, temples, and Ashrams.

It is said that Laxman, the young brother of Lord Rama, has used this Laxman Jhula to pass the River Ganga. You can read also

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Image Credit: Laxman Jhula

Laxman Jhula is also known as Engineering Marble. This Jhula swings a lot because there is no pillar in this Laxman Jhula.

The Beatles Ashram

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has established this Beatles Ashram. This Ashram is located inside the Rajaji National Park at the Bank of River Ganga.

This ashram is again opened for tourists. The Beatles Ashram is a lovely place to visit in Rishikesh. You can read also Top Hill Stations in India.

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Image Credit: Beatles Ashram

This ashram is known by the name of Chaurasi Kutiya among the local people of Rishikesh.

I have paid Rs. 150/- as its entry fees.

Shivpuri

Shivpuri is a small village in Rishikesh which is 15 km away from the city. The town is devoted to Lord Shiva, and there are many temples of Lord Shiva in this village.

It is because the city was named as Shivpuri. This small village is located at the Bank of River Ganga.

Shivpuri is famous for River-rafting. The river-rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is very famous among Indians. You can read also Best Places to Visit in Dehradun.

Shivpuri

Rishikesh river rafting is one of the great adventurous activities that I did in Shivpuri. The place of river rafting is renowned for its calm and beautiful environment.

I have also enjoyed trekking and bonfire in Shivpuri. The water in the river was very cool because it was coming from melting glaciers.

I stayed in a tent at the bank of the river, and it was very enjoyable. You can read also Sahastradhara Dehradun.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

This temple is situated at the meeting point of Pankaj and Madhumakhi which is 12 km away from the town Rishikesh. This is a famous religious places to visit in Rishikesh.

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Image Credit: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

This Neelkanth Mahadev temple is situated at the height of almost 1300 km from the sea level on the hill.  

It is said that the incident of Samundar Manthan has taken at this temple. And also Lord Shiva has drunk Vish at this place. It is because the name of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple knows this place.

Most tourists and devotees visit here at the time of Maha Shivratri and in the month of Shravan means in the months of July and August.

Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat is a famous Places to visit in Rishikesh. Triveni Ghat is the place where three holy rivers of India, i.e. River Yamuna, River Ganga, and River Saraswati meet.

Due to the meeting point of three rivers, the place is called Triveni. You can read also Dehradun Famous Food.

It is said that the devotees have to take a bath in this ghat before visiting the temple in Rishikesh. So, I have also done the same in this Triveni Ghat.

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By taking a dip in this ghat, we become Pavitar and free of all our sins. In the evening, Maha Aarti takes place at Triveni Ghat.

Devotees visit here to see the Maha Aarti from all over the world.

You can best visit here in the evening after sunset. Triveni Ghat is also known for its shopping purpose.

Neer Garh Waterfall

Neer Garh Waterfall is situated at the highway of Rishikesh- Badrinath. It is 5 km away from Laxman Jhula.

The beautiful colorful butterflies flying on the beautiful flowers of the waterfall bring more beauty in the waterfall. You can read also Places to Visit in Auli, Uttrakhand.

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I have paid an entry fee of Rs 30/- to see the beauty of Neer Garh Waterfall.

Rishikesh River Rafting

There are many camps for river rafting at different places in Rishikesh.

The season of river rafting starts in the month of March, and it ends in the month of September. So, from the month March to September is the Best time for River Rafting.

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River rafting of Rishikesh is famous in all over India. It becomes the favorite adventurous activity in Rishikesh due to the turbulent Waves of River Ganga. Post-monsoon is the Rishikesh rafting season.

River Rafting in Rishikesh Timing

The river rafting in Rishikesh starts from 9 am and ends at 5 pm in the evening daily. You can read also Mussoorie Travel Guide.

Rishikesh Rafting Packages

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There are different packages of Rishikesh rafting starting from Rs 1000/-. The variations come in the package according to the number of people in groups of river rafting.

The charges go on increasing as the distance of rafting increases based on km.

Jumpin Heights

Jumpin heights are the most adventurous place in the world. This is situated 20 km away from Rishikesh.

I have enjoyed many activities here like Jumpin heights, giant swings, and many others. This place takes care of our safety along with all over adventure. You can read also Top Places to Visit in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand.

Bungee-Jumping

This place is closed on every Tuesday, that’s why I have visited here on Monday.

There are many sports adventures here at Jumpin Heights with rates starting from Rs. 1500/- to Rs 6000/-.

Swarg Ashram

Swarg Ashram is situated at the bank of River Ganga which is located 5 km away from Rishikesh.

You can reach here through the Ram Jhula which is built at Ganga River. It is the oldest Ashram of India.

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Image Credit: Swarg Ashram

Swarg Ashram got constructed in the memory of Swami Vishwananda. Tourist visit here for meditation and Yoga. I have paid Rs. 600/- as its fee for yoga and meditation. You can read also Dehradun Travel Guide.

Rishi Kund

It is a hot water spring. You can be free of all your sins by bathing in this Kund.

Vashistha Cave

Vashishta cave is situated at the bank of River Ganga which is 16 km away from the Rishikesh.

This cave is known to be a famous place for Gyan in Rishikesh. This cave is surrounded by trees all over.

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The Vashisht Ashram of Shri Purushottam Nand Ji Maharaj is also situated near this Vashistha Cave. You can read also Mussoorie Tourism: Best Mussoorie Trip.

You can not bring things of plastic inside the cave, and photography is also not allowed inside the cave. So, I did not click any picture of mine here.

Ram Jhula

Ram Jhula is a famous tourist places to visit in Rishikesh. Ram Jhula is 3 km away from the city Rishikesh.

Ram Jhula is built above the River Ganga which is, even more, more prominent than Laxman Jhula.

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Image Credit: Ram Jhula

This Bridge joins the Shivanand Ashram and Swarg Ashram.

Places to Visit near Rishikesh

There are many places to visit near Rishikesh. Here is the list of such places;

Kaudiyala

Kaudiyala in Rishikesh is famous for photography, adventure, and its nature. There is no fun in exploring Rishikesh without visiting Kaudiyala.

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I have spent my time on adventure sports and other activities here. This is the best adventurous places to visit in Rishikesh. You can read also Auli Tourism: Best Auli Tour Plan.

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is famous for its wildlife and adventures.

There is an entry ticket to enjoy at Rajaji National Park. I have paid Rs. 150/- for three hours and foreigners have to have Rs 600/- for three hours.

As I was traveling there in my car so I have also paid Rs 250/-.

This National Park is open all days a week from 6 am to 9 am and from 3 pm to 6 pm. I have thoroughly enjoyed it here within 3 hours.

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Image Credit: Rajaji National Park

This national park is situated between the Indo- Gangetic plains and the Shivalik ranges. It represents the oldest ecosystem in India.

Rajaji National Park is home to the full range of animals including Bengal tigers and sloth bears. You can read also Places to Visit in Chopta.

I have also enjoyed Jeep Safari, and stayed in cottages, and also visited at Sureshwari Devi Temple here. Rajaji National Park is the best tourist places to visit in Rishikesh.

Patna Waterfall

While trekking through Rajaji National Park, I have gone through Patna Waterfall in Rishikesh.

Patna-Waterfall

This waterfall is popularly known for the caves of limestone. There is also a small temple inside the limestone cave which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Through my way of trekking through the waterfall, I have found the tributary of holy River, Ganga.

Sivananda Ashram

Sivananda Ashram is located in Rishikesh, which is heaven to Earth. The Divine Life Society maintains and administers this Ashram.

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Image Credit: Sivananda Ashram

The Ashram has always been one of the best tourist places to visit in Rishikesh to spend time for meditation and yoga. You can read also Best Places to Stay in Chopta, Hotels in Chopta, Uttarakhand.

Gita Bhavan

Gita Bhawan provides accommodation facility which is situated at the banks of River Ganga.

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There are around 1000 comfortable rooms at free of cost for devotees. I spent here for few hours to dip in the holy river Ganga.

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Parmarth Niketan ashram is the best Yoga Center in all over India. This ashram is situated at the banks of River Ganga.

Swami Shukdevaandad Saraswati founded this ashram in the year 1942. There is a zero-entry fee to visit the place.

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Image Credit: Parmarth Niketan Ashram

I have spent here one and a half hours in yoga and meditation. Ganga Aarti also takes place here after sunset. You can read also Best Camping in Chopta, Uttarakhand.

Bharat Mandir

Bharat Mandir is the sacred places to visit in Rishikesh. This temple is situated in the center of Rishikesh. It is just half km away from the Triveni Ghat.

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There is a statue of God Narayana in the temple, which is made up of black stone and carved from a piece of Saligram.

Where Foreigners Stay in Rishikesh?

Foreigners stay in hotels as well as in the tents at the river banks. Tents at the river banks are much adventurous.

Some people look for a tourist place where they can spend very little time for two days to enjoy a lot. So, Rishikesh is the best tourist place for such kind of people.

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Hence, people from Delhi can soon make their plan to check out the places to visit in Rishikesh. You can enjoy at River Ganga in the cold water and its lap of natural beauty.

I recommend you to stay there in tents and enjoy the weather and beauty of Rishikesh. You can read also Har Ki Dun Trek – Trekking in Uttarakhand.

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