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Rishikesh: The Adventure Capital of India
What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you picture Rishikesh? Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Ganges, Yoga, hills etc. right?
In recent years, Rishikesh has emerged as one of the perfect weekend hideouts for people who endeavor peace and fun at the same time. If you want to escape from bustling cities, spend your night while gazing at the stars, or indulge in camping for adventure, in the lap of nature, Rishikesh has everything for you.
Not just that, there are some scintillating cafes near the shores of the Ganges, where you can spend your whole day, gazing at the scene of swirling Ganges - shadowed by the Himalayas in the background.
How to reach Rishikesh: Travelling to this idyllic valley is blissful
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, it is mere 18 kilometres from Rishikesh. You can scroll through various flights to the state capital, by domestic airlines.
Experience the excitement by Road/Rail
Rishikesh has a small railway station that is connected to Haridwar. Only a few trains arrive at the railway station. However, just 25 km away, Haridwar railway station is the nearest one. It is connected to major railway stations across the country.
Travelling to Rishikesh by road is comfortable. If you are travelling by car or bus then worry not, Delhi-Rishikesh is connected through a double lane highway.
Staying in Rishikesh is a low-cost affair.
Rishikesh is not only a revered place for sages but backpackers too.
From camps to Ashrams to Luxurious hotels, Rishikesh provides stay for all kinds of travellers.
The most important thing about the hotels here is that they have the perfect river view from your rooms. Lodging in Rishikesh is cost-friendly.
Fall in love with some relaxed cafes in Rishikesh
The cafes and food joints of Rishikesh are popular hideouts for vegetarian food lovers. The authentic freshly baked thin-crust pizzas are a treat to pizza lovers. Lebanese delicacies like Tofu and falafel, pita bread are also some of the favourite food items, loved by foodies staying in Rishikesh.
Never thought about it, right? Also, the location of eateries is best to get the perfect view of Ganges and Himalayas. Arouse your eyes with the blissful landscape of emerald Ganges at these cafes in Laxman Jhula area.
The locals are amicable. Their hospitality would steal your heart.
What to do here?
As you reach Rishikesh, what is the first thing you wanna do? Hiking, Rafting or Just catching one of the most mesmerizing river beaches to meditate?
Whether it is the contentment of sitting on the banks of the Ganges and inhaling pure air or thrill of taking a raft in the river, there is a lot to do in Rishikesh. People come to Rishikesh for fun, along with many people come here in search of adventure and some in search of spirituality.
Well, we are going to tell you some of the fantastic things you can do to spend your vacation in the adventure capital of Uttarakhand.
Trekking to some waterfalls is the best thing you can start your holidays with
People who like adventure can do trekking in Rishikesh. After walking many kilometres, who does not want to see waterfalls?
Neel Garh Waterfall is 4 km from Laxman Jhula and 6 km from Rishikesh main market. A small mountainous route from Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway leads to this waterfall. The trek to the Garuda Chatti waterfall, 9 km from Rishikesh railway station and 4 km from Laxman Jhula, starts from Neelkanth road near Rishikesh. Phool Chatti waterfall is also situated on the Neelkanth road, It is hardly 3 km away from Garuda Chatti.
Did you know, Rishikesh is also an adventure capital?
Rishikesh is one of the most visited destinations by adventure lovers and backpackers. Along with native tourists, you would also witness foreigners travelling to Rishikesh and experiencing the adventures out here. The white water rafting in Rishikesh is one of the most popular events in the world. If you are seeking some thrill in your life, then, Bungee Jumping, Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking are some adventurous activities in and around Rishikesh.
You came to Rishikesh, learn to calm your mind
Rishikesh is an acclaimed destination for the seekers of wellness. Here, you can go for short term Yoga and Meditation course, an Ayurveda class, or a Reiki or sound healing session, to bring positivity and experience the tranquillity to calm your mind, body and soul.
There are many registered yoga schools and ashrams which also provide retreats for an exclusive learning exposure
Don’t miss to visit these local sites
How about exploring a surreal land of forests, river and mystic landscapes juxtaposed with the exquisite Ganges river view from your stay? Without visiting these places, your stay remains incomplete.
Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula are two hanging bridges, constructed by the Britishers many years ago. The swinging experience will leave you in awe, and your heart will beat for them. They both are 4 km away from each other.
There are ancient temples chanting kirtans and mantras in Rishikesh that makes the environment dive into devotion. These temples are Neelkanth Mahadev, Bharat Mandir etc.
With a holy dip into the Ganges, express your faith at Triveni Ghat. Devotees come early in the morning to take a dip at the Triveni Ghat, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. People admire Triveni Ghat as one of the tranquil holy sites.
If you ever followed the Beatles, one of the most famous music bands on earth, you must visit the Beatles cave in the Swargashram area. It tells a story about their journey to meet spiritual guru Mehrishi Yogi’s and seek his guidance to reach divinity in their lives. The place itself is very reposeful.
So! After reading the information about Rishikesh we shared with you, aren’t you excited to plan your trip to the city of adventure and calmness. Pack your bags and take a break from stressing workdays, refill your mind, body and soul with positive energies. If we missed something, write back to us. We shall add here in no time.