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Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, nestled in the Himalayan foothills alongside the sacred Ganges River. Renowned as a hub for yoga and meditation studies, Rishikesh is home to numerous temples and ashrams, particularly around the serene, business-free, and alcohol-free enclave of Swarga Ashram.

Rishikesh is celebrated for its spiritual significance and adventure activities, allowing visitors to explore ancient temples, ashrams, and the banks of the holy Ganges. As a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus, Rishikesh attracts sages and seekers pursuing higher knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. Known as the “Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas” and the “Yoga Capital of the World,” this city serves as a starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) and various other Himalayan destinations.

How to Reach Rishikesh

By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 35 kilometres (21.75 miles) from Rishikesh. Major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Kolkata have direct flights to Dehradun. You can reach Rishikesh by cab, taxi, or bus from the airport.

By Road: Rishikesh is well-connected to Dehradun (12 kilometres/7.46 miles away) and other major cities in Uttarakhand and northern India. Buses to Rishikesh depart from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Meerut. National Highway 58 links Badrinath and Rishikesh, facilitating travel by bus and taxi from destinations like Dehradun, Haridwar, Srinagar, Tehri, and Uttarkashi.

By Rail: Rishikesh has a railway station with services from various parts of India. The new Yog Nagari Rishikesh station and an upcoming line to Kare Prayag will further enhance connectivity. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent, with taxis and buses readily available for further travel.

Things to Do

Rafting: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Ganges, guided by certified instructors. The best time for rafting is from September to June. Other water sports like kayaking are also popular.

Bungee Jumping: Head to Mohanchatti for an exhilarating bungee jump from 83 meters. The site also offers activities like the Flying Fox, mountain swings, and paragliding.

Trekking: Explore several trekking trails , such as the popular Waterfall Trek and the Kunja Puri trip, both of which offer stunning natural views.

Rock Climbing: The rugged terrain near the Himalayan foothills provides both beginners and experienced climbers with excellent rock climbing opportunities.

Giant Swing: Experience the thrill of swinging through the air over lush valleys on one of India’s highest swings, at 83 meters.

Zipline Tour: Enjoy the adrenaline rush of a zipline tour, where you can slide down a line up to 7 meters above the ground, reaching up to 160 mph.

Yoga: As the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh offers countless opportunities to practice yoga and meditation along the peaceful ghats of the Ganges. Various ashrams and resorts provide yoga sessions and courses suitable for all levels.

Best Hotels

For a comfortable stay in Rishikesh, consider these top hotels offering excellent accommodations and deals:

  1. Aloha – The Ganga Bliss
  2. Lemon Tree Premier
  3. HOLYWATER Hotel by Ganga Kinare
  4. Hotel Ganga Ashok
  5. Hotel Yog Vashishth
  6. Sterling Palm Bliss 
  7. Live Free Hostel 
  8. Sanskriti Vedic Retreat
  9. GANGA KINARE – A Riverside Boutique Resort

Rishikesh tour uniquely combines spirituality, adventure, and natural beauty. Whether you seek inner peace through yoga and meditation or an adrenaline rush with rafting and bungee jumping, offers something for everyone. Its rich cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes make it a must-visit destination.

For a hassle-free and memorable experience, consider booking your trip with Banzaara Travels. Our tailored packages and expert guidance will ensure you make the most of your visit to this enchanting city.



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Rishikesh is approximately 20 kilometers away from Haridwar.

The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September to November and from February to April when the weather is pleasant.

Absolutely! Rishikesh has numerous yoga schools that offer beginner-friendly courses and retreats.

Yes, Rishikesh is known for adventure sports like white water rafting, bungee jumping, trekking, and camping.

Must-visit places in Rishikesh include Laxman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, and Rajaji National Park.

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