Rishikesh, is popularly known as the "Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas" and "Yoga Capital of the World". But for me it would always remain a place that would keep cropping up in my memories from time to time for its simplicity and serenity. It is a pilgrimage town but offers solace not just for the spiritual but also the adventurous.
For starters, book an accommodation overlooking the Ganges. You could just spend hours gazing at the tranquil waters. I would recommend Aloha on the Ganges or Divine Resorts and Spa for the luxury traveler. For the budget conscious (that’s where I stayed for a night), Divine Ganga cottage with breath-taking views of the Ganges. Because Rishikesh is a center for Yoga and meditation, you will find a lot of hostels here:
Just walking down the streets dotted with cafes, yoga schools, the amazingly beautiful Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula will transport you to a surreal place. You could hire a bike and tour the place. Do visit Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula in the evening as well. At night the bridge looks ethereal. You could sit in any of the cafes and enjoy the beauty of the Ganges. Pumpernickel Coffee is the best I have had in India so far (Sorry Starbucks)! You could either go to Babylon Restaurant, Pumpernickel German Bakery or Little Buddha Café.