Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of spirituality. White Water Rafting Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). The months from September to December and March to June are considered as the best periods for the ultimate water rafting experience. There are a lot of easy treks available around Rishikesh. Some of them take you to beautiful and hidden waterfalls. These stunning natural wonders are 2-6 kms from Laxman Jhula and are hidden in neighbouring forests. One also has the option to trek to nearby Neelkanth Mandir.
Sample the lifestyle of the rich and the famous, as you meditate by the Ganges and witness spirituality in its truest form at some of the most luxurious hotels in Rishikesh. Here are Tripoto's top picks
Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the local culture of a place. It is lodging with a personal touch that makes your holiday all the more special. Feel at home in Rishikesh with our top homestay picks.
The holy city of Rishikesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country with people from all over the world coming here in search of their spiritual selves. If you're planning a visit here any time soon, here is Tripoto's list of the must-visit places in town.
Peak Season: The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September - October to mid November, and then the best time to visit Rishikesh is from early March - April to first week of May.
Shoulder Season: July to September: Rishikesh receives average rainfall during the monsoon months starting from July to September. Owing to rains, the water level increases and rafting is closed. Discounts continue to lure budget travellers in the monsoon season as well.
Off-season: May June is quite hot at Rishikesh temperature touching + 35 °C. In July there is a festival in Rishikesh called Savan where thousands of people flock to Rishikesh. Major roads are blocked and hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid travelling to Rishikesh during that time.
Budget for Rishikesh
For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day
Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 800
Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 30 - 150
Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 15 - 100
Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50.
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day
Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 850 - 1000
Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 200 - 500
Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400
Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.
For Luxury Travellers: INR 3500 and upwards
Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 600 and upwards
Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards.
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