Rishikesh Tourism and Travel Guide

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. Some best things to do in Rishikesh are White Water Rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges), camping, rock climbing and bungee jumping to name a few. 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. Must visit these amazing tourist places in Rishikesh such as Lakshman Jhula, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple and Triveni Ghat for Ganga aarti.
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Best Time To Visit Rishikesh

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.