If there is one thing you must not miss when you visit Rishikesh is the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat . The most amazing and spectacular Aarti takes place at this place every evening , when a dozens of pandits come to the ghat and worship the holy river Ganga.
Some of the must visit cafes are The Beatles Cafe , The German Bakery, Lotus cafe etc . All these cafes provide great view of the Ganga and the Ghats and can be a really lovely place to spend your evenings and have dinner .
We hired scooties to travel around Rishikesh as it is the cheapest option there. You can find rent them for as low as INR 250 per day.
I stayed at the Zostel Rishikesh in a dormitory room for all girls for INR 450 per night . I totally recommend staying at this hostel instead of a hotel because it provides with cozy environment and a home like feeling . It is also a great place to meet fellow travellers and learn about their stories and culture . I spent my nights on the hostel terrace interacting , singing , dancing with the fellow travellers . Living in the zostel is a experience in its own .
I took a direct flight from Mumbai to Dehradun and then hitchhiked till Rishikesh . Some of the other ways to reach Rishikesh are a overnight bus from Delhi or a car ride .