Things To Do in RishikeshRishikesh lies next to the holy River Ganga and is one of the most highly visited spiritual destinations of India. The city is filled with temples and ashrams but the city is also home to some of the most adventurous sports of India. There are various things to be enjoyed at Rishikesh, for young as well as the aged. Following are some of the things that any tourist must do to complete his trip to Rishikesh.
This being one of the major spiritual cities of India, the place is filled with ashrams and temples. Evening aartis which are performed at the Triveni Ghat are a delight to watch which are dedicated to goddess Ganga. There are also an array of temples in Rishikesh, the most popular being the Bharat Mandir which is also the oldest of the city. The temple is colorfully decorated during the festival of Basant Panchami and aartis performed which is attended by a huge crowd. Other major tourist spots of Rishikesh are Rishi kund, Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Gita Bhawan, Kaudiyala, Neelkanth Mahadev and Tera Manzil Temple.
White Water Rafting in RishikeshThe city is a very famous river rafting spot which is done over the Ganga River. The best time to go rafting is in the winters between September and November or in the late summers between March and May. It is a very thrilling experience with a long ride with unexpected turns. At the end of it you may also jump 20 feet down a ledge into the cold water of the Ganga. The river rafting trip is offered by various agencies of Rishikesh and usually comes with an overnight camp on the banks of the river.
Rishikesh tourism provides various river rafting packages. These packages include meals, snacks, stay and even bonfire and trek. Contact them at 09536119278 or 09027155578
Camping in RishikeshThis is a recreational activity practiced throughout the city and has no upper or lower age limit. This is an ideal activity for people who like to experience new places and people. It is an ideal stay in the scenic beauty of the city, next to the River Ganga. This is one of the most popular activities taken under by the tourists of this city.
Rishikesh tourism arranges various camping points throughout the city. The riverside camping points are available in various styles such as Marine Drive Beach Camp, Brahmpuri Beach Camp, Shivpuri Beach Camp, Jungle Camp, Devprayag Camp, Luxury Jungle Camp and School Summer Camp. These camps include food, accommodation and lanterns. They also arrange bonfires for entertainment.
Rappelling and Rock Climbing in RishikeshRappelling is a sport where you climb down a huge rock with the help of a rope. This is performed near a cliff drop and the practitioners are provided with the proper safety gear as this activity requires a lot of strength and skill.
The rock climbing activity is performed on the same site as the rappelling. The activity involves the same safety gear and instruments. The only difference being that you climb up a cliff drop and not down it. This activity is preceded with small half hour training.
Rappelling and rock climbing activities are organized by the department of Rishikesh tourism and these are usually held near the cliffs of the Garhwal Himalayas. There are various packages available and most of them include a beach camping or a jungle camping adventure.
Kayaking in RishikeshIn this activity the tourists use a kayak to move across water bodies. It is different from canoeing as it has a closed cockpit and canoeing has an open cockpit. The rider sits on the bottom of the boat with his legs in front of him. In this activity, people paddle a kayak as the water comes all over them. There are various ways to enjoy this ride. It may be gentle or even ferocious. It is a must try for every tourist of the city.
There are various kayaking courses offered in Rishikesh, starting from 3200 rupees to 4800 rupees. There are three major routes for this sport namely – Bharampuri to Ram Jhula, Shivpuri to ram jhula and Marine Drive to Ram jhula. They are 12 kms, 16 kms and 24 kms long respectively. These training packages include the cost of the equipment’s and safety gear.
Cliff Jumping in RishikeshCliff jumping is an adventure sport where the people jump from a cliff into the freezing water. There is nothing to worry though, one is provided with a helmet and a complete safety gear to ensure safe landing. The river is flowing at a rapid pace and it is a fantastic feeling when one dives into the cold waters of the river Ganga.
Cliff jumping is offered by various travel agents and trek providers in Rishikesh. The spots for this activity vary depending on the travel agent you chose. These packages come with snacks, accommodation and camp stay.
Trekking in RishikeshThis is an activity which can be enjoyed by sports enthusiast and nature lovers alike. The old aged can stroll around the forest and enjoy the flora and fauna around them. The bird watchers will love this place as there are a number of unique and rare birds in the forests of Rishikesh. In the end, the trekkers can rest at the night camps.
Almost all the tourist package providers have a few good trekking packages in their itinerary for travelers. They offer day as well as night trekking trips.
Bungee Jumping in RishikeshAlong the Rishikesh-Neelkanth road, some 15 kms away from the city, there is a bungee jumping spot. It is a very unique experience and very rare to find in India. Here the people can jump from a height of 83 meters into the natural river.
The bungee jumping activity is usually held at Mohan Chatti, which is 15 kms away from the Lakshman Jhula at Rishikesh. The jumping heights go as high as 83 meters.
Yoga in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is also known as the ‘The world capital of yoga’. This place is ideal for the people who follow yoga practices regularly and also for the beginners who would like to learn more about this art of mediation. It is also said that the city brings the people closer to Moksha after one takes a dip in the holy Ganga River.
Following are some of the best yoga ashrams for mediation in Rishikesh
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