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Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India

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This is a guest post written by yogi and traveler Manmohan Singh. If you would like to write a guest post for Expat and the City, send an email to

Rishikesh, a popular site of pilgrimage and the only ‘Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas’ has gained tremendous popularity as the ‘yoga capital of the globe’ along with the fire some reputation of being the adventure sports hub of India.

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: horizon of Rishikesh

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This mystical town in the state of Uttarakhand lures thousands of tourists and travelers for deeply-rooted experiences. If the majestic serenity of the Himalayan Mountains speak to you and stir the yogic and adventurous spirit in you then Rishikesh is your calling. Explore these things to do and experience in incredible Rishikesh to capture the town’s mysticism in your heart and soul for an eternity.

River Rafting and Kayaking

With its high altitude and the cascading Holy Ganges through the Himalayas, the town is a sheer delight for the adventure water sports junkies traveling to India. Rafting and kayaking through the varying degree of rapids on the Ganges are going to stir the adventure bone in you for sure.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: river rafting

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Bungee Jumping and the Giant Swing

Standing at a height of roughly 1.5 kilometers at a point where there is nothing but the beautiful glory of the nature beaming at your face – whether you go for bungee jumping or the Giant Swing, be prepared for the most momentous free-fall of your life in the middle of the Himalayan splendor. Let your gut be tickled from the thrill of surrendering to the lap of nature from a soaring height.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April  

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: bungee jumping

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Zip Lining

Also popular as the ‘Flying Fox’ activity, zip lining is definitely the most recommended for the aerial-adventurers. Soak in the glorious views of the mountains and the lush green spaces toweled down below as you feel the fresh gush of air on your face while sailing through the high strung zip lines.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April  

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: zip lining

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Rishikesh is carved through highly eminent and truly picturesque Shivalik Mountains routing all the way to the highest Himalayan peaks. Trek through these mountains to grasp the stunning views of the flora and fauna along the way while experiencing the nature and its gifts in the purest form.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April  

Cliff Jumping

If you are a diver or  a swimmer, then do not miss this one. Rishikesh has the most stunning cliff jumping spots by the Ganges for you to explore and test your limits.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April   

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: cliff jumping

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Neer Garh Waterfalls

Like the flowing champagne seeping through the mountains, the Neer Garh Waterfalls is an absolute delight to watch as you experience the joy of bathing under the natural colossal showers and having a gala time at the quarry.

Best Time for the Activity: Mid September until April  

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: Garh waterfalls

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Evening Ganga Aarti

The spiritual town of Rishikesh is a major site of pilgrimage for the peace lovers and divinity seekers. Mantra chanting, the sound of conch horns fill the air of this town with soul-touching purity. On a trip to Rishikesh, attend the globe-eminent Evening Aarti by the Triveni Ghat to catch the true essence of the spiritual side of this town.


Soaked in the glimmer of oil diyas (lamps) and the melodious sound of temple bells and hymns being sung in an incandescent harmony, the evening Aarti is an occasion of spellbinding experience and poise.

Best Time for the Activity: Throughout the Year

Yoga Class

What is a trip to the yoga capital if there is no yoga? Do not skip out on attending a yoga class at one of the ashrams in the Jonk village, where the best yoga schools and ashrams of the globe are located. You can register for an exclusive yoga therapy class or a group yoga class depending on the requirement and comfort. Do not miss to relish the yogic meals at one of these schools for experiencing the most wholesome Ayurvedic delicacies on your palette.

Best Time for the Activity: Throughout the Year

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: yoga class

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Ayurveda Spa

Another legacy of this earthen town is the science of Ayurveda. Treat yourself to the perfect mind and body relaxation method with a holistic Ayurveda massage at one of the Ayurveda centers in the town.

Best Time for the Activity: Throughout the Year

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: relaxing massage at the spa

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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

The historic temple of Lord Shiva signifying his blue throat (Neelkanth) from when he roiled poison from the entire sea during a feud between the Demons and Gods is a unique one to visit. The devotees fill water from the Ganges and hike all the way up approximately 7 kilometers to offer to the Lord Shiva’s shrine. You can also hire a cab to visit this temple.

Best Time for the Activity: Throughout the Year

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

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Lakshman Jhula

The ergonomic Lakshman Jhula is another spot of historic significance and a must-visit during a trip to Rishikesh. This feebly-swinging bridge that renders a feeling of walking on a swing held high in the air with the Ganges flowing underneath was actually the link on which Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman had walked upon. The place was initially a ropeway which was later converted into a bridge.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: Laxmanjhula

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Beatles Ashram

The town of Gods has been admired and approached by people from across the globe since decades. If you are a fan of the legendary rock band The Beatles then do pay a visit to the legendary Beatles Ashram located in the town where the great rock band had dwelled under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This is the place where they wrote record-breaking tracks from the ‘White Album’.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: Beatles Ashram

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For an ideal time in Rishikesh, visit the place during the months of September until May in order to explore the spiritual and the adventurous side of the town without letting the Monsoon impede you from creating the best memories during the stay.

Things to Do and See in Rishikesh India: Rishikesh

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What would you like to do and see in Rishikesh India? Leave a comment below!

About the Author

Manmohan Singh is a passionate yogi, yoga teacher and traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.  For more information about him visit his website.

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    Wherever I May Roam (@melodytravels)
    March 10, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Such a beautiful region. I’ve always known Rishikesh was the yoga area of India but never seen a post devoted entirely to it. How gorgeous. I would love to see the cliff jumpers myself.

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    March 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Wow! Rishikesh is a full of high adventure activities as well as spa and spiritual features. The Lakshman Jhula looks amazing, and I’m intrigued by the swingy nature.

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    Carmen Edelson
    March 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    So many fun adventures to be had! Thank you for including the best time to do these things, that’s very helpful. I’d love to go in September or October!

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    March 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Adventure junkies have their fill of fun in Rishikesh. White-water rafting, of course, is the most popular activity, but you have summarised all the essential experiences very well in this post. Did you enjoy the local cuisine?

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    March 6, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I love the look of Lakshman Jhula. How fun to visit a place that the Beatles made popular. I’m a mild adventurer, so I’d try out zip-lining, and maybe bunji jumping, or kayaking in a spot without a lot of whitewater.

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    Charles Gibbon
    March 6, 2018 at 2:08 am

    last year i also visited Rishikesh is a fusion of piousness and thrill, which is why the city has two names- Land of God, and The Adventure Capital of India. Thanks to the endless opportunities in this little city of Uttarakhand there are numerous things to do in Rishikesh.

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    March 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    My friend did her yoga training somewhere in the mountains of India and absolutely loved it. I can why! I would love to do some kind of retreat far away from the rest of the noise of India. The mountains here seem to really be alive with spirit. I’m not one for extreme activities, but would maybe do a cliff jump:)

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    Edith Rodriguez
    March 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    So many activities to try! I don’t think I would try the free falling or cliff jumping, I’m too scared haha. But I would definitely want to do the water rafting, kayaking, and trekking. I actually have never heard of this part of India, so it’s nice to learn about this new place and know that there is so much to do for whenever I find myself here. 🙂

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    Anthony (One of FourFriendsOneWorld)
    March 3, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    You had me excited with the first adventure activities. Then seeing the temple, yoga and spa experience calmed me down a little. I imagine this mirrors the experience in real life. We have never been to Rishikesh but now that we know all this we will have to bookmark this page and get over there one day.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

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    Anja Ben
    March 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, I wouldn’t be the one to pick bungee or cliff jumping, but I would love to go trekking in that beautiful nature! The swinging bridge would be enough adrenalin for me! 🙂

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    Eric Gamble
    March 3, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Hmm, Rishikesh India sounds amazing to me. I am not a big fan of yoga at all but Rishikesh looks like a great place for adventure, backpacking, and spiritual exploration. The Himalayan Mountains as a backdrop alone sound amazing to me but all of the outdoor activities seems right up my alley as well. To see where the Beattles hung out seems very interesting to me as well.
    I know little of the Hindu faith but this looks like a great place to learn.

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