Aside from yoga, there are many things to do in Rishikesh. So here’s our list of other places to visit whilst in town.
1. Yoga In Rishikesh
Thousands of tourists flock every year and scatter across the ashrams in order to master different types of yoga in Rishikesh.
One Indian guy even joked with us upon arrival ‘if you’re born in Rishikesh and can’t do yoga my friend, you are abandoned to another city.’
I guess that was it then…if there was one place in India to try yoga then this was it!
Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh is by far the most popular tourist attraction.
Although we aren’t big yogis, we still decided to take a few lessons on the rooftop with a local Indian lady as our introduction to yoga in Rishikesh.
If you are based in Delhi there is a tour From Delhi: 2-Day Tour of Rishikesh and Haridwar that will include an ashram visit and yoga session.
2. Rishikesh Rafting
One of the highlights of our trip had to be water rafting in Rishikesh. For us this should be top of your things to do in Rishikesh list!
We were a bit sceptical at first because just like everything else in India the prices seemed too good to be true.
Sure enough though, we paid our 400 Rupees (around £4) for a Rishikesh rafting trip and took a jeep 10km up the river before gearing up and jumping in.
The guide was a real laugh, don’t expect much of a safety briefing though. He let us do flips off the raft and pulled over to a cliff jumping spot.
The rapids weren’t too crazy, which was probably a good thing, but for that price we had a good 45mins on the water and what an experience to say you’ve rafted along the Ganges!
3. The Beatles Ashram
Apart from yoga and water activities, there are still plenty of other things to do in Rishikesh.
One of the most popular of those is The Beatles ashram.
An ashram the famous British band visited in the 60’s where they attended meditation teachings and wrote many songs which later appeared on albums such as ‘Abbey Road’ and ‘The White Album’.
To this day the city still thrives off their visit and has taken full advantage of enhancing tourism by creating all types of artwork and even opened a Beatles themed cafe.
4. Neergarh Waterfall
If the Rishikesh rafting doesn’t satisfy your cravings for water activities, then Neergarh Waterfall should do.
The trek from Rishikesh town to Neergarh Waterfall is approximately 5km, and will take roughly 1 hour to reach the falls.
Most visitors tend to start trekking from the famous Laxman Jhula Bridge.
The waterfalls itself is only small, however you’ll likely take any waterfall you can get in India!
The crystal blue colours are a joy to the eye, although be prepared if you’re looking to swim, as Neergarh Waterfall is loaded with a chill all year round.
So much so, that it takes your breath away when you dunk yourself in.
That’s not to say it’s not unbelievably refreshing though!
5. Bungee Jumping
Rishikesh bungee jumping starts at 3550 Rupees per person and gives you the opportunity to jump head first towards the river water below.
India’s highest bungee jump can be found in Rishikesh at 83 metres high!
So if you think you can trust the health and safety in India, which we certainly didn’t, then maybe a Rishikesh bungee jumping could be a great place for you!
6. Rishikesh Bridge
One more thing before we finish, you can’t close a Rishikesh blog without mentioning the two narrow bridges that bring the city together.
They have all kinds of passengers from cows, mopeds and people crying out for selfies.
If you get a chance you can even spot the guys coming down the river during their Rishikesh rafting!
It takes approximately 10 minutes to cross, purely because it’s rammed with people hurrying both ways.
There’s a system in order where you can’t really stop to take pictures as the bridge police will usher you on but that’s only if you get caught!
The bridges were definitely something to remember when sharing our stories about Rishikesh. Organised chaos at it’s best!
7. Rishikesh Markets
From the moment we arrived in Rishikesh we could feel that it was going to be a very much chilled and enjoyable stop.
Markets are one of our favourite things to explore when travelling, but as we all know they can be dangerous where money is concerned.
As you travel through different towns and cities in India, each place seems to have a different speciality in the markets, and in Rishikesh it was prayer beads.
We got talking to a cute old man that ran a small stall in Laxman Juhla selling prayer beads among other things.
He explained to us how much the town had changed since the introduction of tourists but how important religion still was to the people who resided in it.
The locals would take their beads down to the river ganges and take a holy dip in the water. So we bought some beads and done exactly that!
Browsing the shops and markets are definitely some of the best things to do in Rishikesh!
8. Eat At The Many Restaurants
For cheap hummus and awesome curries this place is a must. We loved it!
Aside from tourist attractions, eating here is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh!
Little Buddha Cafe:
A very popular place amongst backpackers and a perfect place to meet after your yoga teacher training in Rishikesh!
Little buddha has a great ambiance overlooking the river and some awesome food. Just be prepared to wait a little.
Where To Stay In Rishikesh
Luxury – Palm Bliss Resorts
Situated in Rishīkesh, 200 yards from Patanjali International Yoga Foundation, Palm Bliss Resorts features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a garden.
Around 1.4 miles from Ram Jhula, the property is also 3.1 miles away from Triveni Ghat and offers free WiFi.
The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
At Palm Bliss Resorts all rooms come with a seating area. Rooms also include a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Mid-Budget – Hotel Natraj
Featuring a garden and free Wi-Fi, Hotel Natraj in Rishīkesh is situated 1.2 miles from Triveni Ghat and 1.7 miles from Parmarth Niketan Ashram.
The rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bath or shower and a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while some rooms will provide you with a terrace.
Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with an outdoor pool.
The accommodation also offers a children’s playground and spa center.
Guests at Hotel Natraj will be able to enjoy activities in and around Rishīkesh, like cycling.
Budget – Shiv Shakti Hostel
Located 1.2 miles from Ram Jhula, Shiv Shakti Hostel operates a 24-hour front desk.
Shiv Shakti Hostel is located 2.5 miles from Private Bus Station and 3.7 miles from Local Bus Station.
The rooms come with either a fan or air-condition. They come with a heater, tiled/marble flooring and flat-screen satellite TV. The attached bathroom includes free toiletries and shower.
Trekking, white river rafting, biking and camping are all available to arrange at the hostel.
For more places to stay in Rishikesh, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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Tuesday 25th of January 2022
I was recently in Rishikesh...I miss it so, and even more now reading your blog....well done. Great article...And I'm going back 😀
Tuesday 25th of January 2022
Thank you. Enjoy the return trip!
Saturday 19th of September 2020
Nice post....... this article provided me all insights related to rishikesh .... keeep sharing
Jaman Singh Rawat
Saturday 25th of December 2021
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Wednesday 23rd of September 2020
Thanks, glad it was useful!