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Rishikesh is a small town in Uttarakhand and one of the most spiritual places in India. On your Rishikesh trip, this place offers lots of things to do. Over the past few years, Rishikesh has been an important destination for tourists from all over the world. Spiritual seekers from around the world travel to the birthplace of yoga to experience spirituality and authentic ancient Indian culture. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is most famous for being the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’.

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 Creative Wall Of Rishikesh
Wall Of Rishikesh

List Of Things To Do In Rishikesh In My Way

If you want to travel somewhere, you have to do something according to the specialty of that place. In this blog, I will share some things about Rishikesh. When you come to Rishikesh, you can enjoy the journey of Rishikesh through these top must-do things. And Of course, let me know by commenting on this blog if you have any new information about Rishikesh.

1. Take A Walk

Take A Walk Rishikesh Morning
Take A Walk

Take a walk along the banks of river Ganga from Lakshman Jhula to Ram Jhula Bridge. Although a little crowded, this walking experience is very impeccable. During this walk, you will see colorful wall paintings on various walls across Rishikesh. And it’s impossible to come back without taking pictures of those wall paintings. Besides the graffiti, the beautiful Himalayan range would offer you a great experience for a lifetime. It is impossible to forget the breathtaking view.

2. Sit On The Ghats

Sit On The Ghats
Sit On The Ghat

I recommend in the morning but you can choose your own time to sit on the ghats. The architecture of all the Rishikesh ghats is very old. All the ghats of Rishikesh have different types of rituals throughout the day. The feeling of sitting on the banks of an ancient river in an ancient city of India is really worth full. The two famous ghats of Rishikesh are Tribeni and Parmarth. Tribeni Ghat is famous for the confluence of three sacred rivers- Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati. As per the documents submitted by the Harayana government in the recent case, around 6000 years ago the Saraswati river disappeared due to tectonic disturbances, impacting its tributaries. But as per popular belief, the river is alive and flowing underground.

I never used to be alone in ghats. Strays, and puppies used to come and play with me. I love animals. If you love them too, then you will be showered by their unconditional love.

3. Experience Authentic Yoga

Hey, If you are in Rishikesh, then you are in the Yoga Capital of the world. So just experience it. This ancient place is the hub of many renowned yoga schools and meditation centers. You can take a yoga retreat program or yoga teacher training for in-depth knowledge of yoga and add a spiritual experience to your journey.

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4. Witness The Ganga Arati

Never miss this colorful Ganga Arati on the Triveni Ghat. Ganga Aarti is an event held every evening on the banks of the river Ganga at Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Haridwar. Lots of people come from different places to witness this Aarti. Be sure to get there early to get a great seat because it’s something you don’t want to miss. It is a view, you can never forget. In front of the river, so many lamps may show you the divine presence.

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5. Do Adventure Sports For your Lifetime Memories

Rishikesh River Rafting (Google Image)
River Rafting (Google Image)

If you are looking for some adventure sports then Rishikesh is the only perfect destination. As Rishikesh is the adventure capital of India, you will not be disappointed to do any adventure here. If you are a true adventure seeker, activities like river rafting, cliff jumping, and bungee jumping will be on your list. If you want to go river rafting you can go to any booking spot and book river rafting for that day. But if you want to do bungee jumping, you have to take your booking several days in advance. There are also many shops in Rishikesh which can book various adventure sports for you. So add some memorable adventure to your Rishikesh trip.

6. Visit The Beatles Ashram

Beatles Ashram
Beatles Ashram

There are many ashrams in Rishikesh. But Beatles Ashram adds another dimension of importance to the map of Rishikesh. Beatles Ashram is also known as Chaurasi Kutia. It is located on the east bank of the river Ganges. It was a training center for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from 1960 to 1970, who developed the transcendental meditation technique. In the year 1968, The Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram for transcendental meditation. It really put Rishikesh on the map. Then this Chaurasi Kutia ashram became the Beatles Ashram popular with the whole world. Nowadays the ashram is abandoned but it is still an interesting place to visit. Also, this place is very popular for photography.

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7. Jungle Safari In Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park Jeep Safari
Rajaji National Park Jeep Safari

If you like the jungle, if you like animals, then in no way you should miss the jungle safari of Rajaji National Park. Lots of deer, elephants, and tigers can be seen on the 2 hours jeep safari of Rajaji National Park. There are plenty of counters in Rishikesh Market from where you can book Jeep Safari of Rajaji National Park. In My personal opinion, rather than going to a zoo to see animals in captivity, going on a jungle safari, and seeing them in the open jungle is much more thrilling.

8. Don’t Miss the Cafe With View

The unique natural beauty of Rishikesh is one of the reasons why people from all over the world come to visit. There is nothing more relaxing than grabbing a coffee/ chai or delicious food at one of the many cafes and just taking in the breathtaking scenery. There are many good small and cozy cafes all over Rishikesh. Some of my favorite cafes are Ganga view cafe, Freedom Cafe, and LittleBudha cafe.

Please Note Being a holy city, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are banned in Rishikesh.

View From Ganga View Cafe
View From Ganga View Cafe
Real Addiction Rishikesh
Real Addiction

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Your Things To Do

Rishikesh may hit differently to different people. I have shared mine. And it is very important to know your side of the story too. There can’t be anything worth sharing your own experience. So here I am, waiting for your comments. So that next time I re-visit Rishikesh I can see the place with a new lens. Share your things-to-do experience.

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About Me

Traveling to Rishikesh is a great experience. Rishikesh is an ancient city that has been an important tourist destination for the people of India for many centuries. People from all over the world do not pick Rishikesh just for religious reasons. Rishikesh used to be an important honeymoon destination for many people. But at this moment people from all over the world come to Rishikesh for yoga and spiritual education. Also, different types of adventure activities have started around Rishikesh which attracts many people to come to visit the place. In my experience of traveling to Rishikesh, it seems that Rishikesh has become a very commercial place.

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About Rishikesh

Located on the banks of the holy river Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is a part of the legend “Kedarkhand”. History says that Lord Rama performed austerities here to kill the demon king Ravana of Lanka. And also Lakshman, his younger brother, crossed the Ganges using two jute ropes where the present ‘Lakshman Jhula’ stands. The bridge connects the two districts of Tapoban, Tehri, and Jonk, Pauri Garhwal. Another similar suspension bridge, Ram Jhula, was built-in 1986 at nearby Shivananda Nagar. Now Rishikesh is most famous for being the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. People from all over the world visit Rishikesh throughout the year. It may seem as if someone has left you in an ancient city through a time travel machine-like science fiction. If you can get a bird’s eye view You will see ancient cities with modern civilization.

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My First Impression

While traveling by train from Delhi to Haridwar, I thought that I might have made this trip to Rishikesh too late in my life. It would have been nice to be able to travel to Rishikesh several years ago. Because in the last few years Rishikesh has become a crowded and busy city. Earlier people used to travel to Rishikesh only in search of yoga experience and spiritual peace. People from all over the world still come to Rishikesh in search of that reason. With this large gathering of people, Rishikesh has now become a big commercial place. All the local conveyances inside Rishikesh are very expensive. Food is not up to the mark, except for some special food joints or cafes. There are only temples and lots of hotels and hostels around the city. If you want to shop in Rishikesh, and if you do not have very good bargaining skills, your expenses will increase a lot.

My Happy Experience

In spite of the huge crowd in Rishikesh, if you go to any Ghat in Rishikesh, you can find peace. As long as I was in Rishikesh, I used to get up in the morning and go to one of the ghats and sit quietly. No one is going to disturb you. The calm Ganges flows in front of you. Sitting on the banks of the Ganges every morning would bring a strange peace of mind. It was amazing to hear the sound of kirtan coming from any temple in the morning. Sitting on the banks of the Ganges at Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula on one side and a large crowd on the other side you would never understand how the time would fly. I don’t know whether it is peace or happiness. But that time in Rishikesh is and will remain very precious to me.

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